ALBANY — There’s no minimum wage hike or property tax relief, but New York lawmakers did insert a tax cut for luxury yachts in this year’s state budget agreement, the details of which emerged Monday just as lawmakers prepared to vote.
Cuomo and top lawmakers hailed the $142 billion spending agreement when they announced it late Sunday night. It includes $1.4 billion in new education funds, along with plans to revise teacher evaluations and require lawmakers to disclose more about their outside income –– though the new disclosure rules would have big exemptions for lawyers in the Legislature who say their clients have little connection to state government.
CANTON - A near-drowning at the Canton Central School pool has led to an investigation by the state Department of Health.
According to reports, Canton Central is also conducting its own internal investigation into the March 23 incident when Donovan Johnson, 13, was pulled from the bottom of the pool by Rob Brown, a swimming teacher. The teenager was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vt. for observation. He returned to school on Thursday.
Compare the hockey statistics of Jordin Tootoo and Marty McSorley side by side and there's one stat that stands out from the rest: penalty minutes.
But from the perspective of McSorley, a former National Hockey League "tough guy," the game has drastically changed from when he hung up his skates to when Tootoo laced on his.
McSorley and former NHLer John LeClair were in Tootoo's home territory this weekend as part of a Stanley Cup visit to Iqaluit.
The standing committee on aboriginal affairs is holding its long awaited hearing on Bill S-6, that would amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act (YESAA), today in Whitehorse.
Representatives from the Yukon government, First Nations, mining groups and environmental groups are scheduled to speak at the public hearing, as are a couple of individuals.
The prospect of S-6 passing into law has alarmed most Yukon First Nations because YESAA arose directly from provisions of the Umbrella Final Agreement between Canada, Yukon and First Nations, which laid the groundwork for subsequent final land claim and self government agreements.
The review of YESAA, which culminated in Bill S-6, took place over five years with involvement from those three parties.
Manitoba's Opposition says an internal investigation into how a 15-year-old girl in the care of social workers disappeared before being found dead in the Red River is complete and should be released.Conservative critic Ian Wishart says the Child and Family Services (CFS) review into Tina Fontaine's death could help save the lives of other vulnerable children.
He accuses CFS Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross of keeping the report secret instead of making changes to prevent similar deaths.
But cabinet press secretary Rachel Morgan said that while a review is being conducted, a final report hasn't yet been produced.
HALIFAX - Transportation Safety Board investigators were spending most of Monday sifting through debris and documenting the site of an Air Canada flight that crashed Sunday at Halifax's airport.
Mike Cunningham, the regional manager of air investigations, said a team of investigators were looking through debris from the point where the plane touched down at Halifax Stanfield International Airport to where it came to rest.
"The big thing is the teams out on the runway to continue to document the accident site, going right back to the initial impact position and identifying all the major components of wreckage we have between that position and where the aircraft wound up," Cunningham said from the airport Monday.
It could have been me.
That's what four women from Regina believe.
All of them have been in dangerous situations where they could have been hurt, or even killed, by a man.
In some cases, a total stranger, in others, a man they were in a relationship with.
All of them are indigenous women.
MASSENA - The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation will be holding an opening ceremony on Thursday to mark the start of the river’s 57th navigation season.
The ceremony and speeches will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Lambert Locks in St. Lambert, Que.
The corporation’s administrator, Betty S. Sutton, along with St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation CEO Terence Bowles will speak about the waterway’s “most significant capital investment and modernization program in five decades” during the event.
Also in attendance will be keynote speakers Ken Lerner of Lafarge Concrete and Canadian Wheat Board President and CEO Ian White. Mr. White’s new vessel, the CWB Marquis, will be the first ship of the season.
Cayuga and Seneca counties will once again receive aid from the state to offset revenue lost due to the Cayuga Indian Nation's refusal to pay property taxes.
The 2015-16 state budget's aid to localities bill includes $340,000 for Seneca County and $92,500 for Cayuga County to help mitigate the losses.
A leading figure in the national movement to change the Washington NFL team’s mascot, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, will appear at Columbia University and Harvard University in the coming days to discuss the growing name change campaign and how it relates to other critical issues facing Native Americans today. Halbritter will visit Columbia on Thursday, March 26 and Harvard on Monday, April 6, participating in several events at each campus.