January 15, 2014
NY education reform commission issues final report
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to recommend education reforms is out with its final report.
Cuomo already has embraced many of the recommendations released Tuesday and advanced several in his 2014 State of the State address. They include expanding full-day pre-kindergarten, upgrading classroom technology and rewarding top teachers.
The 25-member New NY Education Reform Commission began its work in 2012 and issued preliminary recommendations a year ago.
Chairman Richard Parsons calls the final report a roadmap that will guide the state in allocating resources and improving teacher and student achievement.
Recommendations also include providing more college scholarships in high-needs STEM fields, promoting paid internships and reducing obstacles to school district mergers.
NY restrictions on bullet sales start Wednesday
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's new restrictions on ammunition sales take effect Wednesday, requiring all sellers to register with state police and buyers to appear in person to get bullets.
It's part of the law pushed through a year ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one month after the massacre of 26 educators and children in Newtown, Conn.
It requires transactions to take place in person. That includes Internet sales, which will require the face-to-face involvement of a New York-licensed seller.
Organizations like shooting ranges and hunting clubs that distribute ammunition on their premises can register to keep getting direct shipments.
State police say the law will require retailers to record sales and do background checks on buyers as required now for gun sales once a state database is operating.
NY makes $20M available for anaerobic digesters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is making $20 million available to dairy farmers to turn waste into energy.
The money through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will go toward the installation of anaerobic digesters, which make electricity and heat from organic wastes like manure.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that starting Friday, farms, food processors and municipal wastewater sites will be eligible for up to $2 million per project. Eligible projects will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.
SUNY chancellor promises more internships in 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The chancellor of the State University of New York says she'll personally engage the chief executive officers at the state's largest companies to increase SUNY's paid internships.
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher made the promise during her State of the University address Tuesday in Albany.
She says she's looking for 100 percent participation from New York's Fortune 500 companies in the SUNY Works initiative meant to better prepare students of the public university system for the workplace.
Zimpher also formally announced the launch of Open SUNY - an expansion of online learning across the SUNY system, and plans to appoint a task force to propose ways to improve diversity at SUNY.
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