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Governor Andrew Cuomo Authorizes More Speed Cameras for NYC, Long Island

by Associated Press
Traffic in NYC.

Wendy, Flickr

New York City and Long Island will soon get more than 200 new speed cameras to combat dangerous driving in school zones.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday that authorizes up to 125 cameras on Long Island and another 120 in New York City.

   The cameras will be installed in school zones and will operate during and immediately before and after school activities. Speeders caught by the devices would be mailed a $50 ticket.

NY Governor Cuomo Invokes Gumby

by Associated Press
Gumby

Jesse Dybka, Flickr

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has again compared himself to Gumby when describing his approach to negotiations.

   The Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday that he "is a veritable Gumby" when it comes to his ability to strike a compromise.

   His comments were in reference to ongoing talks with lawmakers about authorizing medical marijuana in New York state.

New York Speaker Pushes for Minimum Wage Hike, Dream Act

by Associated Press
New York State Capitol.

Holley St. Germain, Flickr

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is renewing his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

   Silver told reporters on Wednesday that those two measures are top priorities before the Legislature adjourns next week.

   The minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York City to impose a local minimum wage that's up to 30 percent higher.

   The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

New York Lists 51 Bridges that Need Renovations

by Associated Press
NY Bridge.

Wally Gobetz, Flickr

New York officials have identified 51 bridges statewide most at risk from repeated flooding, saying they need upgrades and retrofits that will cost more than $257 million.

   The bridges have been scoured and lost foundation materials like sand and rocks from around and beneath abutments, piers, foundations and embankments.

   The 51 range from the greater Albany area and Hudson and Mohawk valleys to Long Island, the North Country, Finger Lakes, western New York and the Southern Tier.

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