Lead Stories


Wed March 25, 2015

State budget shrinks as more items dropped from spending plan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:25 am

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are making progress on the budget. Cuomo, after a private meeting with Senate Republicans, says he’s closer to an agreement on ethics reform, but the governor is getting some criticism for dropping some items out of the budget, including the Dream Act.

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Mon March 23, 2015

Voters disagree with Cuomo budget tactics

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:14 pm

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A new poll finds voters disagree with most of Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo’s tactics during the current budget negotiations. Cuomo has tied ethics reform and education policy changes to the budget, and threatened to hold up the spending plan if the legislature does not agree.  

A Siena College poll finds that, while New Yorkers think ethics reform and school funding are important, they don’t want the issues linked to the budget, and they say an on-time spending plan is important to them, says Siena’s Steve Greenberg.

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Mon March 23, 2015

Forestry Industry heads to Albany for its lobby day

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Forestland owners and industry representatives will be in the halls of the capitol today, pushing for changes to taxation and regulation in New York.

Eric Carlson is the president of theEmpire State Foresters Association. He says one issue up for discussion this year is the 40-year-old property tax incentive program for forests, known as the 480-a Forest Tax Law.

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Mon March 23, 2015

One big health care challenge, and two days to solve it

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The engineering and design students on stage presenting their concept have been working on this prototype for a grand total of two days. The whirlwind workshop, requires student teams to comprehensively understand medical problems, come up with viable ideas, and create real solutions, all in less than 36 hours.

“This is a deep dive,” says Amos Scully, a professor in the Industrial Design program at RIT who is serving as the team’s faculty coach.

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Fri March 20, 2015

Purifying Maple: This week on New York NOW

Tapped maple tree at Madava Farms in Dutchess County
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Maple syrup and pancakes go hand in hand on the average breakfast table. People slather their pancakes with butter and then just pour the syrup on top but here at Madava Farms in rural Dutchess County, the people at Crown Maple are hoping to change the way we think about this all natural sweetener while providing the purest product possible.

Madava Farms COO, Tyge Rugenstein,

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