Karen Dewitt

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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 8th 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.  

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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.

A commission is considering granting as much as a 47% pay raise for New York state lawmakers, and the proposal is generating some backlash, including, from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

  Education groups, dismayed by the federal education secretary’s threat to punish schools in New York with high opt-out rates for standardized tests, say he’s re-igniting controversy that state education officials have been trying to calm for the past year.

  A routine oversight hearing by the state Assembly turned testy when Governor Cuomo’s Economic Development Czar, Howard Zemsky, endured over two hours of questions about Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs, which are currently under federal investigation.

Senate Democrats hope once again to take leadership of the Senate away from Republicans in the 2016 elections. The chief engineer of strategy for the Democrats says the Presidential candidates at the top of the ticket will help his candidates win.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech.

  It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign. The head of Trump’s New York campaign say he expects the state to be in play.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a speech to New York’s delegates, assailed Hillary Clinton for her husband’s extramarital affairs when he was President in the 1990s, saying Hillary tried to shut the women up. 

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

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