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AARP Urge NY Legislature to Establish Utility Monitor

In the wake of last winter’s soaring utility bills, the AARP is urging the legislature to establish a utility rate monitor who would be an advocate for consumers.

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Proposed Albany Casino Selects Chickasaw Nation as Operators

Developers of a proposed casino in Albany have chosen the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma to operate the gambling hall.

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Albany Shopping Mall to be Site of Terror Attack Exercise

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning a training exercise at a big Albany shopping mall to simulate a complex terrorist attack in a public venue.

The exercise is to begin at 4 a

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State Senators Seward and Libous Comment on State Budget

State Senator Jame Seward says the new state budget addresses many of the concerns of his constituents, such as education aid, property tax relief, and job creation incentives. The new budget contains a $1

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New York State Attorney General Sues Fedex

The State Attorney General’s office has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Federal Express, claiming the corporation unlawfully shipped nearly 80 million cigarettes to consumers across New York state in violation of federal and state laws

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Funding Reinstated for I-88 Rest Area in Worcester

State Senator James Seward has announced that the agreed upon 2014-15 state budget includes funding to reopen the NYSDOT rest area along I-88 eastbound between Exits 18 and 19 in Worcester.

In 2010, the New York State Department of Transportation closed six rest areas on interstate highways in what was touted as a temporary measure

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Clock Ticking on NY State Budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York legislature's top Democrat says there's a "whole bunch" of unresolved state budget issues as negotiators race to meet a deadline next week.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver tells reporters at the state Capitol Friday that pre-kindergarten and other education issues still need to be agreed to

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State Assembly Minority Conference Launch APPLE Plan Website

State Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, as part of the Assembly Minority Conference, recently launched a website telling legislative leaders they must put “children before politics.”

The site informs the general public about the APPLE Plan to r

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NY Lawmakers Approve ‘National Popular Vote’ Bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in an interstate agreement to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote

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NY Senate Narrowly Rejects ‘Dream Act’

The New York Senate has rejected a bill to open state financial aid to students in the country illegally.

The 30-29 vote Monday evening was short of the 32 votes needed to pass. The Assembly passed the Dream Act last month and included it in its budget resolutions last week

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