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Cuomo says he'll push through pension changes if legislature won't agree

Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to force pension reform through the state legislature if it doesn't agree to his proposals as part of the state budget. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services

Cuomo administration cracks down on out-of-network healthcare bills

The Cuomo Administration is cracking down on insurance companies and health care providers who stick patients with unexpected out of network service bills. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region
Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region

Federal judge calls for major shake-up in North Country Congressional district

The Adirondack North Country may be unified into one congressional district this year.

A federal judge has issued a map that would consolidate the region into a new 21st District.

The old NY-23 district, now represented by Democrat Bill Owens from Plattsburgh would be dramatically redrawn. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Empire State Plaza, Albany.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.

State workers' union: Cuomo "sticking it to" working people with Tier VI pension plan

Legislative leaders spoke to a large gathering of AFSCME public union members at the Capitol Tuesday.

The union is strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's pension reform plans--during the demonstration, it ran a radio ad that said politicians are trying to "stick it" to working people instead of making Wall Street and big corporations pay their fair share.

The legislators offered support to the workers--but remained neutral on the pension plan issue. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
A Trans Canada worker inspects a pumping station in Steele City, Nebraska. Photos: Brian Mann
A Trans Canada worker inspects a pumping station in Steele City, Nebraska. Photos: Brian Mann

New York and the US look to Canada for energy, raising big questions about the environment

North Country congressman Bill Owens is praising a Canadian company for its plan to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Owens' backing for the controversial pipeline comes at a time when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is also pushing a plan to import more hydro-electric power from Quebec.

Canada is already the biggest foreign supplier of energy to the US. And across the political spectrum, American leaders see Canada as a safer alternative to energy suppliers in the Middle East and Central America.

But there are growing questions about the environmental costs to Canada's energy boom and the debate is causing some Canadians to rethink their country's image as one of the world's most environmentally friendly societies. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Students rally for SUNY, CUNY

Protesters say 33 students and Occupy Albany activists have been released without injury or incident, following their arrests at the state Capitol Monday. Nearly 400 college and university students from around New York, from the SUNY and CUNY systems, gathered for the rally in Albany.

The students said they were rallying against rising tuition costs and said those increases are pushing them into debt. They want the state to restore funding to public universities. They also said the quality and variety of education are decreasing in New York.  Go to full article
Parents and community members are seeing the kinds of cuts that are being implemented these cuts hurt, and people know it.

Cuomo gets mixed marks on education

In a new poll released Monday, voters give Governor Andrew Cuomo mixed reviews on his education policies. They say they like a new agreement on teacher evaluations, but a narrow margin say the governor is overall making the problems in the education system worse.  Go to full article

Cuomo approval numbers slip, but not by much

Governor Andrew Cuomo's popularity has slipped a bit in a new poll released Monday, but with a 69% approval rating, it seems the governor does not have much to worry about.  Go to full article
Essex County officials testify during a mandate relief hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Friday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Essex County officials testify during a mandate relief hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Friday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Local officials press Lt. Gov. for mandate relief

Gov. Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council continued its statewide tour Friday with a three-hour hearing on at Lake Placid's new conference center.

The council consists of state lawmakers and members of Cuomo's administration. The group listened to concerns about unfunded mandates presented by officials from across the North Country; the system "is broken," they told the council.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy moderated Friday's hearing. He said the forums have been educational, and he hopes mandate relief can be accomplished as quickly as possible.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail

Can New York labs handle more DNA?

There's a new effort in Albany to pass a bill that would bring about a major expansion to the New York's DNA databank.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that having more DNA can help solve more crimes, but not everyone agrees that this bill does enough to ensure justice. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

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