2013 New York State of the State

New York News
3:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Alan Chartock - The Vito Lopez Sex Scandal

Faced with the possibility of being expelled from the state legislature as soon as next week, State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn, today said he would resign on June 20th at the end of the legislative session and run for a seat on the New York City Council. 

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New York State Assembly Holds Final Budget Votes

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The state legislature is almost finished voting on a $141.3b state budget. Final passage is occurring one week past lawmakers’ s self imposed deadline, but three days before  the spending plan was due to be finished.

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Politics
7:55 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Cuomo 2016?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's aggressive State of the State Speech has fueled speculation that he's already in planning to make a bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2016. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New York News
7:07 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Women's Equality Act Proposal Draws Much Attention

One of several proposals in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State Speech Wednesday includes a Women’s Equality Act, a ten-point agenda that includes protecting a woman’s freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive Health Act. And Cuomo made it clear Thursday that he will give the same high-octane effort he gave the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 which remains the capstone of his progressive agenda. The Democrat says he's also deciding to disagree with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who urged Cuomo not to expand abortion rights. 

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New York News
3:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mandate Relief is a High Priority for County Execs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State speech Wednesday did not directly speak to unfunded mandates. Some county executives say that although mandate relief is important and very much needed, they did not expect the governor to talk about it. However, at least one did.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

North Country Officials Optimistic Following State of State

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Pat Arnow

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a broad agenda in his State of the State address on Wednesday. North Country officials were pleased with the Governor’s focus on the upstate economy and tourism.

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NY State Capitol
12:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NY Activists' pre-SOS Rally: 'Ban Fracking Now!'

Dominic Frongillo, Deputy Supervisor and Councilor of the Tompkins County Town of Caroline
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

More than a thousand protesters chanting "Ban Fracking Now!" crowded into Albany's Empire State Plaza concourse where lawmakers had to pass on their way to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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North Country News
8:50 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Cuomo Proposes NY Paddling Competition

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Pat Arnow

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will sponsor a national rafting and paddling competition called the Adirondack Challenge this year.

In his State of the State speech Wednesday, Cuomo said the new event will bring international attention to the beauty and recreational opportunities of the Adirondacks and attract more tourism.

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Hudson Valley News
6:39 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

They Say the Plans are Ambitious and Important

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat, represents the 38th district, which includes a large part of Rockland County, and a small piece of Westchester. Part of his district was hit by Hurricane Sandy, and he says he was all for what the Governor had to say when it comes to improving emergency response and preparedness.

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New York News
5:59 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Cuomo's State of State Focuses on Gun Control, Women's Equality

Credit Pat Arnow

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his third State of the State message Wednesday, asked lawmakers to help him “stop the madness” and pass tough new anti gun legislation. Cuomo also focused on changes to better prepare for future  superstorms and to approve a new women’s equality act.

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