New York

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By all accounts this wasn’t a pretty year for Congress.  Connecticut and New York lawmakers in Washington say they are as upset about it as voters.

Labor officials say New York's unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in nearly five years. It dropped from 7.7%  in October to 7.4% in November.

The largest gains came in the educational and health service sectors.  Suffolk and Nassau counties have added more than 31,000 total non-farm jobs since November of 2012.

The unemployment rate in Connecticut has dropped to 7.6%.  It's the third consecutive month that rate has fallen. Officials caution the decline has come amid a shrinking labor force.

NY approves largest land preserve in generation

Dec 15, 2013
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A New York State panel voted Friday to create a vast new 24,000 acre wilderness area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River, about four hours north of Long Island.  The land had been owned by a logging company and environmentalists feared that remote stretches of the upper Hudson might be sold for resort or second-home development.  This decision by the Adirondack Park Agency commission sets aside a sprawling area of wild rivers, pristine lakes, and forests where most human development will be banned.   

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Advocates and lawmakers in Albany are reacting to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission report. The report includes  scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany, and recommends numerous reforms.

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Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools?  As Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. 

    

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