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8.29.17 - Success students outpace their peers academically, study finds

"Students at Success Academy, New York City’s largest charter school network, are about six months ahead of their peers in traditional district schools in math and at least somewhat ahead of their counterparts in English, according to a study commissioned by Success and released Tuesday by MDRC, a national non-profit research group."

"The study, commissioned several years ago, serves to support the charter network's claims that its students significantly outperform the city’s traditional district school students on state standardized exams. It also bolsters Success leaders’ claims that the network’s lottery system of admissions does not exclude the city’s most vulnerable children."

Read the full POLITICO New York article here (subscription required)

8.22.17 - New York Attacks Success

"If New York City’s 46 Success Academy charter schools were their own public school district, they would be New York state’s seventh largest—and its highest achieving. That’s based on the math and English scores on state proficiency tests released Tuesday, which showed Success Academy students far outperforming most of their peers."

Read the full Wall Street Journal Editorial here (subscription required)

8.17.17 - Manhattan’s Farley Post Office Will Soon Be a Grand Train Hall

"After 25 years of talk about turning the main post office in Manhattan into an extension of Pennsylvania Station, construction toward that ambitious and expensive goal is about to get underway."

"Next week, workers will shift from demolishing sections of the 105-year-old James A. Farley Building to transforming it into a grand train hall for passengers of Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road. The $1.6 billion project is one of several high-cost improvements to New York’s transportation system championed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has made transforming the region’s infrastructure, including the airports and the subway system, into a central focus of his tenure."

Read the full New York Times article here

8.11.17 - Is free tuition behind UAlbany’s record applicant pool?

"The University at Albany saw a record number of applications this year, a trend university officials say has just as much to do with the state's new free tuition program as it does the college's growing name recognition."

"Freshman applications are up about 5 percent over last year to a record high of just under 25,000, while transfer applications are up an unprecedented 11 percent to 4,796."

"That's significant. That's a big spike," said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management at UAlbany. But the dual increases likely have different causes, she said."

Read the full Times Union article

8.11.17 - New York’s energy leaders lay out an early blueprint for carbon pricing

"The state's top energy policy makers moved closer to creating a price for carbon in New York in a much-anticipated report released Friday."

"Carbon pricing is seen by many in industry and environmental advocacy as a crucial step in cutting carbon emissions from all sectors and the country's best hope to mitigate some of the worst effects of climate change. While action on the federal level is virtually non-existent, states like New York and California are increasingly stepping in to design carbon pricing schemes they hope can serve as models for the rest of the U.S."

"Any carbon pricing proposal must contribute to achieving New York State's public policies, while providing the greatest benefit at the least cost to consumers while also providing appropriate price signals to incentivize investment and maintain grid reliability," they wrote.

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8.08.17 - GOV CUOMO ANNOUNCES START OF CONSTRUCTION ON DELTA’S $4 BILLION NEW FACILITIES AT LGA

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, together with Delta CEO Ed Bastian, today announced the start of construction on Delta's new facilities at a groundbreaking ceremony at LaGuardia Airport after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey signed a new, long-term lease with Delta. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on the final component of the entirely new, unified airport at LaGuardia, which will provide all LaGuardia travelers with state-of-the-art amenities and expanded public transportation, including the planned AirTrain."

"This is a historic day for Delta as we break ground on our state-of-the-art facility at LaGuardia Airport," Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said. "This investment underscores our commitment to LaGuardia, to New York and to providing our customers and employees here and across the state with a world-class experience at one of our most important hubs. We appreciate Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for their continued partnership in transforming LaGuardia into an airport that New Yorkers will be proud to call their own."

Read the Governor's full press release here

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