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New parents at home. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/68935484@N00/6009854950/">Heather &amp; Tim</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New parents at home. Photo: Heather & Tim, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Assembly passes bill for paid leave

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Assembly has passed a series of bills intended to provide affordable child care, increase funding for child care subsidies and establish paid leave for medical emergencies, the birth or adoption of a child or to take care of a sick relative.

One of the bills passed Wednesday requires employers to purchase paid family leave insurance for their employees. The cost would be offset by weekly employee contribution of up to 45 cents from their paychecks.  Go to full article

NY bill adds penalties for polluting criminals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York state Senate has approved legislation designed to hold criminals responsible for the environmental damage occurring during their crimes.

Sponsors say current criminal mischief statutes don't adequately address environmental devastation, so the bill would make crimes that result in large-scale environmental damage a class C felony.  Go to full article
Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.
Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.

Tourism groups launch app for Adirondack visitors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Planning a trip to the Adirondacks? There's an app for that.

The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and regional tourism groups have launched a free app available on iTunes and for Android called ``Discover the Adirondack Park.''

The developers say travelers can use the app even if data and wi-fi are unavailable to find recreation, lodging, dining and other information.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/9694638@N06/3543993199/">Jeff Lautenberger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jeff Lautenberger, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Buffalo-style chicken wing turn the big 5-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Happy 50th birthday, Buffalo-style chicken wings.

The milestone is being celebrated Thursday at the Anchor Bar, the Buffalo tavern that's credited with inventing the dish on a March night a half century ago.

According to Anchor Bar lore, the restaurant's owner, Teressa Bellissimo, whipped up a snack at the request of her bartender son, Dominic, after a group of his friends got hungry while having late-night drinks.  Go to full article
Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga's 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Brian Mann
Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga's 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Brian Mann

City Council votes no on casino gambling in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The Saratoga Springs City Council has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the expansion of casino gambling in the city known for its historic thoroughbred racetrack.

Local media report that about 300 people attended Tuesday's vote on the non-binding resolution that was authored by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who took office earlier this year.  Go to full article
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turningstonepoker.jpg">Pwrbanker</a>, public domain
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Pwrbanker, public domain

Judge approves deal between NY and Oneidas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal judge has approved a deal between the Oneida Indian Nation and New York that guarantees the tribe exclusive territory for their central New York casino and guarantees payments to the state of around $50 million annually.

Tribal and local officials say U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn on Tuesday approved the deal reached by the Cuomo administration last May.  Go to full article
Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1777BurgoyneTiconderoga.jpg">Boston Public Library</a>
Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: Boston Public Library

Summer dig planned for NY Revolutionary War site

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological team from Binghamton University will excavate a Revolutionary War battle site located on a hill where a businessman wants to build a mine.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the archaeologists will conduct excavations this summer on Battle Hill in the Washington County town of Fort Ann, near the Vermont border 55 miles northeast of Albany.  Go to full article
Wind turbines in Searbury, Vermont Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113885544/">Jared and Corin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wind turbines in Searbury, Vermont Photo: Jared and Corin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lowell VT rejects anti-wind vote at town meeting

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Lowell voters are standing behind their support for a 21-turbine industrial wind power project making electricity on a ridge above the northern Vermont community.

In a Town Meeting Day vote Tuesday, 27 voters supported an article opposing Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project while 110 voted against the article.  Go to full article
Root crops at the Glens Falls Farmers Market. Archive Photo of the Day: Stuart Delman, Chestertown NY.
Root crops at the Glens Falls Farmers Market. Archive Photo of the Day: Stuart Delman, Chestertown NY.

NYS wants to make farmers' markets more accessible

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state wants to make farmers' markets more accessible to low-income consumers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will make $130,000 in grants available this year to support at least 13 traditional farmers' market and youth market grant projects.  Go to full article
Camp Gabriels, once the center of a fierce debate over prisons, closed its doors in 2009.  Source: Save Camp Gabriels
Camp Gabriels, once the center of a fierce debate over prisons, closed its doors in 2009. Source: Save Camp Gabriels

Former Camp Gabriels prison to become year-round camp

GABRIELS, N.Y. (AP) The prospective owner of a former medium-security prison in the Adirondacks plans to transform the property into a private group camp and retreat center.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the $166,000 bid submitted in October by Adam Fine of New York City was the second-highest bid for Camp Gabriels. The highest bid, nearly $212,000, was submitted by a Brooklyn businessman who was unable to complete the transaction.  Go to full article

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