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Budget
6:53 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

NY Dem co-chair urges rejection of Cuomo budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget should be rejected because it doesn't include measures to save upstate cities from insolvency.

Stephanie Miner, who's also the mayor of Syracuse, says Cuomo needs to show leadership by holding a meeting with legislators and local government officials to find ways to ease the burden on local taxpayers. Miner's strongest criticism yet came in an opinion piece in Thursday's New York Times.

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New York News
8:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Hundreds call for state to reverse new gun laws

Credit Ulster County residents at the rally (contributed photo)

ALBANY – Over 500 people rallied in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Albany on Tuesday calling for the state to reverse its recently adopted state law imposing strict regulations on gun owners.

Hudson Valley Assemblyman Steven Katz (R-14) had an impassioned plea.

“Governor Cuomo, tear up this law,” Katz told the Second Amendment rally in West Capitol Park. Katz’s call was a clear reference to the late President Reagan’s famous demand in 1987 to then Soviet President Gorbachev concerning the Berlin Wall: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

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New York News
7:58 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

NY state's racing, lottery agencies merger complete

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — The state agencies in charge of regulating New York's horse racing industry and running its lotteries are now merged into one department.

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Education
12:04 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time and Options

Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium, addresses a crowd gathered at Columbia High School, East Greenbush NY [1-31-13]
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A broad coalition of parents, educators and business leaders – representing all 47 public school districts from seven Capital Region counties – gathered last night in East Greenbush for an unprecedented advocacy rally titled "Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril - Running Out of Time and Options.” 

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New York News
7:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

NY Legislature predicts early state budget OK

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Senate and Assembly leaders released a plan Thursday that would result in a budget adoption on March 21. The schedule includes public hearings on the $143 billion budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The budget is due by April 1.

Early budgets have become more routine since Gov. David Paterson seized on a law that allows a governor to impose his or her budget on the Legislature if it doesn't act by April 1. That leaves lawmakers the choice of accepting the governor's budget or shutting down government.

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Hudson Valley News
5:39 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gun Groups Prepare Lawsuit Against NYS

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Four gun-rights groups have filed a Notice of Claim in New York State, challenging the gun measure Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier this month.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association; the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, based in Rye Brook; the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, in Commack, Long Island; and AR15.com, a web site run out of Farmington, in upstate New York, filed a notice of claim Tuesday with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Here’s President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Tom King.

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New York News
4:46 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

NY legislative leaders not sold on Gov's casino plan

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislative leaders say they aren't sold on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to restrict new casinos to three upstate locations and could push for New York City and Long Island venues.

The leaders met with Cuomo in a closed-door session Wednesday. Afterward, they said the issue of where to put casinos isn't settled.

Cuomo has proposed three privately run casinos off Indian land to boost the upstate economy. He says they'd draw visitors from New York City and Long Island, which have stronger economies.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

NY finds $665 M in unclaimed life insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is requiring life insurance companies to send $665 million to beneficiaries nationwide, many of whom didn't know they were named in the policies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the investigation and a measure he signed into law last year requires insurance companies to try to find beneficiaries, rather than wait for recipients to file claims.

Many of the beneficiaries didn't know they were named as recipients by relatives or friends and so would have likely never filed a claim.

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WAMC News
8:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Bloomberg, other NY mayors take on Cuomo budget

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to lead off a lineup of local government officials statewide to weigh in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

Cuomo proposes to keep municipal aid flat, but offers some ways to help municipalities out of their fiscal crises. Monday's hearing by the Legislature is part of budget talks leading to a final state budget by April 1.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Syracuse mayor questions Cuomo's borrowing plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Democratic party chairwoman and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what she considers his questionable proposal to use borrowing to ease a fiscal crisis for local taxpayers.  

Cuomo has proposed allowing municipalities facing potential insolvency to borrow against future savings in the state's new pension reform plan. Miner tells the Syracuse Post-Standard and The New York Times that seems unwise.

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