Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Developmentally disabled New Yorkers and their caregivers demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech in Albany on January 11.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on Tuesday and agencies that work with the intellectually disabled are among those hoping for more funds. They say they need help in order to pay their workers the new, higher minimum wage.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ended his six-city state of the state tour, speaking according to his estimates, for nine hours total, and traveling over 1,200 miles, with one emergency helicopter landing thrown in for good measure.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saved his ethics proposals for his last stop of his State of the State tour, in Albany, where he released a ten point plan to address rampant corruption that has reached his own administration.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing a plan that he says could cut property taxes in the state by requiring county leaders to develop a cost cutting plan, and let the voters decide whether it’s a good idea.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing that New York state allow ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

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New York Andrew Governor Cuomo is doing something different with the State of the State address this year. Instead of delivering one speech to lawmakers in Albany, who will have to approve his proposals, he’s giving six regional speeches in three days all around the state. Legislative leaders will not be attending.

The New Year for the New York state legislature has begun in discord, with an absent governor and Republicans in the Senate vowing to take a harder line against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

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An ethics reform proposal quietly circulated between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders for a possible special session that could also include a pay raise is getting blasted by the State’s Attorney General as possibly unconstitutional.

Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, asks for funding to be freed up, as supporters hold a vigil outside the New York state Senate chamber.
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Advocates for the homeless say the Governor and legislature don’t need to call a special session in order to free up more money to help create more housing for those in need. They say political leaders could simply sign an already printed memorandum of understanding, and start helping people now.

Kevin O’Connor, director of Joseph’s House in Troy, New York, read the names of homeless clients who have passed away in the past year, who he says died too young.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is bringing charges against a former portfolio manager in the New York state pension fund, saying he accepted bribes from two hedge fund brokers that included prostitutes and illegal drugs.

In Albany’s own version of Groundhog Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders are still keeping open the possibility of a special session before the year ends that could include legalizing Uber statewide and a pay raise for lawmakers.

Discussion over a December special session has turned to finger pointing, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans blame each other over lack of progress.

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Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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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 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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