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Witnesses take the stand in Bruno trial

The first witnesses in the corruption trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno testified in federal court Tuesday, as the prosecution tried to show that Bruno had tried to conceal some of his business interests from the public. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno's corruption trial gets underway

The corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno gets underway in a federal courthouse in Albany Monday. There is some dispute, though, about the statute that Bruno has been charged under, known as the "theft of honest services" clause. Karen DeWitt explains.  Go to full article
Ghost tour guide Stuart Lehman.
Ghost tour guide Stuart Lehman.

Chilling tales (of a different sort) from the state Capitol building

If the state's looming budget deficit isn't scary enough, visitors can take this month's tour showcasing the ghost stories and legends in New York's gothic style Capitol building. Correspondent Karen DeWitt leads us on a tour of Albany's things that go bump in the night.  Go to full article

Ins and outs of new burn ban

Two weeks from today, it'll be against the law to burn trash and most everything else in New York State. The new burn ban targets backyard burn barrels, which are heavy polluters and the biggest source of cancer-causing dioxins in our air. But it also bans the burning of leaves, newspapers, and agricultural plastics like bale wraps. Campfires, burning brush, and natural agricultural waste will still be allowed. The Department of Environmental Conservation is scrambling to get the word out about the details of the law and its enforcement. The DEC's Lori Severino told David Sommerstein most forms of open burning will be banned.  Go to full article

Ravitch begins first day as Lieutenant Governor

The state's Lieutenant Governor, Richard Ravitch, hits the ground running now that a court has approved his appointment by Governor Paterson. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Senate comes to Albany, stays away from tough issues

The New York State Senate met in a special one day session yesterday. The senators approved Governor Paterson's choice to head the MTA. But the Senate, still closely divided after a bitter leadership standoff in June, failed to pass ethics reform, and stayed away from other more controversial measures, including the state's budget deficit. And there was some drama. Karen DeWitt was there.  Go to full article

NY pension fund contribution rates rising

Contributions from local governments to the state's pension system will be going up in the next two years, says the State's Comptroller, who blames the downturn in the stock market for the increase. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New poll calls for clean slate in Albany

A new poll finds that fallout from the power struggle in the state Senate continues, as voters express deep dissatisfaction with their state government, and for the first time, say they think the Senator who represents them should be replaced. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senate standoff hits breakthrough

All sides in a month-long standoff in New York's Senate say they've agreed to work out a power-sharing deal from two proposals. They say the conflict could be over as early as tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Senate stalemate is harming local governments around the state, and one county leader has filed a lawsuit to try to get the gridlock resolved for once and for all. Meanwhile, unrest continued in the divided State Senate. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine supports power sharing deal

North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine says he still supports a short-term power sharing deal to get non-controversial bills passed. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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