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Backlash felt from new smoking regs

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced a new policy prohibiting smoking in certain state park areas last month. For the most part, the new smoking regulation applies to swimming areas, playgrounds, shelters, cabins, pavilions ...

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Official: No date yet for fracking update

ALBANY  — Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says there’s no timeline for a decision on whether fracking of shale gas wells will be allowed in New York state, but the review will likely continue through the summer. Speaking ...

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State probes insurance in foreclosure

ALBANY — New York is expanding a national investigation and scheduled public hearings into so-called forced-placed insurance that add costs to homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. Banks and mortgage holders take out force-placed insurance when a homeowner misses a mortgage ...

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NY toward forefront of DNA collection in US

ALBANY — New York’s doubling of its DNA database will move the state toward the forefront of the 20-year-old police effort to solve crimes by keeping central computer records of criminals’ genetic material and comparing it against crime scenes. The ...

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NY: Insurers to cover women’s contraception choice

ALBANY — New York state on Monday warned health insurers they would lose state contracts if women on Medicaid are denied their choice of higher-cost, brand-name contraceptives unless cheaper, generic methods “fail first.” The move comes after The Associated Press ...

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Maple weekend events

New York state will celebrate its 17th annual Maple Weekend March 17-18 and 24-25 at more than 140 locations. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, maple syrup producers will invite the public to learn about the syrup-making process, ...

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State and police ratify contract

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Manuel M. Vilar, president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, have announced the ratification of a contract agreement between the state and the labor union representing New York State’s University Police, Park ...

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