- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In the latest developments in New York state government, legislative candidates make their final pitches to the voters before election day, the state ends its legal fight with two daily fantasy sports companies and Uber delivers free flu shots in another effort to court upstate.

A guide to the week’s top stories in New York government:

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ELECTION LOOMS

State lawmakers and their challengers will spend the next week making their final campaign pushes ahead of the Nov. 8 election, and control of the state Senate hangs in the balance.

Democrats in the Senate are predicting displeasure with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will help down-ballot Democrats, and they’re hoping that means victories for state Senate candidates on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.

Recent polls have given Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a commanding lead over Trump in New York state, though those surveys were conducted before Friday’s news that the FBI is investigating whether new emails involving Clinton contain classified information.

The Senate is now split between the parties, but Republicans have a tenuous grip on power thanks to a faction of breakaway Democrats that support their control of the chamber. A big win by the Democrats could destabilize that coalition, however, and take power away from the GOP.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has had an often frosty relationship with Senate Democrats, but recently jumped into the election with endorsements and appearances to support Democratic contenders. He said his support comes down to the GOP’s refusal to back broad ethics reforms, criminal justice changes and the Dream Act, which would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

“This is our opportunity to elect Democrats, the right Democrats, to the Senate and complete this agenda,” he said.

Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan criticized Cuomo’s endorsements, saying Senate Democrats support higher taxes and “radical policies” opposed by most New Yorkers.

DAILY FANTASY SPORTS SETTLEMENT

DraftKings and FanDuel will pay $6 million apiece to New York state to resolve a legal fight with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over what the Democrat says are misleading advertisements.

Under the agreement, the companies agree to change the terms and conditions disclosed to players.

Schneiderman had accused the companies of misleading players about expected winnings.

FanDuel and DraftKings briefly halted operations in New York earlier this year after Schneiderman said their business amounted to illegal gambling. Legislation regulating daily fantasy sports signed in August allowed them to resume business.

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CUOMO’S CUBAN COUP

Cuomo announced Wednesday that Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute will conduct a clinical trial of an innovative lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba.

It was touted as the first such partnership between medical institutions in the U.S. and Cuba since the recent thaw in relations between those two nations. Cuomo said it’s the result of talks between New York and Cuba that began with his trade trip to Havana last year.

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UBER WOOS UPSTATE WITH FLU SHOTS

The app-based ride-hailing service delivered free flu shots in Albany and Syracuse, its latest effort to convince lawmakers that it should be allowed to operate upstate.

The promotion allowed users to request a visit from a registered nurse who administered the flu vaccine and dropped off care packages with cough drops and hand sanitizer. Last summer, Uber delivered free ice cream in selected upstate cities.

New York lawmakers this year balked at legislation allowing Uber to expand outside New York City. Buffalo is the largest U.S. city without Uber.

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AG: NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS NO GOOD

Schneiderman says he will propose legislation for next year’s session to impose rules on employee non-compete agreements.

The proposal would prohibit require companies to pay workers more if they ask them to sign such an agreement, and bar companies from imposing them on low-wage workers entirely.

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