News from the Associated Press - March 3, 2014

Associated Press
March 3, 2014

Advocates to discuss findings from NY schools tour

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for increased school funding in New York are set to announce the findings from a tour of 16 school districts across the state.

The Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity have been gathering evidence that the state is underfunding school districts, to support a lawsuit claiming the state has failed to provide "sound basic education."

During the fact-finding tour, the organizations visited school districts in the Capital region, Yonkers, the Mohawk, Hudson and Genesee valleys, the Southern Tier, Long Island and the New York City area.

Assembly Education Committee chairwoman Catherine Nolan, a Democrat, is expected to join the organizations Monday in Albany to discuss the issue.


Hearings to start on NY high-speed rail proposals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Public meetings begin this week on proposals for high-speed passenger rail service in New York.

The first of six hearings is Tuesday at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Meetings are also planned in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica and Poughkeepsie.

The state Department of Transportation says five options are proposed in an environmental review required for federal funding.

Under the options, trains would have top operating speeds of 79, 90, 110 and 125 mph. The current top speed allowed west of Schenectady is 79 mph, although the study said the current average speed for Amtrak trains between Buffalo and Albany barely tops 50 mph.

The costs of the plans range from $1.7 billion to $6.2 billion.

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