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Disability advocates' encampment stretches on

Protestors occupy Nurses Association building, clash over nursing law

Around a dozen disabled people, with some leaving and others joining, have been living in the lobby of the New York State Nurses Association in Latham after the union and activists clashed over a proposed amendment to the Nurse Practice Act.

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Fischer kicks off campaign to topple Tonko

Republican hopeful attacks big government and ACA

Jim Fischer, R-Ballston Spa, kicked off his campaign against incumbent Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, on Tuesday, March 11, at The Desmond Hotel in Albany.

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A core concern

Forum focuses on Common Core problems facing special education

Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Neil Breslin and Assembly members John McDonald and Phil Steck listened to comments from several speakers Tuesday, Feb. 11, discussing how implementation of the Common Core curriculum has exacerbated challenges for students with special needs.

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Split primaries costing Albany County $200K

Tkaczyk proposes moving primaries to June, or state covers $50M price tag

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, held a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 29, to highlight a bill she recently introduced, which would move state primaries to coincide with federal primaries. The legislation also puts the onus on the state to cover state primary costs if the date is not moved.

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Educators demand end of GEA

Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned

The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.

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Giving the tax cap teeth alongside taxpayer relief

Cuomo pitches two-year property taxes freeze, local leaders plan to stay within cap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced details of a $2 billion tax relief proposal two days before his State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The proposals aim to reduce taxes and spur economic development, with homeowners benefiting directly from some initiatives.

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Cuomo outlines agenda for 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined several new initiatives and built upon existing ones during his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 8. Check out a highlight of some initiatives affecting local residents and businesses outside of the governor’s proposed two-year property taxes freeze.

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Rally targets Iran policy

Women Against War urge negotiation during Food Festival demonstration

The group Women Against War rallied during the Empire State Plaza Food Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 14. A group of about a dozen members spoke out against the idea of the country entering a war with Iran.

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Gillibrand requests emerald ash borer funding

Senator calls for federal funding to eradicate invasive species

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, July 30, urged for additional federal funding for research, control and eradication efforts on the emerald ash borer, which is an invasive species that kills ash trees.

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A growing discord over student loans

Tonko, UAlbany students urge Congress to freeze rates for two years

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, SUNY officials and University at Albany students rallied on Monday, July 1, for a freeze of federal student loan rates at 3.4 percent for two years as Congress develops a long-term solution.

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Common Core questions

Education forum focuses on new testing requirements, state mandates

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, organized a forum, “Education at a Crossroads: A Forum on the Impacts of Testing and Mandates,” on Wednesday, June 5, in the Legislative Office Building at the Capitol.

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Protesters take aim at gun-control law [photo gallery]

Gun advocates and state legislators call for end of SAFE Act

Thunderous rally cries could be heard coming from Empire State Plaza as gun rights advocates and state legislators campaigned for a repeal of the law.

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NYSUT calls out tax cap

Area legislators ask for increased state aid to schools

Public schools are in the budget limelight as local lawmakers call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to modify aid distributions guidelines, while at the same time the state’s largest teachers union is suing to challenge the constitutionality of the state tax cap law.

Saratoga County to get $3.7M payout

Money part of five-county deal with Hudson River-Black River Regulating District

Saratoga County’s Law and Finance Committee unanimously approved the $3.7 million settlement on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and the full Board of Supervisors will vote on it Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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Educators skeptical about Cuomo’s reforms

Area school administrators grade governor’s education proposals

Gov. Cuomo linked education to the economic recovery of the state and laid out several proposals to enhance the quality of the state’s public schools. Area school administrators say district funds are tapped and are wondering how initiative will be funded.

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