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About that state surplus ...

ALBANY -- That surplus of up to $5 billion repeatedly cited in the fall campaigns by incumbents is looking a little lighter these days.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Monday said the money shouldn’t even be called a surplus. He said the funds -- mostly from settlements with banks to end enforcement actions -- are a one-time windfall and should be used for one-time costs, such as repairing...

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Early proposal for big boost in school aid falls flat

ALBANY _ Advocates seeking a big boost in public school aid struck out Thursday in their first pitch to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The Education Conference Board sought $1.9 billion from about $4 billion won in legal settlements from banks. The coalition that includes the New York State United Teachers union and the state School Boards Association made its first pitch Thursday to increase state...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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