Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the New York State Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.
The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their one house budget resolutions on Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Governor Andrew Cuomo later this month.
There are a number of unresolved issues, including how to pay for and structure a plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten to New York’s four-year-olds. A multi-step plan proposed by Governor Cuomo to freeze property taxes has faced skepticism.
Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues.
A rally to promote New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for universal pre kindergarten had been planned for weeks. The mayor spoke to around 1500 union members, urging them to put the pressure on state lawmakers to approve in the state budget the mayor’s plan to provide the classes for thousands of four year olds starting in September.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is spending some of his $33 million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.
The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera , focus on the governor’s pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crack down on bribery.
Karen Scharff, with Citizen Action, says the ethics ads are a good sign.
The State University of New York's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering says construction of the $125 million dollar Computer Chip Commercialization Center at the SUNY Institute of Technology is ahead of schedule.
The completion of the steel construction of Quad-C on Thursday is the first phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1.5 billion Nano Utica initiative announced in October.
Nano Utica is a private-public partnership that will feature six global technology companies and will invest $1.5 billion to create a regional hub for nanotechnology.
A new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about the worth of the new Common Core learning standards, which schools in the state are in the process of adopting.
The Siena College poll finds voters are divided over the worth of the Common Core program. Around the same amount said they are not confident that Common Core will result in better preparing students to be college or career ready as those who say that the new learning standards are on the right track.
New York's comptroller says state government is in better fiscal shape than it has been for years but could face future budget gaps, depending on unspecified savings and projected tax collection increases.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reviewed the Cuomo administration's proposed $137.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting April 1. He says Monday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature deserve credit for closing structural budget gaps that plagued the state for years.
A landowners' group is challenging the state's delay in finishing its environmental analysis on the potential impact of drilling for natural gas through hydraulic fracturing in New York.
The suit was filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York claiming 70,000 members and owners of two Broome County properties. One had and one was seeking a drilling permit, both blocked from proceeding.