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Arts Education in New York City Gets $23 Million Boost

The money is expected to affect thousands of kids in the next school year.

New York City Mayor De Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced on Tuesday an "unprecedented" $23 million is to be spent on arts education in the 2014-2015 school year. The money is part of the city budget for fiscal year 2014, which also began Tuesday.

New Bill Would Make Salt Water Taffy NJ's State Candy

A New Jersey Assembly committee approved a bill today that would make salt water taffy the state candy.

It may be a surprise to you that salt water taffy doesn't actually contain any salt water. Legend has it, the candy received its name by accident. A young candy merchant opened a taffy stand on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the 1880s, just steps above sea level. One night, a generous tide soaked his stand and his candy.

NY Senator Schumer Advocates For Jackie Robinson's House

Senator Chuck Schumer is lending his support to a push to make baseball legend Jackie Robinson's home in East Flatbush Brooklyn a city landmark.

5224 Tilden Avenue has been a national landmark for over 40 years, but that only affords the house a plaque and no protection against alteration or demolition. That's why Senator Schumer says it's time for the New York City Landmarks Commission to recognize Jackie Robinson's home as a city landmark as well.