Thu December 18, 2014

State gaming board chooses three casino locations, Tyre residents vow to continue fight

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 8:04 am

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It may not have taken place around a roulette wheel, but there was a palpable air of suspense as the state Gaming Facility Location Board announced three of the nearly 20 communities hoping to get a piece of the gaming action on Wednesday. The board was entitled to grant up to four licenses.

The five-member volunteer board immediately got down to business, nixing all seven casino proposals in Orange County and approving one Hudson Valley/Catskill site to the Montreign Resort and Casino, located in the tiny village of Thompson in Sullivan County.

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Tue December 16, 2014

Major decisions on casinos, hydrofracking and Thruway tolls due before the end of the year

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 8:01 am

It’s looking less and less likely that state senators and Assembly members will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydrofracking.

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Tue December 16, 2014

Rochester, Syracuse get Bloomberg Innovation Teams grants

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Rochester and Syracuse are two of a dozen nationwide cities to be receiving grant money from Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovations Teams program.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will soon have an innovation team to help develop new ways to solve city problems. Miner says they’ll look at using big data to solve some of what she calls the city’s "intractable problems."

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Mon December 15, 2014

Wage board to decide minimum wage for tipped workers in 2015

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 3:55 pm

Advocates for tipped workers are asking the state to increase the minimum wage for servers, delivery drivers and others.
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A state panel is examining whether workers whose income is supplemented by tips should receive an increase in the minimum wage. The wage board, appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has held hearings and will make its decision early next year.

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Tue December 9, 2014

Senate Dems call for permanent special prosecutor in police death cases

Rally held in Buffalo featuring Ferguson community commentator
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There are growing calls in Albany for a special prosecutor to investigate police encounters with unarmed citizens that end in the death of the person.  Senate Democrats are the latest to ask for immediate action in the wake of the death of Eric Garner and other recent incidents.

The state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman has already asked Governor Cuomo for an executive order to empower the AG to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute cases where unarmed civilians are killed by police officers.

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