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At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10485077@N06/3799027263/">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS "universal pre-K" gets off to a very slow start

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K, and many schools say that there are too many obstacles in the funding program.

When the state budget was approved back on March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders touted funding for pre-kindergarten that they said could lead to universal pre-K in New York.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin, medical marijuana, Common core dealt with, but other items tabled at end of NYS legislative session

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business behind.  Go to full article
APA commissioner Richard Booth (at right) talking with APA chair Lani Ulrich (L). Booth will serve another 4-year-term on the APA commission. NCPR file photo: Brian Mann.
APA commissioner Richard Booth (at right) talking with APA chair Lani Ulrich (L). Booth will serve another 4-year-term on the APA commission. NCPR file photo: Brian Mann.

Lawmakers confirm Booth to APA board, Lack to ORDA

In the final days of the session, lawmakers in Albany approved the appointments of some key leaders of Adirondack organizations.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority will see a top national broadcast executive join its board. And a respected environmentalist has been confirmed for another four-year term on the Adirondack Park Agency commission.  Go to full article
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4126004276/sizes/z/in/photolist-7hARjL-g7DJZn-g9nRWg-g9nRoH-g9noDw-g9o3Mp-g7DJ1Z-g9nWqM-g9nioU-g9nuSy-g9nY2n-g9npsh-g7DUT1-g9o2yT-g9newK-g9o1tX-g7E8yu-g9o174-g9o3f2-ajkNj6-ajoAzh-ajoB6U-ajoAQ3-bQzVQK-7se9hY-bBFfdd-i8an4G-i8ah5e-bQzVXr-i8ajF5-i8akqG-4ernCN-bANXEn-de5hpK-7hWQRS-8V4mPS-6f1dHj-AQy16-9hZeM2-6Lifh5-7D7k2q-5G8MKz-czAarG-a1e79H-4G6fd7-4G6fg7-4G25up-bdgr9F-bdgqqc-2pQhDT-6QZJy3/">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: Matt H. Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Lawmakers OK Common Core teacher safety net

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Low-rated teachers in New York won't be at risk of losing their jobs based simply on student performance on the new Common Core tests--at least for a few years--under legislation passed by lawmakers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill aims to prevent teachers deemed "ineffective" or "developing" from facing termination or a denial of tenure based solely on student test scores.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/richpix/291384561/">Rich Mason</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Rich Mason, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature: Candidates can't be poll watchers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Legislature has passed an amendment to state election law that would prohibit candidates from serving as poll watchers in an election district where they appear on the ballot.  Go to full article
Michael Powers, speaking at a rally in Albany to save the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Photo from Powers' website, used by permission
Michael Powers, speaking at a rally in Albany to save the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Photo from Powers' website, used by permission

North Country corrections officer could be next to lead the union

Next month, New York will close four more of its prisons. Among them: Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County. The closures come as part of Governor Cuomo's pledge to "reduce the madness of an incarceration society." And the Department of Corrections has reported empty beds in their prisons--they estimate the recent series of closures will save taxpayers $184 million.

The loudest voices fighting to keep those prisons open are members of New York's prison guard union--NYSCOPBA--which is set to elect their next president next month. One of frontrunners in the race to head up the union hails from the North Country.  Go to full article

NY Assembly OKs yogurt as official state snack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is one step closer to making yogurt its official state snack. The state's Assembly endorsed the measure 85-1 on Wednesday. The legislation passed the Senate last month and now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for consideration.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo introducing the Women's Equality Act in June 2013. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8951341394/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo introducing the Women's Equality Act in June 2013. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

For Women's Equality Act supporters, next fall is next battleground

Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there's little chance any major issues can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing a Women's Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying expectations for any major agreements in the final days of the legislative session.

"We have some clean up items," Cuomo said "I don't expect us to do any major initiatives."  Go to full article
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194928546/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

With eight days left, uncertainty over what legislative session can accomplish

The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there's uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership.  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk chiefs Ron LaFrance, Beverly Cook, and sub-chief Eric Thompson are hoping to build support for the land claim settlement among tribal members. Photo: David Sommerstein.
St. Regis Mohawk chiefs Ron LaFrance, Beverly Cook, and sub-chief Eric Thompson are hoping to build support for the land claim settlement among tribal members. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs: "The most important thing is our land"

Mohawks in Akwesasne are trying to absorb the terms of a deal to end their historic land claim.

Last week, tribal chiefs signed a framework agreement with New York State and St. Lawrence County. It would allow the Mohawks to buy almost 5,000 acres of land and add the parcels to the reservation. In return, the Mohawks will pay a share of their casino revenue to New York. And St. Lawrence County and the towns of Massena and Brasher will share a payment of $4 million a year.

Talks are ongoing with Franklin County, where several thousand more acres are part of the 32-year-old land claim lawsuit.

The proposed settlement is huge news in Akwesasne. And it's very controversial. David Sommerstein and Martha Foley sort out why.  Go to full article

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