June 11, 2014
New York Assembly backs gender anti-discrimination
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Assembly has voted 91-51 to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
The measure was approved Tuesday by the Democrat-controlled Assembly for the seventh time. It hasn't advanced in the Senate controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats.
Sponsors say 18 states, the District of Columbia, and 157 cities and counties in the U.S. have adopted measures to extend civil rights protections to transgender people. They include the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and Suffolk and Tompkins counties.
The bill would extend those legal protections statewide in housing, employment, and public accommodations, also classifying crimes against transgender individuals as hate crimes.
Sen. Daniel Squadron, a Manhattan Democrat, and 23 co-sponsors have introduced a companion bill.
NY Legislature passes foreclosure protection bill
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation extending a series of protections for homeowners facing foreclosure is heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Under the bill, lenders will have to give homeowners 90 days' notice of foreclosure and offer mandatory settlement conferences.
The protections were first enacted in 2009 but were set to expire in February unless lawmakers voted to extend them.
The New York state Senate passed the measure Tuesday. The Assembly passed the bill last week.
Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein, a Democrat, says the requirements in the bill are critical to helping the nearly 30,000 New York City homeowners facing foreclosure.
Pa. auditor says he'll audit state universities
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he plans to conduct a performance audit of Pennsylvania's 14-state-owned universities.
DePasquale said Tuesday the comprehensive review will cover the three-year period ending June 30.
He says his auditors plan to examine everything from the process that the State System of Higher Education uses to set tuition rates to the policies on sexual assaults on campus. He says he wants to consider every option for keeping the universities affordable for middle-class families.
About 112,000 students attend the universities in Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.
The system's current budget totals $1.6 billion.
DePasquale says he expects the audit to be completed in 2015.
Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry to resume in 2015
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Georgetown-Syracuse basketball rivalry is back.
The schools announced Tuesday they've reached agreement on a four-year, home-and-home series starting in 2015.
Georgetown will host the Orange at Verizon Center during the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons, and the Hoyas will visit the Carrier Dome in 2016-17 and 2018-19. Specific dates have not been set.
The first game of the renewal will be the first regular-season matchup between the teams since the Hoyas beat the Orange, 61-39, at Verizon Center to clinch the 2012-13 Big East regular-season title.
The rivals went their separate ways when Syracuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference last summer. The teams have met 90 times, with Syracuse leading the series 49-41.
The Orange won the most recent game between the teams, 58-55 in the 2013 Big East tournament.
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