New York

Officals Explain Common Core
4:33 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

NY education chief eschews public meetings for private

Education Commissioner John King following a private meeting in Shirley, New York. King says he will have future public meeting but not ones with any yelling.
Credit Charles Lane

New York Education Commissioner John King visited a Long Island elementary school Wednesday where he met privately with educators to talk about the state’s new, more rigorous education standards called Common Core.  The meeting came after King canceled several public events following  a raucous PTA meeting in Poughkeepsie last week.  

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Casino gambling amendment opposed
6:31 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Protestors smash slot machine outside NY Assembly

Dr Stephen Shafer, with the Coalition Against Gambling, takes his turn w/ the sledgehammer
Credit Karen DeWitt

Anti gambling activists took a sledgehammer to a slot machine in front of the New York State Capitol on Tuesday. The activists were demonstrating  against a ballot amendment to legalize gambling casinos in New York.  

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NY casino gambling amendment criticized
4:13 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Judge to rule on the wording of NY's casino amendment

A New York State Supreme Court judge is expected to decide next week whether the State Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment. Critics say the wording is unfairly supportive of gambling. 

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health study should be open and transparent
5:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NY Assemblywoman asks for fracking health review re-take

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Credit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/bio/

  A Binghamton, New York Assemblywoman who is on Governor Andrew Cuomo administration's hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing health review. She says the secretive process has compromised public confidence. 

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Mandatory retirement called outdated
9:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Referendum aims for more (and older) judges

Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti has long sought more judges. She says extending a judge's retirement age is a half step in that direction.
Credit AP

On New York's ballot next month will be six referendums to change the state constitution.  The most talked about proposition asks voters if they want Las Vegas-style gambling.  Several propositions delve into the minutia of government operations: giving war veterans additional access to government employment, helping local governments borrow money for sewer construction, and also allowing the state to make some land trades.  The last referendum asks voters when judges should be forced to retire.

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