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Showdown looms over push for higher wage mandate

ALBANY — Advocates for low-paid workers and business groups are poised for a major clash over a proposal that would significantly boost the minimum wage throughout the state. In the upstate region, the minimum wage is already set to rise to $14.20 Dec. 31. That’s a dollar more per hour ...

Hospitals urged to prepare for violent incidents

ALBANY — As the head of an organization representing 50 upstate hospitals, Gary Fitzgerald says health care executives frequently express their concerns to them about the hostile and confrontational treatment their medical staffers face on the job. “Almost every C.E.O. we've talked to over ...

Report: Wide racial disparity in New York prison discipline

ALBANY — Black and Hispanic people incarcerated in New York state prisons are more likely than white people to face further punishment once they wind up behind bars, according to a state inspector general report released Thursday. A Black person behind bars in New York from 2015 to 2020 was ...

Construction of 339 mile power line begins

ALBANY — Construction has begun on an underground electrical transmission line that will bring Canadian hydropower to New York City as part of an effort to make the Big Apple less reliant on fossil fuels, state officials announced Wednesday. Once complete, the Champlain Hudson Power Express ...

NY Thruway proposes toll hike beginning in 2024

The New York State Thruway Authority is proposing a systemwide toll increase that would take effect in 2024. Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll is asking the authority's board of directors to initiate the process for implementing a toll increase. The proposal will be ...

Prosecutor: Donald Trump knew about exec’s tax fraud scheme

NEW YORK — Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” with top Trump Organization executives who schemed for years to dodge taxes on company-paid perks, a prosecutor said Thursday, challenging defense claims that the former president was unaware of the plot at the heart of the ...