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If we could deal with the $200 million, that's a quick fix, but it does not fix the larger issue.

Parents react to Senate plan to funnel aid to rural schools

State senator Patty Ritchie says the latest budget proposals are good news for poor and rural districts - but some north country parents say lawmakers aren't going far enough.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget plan, $250 million in state education aid was funneled toward competitive grants. Ritchie says the Senate proposal funnels $200 million of that to districts that need it most.  Go to full article

Reform groups wrangle over redistricting constitutional amendment

Government reform groups are badly fractured over a proposed constitutional amendment poised for passage in the legislature to change the state's redistricting process. Some say it's the best deal that can be obtained and will represent some reform. Others say it's an unacceptable step backwards. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Not only would it not be reform, it would be regression.

Critics say constitutional amendment won't fix redistricting

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are crafting a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan panel to draw new legislative and congressional district lines after the next census in 2020. But critics say in its present form, the proposal won't accomplish its goal. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Proposed NYS Assembly and Senate district lines may be redrawn by court.
Proposed NYS Assembly and Senate district lines may be redrawn by court.

Federal court may redraw state legislative lines, as deadline draws near

It's coming down to the wire on redistricting in New York. A federal court has already usurped a gridlocked state legislature and drawn new congressional lines. Now it's on track to redraw state legislative lines, too, if the Assembly and Senate do not agree on a bill by March 15th. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo says he'll push through pension changes if legislature won't agree

Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to force pension reform through the state legislature if it doesn't agree to his proposals as part of the state budget. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services

Cuomo administration cracks down on out-of-network healthcare bills

The Cuomo Administration is cracking down on insurance companies and health care providers who stick patients with unexpected out of network service bills. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region
Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region

Federal judge calls for major shake-up in North Country Congressional district

The Adirondack North Country may be unified into one congressional district this year.

A federal judge has issued a map that would consolidate the region into a new 21st District.

The old NY-23 district, now represented by Democrat Bill Owens from Plattsburgh would be dramatically redrawn. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Empire State Plaza, Albany.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.

State workers' union: Cuomo "sticking it to" working people with Tier VI pension plan

Legislative leaders spoke to a large gathering of AFSCME public union members at the Capitol Tuesday.

The union is strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's pension reform plans--during the demonstration, it ran a radio ad that said politicians are trying to "stick it" to working people instead of making Wall Street and big corporations pay their fair share.

The legislators offered support to the workers--but remained neutral on the pension plan issue. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
A Trans Canada worker inspects a pumping station in Steele City, Nebraska. Photos: Brian Mann
A Trans Canada worker inspects a pumping station in Steele City, Nebraska. Photos: Brian Mann

New York and the US look to Canada for energy, raising big questions about the environment

North Country congressman Bill Owens is praising a Canadian company for its plan to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Owens' backing for the controversial pipeline comes at a time when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is also pushing a plan to import more hydro-electric power from Quebec.

Canada is already the biggest foreign supplier of energy to the US. And across the political spectrum, American leaders see Canada as a safer alternative to energy suppliers in the Middle East and Central America.

But there are growing questions about the environmental costs to Canada's energy boom and the debate is causing some Canadians to rethink their country's image as one of the world's most environmentally friendly societies. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Students rally for SUNY, CUNY

Protesters say 33 students and Occupy Albany activists have been released without injury or incident, following their arrests at the state Capitol Monday. Nearly 400 college and university students from around New York, from the SUNY and CUNY systems, gathered for the rally in Albany.

The students said they were rallying against rising tuition costs and said those increases are pushing them into debt. They want the state to restore funding to public universities. They also said the quality and variety of education are decreasing in New York.  Go to full article

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