New York

Panel led by Common Core supporter
5:04 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

NY bill would freeze Common Core

State Education Commissioner John King, left, explains the delayed phase-in of Common Core. Proposed legislation would go further.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

New York Republicans have submitted legislation to halt Common Core.  This is the latest attack against the new, more rigorous school testing standards and goes further than other reforms offered to date.  

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NY biomass industry responds
10:08 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cuomo looking to launch biomass heating program to reduce heating oil consumption

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, presents his 2014-15 executive budget proposal at the Hart Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

A less heralded aspect of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014  agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat.

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$1.5m snow moving train is digging ditches
5:55 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

LIRR's 'Darth Vader' yet to make snow debut

Dubbed "Darth Vader" this $1.5 million train has so far only been used to dig ditches.
Credit Courtesy of MTA

Even with all the snow on Long Island this week, the Long Island Rail Road still hasn't called out its secret snow-clearing weapon.  In fact, said snow weapon hasn't seen active snow duty yet.    

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More work on getting docs & hospitals paid
5:16 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Health group praises NY Health exchange, some concerns

A health policy group has given New York's Department of Health a mostly glowing review of its rollout of the new health insurance exchange program.  But the group is worried the department hasn’t completely figured out the systems for paying doctors and hospitals.

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funds for public finance program and enforcement
1:36 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

NY reform groups like Cuomo's public campaign finance proposals

Government reform groups in New York say they’re pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.  

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