ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state's first-in-the-nation tuition-free college program will pay the bill for about 22,000 students this year.The governor's office says an additional 23,000 students who applied also qualified to have their tuition covered, but by existing state and federal financial aid.About 75,000 people applied for the new Excelsior Scholarship, which pays the balance of tuition for New York residents from families earning $100,000 or less who attend a State University of New York or City University of New York school full-time.Cuomo says thanks to the new program 53 percent of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students now go to school tuition-free.
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The Bay Area pays tribute to a beloved country music icon with “The Music of George Jones — A Birthday Celebration,” which takes place at the Ivy Room in Albany on Friday, Sept. 29. The lineup for the concert features Bobby Black, who played pedal steel guitar with Jones, as well as local twang all-stars Maurice Tani, Laura Benitez, Smilin’ Pete Garellick, Val Esway and the Loretta Lynch Trio, among others. The evening will trace Jones’ career, from honky-tonk hero to classic crooner, most likely touching on favorite sing-alongs such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “When the Grass Grows Over Me” along the way.
- Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans
By MARY ESCH, Associated Press - Sunday Sep 17, 2017
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- The Thruway is closed!
By Stitches - Monday Aug 14, 2017
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- Summer of Love concert and light show come to Golden Gate Park
By Leah Garchik - Sunday Jun 25, 2017
There were 18,000 to 20,000 music-loving, feather-and-bead-draped, flower-holding Summer of Love veterans and hippie-wannabes gathered in the hollow in front of the Conservatory of Flowers during the first summer night of the year, Wednesday, June 21, according to estimates by Rec and Park staffers.The Surrealistic Summer Solstice concert started in the early evening and ended — with an “All You Need Is Love” sing-along — after the 9:15 p.m. light show was projected on the Conservatory, a formal wedding cake of a building that took on a multicolored psychedelic pattern as though she were a Victorian bride boozily wrapping herself in Janis Joplin velvet.In the VIP pavilion, Charlotte Shultz recalled that her husband, the late Jack Mailliard, was president of the Police Commission when the hippies and the police were sparring.Former Mayor Willie Brown, who’d taken a lead role in raising funds for the lighting (co-produced by Obscura Digital), relished the civic moment, and also joked from the podium about “poorly dressed” Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, who was thereupon defended (“don’t insult Phil”) by Shultz, who not only recalled a certain yellow plaid suit worn by Brown (“bad, bad, bad”) but also mentioned that hairdo you had.The pavilion atmosphere was unstuffy — and there had been a generous amount of time for liquid refreshment before the speeches — but the laughs that it drew sounded wary.Proudly decked out for the occasion in much-admired 1975 Mickey McGowan boots (like the ones in the de Young Museum show, and much admired by passing fashionistas), she reports that the biggest sing-along in her area was “White Rabbit,” and there were boos when Mayor Ed Lee was introduced.Musicians included members of Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Chambers Brothers, Country Joe & the Fish and It’s a Beautiful Day — all backed by Moonalice.People were interested in time traveling, going back to the days of freewheeling dancing ... old hipsters reliving their pasts through the music that got all this stuff going.Concert producer Dawn Holliday (behind the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass free festival at Golden Gate Park) said that from her vantage point on John F. Kennedy Drive, she looked down in the beautiful valley in front of the Conservatory, (where) people were dancing and spinning, and it just looked so peaceful.In front of the Conservatory near the end of the light show, I stood with others in parallel position — arms up as if in religious trance — wielding cell phones in an attempt to capture the vibrancy of the sight.