Mar 13, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The panel that will choose operators and locations for new casinos in New York is beginning its work.
The New York State Gaming Commission on Wednesday officially appointed former city comptroller William Thompson, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and veteran gubernatorial adviser Paul Francis to the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board. Go to full article
Mar 13, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to simplify New York bank taxes contains a provision critics say would let Manhattan's big investment banks pay tax on only 8 percent of their billions in annual net income from stocks, bonds and other securities.
According to the Cuomo administration, the changes will simplify New York's complex tax structure and help end lengthy, expensive disputes between banks and tax collectors on what constitutes taxable revenue. Go to full article
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS
Mar 13, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is providing grants to help communities along the Mohawk River better handle the threat of future floods.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than $640,000 will be provided through the Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Cuomo says the money will help Mohawk River communities be better prepared for weather disasters. Go to full article
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Mar 12, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former timber company lands on 14 parcels in Fulton, Warren, Essex, and Hamilton counties.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the state will pay $5.7 million to acquire the former Finch, Pruyn tracts from The Nature Conservancy, using money from the Environmental Protection Fund. Go to full article
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Mar 12, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal program adding Greek yogurt to school lunches is expanding from New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona to eight more states.
The Department of Agriculture, which has operated the pilot program, is expected in the next school year to add school cafeterias in California, Iowa, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Mississippi. Go to full article
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