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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The organization representing New York's 35,000 farms says defeating Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $15 minimum wage is its top political priority of the year. 

New York Farm Bureau Dean Norton said this week that a $15 minimum would put the state's agriculture industry at a competitive disadvantage with states like Pennsylvania, where the minimum is now $7.25 an hour. 

The Farm Bureau estimates that Cuomo's plan would cost farmers $500 million in added labor costs each year. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After a yearlong wait, three upstate casino projects are poised to receive formal licenses from New York state regulators.

SYRACUSE (AP) Three western New York colleges are splitting more than $40,000 in a grant to conduct projects aimed at protecting the ecosystem of the Great Lakes.

The Syracuse-based Great Lakes Research Consortium says the funds are going to Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

The money is being used for projects related to early detection of invasive species and lake-effect storm impact and projection.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The wreck site of one of the earliest propeller-driven steamships to sail the Great Lakes has been found in Lake Ontario more than 150 years after it sank in a storm, killing everyone on board, a team of New York-based shipwreck hunters said Tuesday. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Firefighting foam used to fight oil train spills and fires is being deployed to 19 cities across New York state.

The foam concentrate is stored in trailers along with equipment needed to apply the foam to an oil spill. The foam forms a blanket over oil spills and contains fires.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the trailers are being placed in cities along the north-south and east-west routes of oil trains that cross the state, from Buffalo to Albany and Plattsburgh to Rockland County.