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85% favor N.Y. holding constitutional convention

Most respondents to this week's RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll said they would vote in favor of holding a New York constitutional convention to consider amending the state constitution. See dozens of comments from readers.

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Kolb pushes for change in New York

Five months after being selected as minority leader in the state Assembly, Brian Kolb has become increasingly visible and vocal on issues ranging from his proposal for a state constitutional convention to his call for CBS to fire David Letterman ...

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DiNapoli unveils tools for local governments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Thursday unveiled guidelines to help local governments develop long-term planning strategies for infrastructure repair and replacement after issuing a report saying some $80 million in infrastructure needs in New York will be unmet over the next 20 years.

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Area rail service gets $1.3M in state funding

The region will receive roughly $1.3 million in state funding to improve freight rail service, Gov. David Paterson’s office announced Thursday.

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Harris terminals receive Inmarsat type approval

Harris Corp., parent of RF Communications, announced Wednesday one of its satellite terminals has received type approval from Inmarsat, one of the world's leading providers of global satellite communications.

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State regulators have wrong Rx for pharmacies

A movement is under way by the state Department of Health to allow out-of-state mail-order pharmacies to provide specialty medications to Medicaid patients suffering from a variety of ailments. These specialty drugs help people suffering from Crohn’s disease; various types ...

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It’s Labor Day, not Organized Labor Day

Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. This is pretty much the universal definition of Labor Day. U.S. Department of Labor statistics document that 7.6 ...

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Highest-Paid Public School Officials, Part 1

(Ranked by current salary) 1. Jean-Claude Brizard Position: Superintendent/Rochester City School District Current Salary(1)($) : 223,600 Previous Salary(2)($): 215,000 % Change: 4.0 Number of Years in Current Position: 1.5 Number of Employees Overseen: NA Population Served: 31,951 students, 207,000 district ...

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Highest-Paid Public School Officials, Part 2

(Ranked by current salary) 26. Deborah Ryan Johnson Position: Assistant Superintendent for Instruction/Rush-Henrietta Central School District Current Salary(1)($) : 154,390 Previous Salary(2)($): 148,809 % Change: 3.8 Number of Years in Current Position: 5.5 Number of Employees Overseen: 8 Population Served: ...

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TEN program provides skills to entrepreneurs

Having owned a firm since 2001, Wendy Brabon had learned business lessons mainly by trial and error.  A heavy reader and advocate of continuing education, Brabon recently enrolled in the Entrepreneurs Network to enhance her business skills. She was impressed ...

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ESDC to work on Empire Zone replacement

Empire State Development Corp., under the direction of Rochester-based Dennis Mullen, will lead the process that will determine a new economic development incentive program to replace the New York’s Empire Zone program that expires next year, the state agency said ...

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NSA certifies Harris RF tactical radios

The National Security Agency has certified the world’s first tactical radio to utilize new encryption technology, Harris Corp. officials announced Thursday. The radio is designed to simplify communications interoperability within multinational coalitions. The company’s RF Communications division and the NSA ...

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Pension fund contributions to increase in 2011

Public employer contribution rates from two retirement systems to the $116.5 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund will increase in 2011, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Thursday. This will place pressure on municipal budgets and taxpayers, he said. The average ...

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Emergency relief ideas presented at agricultural summit

Money not already earmarked from the federal stimulus package could be funneled to the national dairy industry for emergency relief, offsetting record-low prices for milk and dairy products. That was an idea discussed Wednesday by Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, at ...

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Paterson visits Rochester to tout $17 million in funding

Gov. David Paterson was in Rochester on Wednesday to announce $17 million in funding for the area, including $9.5 million for two projects in the city of Rochester. The funding is part of $153.6 million in the third round of ...

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