ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has new rules governing fees imposed on gift cards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure into law Monday prohibiting businesses from imposing user fees on the unused balances of gift cards until 25 months after issuance. The old rules allowed user fees after 13 months.

In addition, the new law requires gift cards to be valid for at least five years after the date of issuance.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the new rules will help ensure consumers "get their money's worth" out of gift cards.

First hour: Design for Democracy and avoiding another Florida 2000

Second hour: Bringing diversity into conservation and nature

From PBS Newshour, a live video stream of the first presidential debate.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night.NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.



A Virginia-based company that already has been working to develop a wind power project in Orleans and Niagara Counties  is also moving ahead with the next phase of a different project, would that would be located in the Orleans County Town of Barre.

That project by Apex Clean Energy would involve about 70 wind turbines, although the project is still in the initial stages. Spokesperson Cat Mosley says the company has recently filed a plan designed to show how they were gather public input about the project.

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Restoration of Braddock Bay is still underway, but officials and developers are already looking forward to the construction of a new marina.

The Braddock Bay Restoration project is broken down into three phases. Phase one was completed in March, with over 300 acres of wetlands restored. Currently, the project is in its second phase, with ongoing construction to dredge the boating channel and build a barrier beach.


Two companies will be bringing 600 jobs in Western New York and the Southern Tier.

That according to New York Senator Charles Schumer, who says that Pioneer and ConServe have been awarded federal contracts to help the IRS collect unpaid taxes.

Schumer says the jobs will be coming to Monroe, Wyoming and Chemung Counties.

Pioneer now has three facilities in the region, two in Wyoming County in the towns of Arcade and Perry and another in Chemung County in Horseheads.  That company expects to hire up to 300 people.

What are some of the best (and worst) films about politics? And do they have the power to change viewers' political views?

We discuss a number of films with our guests:

  • Jack Garner, longtime film critic
  • Lester D. Friedman, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first of three presidential debates Monday night. If you’ve already made up your mind regarding your vote in the election, you might be surprised that these events could determine the outcome, but they certainly could. Longtime political analyst and strategist Matthew Dowd says that from here on out, the polls will be influenced by only two things: major external events, and the debates.

In advance of the first debate, we focus on what makes for an effective debater. Our guests:

  • Sandy Foster, debate coach, and history faculty at The Harley School
  • Ben Plotnik '17, member of the debate team at The Harley School
  • Sebastien Lazardeux, professor in St. John Fisher College’s Political Science Department

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