Dean Skelos http://wamc.org en 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 Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On http://wamc.org/post/despite-agreement-new-york-state-budget-talks-go <p>Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60405 at http://wamc.org Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On New York Lawmakers Say Weekend Budget Session Increasingly Likely http://wamc.org/post/new-york-lawmakers-say-weekend-budget-session-increasingly-likely <p>The New York State budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60227 at http://wamc.org New York Lawmakers Say Weekend Budget Session Increasingly Likely Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to work another day on budget agreement http://wamc.org/post/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-legislative-leaders-work-another-day-budget-agreement <p>New York State lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new state spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy, and raise the minimum wage.&nbsp; They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.</p><p>Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein , after a closed door leaders meeting, say they are hopeful that up to $700 million dollars in tax cuts for business and the middle class could be in the state budget.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:28:44 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60135 at http://wamc.org Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to work another day on budget agreement