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Deadline Arrives for New York Casino Applications

by Associated Press
Casino.

Markus Ortner, Flickr 

Forget fax machines or email attachments - developers hoping to build casinos in New York state are using boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators.

   Monday afternoon is the deadline for applications for one of up to four upstate casino licenses expected to be awarded this fall.

   Contenders include local investors and international gambling companies. The applications are detailed and long, with multiple copies required.

LIRR Contract Talks End Early - Strike Talk Grows

by Associated Press
LIRR.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr

A union leader says a strike next month is more likely after talks with the management of the Long Island Rail Road ended abruptly Friday.

Newsday reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union leaders met for less than two hours before negotiations ended.

Christopher Natale of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen says his members are preparing for a strike.

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.

Representative Charles Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat Take the Stage for a Debate

by Kris Venezia
Rep. Rangel

Azi Paybarah, Flickr 

A recent Siena College/New York Times poll showed 84-year old Representative Charles Rangel with a narrow lead over state Senator Adriano Espaillat. 

The two are fighting for the 13th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Upper Manhattan and the western Bronx. At a debate Wednesday night at Lehman College in the Bronx, Espaillat focused much of his discussion on improving housing conditions and immigration reform in the predominantly Latino district. 

He said Congress needs someone who understands the issues immigrants face. 

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 Education Chief Urges Support for Common Core

by Associated Press
Exam.

Ryan M., Flickr

Education Commissioner John King Jr. is urging New York's business and community leaders to support the Common Core curriculum standards.

   King spoke on the issue Wednesday at an Association for a Better New York forum.

   The Common Core Learning Standards have been adopted by most states. They emphasize critical thinking, reading comprehension and writing.

   The new standards were first pushed by governors concerned about the large number of high school graduates needing remedial college help and lacking basic skills.

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