Karen Dewitt

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Home health care agencies are the latest group to come out against Governor Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s been spending more time on the road than at the State Capitol in recent weeks, on an election style campaign to promote his ideas, including a $15 minimum wage.

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Governor Cuomo has been spending more time on the road than at the State Capitol in recent weeks, on an election style campaign to promote his ideas, including a $15 minimum wage. 

  Mental health groups say they are being left out of a massive reshuffling of the state’s Medicaid program, and that people with mental illness transitioning back to their communities will suffer.

The New York State Comptroller has issued an audit finding that Governor Cuomo’s administration has dropped the ball on some aspects of policing nursing homes.

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The state’s leading business group is warning that Governor Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal will be costly for employers and difficult for them to manage.

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High schoolers in Hoosick Falls say they are tired of the slow response by the adults in the community, and government, to the toxic substance PFOA which has infiltrated the village water system and made it unsafe to drink. They took matters into their own hands, holding a press conference and  calling on Governor Cuomo personally to act.

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  Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefiting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million dollars in revenues.

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Governor Cuomo says he’s fighting a proposed merger of KeyBank with First Niagara Bank, saying it would limit choice for New York consumers and could possibly violate anti trust laws.

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  Governor Cuomo’s Administration has released a report that it says shows the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years. Business groups charge the study is biased.

  Local governments and schools say they are struggling over a property tax cap that will allow what amounts to a zero percent increase in tax levies in the coming year. But Governor Cuomo says they’ll  likely have to stick with those rules.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a rationale for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy over that of Democratic rival Berne Sanders, saying Clinton’s approach is more practical.

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Senate Democrats are optimistic about their chances for winning a special election in April to replace convicted ex-Senate Leader Dean Skelos.

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A left-leaning thank tank is out with its assessment of Governor Cuomo’s budget. They say there’s a lot to like and dislike about it.

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The issue of whether to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers at a higher rate is once again a topic at the State Capitol. Assembly Democrats are out with a tax plan that would redistribute some tax revenue from the richest to the poorest New Yorkers.

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The State Assembly approved a one house bill to establish partial paid family leave in New York, as Governor Cuomo signaled he will amend his proposal to provide more money to those who take the leave.

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A poll finds that voters overwhelmingly support a number of Governor Cuomo’s priorities for 2016, but New Yorkers still hold mixed views about the governor himself.

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  Governor Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden headlined a pep rally to pass paid family leave in New York, but some question whether the governor’s plan is enough.

Some lobbyists, as well as government reform groups, say a new rule approved by the state’s ethics commission that would require them to report contact with the news media in some cases, violates first amendment rights and would have chilling effect.


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New York State’s education commissioner Mary Ellen Elia spent nearly four hours before the legislative budget committees. Though there is a moment of calm as the state pulls back from some of the more controversial parts of the Common Core standards, her testimony revealed potential trouble later in the school year if the test boycott movement continues.

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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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.

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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... 

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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.

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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.

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