New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tamped down hopes for a special session of the legislature before the year ends, saying legislative leaders have still not agreed to ethics reforms that the governor is seeking. Cuomo says he also wants more time to develop a comprehensive criminal justice reform package.
There are growing calls in Albany for a special prosecutor to investigate police encounters with unarmed citizens that end in the death of the person. Senate Democrats are the latest to ask for immediate action in the wake of the death of Eric Garner and other recent incidents.
The New York Times reports that federal investigators are probing outside income paid to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, among other lawmakers. A reform group says the article is one more reason that Governor Cuomo and the legislature should adopt long overdue ethical changes.
Next week, an Assembly Committee will hold a hearing on improving access to financial aid for college students. One of the issues will be better access for part time community college students, who are the fastest growing group of students.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, has joined up with the state’s Working Families Party to criticize what she says is a Wall Street hedge fund takeover of the state’s educational policies.
New York State lawmakers say they want to act quickly to spend the state’s $5 billion dollar and growing surplus on an infrastructure fund to fix up roads and bridges, among other things. At a conference on the state’s infrastructure, sponsored by a think tank, participants said there are deep needs, and they warn lawmakers not to spend the money frivolously.
Advocates of raising the minimum wage see hope in recent statements by the leader of the State Senate, and hope a deal can be struck by the end of the year.
Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos, whose party will control the Senate in January, says while he thinks the state’s gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour next year is good enough, he’s willing to at least discuss raising it even higher. Senator Skelos, after meeting with the Republican members, says he also wants a pay raise for Senators.
The leader of the Senate Republicans says his members will once again join forces with a group of breakaway Democrats to rule the Senate come January. Senator Dean Skelos says his members also want a pay raise.
Republicans won a bare majority of 32 seats in the 2014 elections, and GOP Leader Dean Skelos, following a two hour closed door meeting with his republican members, says the GOP will once again form a coalition government with leader of the Independent Democrats, Senator Jeff Klein.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, spent Monday delivering their final message to voters in a race where the Democratic incumbent governor is favored to win, but by how much?