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Steve Greenberg discusses Siena College's poll results for the New York State gubernatorial race. Results show Governor Cuomo with a lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Cuomo To Up Fight Against Heroin

Jun 11, 2014
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Acknowledging that heroin use is at epidemic proportions, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rockland Community College in Suffern Wednesday to announce a multi-pronged approach to fight the scourge.

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Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

Upstate NY Questions Cuomo's Alliance With WFP

Jun 4, 2014
Pat Arnow

The fallout from Governor Cuomo’s new alliance with the progressive Working Families Party continues at the Capitol, with those who say they represent upstate interests dismayed at the development.

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The Republican candidate for governor of New York, Rob Astorino, is pressing for term limits for state officials. He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform, on Wednesday.

Now that the major party political conventions are over, New York officials are shifting their focus back to the remaining issues in the legislative session, which ends in four weeks.  But politics will still be front and center in the waning days of the session.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term at the state Democratic convention Thursday in Long Island, along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.

Hochul Chosen For Cuomo's Ticket As Paterson Returns

May 21, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor via a video address to delegates at the Democratic Party convention on Long Island Wednesday. The announcement of former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll shows Cuomo continues to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.

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Later this week, it’s the New York Democrats' turn to meet at their state party convention, where they will nominate incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection.

Astorino The Underdog In Race Against Cuomo

May 13, 2014
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The Republican candidate for governor of New York will be chosen on Thursday. As Karen DeWitt reports, Rob Astorino is definitely the underdog to incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing pressure to revive an issue that failed in state budget negotiations, enacting a public campaign financing system for statewide elections.

In the final budget deal, Cuomo agreed with legislative leaders to a pared down public campaign finance system that would apply only to the State Comptroller’s race, and sunset after this year.

The governor was immediately condemned by government reform groups who said the pilot program was cynically designed to fail. But Cuomo defended the deal, saying advocates were looking at the glass half empty.

    

New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy has informed Governor Andrew Cuomo in a letter that he is not running again for a second term, and Cuomo has accepted the resignation from the ticket. Duffy will serve out the rest of his term, which ends in December.

The state’s lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy, spoke at a police memorial service this week, in what will be one of his last official acts in his role before Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a new running mate for the 2014 elections. As Karen DeWitt reports,  Duffy, who’s publicly been Cuomo’s biggest cheerleader, privately may have become disenchanted with the job as New York’s number two elected official.

Samuels: Medicaid Reform Needed From Albany

Apr 25, 2014

For years, county officials across New York have been calling on state leaders in Albany to give them relief from the mandates that are handed down from the state capitol and Medicaid reform is often at the top of the list of those mandates. The latest call for Medicaid relief comes from Bill Samuels, a New York City businessman, political activist and founder of the group Effective NY, which has been critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policies.

Astorino Undeterred By Lopsided Poll

Apr 24, 2014
Matt Ryan

The Republican candidate Rob Astorino is 30 points behind incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the polls. But the candidate is undeterred, he says has identified a path to victory in the fall elections.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature approved a plan in the state budget to encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years in an attempt to lower property taxes.  But according to a study by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn’t want them.

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking in New York show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes-based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday hosted a second beer, wine, spirits — and now, cider —   summit to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries.

New York Lawmakers Closer To Budget Agreement

Mar 25, 2014
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blowup that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo: No Decision On Lieutenant Governor

Mar 25, 2014

Speaking with reporters Tuesday in central New York,  Governor Andrew Cuomo refuted reports that he has had discussions with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney about whether the Republican could replace Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy on the ballot in November.

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Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

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Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would revoke the city's offer of free classrooms in public schools for three charter schools. Enraged parents filed a historic lawsuit against the city yesterday, re-igniting a firestorm debate over charter schools.

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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.   

3/5/14 Panel

Mar 5, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

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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.

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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.

Computer Chip Center Marks 1st Phase Of Nano Utica

Feb 28, 2014

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.

Energy Master Plan Under Way In Upstate NY

Feb 28, 2014

The New York Power Authority says work is underway on an Energy Master Plan for five upstate cities.

The power authority is working with local utilities, civic and government entities, and environmental groups in an effort aimed at reducing energy consumption and operating and maintenance costs.

An NYPA website also has been created to solicit ideas from the public and present details on the master-plan process.

The cities involved are Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers. Individual plans for all five cities are expected to be completed by fall.

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.

Comptroller Says NY In Stronger Fiscal Shape

Feb 25, 2014

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.

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