Farmers helping farmers upstate

To the rest of the world New York is a city, an urban jungle of towering skyscrapers and international culture. But north of the city, New York, the state, is a vast array agricultural enterprises. Farming is and has always been integral to the state economy and a group of young farmers in the Catskills are working together to help each other sustain their new businesses.

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Politics & Elections
3:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Business group praises Senate GOP voting record, pans Democrats

An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans. Unshackle Upstate says that could have implications for the group’s interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.

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Legislation & Policy
1:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Supporters launch campaign for yes vote on redistricting ballot amendment

Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan Gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and the Assembly. The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving them reasons why voters should approve the measure.

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Education & History
8:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Voters will decide education Bond Act this Fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion dollars for new technology including I-Pads in school classrooms.  Teachers and school administrators who could benefit from the funds say they are supportive but want to see more details.

The bond act, as it reads on the November ballot,  would  provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connections , as well as offer funds to build more pre kindergarten classrooms, and replace the trailers that some overcrowded schools in New York City have been using to teach students.

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Education & History
9:16 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Students make incremental progress on Common Core math tests, but scores are flat on English exams

New York’s school children made incremental progress in math scores but no gains in English tests in the second year of Common Core related exams. Education officials say overall, only around one third of students actually passed the tests.
 

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Politics & Elections
8:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Reformer: Cuomo using campaign $ for Israel trip better than using funds for criminal defense lawyer

A member of a government reform group says it’s OK if Governor Cuomo uses his campaign coffers to finance this week’s trip to Israel if the visit is for political, rather than government purposes.

Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s preferable for Governor Cuomo to use funds from his $35 million dollar campaign fund to pay for his visit to Israel than for state taxpayers to foot the bill.  Horner says by using the campaign money, Cuomo is also signaling that the trip is more of a political event than official government business.

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