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Uberti: Gov. Cuomo's drive against texting goes national

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gets out of his

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo revved up his 1975 Corvette Friday for a few laps around Watkins Glen International, one of the few NASCAR courses that includes right turns. Soon after, the car enthusiast governor made another right turn: taking his anti-texting and driving message nationwide.

Cuomo announced Friday at The Glen — site of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series last weekend — that...

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Crowley: Time to legalize MMA in New York

Chris Weidman celebrates after defeating Anderson Silva. (July

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Chris Weidman shocked the Ultimate Fighting Championship world on Sunday by accomplishing what seemed impossible, knocking out undefeated middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Weidman trained for many arduous weeks in order to physically and mentally prepare to take on Silva. But the biggest fight of his career may be convincing the state Assembly to lift the ban on mixed martial arts in New York.


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Uberti: Possible firing of Hempstead whistle-blower looks suspect

The Hempstead school district has been systematically changing

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School districts rife with controversy need the sort of honesty displayed by Carlos Ramirez, who exposed Hempstead school district’s grade-inflation policy last month.

But that honesty isn’t sitting well with district administrators. They’ve since gone on the defensive for Hempstead’s decades-old policy of automatically rounding up failing final grades of 63 and 64 to passing marks of 65 for...

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Uberti: NY State disclosure forms are a poor excuse for transparency

Janet DiFiore, chairwoman of the New York State

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Though state officials’ financial disclosure forms are expected to be made public for the first time this week, don’t expect a treasure trove of well-organized, easily searchable information. That would make too much sense.

State legislators’ outside income, investments and debts will be available online in accordance with the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed...

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McKinstry: Keep taxpayer-funded pension data public

If we lack specifics, it?ll be impossible to

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If sunlight is the best disinfectant then why do some New York lawmakers want to shut out its rays?

A bill that would clarify precisely what it means to be a state retiree – those collecting a taxpayer-funded pension – is being block by Republicans in the State Senate (It was approved in the Assembly). This legislation would actually clarify what it means to be a “retiree” versus a “beneficiary.”


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Ciolli: Malcolm Smith scandal is fertile ground to expose NY corruption

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks at a news

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The news that there are more than a few politicians in New York with a price tag is not surprising. What's shocking is that the felony charges filed yesterday against one of the state's top-ranking Albany Democrats, Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens, is the distinct possibility that  federal prosecutors might finally have a way to penetrate this culture of corruption.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara...

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Editorial: Albany budget is a stew again

Senate Co-Leaders Democrat Jeffery D. Klein and Republican

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed his $143-billion budget in January, he said it was “simple and straightforward.”

In his quest to deliver a third-consecutive on-time state budget, Cuomo said putting a plan together ought to be relatively simple exercise — one that wasn’t political and one where the numbers added up.

Unfortunately, this year’s budget turned into more than numbers. While...

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Cartoon: Andrew Cuomo's pressure conference

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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