New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Wednesday that the “Battle of Albany” is on, the Associated Press reports. Taking on the state’s traditionally powerful teachers unions, Cuomo threatened to impose tougher job evaluations Feb. 16 if the unions continue to, as he put it, block progress. The evaluations taking into account student performance were required by law two years ago. Lack of labor agreements now threatens more than $1 billion in school funding. Turning to the state Legislature, Cuomo said legislative election districts proposed for the next 10 years are “wholly unacceptable.” He indicated he won’t sign a revised redistricting proposal without anything short of an overhaul…

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