New York

State Testing Blowback
4:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

NY education chief hears concern, eliminates 1 test

After criticism sharpens, Education Commissioner John King moves to eliminate one state test
Credit Charles Lane

  For the first time New York's Education commissioner John King is signaling there may be too much state testing.  King sent a letter to school administrators across the state Thursday saying that he will push to end at least one state test.  

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Terrorism on the South Shore
3:16 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

2nd LI man arrested on terrosim charges

The US Attorney’s Office arrested a Brentwood, Long Island man this morning on charges of attempting to join Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.   This is the second similar arrest this year.

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Suffolk Politics
6:06 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Bellone uses merger plan as political tool

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Thursday he will try again to merge the county offices of treasurer and comptroller.  After his first attempt was derailed on a technicality Bellone is turning his second attempt into a somewhat unusual campaign issue for Democrats.  

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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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