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Cement plants in New York State and around the nation will no longer be able to get off the hook for spewing dangerous pollution and claiming it was a mistake, thanks to a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court. Photo credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants - or kilns - spew dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a mistake. Seth Johnson represented a num...Read More

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PHOTO: Participants at the NYS Interfaith Convocation for Immigration Reform started a week of activities that culminate with today's National Day of Action. Photo credit: C. Bonawandt, Long Island Wins

NEW YORK - New York supporters of immigration reform are sending messages to the White House and Congress today that Washington needs to step it up and take action. In fact, today has been declared a National Day of Action regarding immigration reform. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director ...Read More

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ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o...Read More

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PHOTO: Karen Magee, elected new president of New York State United Teachers this week, hopes to heal "fractured" relationships and pursue a pro-active agenda. Courtesy NYSUT

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's teachers union elected a new president this week in a sign that union members, teachers and professionals in the state's public schools want to take a stronger stance on a number of issues. Karen Magee is a 30-year veteran teacher and union leader from Harrison. She replace...Read More

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PHOTO: Debris on streets of coastal New York days after Hurricane Sandy. Advocates for the homeless say 17 months later, the housing situation for many is worse than it was last winter. Photo credit: Walt Jennings, FEMA.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The one, two, three punch of the foreclosure crisis, Hurricane Sandy and the worst winter in recent memory has hit New York hard and – on Long Island especially – left advocates for the homeless staggering. Many low-income renters lost their dwellings in the w...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state, across racial and ethnic groups. It shows New York in the forefront in some cases, lagging in others. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new report that compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups by state shows New York in the forefront in some ways, lagging in others. The report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count data center shows white children in New York i...Read More

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NEW YORK - It's a seldom-used tactic and a long shot, but supporters of comprehensive immigration reform say a discharge petition is the best weapon they have left - and the support of New York lawmakers could be key. It's a big number: 218 House members have to sign on for the discharge petition to...Read More

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PHOTO: Undocumented immigrant students and their supporters are to hold a rally today in Hicksville to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do all he can to press for passage of the NYS Dream Act. Photo courtesy Long Island Wins.

NEW YORK - The time is now for leadership from the top - that's the message New York's undocumented students are sending to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today about the future of the state's "Dream Act." The New York State Dream Act fell two votes short in the state Senate a week ago. Osman Canales, leader o...Read More

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