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  • Judicial appointment loophole sparks debate over NY constitution

    This story reveals a longtime but little-known practice of governors using a law to create one of their biggest, six-figure patronage mills to appoint appoint judges to critical courts that the constitution says are to be be presided over by elected judges.
  • Sex and Corporal Punishment in New York's Schools

    In New York, most teachers who lose their state license do so because of sexual contact and/or sexual relationships with students. Many of these relationships are long lasting. Also despite corporal punishment being made illegal twenty years ago, it has been on the rise the past five years in New York's schools.
  • Cheating Teachers

    This article uncovers teachers who cheat to help their students score better on standardized tests. These tests are important because they help parents and taxpayers judge schools -- teachers are under a lot of pressure to help students perform well.
  • New York's high failure rates for safety inspections on school buses and private bus companies

    School bus fleets and private passenger bus companies in New York state and the Capital Region were failing safety inspections at rates of between four and seven out of 10 buses. The violations involved faulty brakes and similar safety concerns. These were not surprise inspections, but rather visits scheduled two or more weeks in advance every six months. The state Department of Transportation became alarmed, privately, months before. A plan was created to address the problem, but little if any action took place. The backdrop for the story is a new administration under a governor who promised to be more business friendly.
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    The Times Union ran a series that documents lavish spending by the head of New York's Winter Olympic facilities. The series found questionable spending on luxurious cars, contracts and jobs for his children, among other things. The spending went on without check by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority, due to the fact that Ned Harkness had ties to Gov. Mario Cuomo, Oct. 23 - 24, 1994.
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    Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union reports on the widescale disinformation peddled by military recruitors to potential recruits; lists having sex with potential recruits, forgery and lying to the recruits and their parents as commonplace practice by recruitors, June 20, 1993.
  • Pipeline to the Police

    Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) examines the questionable relationship between the police and a local thug who was the key witness in a murder investigation; the man beat up people connected to the investigation with the police department's knowledge, April 26, 1987.
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    The Recorder (Amsterdam, N.Y.) series looks at the informal exercise of economic and political power in a small community through the use of federal economic development money by the Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency, April 25 - 28, 1984.
  • Binghamton's First Ward

    Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) charts the ownership of a slum building and discovers it belongs to the city supervisor of buildings.
  • Broome County Government Bidding Practices

    Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) exposes the poor bidding practices of a county government and the resulting higher costs for taxpayers when government limited who could bid.