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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion dollar budget spending plan, including $1 billion more dollars for schools next year, and ethics reforms.

Cuomo saved his plans for education and ethics reform for his speech, after already rolling out a massive infrastructure project that he said will make the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller “jealous,” calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and numerous other proposals. 

Cuomo To Expand Prison Education Programs

Jan 11, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he has a new plan to expand college education programs in the state's prisons. The plan is part of a slate of criminal justice reforms he unveiled yesterday at a church service in Harlem.

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An ex-con seeking to prove he was worthy of joining the Islamic State group planned to carry out a New Year's Eve attack at an upstate New York bar using a machete and knives provided by an FBI informant, federal authorities announced Thursday.

Emanuel Lutchman, 25, of Rochester, was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists, prosecutors said. Officials said he was snared in an FBI sting involving three paid informants.

Lutchman was arrested Wednesday. Steven Slawinski, his federal defender, declined to comment on the charges.

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A task force by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is reversing a number of policies in the Common Core standards, including parts of a measure on teacher evaluations pushed by Cuomo less than a year ago.

NY State Officials Weigh More Prison Oversight

Dec 7, 2015

A growing number of lawmakers in Albany say New York’s prison system needs more oversight to cut the rate of violence behind bars and to prevent high profile escapes like the one last summer at Clinton Dannemora prison. The push for reform comes as the state’s Corrections Department faces at least two state and Federal investigations.

When Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell from New York City’s Upper West side opened his hearing into conditions in New York’s state prisons, he described a system in crisis.

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