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New York News
6:55 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Cuomo And His NY Staffers Help Out On Thanksgiving

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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.

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New York News
8:13 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Saratoga County Balking At NY Casino For City


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.

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New York News
8:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

NY Job Credit For Vets To Begin For Employers

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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.

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New York News
6:57 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Families Of Killed Service Members Will Get Flags

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The flags flown at half-staff at New York's Capitol in honor of servicemen and women killed in action will be given to the service members' families under a law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Flags flying at half-staff have long been a tradition at the state Capitol. But until now, the flags haven't been given to the families as is often done with flags flown in Washington.

The law signed Sunday creates the Lt. Col. Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentation Program. Flags flown in honor of fallen servicemen and women will presented to their families at no cost.

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Hudson Valley News
7:31 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Governor Comes To Sullivan County To Tout Casino Approval

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

BETHEL – A game changer for the Catskills and the Hudson Valley is how Governor Andrew Cuomo described the passage of Proposal 1, to legalize casino gambling in New York. He came to Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, the day after the state constitutional amendment was approved.

Cuomo, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), State Senator John Bonacic (R, Mount Hope) and local officials heralded the change to the New York State Constitution as the boost this area’s economy needs.

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New York News
8:02 am
Wed November 6, 2013

So What About The Proposals?

Well, Tuesday’s ballot proposal results are in;

Proposal One: Approved.

New York voters authorized seven Las Vegas-style casinos to be built to boost the economy.

With 60 percent of precincts reporting, the constitutional amendment was approved Tuesday 57 percent to 43 percent.

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New York News
8:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

AP source: Commissioner Quits NY Ethics Board

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A legislative official says a member of New York's ethics board has quit after the hiring of another staffer with ties to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The official familiar with the decision says law professor and ethicist Ellen Yaroshefsky submitted her resignation Tuesday. The official spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to announce the resignation.

It came after the Joint Commission on Public Ethics hired a former Cuomo staffer as executive director to succeed another former Cuomo employee.

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Hudson Valley News
8:48 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Rockland Budget Includes Property Tax Increase Under 10 Percent

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NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef submitted a $760.9 million proposed budget for 2014 that includes a 9.9 percent property tax increase. That translates to about $101 more per year for the average homeowner.

The spending plan unveiled Wednesday maintains all county’s existing services and does not cut any programs or impose layoffs. He has recommended a net decrease of roughly 40 vacant positions.

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7:51 am
Wed October 23, 2013

NY Law Caps Agricultural Assessment Hikes

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law to cap agricultural land assessment increases at two percent a year.

Cuomo says the measure is meant to keep farmers on their land by protecting them from "unsustainable" tax hikes.

State officials say Tuesday the base assessment value for agricultural land has nearly doubled over the past seven years, leading to high property tax increases.

The previous cap was 10 percent. About 25 percent of New York's land is used in agriculture.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Cuomo Setting The Stage For Tax Cuts

Credit Pat Arnow

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be setting the stage for a tax cut next year.  Recently, he’s appointed a new commission to look at cutting property and other taxes, and has said the state may have a budget surplus to pay for them.
The governor announced a new tax policy commission headed by former New York State Governor George Pataki, a Republican, and former state Comptroller Carl McCall, a Democrat. Both are former political rivals of Cuomo.

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