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Group sets cost of teacher fight at $1.7B

January 31, 2012

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By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – As some local school districts are nearing agreements with their unions to create tougher evaluations for teachers and principals, an interest group said failure to enact the new evaluations will cost schools $1.7 billion statewide. The New York Campaign for Achievement Now on Tuesday released its […]

Speaker pushes minimum wage hike, expresses doubts about Cuomo pension plan

January 31, 2012

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to push for his bill to increase the state’s minimum wage. In an interview with public radio, the Speaker also expressed reservations about Governor Cuomo’s plan to offer an option of 401 k retirement plans for future state workers. Assembly Speaker Silver has made increasing the state’s […]

“Refreshing Cider: the First Five Years of the Cider Mill Playhouse”

January 31, 2012

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Santino DeAngelo is hosting a cabaret celebrating the first five years of the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, covering the years 1976 – 1980. He and special guest Bernie Sheredy spoke to WSKG’s Gregory Keeler: Refreshing Cider: the First Five Years of the Cider Mill Playhouse Wednesday, February 1, 7:30pm Cider Mill Playhouse 2 S. […]

Lawmakers hold first public hearing on new redistricting maps

January 30, 2012

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY The Legislative task force on redistricting held its first meeting since new proposed maps were released. Lawmakers heard numerous accusations that the new lines were “gerrymandered” and say the proposed maps are not set in stone. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany: The task force held the first of a round of several […]

Albany considering minimum wage increase

January 30, 2012

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced his bill to increase the state’s minimum wage from the present $7.25 an hour to $8.50, saying its “absurd” to think that anyone can make a living on the current amount. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports: Speaker Silver, saying that no one who works hard and plays […]

Dropouts by the numbers

January 30, 2012

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Crystal Sarakas and Matt Richmond, BINGHAMTON Innovation Trail Matt Richmond speaks with WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas Part of “nine seconds,” WSKG’s series on the dropout crisis. Originally broadcast Tuesday, November 1, 2011. PHOTO: SXC.HU

Cuomo says he will veto NY redistricting plan

January 27, 2012

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By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he will veto the new legislative district maps proposed by the state Senate and Assembly majorities. That throws the process into likely negotiations to revise what Cuomo and good-government groups called partisan efforts to solidify the majorities’ power. “The maps are […]