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State proposes changes to program for those with developmental disabilities

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The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is proposing amendments to the Home and Community Based Services Waiver that could affect reimbursements, among other things. The HCBS Waiver is a program operated by OPWDD and administered ...

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State makes emergency change in siting regulations for wind power projects

The New York state Department of Public Service last week revised its definition of “revision,” making it possible for a company building a wind turbine to modify its approved plans without triggering a new public hearing. An emergency ruling in ...

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Expanded bottle bill might improve glass recycling but add headaches and costs

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A proposed law that would extend New York’s bottle bill to wine and liquor bottles could increase recycling of glass significantly and create a cleaner stream of recycled glass, potentially making it easier to find end users in a tight ...

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NY lawmakers vote to strengthen animal cruelty penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People convicted of extreme animal cruelty would be prohibited from owning a companion animal under legislation passed by the New York state Senate on Tuesday. The Senate also voted to increase potential jail time and fines ...

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Trump’s top candidate for N.Y. prosecutor testified for convicted Ill. governor, angering feds

President Donald Trump’s leading candidate to run the nation’s most prestigious prosecutor’s office infuriated government lawyers a decade ago by testifying as a defense witness for a former Illinois governor facing U.S. corruption charges. It was a bizarre spectacle because ...

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Right-to-die legislation in NY renews debate

ALBANY — Two Assembly members and other advocates of letting the terminally ill end their lives said Tuesday their proposed law would limit suffering and has safeguards to prevent mistakes and abuse. Opponents, who on Tuesday included the Senate majority ...

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Poll: NY voters want full-time legislators, no outside pay

  ALBANY — Most New York voters say it’s time for the state’s 213 legislators to be considered full-time, with their current $79,500 base salary unchanged and outside earnings prohibited, according to new poll released Monday. The Siena poll shows ...

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LA Fitness, other clubs settle with AG

ALBANY — Greece-based health club giant LA Fitness has been penalized $6,750 as part of a sweeping settlement with 96 operators announced Thursday by New York’s attorney general. The operators have agreed to modify their contracts and pay penalties and ...

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Cuomo proposes new felony charge for child abuse

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed making criminal child abuse a felony, saying abusers too often don’t go to prison even after disturbing violent crimes. The governor, among many initiatives proposed for the coming year, says national data show ...

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