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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s ready to invest an additional 50 million dollars into the state fairgrounds following a record breaking state fair.  But he says it depends on if he agrees with plans made by his newly-appointed task force for phase two of improvements to transform the grounds into a year-round venue.  He made the announcement yesterday.

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  Residents in Oswego County are breathing a sigh of relief following the news that Exelon will assume ownership and continue operation of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant.  The Cuomo administration facilitated the transaction between Exelon and Entergy, the former owner of the power plant. Governor Cuomo calls it a victory for the region and the state. 

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Supporters and opponents of a $15 minimum wage in New York are blasting reports that Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached a compromise that could stretch out the phase in period, and exempt farmers from the higher pay requirements.  

With the March 31 deadline looming, and the Easter holiday in between, Governor Cuomo and the Senate and Assembly are trying to negotiate a compromise on the governor’s proposal to phase in a $15 

  minimum wage for New York State.

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  Lobbying for and against the minimum wage is intensifying at the State Capitol, with just over two weeks to go until the budget deadline.

Union workers gathered at a rally outside the State Capitol, where the main speaker was Governor Cuomo.

“We’re going to get a $15 minimum wage passed!” Cuomo shouted.

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Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stop in Solvay this week to tout the benefits of raising the minimum wage, Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco and business owners and other groups including Unshackle Upstate are attempting to stifle any enthusiasm for the plan.  They say the plan could really amount to placing them at a disadvantage; which actually would be the reverse of Cuomo and his supporters’ optimism.  If the wage increase is implemented, they say it would ultimately raise their costs so much, some of their lower wage employees could see their hours reduced or risk losing their jobs altogether.  DeFrancisco has been the subject of attack ads on TV by SEIU Local 32BJ casting him with holding a net worth of $6 million dollars.  We caught up with DeFrancisco just as he was being informed about another group swinging punches at him for his opposition of the Cuomo plan.

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The U.S. Attorney who convicted both of the leaders of the legislature came to Albany Monday to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors. But Preet Bharara was not invited to the State Capitol itself, and he did not meet directly with any lawmakers, even though Bharara and Governor Cuomo attended the same event, the swearing in of the state’ new chief judge.

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  Syracuse experts who work with the homeless say it’s just not realistic to get everyone who lives on the streets inside when temperatures go below freezing.  Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order this week mandating just that.  But Housing and Homeless Coalition Coordinator Melissa Marrone has found forcing people inside doesn’t work.

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  Many New Yorkers are getting a raise starting today.  Overall Minimum Wage jumps…with an even higher boost for fast-food workers.  The issue is likely to get more attention this year.

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  Governor Cuomo announced he’s raising the minimum wage for state workers to $15 an hour.  

That did not stop advocates from protesting at the Dunkin Donuts at the state Capitol, saying the governor’s  recent phased in wage increase for fast food workers is too slow.

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  One of the people through the turnstiles at the State Fair Tuesday was Governor Cuomo.  He was ready to share with fairgoers his vision for a new look to the fairgrounds.  The visit was making good on a promise to move the attraction into the future.

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