BOARD OF REGENTS VOTE
NY Senate and Assembly vote on Regents members
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Legislature is scheduled to vote on whether to re-elect four Board of Regents members amid drama over the Common Core rollout.
Common Core is a curriculum standard in English and math designed to improve students' college and career readiness. Teachers say they weren't given sufficient material and guidance to teach the new standards.
Incumbent Regents and their challengers need 107 votes from the Senate and Assembly to win on Tuesday. Democrats in control of the Assembly typically control the vote but because of vacancies only have 99 seats.
Richard Ianuzzi, president of the New York State United Teachers union, welcomes the challengers. He says the education policy-setting Board of Regents needs a new perspective.
Common Core standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Donald Trump headlining upstate NY GOP event
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump is set to head upstate for a Republican Party event.
The reality TV star is scheduled to be in Syracuse Tuesday for a $100-per-person reception arranged by the Onondaga County Republican Committee.
Several GOP county leaders have been courting Trump to challenge Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November. Trump hasn't ruled out a run but has been quiet on the subject in recent weeks. He's said repeatedly that he doesn't want to be involved in a primary.
Last week, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino declared his candidacy for governor.
Supporters of Trump see him as having the name recognition and money needed to successfully challenge Cuomo.
Rochester teachers union sues over evaluations
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The Rochester teachers union is suing the state and school district over state-mandated performance reviews.
The Rochester Teachers Association says New York's Board of Regents, state Education Department and district didn't account for Rochester's nearly 90 percent student poverty rate when it graded teachers last year. The lawsuit says that since poorer kids do worse on the state tests used in performance evaluations, the process was unfair.
About a third of the teachers in the upstate district were rated "developing" or "ineffective," compared to 5 percent statewide.
State officials have said that the teacher evaluation formula accounts for wealth differences by measuring student growth on tests against similarly situated students.
An education department spokesman, citing policy, declined comment on the lawsuit.
Teachers receiving two consecutive "ineffective" ratings can be fired.
NY police seek public's help in missing teen case
TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - State police investigators say they're hoping to speak to the person or persons who would have had contact with an 18-year-old college student who disappeared in the Adirondacks while home on spring break two years ago.
Authorities say Colin Gillis of Tupper Lake was last seen walking along state Route 3 between his home in Tupper Lake and Piercefield early on the morning of March 11, 2012. A student at SUNY Brockport in western New York, Gillis was home for spring break when he went to a party and never returned home
Extensive searches in the woods around Tupper Lake have turned up no sign of him.
Troopers say the investigation has also focused on the people who would have interacted with Gillis the morning he disappeared and haven't reported that contact to state police.
Parolee charged with killing dog in central NY
LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (AP) - A man on parole after being convicted of causing the death of a state trooper during a high-speed chase has been charged with beating a dachshund to death at a central New York home.
State police say James Carncross was arrested on Monday and charged with animal cruelty for the fatal beating last Friday in the town of Pompey, 12 miles southeast of Syracuse. He was sent to jail pending a parole review.
Carncross was convicted in December 2006 of aggravated criminally negligent homicide and reckless driving for a high-speed chase that led to a crash that killed Trooper Craig Todeschini.
He was sentenced to seven years in state prison, consecutive to an earlier sentence for violating probation. He was released on parole Jan. 2.
Higgins faces primary in western NY
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo businessman says he'll challenge Congressman Brian Higgins in the Democratic primary.
Emin "Eddie" Egriu (EE'-groo) announced his candidacy in the western New York district on Monday.
Egriu is a 52-year-old contractor and former project director of a community group committed to revitalizing city neighborhoods.
He is the second person to enter the race for the 26th Congressional District in recent days. Last week, Republican Kathy Weppner, a former radio talk show host, announced her candidacy.
Higgins is serving his fifth term.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-NEW YORK
NY health exchange reports 591,000 enrolled
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state's new health exchange reports more than 908,000 New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 591,000 of them have now enrolled for specific coverage.
The health department says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes 299,836 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and 290,803 in government-funded Medicaid.
Open enrollments continue through March for 2014 coverage at state-approved rates. Applicants with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for tax credits to help offset premium payments.
Another online exchange offers insurance for businesses with up to 50 employees.
NINE MILE-POWER OUTAGE
NY nuclear plant back online after power outage
SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) - Constellation Energy says its Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in central New York is back in service after being shut down last week by a problem with a power supply.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the Nine Mile Point 2 plant in Scriba (SKREYE'-buh) was manually shut down early Tuesday after the loss of off-site power to control and alarm electrical circuits.
The officials say the problem affected the flow of cooling to both of the plant's reactor recirculation pumps. In response, the plant's operators manually scrammed the reactor, which entails inserting all of the control rods to halt the fissioning process.
Constellation Energy says the plant returned to service Sunday.
Actor Ralph Macchio's dad seeks zip line approval
RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - The state Adirondack Park Agency is considering whether to approve a 3,500-foot-long zip line at a Lake George attraction owned by "Karate Kid" actor Ralph Macchio's father.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that park agency staff have recommended approval of Ralph Macchio Sr.'s proposed Bear Pond Ranch Zip-Flyer in Lake George, although the agency has raised concerns about its visibility.
The zip line ride would run from near the summit of French Mountain in the town of Queensbury to Macchio's Wild West Ranch in the town of Lake George.
The project is on the agenda of the agency's monthly meeting Thursday.
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