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New York News
8:52 am
Thu March 21, 2013

NY Budget Accord Reached, Still Filling in Details

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget Wednesday evening,  but say they are still working out many of the details .

Governor Cuomo says he and the legislative leaders have reached an accord on many of the budget issues, and hope to be finished passing everything by Sunday.

“I’m pleased to announce  this evening that we have a budget agreement in concept,” said Cuomo, who said bills would  begin printing immediately.

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WAMC News
8:09 am
Wed March 20, 2013

NY Gov. Cuomo to extend tax bracket

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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.

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New York News
7:05 am
Tue March 19, 2013

NY budget to include $9 min wage

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor, legislature locked over number of casinos

ALBANY – As the issue of legalizing casino gaming in New York heads toward reality, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are at odds over the number of facilities to be allowed.

The governor wants to start with three upstate, without naming locations.

The legislature would like seven approved.  Senator John Bonacic (R- Mount Hope), chairman of the Senate Gaming and Wagering Committee, would like the locations identified.

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New York News
8:19 am
Mon March 18, 2013

NY leaders meet, continue talks on state budget

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders hope to announce an agreement on the third straight on-time budget.

But in Albany budget negotiations, all deals hinge on the final one. After closed-door meetings Sunday, all sides claim they are a good distance apart.

Some difficult sticking points are whether to raise the minimum wage to as much as $9, whether to adopt business tax cuts, and whether to extend a "temporary" income tax increase for the second time.

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New York News
8:46 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Cuomo says he is undecided on new SUNY campus

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he hasn't decided if he supports a proposal that would create a 65th campus in the State University of New York that would be devoted to the growing field of nano science.

Cuomo says he doesn't have any "inside information" on the proposal and has no firm opinion.

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New York News
8:45 am
Wed March 13, 2013

NY state plans for $1.7 billion in Sandy funds

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New York  Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a plan for the use of $1.7 billion in federal storm-damage funds.

Most of the money is going to homeowners and businesses hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. But some will be used for damage from the storms Irene and Lee.

The money will be used around the state, including on Long Island. The exception is New York City, which has a separate allocation.

Nearly $260 million will be used to reduce the risk of future damage. Over $170 million will cover voluntary buyouts to residents in flood areas.

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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 York News
8:31 am
Wed March 6, 2013

NY rewards 4 districts for efficiency savings

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On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo held the districts up as models for the rest of the state, while promising them $12 million in competitive grants over the next three years.

Rochester is the biggest winner, receiving $4.5 million for identifying $9.5 million in savings. Newburgh and Kenmore-Tonawanda will each get $3.6 million for finding nearly $6 million in savings and Queensbury is being awarded $561,000 for finding $624,000 in savings.

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New York News
7:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Group warns NY drilling delays have economic costs

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An oil and gas industry group is warning that a business exodus from New York will worsen while Gov. Andrew Cuomo waits for a Pennsylvania health study before deciding whether to allow fracking.

Meanwhile, landowners are preparing to sue the state over lost gas-leasing opportunities.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that Cuomo came close to approving a limited drilling plan last month before environmentalist and former brother-in-law Robert Kennedy Jr. persuaded him to await a new study.

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