The move, which affects restaurant chains with 30 or more locations in the state, will be phased in over six years. In New York City, the move will be made in only three years. 7/24
Related: McDonald's profits declining rapidly
UPDATE: Business owners planning workarounds, contemplating lawsuit (WGRZ)… 7/27
Full story: Comptroller's report 7/24
Former Senate Majority Leader John Sampson (D) and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R) were both convicted of separate crimes under Preet Bharara’s investigations. 7/24
Bat-and-ball fans will have an additional option this summer as a new recreational softball league is set to launch in 2015. The league, currently unnamed, will include teams from Little Valley, Cattaraugus and East Otto. Chandra Beaver will be spearheading the Little Valley squad, which also remains unnamed; Hughes Hotel will be sponsoring the squad. The team will begin play as soon as weather allows.
In addition, indications are that the Valley Thunder Baseball Club,
which finished runner-up in the Southwestern New York Mens Baseball
League, will also return in May 2015, with most of the members of that
team expected to return. That team plays its games in Cattaraugus.3/2
Update 7/24: The Thunder folded after their first game, a 19–3 loss to Bradford.
The bill was proposed by Tony Avella (IDC-Queens). Full story: Albany Times-Union 3/2
Full story: Gowanda News 3/2
Related: List of village races in Cattaraugus County (Olean Times Herald)… 3/6
The fifteen towns span four counties in the eastern Southern Tier and western Catskills; the proposal, which the towns admit will not likely lead to an actual secession, is nonetheless being levied in protest of the state’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. Full story: WBNG 3/2
Related: Upstate, Long Island legislatures introduce separate bills to partition New York into multiple states (Post-Journal) (paywalled; full article in source code)