Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Tensions between upstate senators and the mayor of New York City were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany, when lawmakers questioned the mayor for over five hours.

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Karen DeWitt

It has been more than 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing a women’s right to choose an abortion, but advocates say New York lawmakers have yet to translate the provisions of the landmark Supreme Court decision into law in the state.

Reform groups are giving Governor Cuomo an A for effort on his ethics proposals, but they say some of them need to go further, and Cuomo needs to follow through and actually get the plans enacted into law.

A budget watchdog group is giving New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a mixed grade on his budget proposals, saying he’s done a good job reigning in spending, but is making a mistake by shifting some significant costs to New York City.

Janet DiFiore

New York State has a new Chief Judge, now that the Senate has confirmed  Governor Cuomo’s nominee Janet DiFiore to lead the Court of Appeals. Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports... 

Janet DiFiore

The New York State Senate held a confirmation hearing for Governor Cuomo’s choice for the state’s Chief Judge, Westchester DA Janet DiFiore. Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo appointed another nominee to fill the final vacancy on the court- Michael Garcia, who, as US Attorney, brought down a former governor, Eliot Spitzer.


Eight years after the stock market crash and the start of the Great Recession, the State’s Senate Leader say it’s time to get rid of a law that limits funding to some schools. The measure was created when the state had a $10 billion budget deficit. Now, the state is running surpluses.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion budget spending plan, including $1 billion more for schools next year, and ethics reforms. 

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  Governor Cuomo is scheduled to give his State of the State speech on Wednesday. The governor has already spent the past week rolling out a lengthy agenda for the New Year.

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The opening day of the legislative session featured talk of ethics reform, but Governor Cuomo chose to be elsewhere, putting off his traditional State of the State message for another week, and giving speeches in Syracuse and New York City instead.