Karen Dewitt

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Karen DeWitt

Advocates for the Forever Wild forest preserves in New York’s Adirondack and Catskill mountains, are trying to spread the word about two ballot propositions in the November elections. They are for one of the proposals, but against another. 

A doctor's office
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The fallout continues from President Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies to help lower income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other New York Democrats in condemning the federal tax overhaul plan in the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Western New York Tuesday.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

A wide variety of groups have spent over $1.3 million to urge voters to vote “no” on holding a Constitutional Convention. The opponents have far outspent a smaller number of advocates who urge a “yes” vote on the November ballot. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Cuomo now says he’s returning all of the money donated to his campaign from disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein.

Cuomo initially returned $50,000 donated from Weinstein to the governor’s 2018 re lection campaign. The governor said he’d already spent over $60,000 that the politically liberal movie mogul had donated to previous campaigns, and so could not give it back.

The New York state Capitol
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New Yorkers have the power on November 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.

Some of the state’s top ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.

The tax overhaul plan proposed by President Trump and now being considered in Congress would end the deduction on federal income tax forms for state and local property taxes. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it would disproportionately harm New Yorkers, where property taxes are among the highest in the nation, and he’s taken opportunities at public events recently to make the case against the plan.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo marching in New York City's Columbus Day parade
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the controversy over Christopher Columbus when he marched in New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade Monday.

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People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the New York state legislature make that change.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who championed strict new gun control laws in New York after the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shootings killed 20 children, says national gun policy is “insanity” and “disgusting.”

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 58 dead and hundreds injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.” Anti-gun violence advocates are renewing calls for a new law that they say might prevent similar events.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The latest version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears dead in Congress, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remains worried about a potential cut in federal funds to hospitals that he says will blow a hole in the state budget.

Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

Former New York state Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam saw their federal corruption convictions overturned by a federal appeals court panel Tuesday. Skelos is the second former legislative leader to win his case on appeal in the past two months, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling revised the laws under which they were convicted.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at JFK Airport Friday
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Puerto Rico Friday, assessing damage after Hurricane Maria, and bringing some initial supplies to the island. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK Airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner
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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to New Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race. Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

Governors Cuomo, Brown, Inslee and Kerry at Cuomo's NYC office
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. The Democrat held a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
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Republicans in the state of New York met in Albany Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly. The party’s leader believes Republicans have a good chance at winning statewide office against Governor Andrew Cuomo and others next year.

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In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses.

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A left-leaning group is asking New York’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against the state’s only black female legislative leader. But so far most, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have held on to the money.

New York State Thruway Authority

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set Thursday to open the first span of the new Thruway bridge over the Hudson River, known as the Tappan Zee Bridge and to be renamed the Governor Mario Cuomo bridge. But questions still linger over how, ultimately, the bridge will be paid for.

NY Test Scores Inch Up

Aug 22, 2017
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The results of this year’s Common Core related standardized tests show scores for New York’s school children inching up. Around one fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether, due to continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

Former 2010 New York gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo school board, in a ruling by the state education commissioner issued Thursday. His attorneys are appealing.

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New Yorkers who sign up for individual insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchanges will see their premiums rise by an average of 14 percent, now that the Cuomo Administration has approved rate increases for insurers in the exchanges. One reason for the increase is worry and uncertainty over the future of the ACA.

The state capitol in Albany
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There’s growing pressure on a group of breakaway Democrats in the New York state Senate to reunite with the mainstream Democrats and form a majority to rule the Senate.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers in New York and around the nation last winter.

Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahey presides over the Assembly on Wednesday, August 9
Karen DeWitt

The United States Senate plans to use procedural maneuvers to technically stay in session even when Senators eventually go home for the Labor Day recess. Their intent is to prevent President Trump from making any unwelcome recess appointments while they are away. In Albany, NY taking steps to keep the legislative chambers open is nothing new.

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