Karen Dewitt

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal.

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New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise.

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New York Governor Cuomo spent the early part of this week in a marathon bill signing, and vetoing, session. The governor rejected an unusually high number of bills, and some supporters of the vetoed measures aren’t pleased.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. He says in exchange, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces steps to combat post -election increased incidents of discrimination in New York at a speech at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City Sunday.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday took a number of steps that he says are in reaction to the divisiveness in the nation, that has intensified since the Presidential election. Cuomo, without mentioning President elect Donald Trump by name, said the “ugly discourse” has made him “soul sick” for America. And he says there have been several instances in New York, including swastikas painted on a subway train and in a Buffalo suburb, along with a KKK flier placed on cars on Long Island.

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Will there be a special session of the New York State Legislature this December? Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering lawmakers incentive to come back to meet- a possible pay raise, in exchange for ethics reforms.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward President-elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un- New York” in the final days of the campaign.

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If the numbers hold, Republicans are poised to remain in control of the New York State Senate, and even pick up a seat. The news has reassured business groups but dismayed reform advocates.

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Democrats had hoped to make inroads into the New York State Senate- but preliminary results show the Republicans gaining one seat to hold a razor thin 32-seat majority.

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On Tuesday, Democrats could win back the Senate from the Republicans, who have dominated the leadership there for much of the past century.

A final poll in the long Presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York, though Hillary Clinton still leads Donald Trump by double digits.

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Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Governor Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, says the governor’s economic development chair Howard Zemsky.

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If the New York State Senate is controlled by Democrats after the election, there could be some differences over taxing and spending policies. Many Democrats favor extending an income tax surcharge on millionaires when it expires next spring.

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There’s a greater chance than ever that the New York State Senate could be dominated by Democrats after the November 8 th election. Many issues stalled in the Republican-led Senate for years would now have a possibility of passing.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says one of the reasons he is actively campaigning for Democrats to take over the New York State Senate, is that he believes he will have more success getting ethics changes done without the GOP in charge.

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Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump, is likely to affect down ballot races for Congress , where there are several contested seats, and for control of the State Senate in New York, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority.

After several years of budget surpluses, New York State tax revenue is coming in at a lower-than-expected rate. That could affect big-ticket programs like school aid and health care as well as a multi-year tax cut planned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators.

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With less than three weeks before elections, Hillary Clinton is even further ahead of Donald Trump in New York State, and that could affect down ballot races, including seats for the state Senate.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is keeping the heat on New York Republicans to disown Donald Trump, after the GOP Presidential candidate’s coarse remarks about women revealed in a video over the weekend.

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Some environmental groups say New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration should reconsider an $8 billion bailout of three upstate nuclear power plants. They say the cost will be passed on to ratepayers.

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It’s looking less likely that state lawmakers will be getting a long awaited pay raise next year. A commission designed to take politics out of the issue is now coming under political pressure not to grant the salary increase.

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The head of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, is one of the key targets of criminal complaints by federal and state officials. Until recently, though, Kaloyeros, was a highly favored state official, earning far more pay than any other employee, and running Governor Cuomo’s signature economic development programs. Dr. Alain Kaloyeros was recruited to New York over 20 years ago by the current governor’s father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, in the 1990’s, to develop the then...

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The pro-business group Unshackle Upstate is out with its rankings of state legislators who are seeking re-election in November. As Karen DeWitt reports, Republicans did better than Democrats.

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Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner faced an intense grilling from lawmakers at a joint hearing on how the administration handled water contamination in in the eastern New York village of Hoosick Falls.

There’s more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the State Senate.

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An ethics reform measure approved by the legislature at the end of the legislative session still hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. And some good government groups say it shouldn’t.

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A new poll finds Donald Trump badly trailing Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race in New York. It could be good news for Democrats in the state Senate.

Administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA, on mothers and their children.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been getting along with other Democrats in the state this summer.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had harsh words for the state’s Comptroller, a fellow Democrat, over questions about the value of the state’s economic development programs.

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