New York

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New York is allowing health insurance companies to raise premiums an average of 5.7 percent for individuals, and 6.7 percent for small groups. This is, however, roughly half of what insurance companies claimed was the cost of providing health care.

Insurance companies participating in the state's health exchange asked regulators for an average increase of around 13 percent over last year.

Education advocates are criticizing the New York State Board of Regents for only releasing half of the standardized test questions given to students in April and May.

Lisa Rudley, a parent and co-founder of the New York State Allies for Public Education, said the state owes parents and educators a full release of the standardized test questions.

“So if we are going to spend a great deal of curriculum time on test preparation we should know why we’re doing this and what the validity of the questions are.” Rudley said.

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One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on him to hold an explanatory press conference.  Another is demanding that Cuomo resign after an in depth account in the New York Times that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

Charles Lane

New York’s top banking regulator says he wants to crackdown on not just companies involved in financial scandals, he wants the punish the workers too. Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services Ben Lawsky was on Long Island Wednesday talking about this and other regulatory changes on the horizon.  

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.

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