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Part of the debate over Republican tax plans in Congress has been a limit to the state and local tax, or SALT, deduction. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return.

It’s been a sticking point in New York. Seven of the state’s nine Republican members of Congress want to keep the deduction. Governor Cuomo and other state Democratic leaders do, too.

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New York’s Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state by the end of 2018. This has led to an opportunity for local companies in rural areas, who are taking advantage of the state funds to expand to underserved customers. 

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The deadline for the final round of funding for New York’s Broadband Program is August 31st.* The funding will cover projects for the last two percent of the state. These are some of the most remote areas, where the terrain can be rough and population is sparse. 

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New Yorkers making less than $64,000 a year can receive free help filing taxes electronically. The state tax department is holding some day-long events where trained assistants help people file online.

James Gazzale, a spokesperson for the New York State Tax Department, said 92 percent of residents file electronically, and this program offers help navigating the state’s website.

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Earlier this month, New York’s Public Service Commission changed how solar energy is valued in the state. Ahead of the decision, some solar advocates were worried a change in regulations would make solar panels less attractive for homeowners and small businesses.

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It could cost billions more than the governor budgeted for to repair and re-do New York’s water systems, according a report from the state comptroller.

Water mains and pipes in New York are old. Many poor towns can’t afford to upgrade them, so State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says, they often postpone or cancel projects.

To help pay for the upgrades, Governor Cuomo devoted $2 billion to it in his budget proposal.

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A new poll finds that Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in the New York Presidential primary race, but Clinton leads in key voting regions.

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Tensions between upstate senators and the mayor of New York City were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany. Lawmakers questioned the mayor for over five hours on Tuesday.

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A budget watchdog group is giving Governor Andrew Cuomo a mixed grade on his budget proposals, saying he’s done a good job reigning in spending, but is making a mistake by shifting significant costs to New York City.

The New York State Senate held a hearing on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While Governor Cuomo and Assembly Democrats support the phase-in to a higher wage, many Senators remain uncommitted.

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 Governor Cuomo won’t be giving his State of the State speech for another week, but he has already begun laying out his 2016 agenda. Monday he held a rally to raise the minimum wage for all New York workers to $15 an hour.

Will State Government See Reform In 2016?

Dec 16, 2015
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Now that the two leaders of the legislature have been convicted on multiple counts of corruption, government reform groups are looking to the remaining politicians at the Capitol for reform.  Polls show that the public is with them.

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Prisons around the state continue to face closer scrutiny following last summer's escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. State and federal probes are already underway. But a growing number of lawmakers now say violence behind bars and the breakdown in security mean more oversight is needed.

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Sheldon Silver's conviction on corruption charges is not the end of legal proceedings for the former Assembly Speaker. He and his lawyers are expected to provide details of their appeal of the case, as well as ask the trial judge to override the jury’s conclusions and retroactively acquit Silver.

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Women who walk around Times Square in New York City wearing nothing but paint over their breasts have been at the center of controversy the past few weeks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants the women — known as "desnudas" or the naked ones — to go. He even threatened to dismantle the pedestrian plazas built in Times Square to make it so.

But de Blasio is facing a complicated legal landscape that is underpinned by a state court decision in 1992.

Pop Artist Peter Max | Out Of Bounds

May 17, 2015

Considered by many to be the world’s most iconic pop artist, Peter Max’s signature “Cosmic 1960s”-style artwork defined a generation. With its distinctive line work and outrageous color combinations, Max’s art epitomized the energy and optimism of the American spirit, and has been featured the world over.

In this lifetime, he has served as the official artist for the Grammys, the United Nations Earth Summit, and five Superbowls, and has had his paintings grace the covers of People, U.S. News & World Report, Life, and Manhattan’s Yellow Pages--twice. Throughout the years, Max’s artwork has continued to evolve. Today, his prismatic, bold images are more free-flowing in form, though they are still electric in color. 

Last year Max published a memoir, The Universe of Peter Max which detailed, for the first time, the large and small brush strokes of his life’s journey--in his own words. In this visual biography, Max tells his life story--from his birth in Berlin to a childhood spent in Shanghai to his odyssey to New York City, and his subsequent ascension into the celebrity-filled art world of the 1960s and beyond.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Cardinal Edward Egan played a prominent role in New York City after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and now New Yorkers are preparing to pay respects to the former archbishop after his death last week.