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Mar 30, 2011

Judge says Lake Erie shipwreck belongs to state

BUFFALO — A 19th century schooner that lies at the bottom of Lake Erie belongs to New York state, not the salvagers who found it and want to raise and preserve it as a tourist attraction, a federal judge ruled.

Mar 2, 2011

Same-sex marriage recognized in N.Y. probate case

A same-sex marriage valid under Canadian law must be recognized in a state probate case disposing of one of the spouse's assets, a New York appellate court has ruled in affirming judgment. The defendant and the decedent were married in Canada ...

Mar 1, 2011

Redistricting likely to cost NY two more seats

It’s a fact: New York state isn’t growing much, and because of that lack of growth, the state has lost 16 congressional seats since 1950. Based on 2010 U.S. Census figures, the state is going to lose even more in 2012 when the seats are up for reelection.

Feb 14, 2011

Lee just the latest NY political scandal

Former Rep. Eric Massa and his tickle fights are so 2010. Eliot Spitzer? He’s two governors ago. With the shirtless photo sent to a woman he was trying to woo online, Rep. Chris Lee is the latest in a string of New York politicians whose misdeeds have riveted national attention.

Jan 19, 2011

School audits find health benefits for the dead

ALBANY — A state audit showed Wednesday that 10 school districts in New York, including Rochester Central School District, paid nearly $239,000 to provide health insurance benefits for dead or ineligible retirees over nearly two years.

Dec 22, 2010

High Court declines to hear advertising law case

A key ruling earlier this year invalidating several portions of New York’s legal advertising rules as unconstitutional will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case.

Dec 16, 2010

NY unemployment rate at 8.3 percent in November

ALBANY — New York’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in November, holding almost steady compared to October and less than the 8.9 percent recorded a year earlier.

Dec 10, 2010

Governor establishes Judicial Pay Commission

NEW YORK CITY — Gov. David A. Paterson today signed legislation establishing a special Commission on Judicial Compensation to review and recommend appropriate adjustments to judicial compensation for New York’s judges.

Dec 9, 2010

Slaughter happy to accept rail funds

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport welcomes a decision by the Department of Transportation to direct up to $7.3 million in additional funding for high-speed rail to New York.

Dec 8, 2010

New York a cash cow for federal government

A new report covering the flow of money between states and the federal government shows New York has been doling out more than its fair share in recent years.

Nov 12, 2010

Judge: NY must release records on monkey research

ALBANY — A judge says New York must release records on substance abuse experiments on monkeys and other animals. The state's Office of Mental Health tried to block the Freedom of Information Act request ...

Nov 9, 2010

The high price of supervision

It costs the State of New York and its counties a lot of money to supervise people placed on probation. To help defray some of those costs, more counties are charging a monthly administration fee. The fee is supposed to be waived for indigent defendants ...

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