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Reports from Terry Sheridan and the Long Island News Bureau staff, a collaboration with Stony Brook University's School of Journalism; WSHU's Charles Lane; and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio

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A new Siena College poll finds Governor Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that a failed primary challenger is still taking points away from the governor’s lead.

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The New York State Education Department says that the percentage of students in grades three to eight who opted out of exams dropped to 18 percent last spring, compared to 21 percent in 2016. On Long Island the average boycott rate has stayed at nearly 50 percent since 2016, according to a Newsday survey.

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Governor Cuomo does not talk a lot about what his agenda would be if voters give him a third term. Cuomo says his record of what he’s done in the past is more important than what he’d do in the future.

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Environmentalists are urging a state panel on water quality standards to meet its October 2 deadline to set new acceptable levels of toxic chemicals in public water supplies.