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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

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.

Cuomo On GWB Scandal: "Everybody Wants The Facts"

Jan 20, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's still looking for the facts behind a traffic reconfiguration at the George Washington Bridge that created a huge traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fired a top aide and distanced himself from his campaign manager after emails and texts revealed that the traffic changes had been ordered by people in his administration for the express purpose of tying up traffic.

Cuomo was asked about the scandal as he left the Rev. Al Sharpton's headquarters on Saturday.

Cuomo To Release Budget Tuesday

Jan 18, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo releases his state budget proposal next Tuesday, and many will be watching to see what it contains and how the numbers will add up.

Cuomo Approves Autism Treatment License

Jan 13, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law establishing a new state license for those treating clients with autism spectrum disorder using applied behavior analysis.

According to the governor's office, that should help families find quality providers who have met academic and training requirements and ensure state regulation and oversight.

Applied behavioral analysis is described as intensive, often one-on-one treatment method.

The license will require at least a master's degree for analysts and establishes a new state certification for analyst assistants.

(Airs 1/10) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Governor Cuomo delivers an election year state of the state address, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the speech, and we’ll also take a look at the annual people’s state of the state address.

Cuomo Lays Out His Agenda For NY In Election Year

Jan 8, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to deliver an election-year State of the State address touting tax breaks and economic successes.

Today's speech marks the start of the legislative season in Albany and Cuomo has used the days leading up to it to preview policy proposals.

The governor this week gave an early look at a sweeping $2 billion tax relief proposal that includes property tax rebates for homeowners in municipalities that meet tax thresholds and a cut in corporate tax rates. Cuomo says economic development, taxes and government reform are top issues.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 7, 2014

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about why New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for 14 counties Monday, Liz Cheney abandoning her Senate bid, Janet Yellen's confirmation to succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a New York Times story about burglars who broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania during the early '70s.

Biden, Cuomo To Discuss Rebuilding After Sandy

Jan 7, 2014
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Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit the New York Capital and join Governor Andrew Cuomo for a discussion of the state's rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

The hurricane hit New York in late October 2012, flooding several parts of New York City and Long Island and destroying many homes and businesses.

The state has received federal disaster funds for relief and rebuilding, with an estimated $5.1 billion in the current fiscal year's budget

NY Set To Allow Limited Use Of Medical Marijuana

Jan 6, 2014
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to add New York to the 20 states allowing medical marijuana use.

Cuomo would use administrative powers rather than legislative action to allow a limited number of hospitals to use marijuana to treat certain ailments. The plan was first reported by The New York Times.

Marijuana remains illegal in New York, though possession of small amounts has been reduced to a low-level violation subject to a fine.

The state Drug Policy Alliance was briefed on Cuomo's plan Saturday.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Dec 30, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about what Billy Joel tickets have to do with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign fundraising and New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio gearing up to take over for Michael Bloomberg. 

NY Minimum Wage Rising To $8 An Hour

Dec 27, 2013
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New York's minimum wage will increase to $8 dollars an hour at the end of this year, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate.

It's the first of three incremental boosts approved by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they approved the state budget last March.

The minimum for most workers will increase to $8.75 an hour a year later and to $9 an hour a year after that.

Gov. Cuomo: Human Error Behind Fatal NY Crash

Dec 5, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says it appears an engineer's speeding is likely to be what caused the fatal derailment of a New York City commuter train.

Cuomo made his comments Wednesday on New York public radio's 'Capitol Pressroom' show. Four people were killed and more than 60 others injured in the Sunday morning crash on a riverside curve in the Bronx.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the Metro-North Railroad train was travelling at more than 80 mph going into the curve, nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.

Member: Corruption Commission Didn't Probe Cuomo

Dec 4, 2013
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A member of the commission charged with rooting out corruption in Albany says in a television interview that the panel never investigated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo or Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the men who appointed its members.

Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney told YNN's "Capital Tonight" that she wouldn't "pretend" that the commissioners would investigate either Democrat.

The Republican says there were no conversations within the commission about doing such probes.

Cuomo: High Speed A Central Cause Of Train Crash

Dec 3, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the National Transportation Safety Board findings make it clear that "extreme speed was a central cause" of the deadly train derailment in New York City.

The NTSB said Monday the Metro-North Railroad commuter train was traveling 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone when it jumped the tracks Sunday morning along a sharp curve in the Bronx. Four passengers died.

Cuomo released a statement Monday saying his administration will continue to work closely with the NTSB as it investigates the cause of the accident.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Dec 3, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about the recent Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx and the much anticipated findings and report issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission.


Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.

The Moreland Act Commissioners describe their report as a “blue print” to fix what they say is the pervasive “dysfunction” in Albany. They recommend enacting New York City style public campaign financing for statewide elections, and closing loopholes that allow limited liability corporations and party housekeeping accounts to blatantly shirk existing limits for campaign contributions.

Cuomo And His NY Staffers Help Out On Thanksgiving

Nov 29, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined volunteers in serving thousands of Thanksgiving meals in Albany, while high-ranking members of his administration volunteered at holiday community events from Manhattan to Buffalo.

Cuomo and his three daughters were at the Empire State Plaza's Concourse Cafeteria Thursday to join the volunteers at the annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day community dinner. Started in the early 1970s, the event serves more than 10,000 Thanksgiving meals to homebound or homeless people in Albany.

Saratoga County Balking At NY Casino For City

Nov 14, 2013

A week after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos was approved in a statewide referendum, people in one of the most lucrative potential locations continue to balk.

Saratoga County officials have canceled a vote Thursday to support casino gambling. Under Cuomo's plan, one casino would be built in the Albany-Saratoga region. The owners of the harness racing track and video slot "racino" in Saratoga Springs want to turn it into a full-fledged casino.

NY Job Credit For Vets To Begin For Employers

Nov 12, 2013

New York employers will soon be able to claim a new tax credit when they hire a veteran who served after the 9/11 terror attacks.

More benefits are expected to be announced during an upcoming "veterans summit" to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The unemployment rate among the veterans is more than 10 percent. That's higher than the statewide average, which stood at 7.6 percent in August.