Dean Skelos http://wamc.org en New York Legislative Session Could End With A Whimper http://wamc.org/post/new-york-legislative-session-could-end-whimper <p>The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 92736 at http://wamc.org New York Legislative Session Could End With A Whimper With 8 Days Left, Uncertainty Over What Legislative Session Can Accomplish http://wamc.org/post/8-days-left-uncertainty-over-what-legislative-session-can-accomplish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there’s uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Governor Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 92090 at http://wamc.org With 8 Days Left, Uncertainty Over What Legislative Session Can Accomplish Cuomo Says He's Proud Of Lack Of Partisanship In Albany http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-says-hes-proud-lack-partisanship-albany <p>Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 91978 at http://wamc.org Cuomo Says He's Proud Of Lack Of Partisanship In Albany Skelos: No Contradictions On Public Campaign Finance http://wamc.org/post/skelos-no-contradictions-public-campaign-finance <p>The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans has offered some hope that the state’s public campaign finance system could be expanded before the session is over.&nbsp; Thu, 15 May 2014 15:29:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 90501 at http://wamc.org Skelos: No Contradictions On Public Campaign Finance Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York http://wamc.org/post/medical-marijuana-next-big-issue-new-york <p>Now that the New York State budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:42:13 +0000 Karen Dewitt 87740 at http://wamc.org Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York New York Lawmakers Closer To Budget Agreement http://wamc.org/post/new-york-lawmakers-closer-budget-agreement <p>New York legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blowup that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 86678 at http://wamc.org New York Lawmakers Closer To Budget Agreement Dispute Ends Budget Meeting http://wamc.org/post/dispute-ends-budget-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Tensions ran high at a closed door leaders meeting with Governor Cuomo.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Republican Leader Dean </span>Skelos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill </span>deBlasio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the expense of the rest of the state.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:25:35 +0000 Karen Dewitt 86390 at http://wamc.org Legislature To Add School Funding, But Advocates Say Not Enough http://wamc.org/post/legislature-add-school-funding-advocates-say-not-enough <p>New York State Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes. It’s all part of a one-house budget resolution, the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:52:45 +0000 Karen Dewitt 85700 at http://wamc.org Legislature To Add School Funding, But Advocates Say Not Enough Governor Cuomo Outlined Upstate Casinos Plans http://wamc.org/post/governor-cuomo-outlined-upstate-casinos-plans <p>New York Governor Cuomo outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos upstate.</p><p>Cuomo, joined by union and business leaders, and representatives from county governments, offered more details of a plan to build three new gambling casinos. Cuomo says he wants to limit the locations to upstate regions for now, to prop up the failing economy. &nbsp;The governor says upstate needs jobs like it needs “oxygen.” And he says having a downstate location would devalue the upstate centers.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 09:55:42 +0000 Karen Dewitt 64330 at http://wamc.org Governor Cuomo Outlined Upstate Casinos Plans State Senate Stalling Cuomo's Abortion Rights Bill http://wamc.org/post/state-senate-stalling-cuomos-abortion-rights-bill <p></p><p>A key component of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.</p><p>State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill to put into state law the abortion rights protections in the federal Roe v. Wade decision won’t be voted on in the state Senate.</p><p>“We’re &nbsp;not going to put in on the floor,” Skelos said. “In my opinion and the opinion of my conference, that bill is not moving.”</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:58:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 63675 at http://wamc.org State Senate Stalling Cuomo's Abortion Rights Bill