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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A mid-level appeals court has declared that farmworkers have the same right to unionize as all other workers in New York state.

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Albany ruled Thursday that a carve-out in state labor law excluding farmworkers from collective bargaining rights is unconstitutional.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  New numbers from the U.S. Census show New York state's population continued to decline last year.

According to figures released Thursday, the state's total population dropped by more than 48,000 between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, to a total of 19.5 million.

In the Rochester area, Monroe and Ontario counties saw slight gains; Monroe County's population, at 742,474 was up by 38 people, and Ontario, at 109,864  gained 255. Most other area counties saw small declines in population.

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News)  New York on Thursday sued the billionaire family behind OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments alleging the drugmaker sparked the nation's opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth is the hiring of 1,000 early to mid-career professors from minority groups by 2030. The Democrat says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.

NEW YORK (AP)  Sen. Charles Schumer says Marriott hotel officials should pay for new passports for customers whose passport numbers were hacked as part of a massive data breach.

The New York Democrat said Sunday that Marriott should immediately notify customers who are at greatest risk of identity theft and pay the $110 cost of a new U.S. passport if the customers request it.

Marriott disclosed Friday that hackers had stolen data on as many as 500 million guests of former Starwood chain properties.

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