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Albany County Nursing Home faces wrongful death lawsuit

ALBANY — The staff at Albany County Nursing Home staff failed to adequately feed, clothe, wash and medicate a resident in the months leading up to his death last year, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday morning. Lori LaRock ...

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New York Republicans present united front with leadership transition

ALBANY — State Republican Party leaders gathered in Albany Tuesday to pledge a united front after the announced dethroning of longtime Chairman Ed Cox. “We had a spirited conversation around the state. …We’re standing here united today and talking about ...

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JCOPE executive director Agata leaving for law firm

ALBANY — Seth Agata, executive director of the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, will leave the top staff post at the watchdog entity near the end of June. At JCOPE’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Agata’s departure was announced by JCOPE’s ...

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Democratic lawmakers approve measure curbing Trump’s pardon power

ALBANY — State lawmakers broke along party lines and have passed legislation designed to curb the pardon power of President Donald Trump. The legislation would narrow New York’s double-jeopardy laws to increase the ability of state and local prosecutors to ...

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Judge: Dead cadet’s parents can use his sperm

West Point The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge ruled while noting ethical considerations. Supreme Court Justice John Colangelo’s ruling, dated Thursday, ...

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Sugarman reaches $100k settlement with NYSUT

ALBANY – A powerful state teachers union has agreed to a $100,000 settlement to resolve allegations its top officials violated state election law. The New York State United Teachers agreed May 15 to the settlement with Risa Sugarman, the chief ...

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Obama science advisor sees retreat under new administration

TROY — When former President Barack Obama wanted to insight into scientific issues such as climate change and alternative energy, he turned to John Holdren. On Friday, the 75-year-old physicist and former head of the White House Office of Science ...

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Ex-U.S. Rep. John Faso won’t try to win seat back

ALBANY — John Faso, who in November lost his congressional seat to Democrat Antonio Delgado, says he will not try to win back the seat in 2020. In a statement delivered to the Albany bureau of the USA Today Network, ...

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Steck: Fix upstate infrastructure by taxing Wall Street

ALBANY — Assemblyman Phillip G. Steck is working with a colleague in the Senate to reintroduce a bill reinstating the state’s stock transfer tax and directing the proceeds to statewide infrastructure. Unlike previous iterations of the bill, which would funnel ...

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Legislation would restrict sale of whipped cream chargers

ALBANY – New legislation would require New Yorkers to be at least 21 years old to purchase nitrous oxide chargers that are commonly used to make whipped cream and fill balloons. The measure is designed to prevent the abuse of ...

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