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  • BUFFALO, N.Y.— The clock is ticking for leaders of New York's most chronically underperforming public schools, who under a new state law must quickly begin to turn things around or lose control to an outsider— a tactic that has produced mixed results elsewhere. On the other hand, Buffalo parent leader Sam Radford sees "the dawn of a new day" for schools where progress...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The five companies picked to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York include one run by a Minnesota physician, three with dispensaries in other states and another with a personal connection to those the state's new program aims to help. Grow centers are planned for Queens, Orange, Monroe, Fulton and Warren counties. "We are ready to go," said...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state is giving low-cost electricity to 15 businesses around the state as part of a program to use affordable power as an economic development tool. The list of businesses includes Amazon LLC in New York City and Bausch& Lomb in Rochester. Other companies are in the Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier, long Island and western New York.

  • NEW YORK— A former state Senate leader is set to go to trial this fall on charges he sold his office for the sake of his adult son. A federal judge in Manhattan scheduled a Nov. 16 trial date for Dean Skelos and his 33- year-old son, Adam, on Thursday at a hearing where the pair pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment adding new extortion and bribery charges alleging...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Former New York financial regulator Benjamin Lawsky on Tuesday countered criticism from the bitcoin community that he may have generated consulting work for himself by issuing controversial regulations for virtual currency firms before he left his post. In his first public appearance since his transition, the outspoken former regulator...

  • New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. "I wish everything I said that was truthful but...

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense. "You've gone from making Brownie...

  • NEW YORK— New York's Wage Board on Monday finalized its recommendation endorsing a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in chain restaurants. It would be phased in over three years in New York City and six years elsewhere. The first phase of the increase would take effect on Dec. 31, when the minimum wage for affected workers would go from $8.75 to $10.50 in New...

  • As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    DENVER— The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state's more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. But the bright-blue...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's state comptroller says more oversight is needed of Long Island Power Authority, whose customers remain plagued by high electricity rates and rising debt despite reform efforts. Andrew Cuomo's plan to shrink LIPA's staff and turn over daily operations to Public Service Electric& Gas Co.. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli proposes...

  • NEW YORK— The deal that, for now, decided the ride-hailing behemoth Uber's future in New York City began with a phone call to Rome. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday called Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was attending a conference at the Vatican, to tell him she had secured enough votes to pass legislation that would put a severe cap on Uber's growth.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. The 240,000- student University of California becomes the nation's first public...

  • Franchise owners say they're considering a lawsuit against Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won't apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. "Singling out fast food restaurants...

  • Uber growth unhampered in surprise deal with NYC Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 1:27 AM ET

    Just before a City Council vote that could have capped the number of cars Uber can have on city streets, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced late Wednesday that Uber agreed to a four-month study on the impact of the cars on the city's traffic and the environment. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the study will be passed...

  • Defense Department chooses Rochester for photonics center Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.— The Department of Defense has picked Rochester as the location for a sought-after manufacturing hub focused on the field of integrated photonics, U.S. The New York Democrat called the project a "game-changer" for Rochester. He compared it to the founding of photography pioneer Kodak in the western New York city more than 100 years ago.

  • July 22- The New York State wage board recommended raising fast-food worker pay to $15 per hour in New York City by 2018, CNBC said in a tweet on Wednesday. The hike will boost entry-level pay from its current $8.75 per hour level at restaurants owned by companies including McDonald's Corp, Burger King and Wendy's Corp.. The panel had been formed by New York...

  • Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. The 240,000- student University of California becomes the nation's first...

  • NYC strikes Uber deal: No cap on company during study Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 11:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York City and Uber struck an eleventh-hour deal that backs off, for now, placing a cap on the number of cars the ride-hailing company can have on the streets of the nation's largest city. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced late Wednesday— on the eve of a City Council vote that could have established the restriction— that Uber agreed to a...

  • NYC to MTA: Let's work to fill $14 billion funding gap Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to work with New York City to figure out how to fund a $14 billion gap in the transportation agency's capital plan. First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris sent a letter dated Tuesday to MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast. The MTA's 2015-2019 capital plan calls...

  • NEW YORK— Fast-food workers in New York state would see a super-sized raise under a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage— the first time a state has singled out a particular industry for such an increase. "You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 a year in the state of New York— period," Gov. San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles have approved gradual increases to $15...