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New York News
12:15 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Cuomo tackles campaign finance reform in telephone town hall

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

With a new poll showing his favorability rating slipping, Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance by telephone last night to weigh in on fair elections in New York.  

Billed as a Fair Elections Telephone Town Hall with Governor Cuomo, it provided a vehicle for the state's top executive to argue his case for a campaign finance model that mirrors one in place in New York City.

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New England News
2:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mass. Governor Signs Executive Order to Expand Business Opportunities for Wounded Vets

Friday, March 8, 2013 - Governor Patrick signs an Executive Order to help create business opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses across the Commonwealth in the Governor’s Council Chambers in the State House.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

The Governor of Massachusetts recently signed an executive order to enhance opportunities for small businesses owned by disabled veterans. 

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Hudson Valley News
2:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Some Area House Dems Say Sequester Cuts Slice Into Sandy Aid

Credit Tommy Miles, Flickr

President Obama signed an emergency measure at the end of January for $50.5 billion in aid for Superstorm Sandy. The federal aid for heavily-impacted Sandy communities is one of the many areas being affected by sequestration – the across-the-board federal budget cuts that began March 1.

The estimates of how much aid will be cut by sequestration range from $1 billion- to $2.5 billion dollars, and those concerned say the cuts will reduce funds to help recovery efforts in the areas of housing and transportation, as well as mitigation efforts.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:44 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Rob Edelman: Then and Now

Back in the late 1960s and early 70s, a host of films-- which now are acknowledged classics-- literally changed the tenor of American filmmaking. And in retrospect, they serve as mirrors of their time. Films like THE GRADUATE and FIVE EASY PIECES, which helped establish Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson as major stars and which are as fresh and invigorating today as when first released, spotlight characters who are alone, confused, and alienated, and are drifting aimlessly through life.

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Central New York News
12:31 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Advocates: Sequester Hurts Utica/Central New York

Community organizations and agencies gathered in Utica today to call on Washington to repeal sequestration and support measures that will help close the federal deficit without hurting vulnerable groups.   

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Bread and Politics

Today's Siena poll brings some bad news for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, finding his job approval rating has continued its downward trajectory and bottomed out at 54 percent - its lowest point since he took office in January 2011.

Things aren't completely cloudy for the governor, however. His favorability rating is better than two-to-one, ND well above that magic 50 percent mark.

Also, New Yorkers broadly support Cuomo's top legislative agenda items this year.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Activists Oppose Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance

A house left vacant after a foreclosure in Springfield in 2011
Credit WAMC

The city of Springfield Massachusetts is considering changing a local ordinance that was hailed as a national model for addressing problems caused by foreclosures. Community activists, who championed the ordinance when it passed almost two years ago, accuse city officials of caving into the banks.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun - Adirondack Development

Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun
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The mayor of Tupper Lake is optimistic that his village will soon blossom as an economic powerhouse in the center of the Adirondacks.  But first a major development project, the Adirondack Club and Resort, must clear a court challenge. 

Village of Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun talks about development potential at the “Crossroads of the Adirondacks” and his frustrations over repeated development obstructions.

Mayor Paul Maroun says income levels in Tupper Lake are holding steady thanks to the state-run Sunmount rehabilitation center.  But downtown business is sluggish as merchants and developers  await the fate of the largest proposed development project for the Adirondacks.

Republican Paul Maroun is also a Franklin County legislator.      

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck - Fracking, green jobs, and the budget

New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck

Last week the New York State Assembly voted to impose a statewide moratorium on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, following reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering lifting the current ban on the practice now in place.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, Democrat of the 110th district, which includes Colonie, Niskayuna and part of Schenectady. Steck voted for the fracking moratorium, despite his district not being targeted for natural gas development.

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Hudson Valley News
1:58 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

IBM Will Move Some Work To Its Poughkeepsie Site

Credit Chris Dag, flickr

IBM is moving some of its product manufacturing from Rochester, Minnesota, to Poughkeepsie, New York, as well as to Mexico. Company officials are being tight-lipped about what this means in terms of jobs, but some onlookers in the Hudson Valley see a boost to the local economy.

Here’s IBM spokesman Scott Cook.

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