ALBANY – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill) said the governor’s proposed legislation to get tough on public corruption is only a first step.
Lalor said the second step “has to be clearing the legislature of leadership that has tolerated corruption,” and that should start at the top of the Assembly with Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver stepping down.
The freshman lawmaker said there should be term limits on the legislature and those in its leadership positions.
ALBANY – Governor Cuomo announced legislation that would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance the ability of the state’s prosecutors to crack down on it.
Much of the legislation, announced on Tuesday, was proposed by the state DA’s association and Orange County DA Frank Phillips said the issue of public corruption has risen to the surface in recent days.
New York has its third straight on-time budget after decades of missed deadlines.
The Assembly passed the final bills of the $135 billion spending plan just before midnight Thursday.
The budget approved by the Senate Wednesday is due Sunday, the start of the new fiscal year.
Major elements of the budget negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders includes $350 tax rebate checks for most middle class families and a new minimum wage that will rise to $9 over three years.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they've come up with a plan to ensure that school district teacher-evaluation systems remain in place until they're re-negotiated.
Monday's agreement addresses a concern at the center of an impasse between New York City and its teachers union that caused city schools to miss a deadline for adopting an evaluation plan. That cost the district $260 million in state aid.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he didn't want an agreement that would expire before it could weed out ineffective teachers.
The New York Times reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is finalizing a deal with legislative leaders to extend a high-tax bracket for wealthy New Yorkers.
The bracket applies to individuals making more than $1 million and married couples making more than $2 million. The measure was first approved in late 2011 and would have expired at the end of the 2014 election year, but, lawmakers are now talking about extending the bracket through 2017.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a tentative deal last night increasing the state minimum wage over the next three years to $9-an-hour.
The Daily News reports that under the emerging agreement, the current $7.25 hourly minimum wage would increase in stages — to $8-an-hour in January; to $8.75 at the beginning of 2015; and topping off at $9-an-hour by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, Calling it a ploy by politicians in Albany, critics are blasting a proposal to extend a temporary income tax hike for millionaires.