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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.

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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