By Albany's notoriously dysfunctional standards, it's already been a banner year for unexpected breakthroughs. The same week in June that the state legislature broke its years-long deadlock over same-sex marriage, it announced a deal that promised to put an end to the year-to-year squabbles over funding for the City University of New York and State University of New York; under the new plan, tuition hikes during the next five years will be coupled with a promise by the state not to further cut funding for the public... More >>>