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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
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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.

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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
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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.

NY Groups Eye Lawsuit Over School Funding

Feb 24, 2014

Two education advocacy groups say they're gathering evidence from school districts across New York with an eye toward suing the state over school funding.

The Alliance for Quality Education and Campaign for Fiscal Equity say they'll spend all next week visiting schools. They begin Monday with stops at the Cohoes and Hoosick Falls districts near Albany.

Organizers say the state is falling short of its obligation to provide students with a sound basic education and has broken a funding promise that came out of a 2006 court ruling.

Landowners' Group Contests NY Drilling Delay

Feb 17, 2014
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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.

Cuomo Announces Degree Programs For NY Prisoners

Feb 17, 2014
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund college classes in New York prisons, saying a college degree will reduce the likelihood an inmate will return to crime when released.

The program will offer associate and bachelor degree education at 10 prisons, one in each region of the state.

According to Cuomo's office, New York currently spends $60,000 per year on each prisoner, and it will cost approximately $5,000 per year to educate an inmate. Cuomo didn't specify the cost of the overall program.

NY Insurer To Give Customers 3 Weeks Free Coverage

Feb 10, 2014

Thousands of New York consumers who faced enrollment problems will get three weeks of free coverage from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the agreement follows a Department of Financial Services probe into complaints about Empire sending out member ID cards late, failing to send bills on time and other issues.

Tax Hearing Set For Monday

Feb 7, 2014
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New York Governor Cuomo’s tax commissioner is set to testify before a legislative budget hearing Monday morning, and he’s expected to get plenty of questions about a plan to freeze property taxes and cut some income taxes. Critics, who are also scheduled to speak, say the governor should focus more on the lower income New Yorkers, as well.

Cuomo Outlines NY Lakeside Revitalization Project

Jan 30, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will invest $30 million dollars in a $100.3 million economic development and revitalization project along Onondaga Lake.

Cuomo says Wednesday that the project includes $50 million for a performing arts center, $20 million for infrastructure improvements including wastewater treatment upgrades, and nearly $19 million for housing, roads, and businesses.

New York Mayors Testify In Albany

Jan 27, 2014
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Mayors from around New York testified before the state legislative fiscal committees on Monday. In what’s traditionally known as Tin Cup day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.

Feds Urge More Talks On NY Medicaid Application

Jan 27, 2014

New York has revised its request for a $10 billion dollar Medicaid adjustment, which would allow using that money to pay for related health care programs, after federal officials concluded capital investment and some other programs are ineligible.

The application was first filed 18 months ago, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state health commissioner to publicly blame the delay for threatening financially distressed New York hospitals.

NY Officials Agree On JPMorgan Settlement Funds

Jan 21, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have agreed to spend the first $163 million dollars from New York's share of the national settlement with JPMorgan on mortgage relief and housing programs this year.

The first installment of the state's $613 million share will be divided, with $81.5 million going to the state's general fund and earmarked for use by New York's two housing agencies.

Officials say the other $81.5 million this year will be used by the attorney general's office for mortgage relief.

Cuomo To Release His NY Budget Proposal

Jan 21, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to present a budget proposal detailing how he will pay for a broad program of tax breaks while maintaining funding for schools, health care and infrastructure.

The governor will release a budget proposal to the Legislature in Albany this afternoon that is expected to top $136 billion. Cuomo and state lawmakers will try to maintain their three-year streak of reaching a final budget deal by the start of the state fiscal year April 1.

In Election Year, Cuomo Gains In Poll

Jan 20, 2014
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New York Governor Cuomo is beginning 2014 with high numbers, according to a Siena College poll.

Universal Pre-K Backed By NY Gov Won't Come Cheap

Jan 20, 2014

Sending more 4-year-olds to school has support from the White House to many statehouses, including in New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed universal prekindergarten in his State of the State address this month.

Now advocates are hoping for funding to support it.

It won't come cheap. The Citizens Budget Commission estimates expanding pre-K throughout New York could cost $1.4 billion to $2 billion a year — at least triple what the state now spends.

Districts are hoping for increases when Cuomo releases his 2014-15 budget proposal Tuesday.

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