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The Independent Oil & Gas Association asked JCOPE to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group formed by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, is violating the state’s lobbying law.

Hillary Clinton’s indecision about 2016 has frozen in place the very early — but for some potential candidates, very important — presidential maneuvering on the Democratic side.

Three pro-Hillary super PACs have formed in recent months — none with the formal blessing of Clinton or anyone in her inner circle. And, for good measure, a Virginia lobbyist last week formed the first specific anti-Clinton super PAC.

Now that the budget is done, the TU would like to see some movement on campaign finance reform.

About 234 workers at the Thruway and Canal Corporation will lose their jobs Wednesday.

“Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature,” said Sen. Marco Rubio.

In the past 15 months, NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn has led her colleagues in overriding 10 Bloomberg vetoes. That’s compared with just one in all of 2011 and zero in 2010. And the number is climbing fast.

The Poughkeepsie Journal: “Sometimes, it seems like Gov. Andrew Cuomo is living in an alternative universe.”

Local agencies that provide services to the developmentally disabled are scrambling to deal with aid cuts to OPWDD.

A source tells the DN Assemblyman Vito Lopez refused to testify before JCOPE because of a related criminal probe being conducted by Staten Island DA Dan Donovan.

Teacher evaluation systems have been established across the country as a method of trying to improve instruction. Except oddly, almost every teacher is passing.

Does lottery cash really go to support NY schools? The Post-Standard investigates.

The Buffalo News and the Daily News slammed the taxpayer subsidy for the minimum wage increase as it pertains to teenage workers.

Phil Reisman wants to know why the state is “subsidizing laughs” with the so-called Jimmy Fallon tax credit. (Subscription).

The DN interrogates the NYC mayoral hopefuls about their favorite sports teams, scariest moments, preferred pizzerias, etc.

Alcoa has committed to investing $42 million to modernize its Massena aluminum production facilities, preserving 900 jobs in a deal with the state that guarantees a long-term supply of low-cost electricity from NYPA.

The Staten Island Advanced wants to know why the promised $14 million for toll relief for Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island E-ZPass customers wasn’t in the budget.

The county clerk and sheriff offices in Warren and Saratoga counties are overwhelmed with paperwork as a result of the SAFE Act.

The FOIL opt-out in the SAFE Act is also creating a headache for local officials, who say the state hasn’t been forthcoming with assistance.

“Lifetime gun owner” and retired Navy commander Andrew Graham writes in The Buffalo News that the SAFE Act is constitutionally sound.

But some constitutional experts believe a federal lawsuit challenging the SAFE Act that was filled in Buffalo could make it all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Sen. Malcolm Smith’s staff budget has ballooned 66 percent since Jan. 2, after he defected from his fellow Democrats to join the ruling Independent Democratic Conference, payroll records show.

Faced with a lawsuit aimed at blocking the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow because it’s not a hybrid, the Bloomberg administration has proposed a compromise: Some owners can buy hybrids, as long as they are big enough.

The NYC DOT will receive $14.3 million from the federal government to reimburse Sandy-related costs at the Staten Island Ferry as part of a larger $1.42 billion relief effort aimed at many regional transportation agencies.

Declining enrollments have school districts looking outside of their own student ranks as a way to keep programs alive and thriving.

The Village of Alfred passed a 12-month moratorium on fracking.

Westchester has a “goosinator.”