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Families Of Killed Service Members Will Get Flags

Nov 11, 2013
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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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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.

So What About The Proposals?

Nov 6, 2013

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.

AP source: Commissioner Quits NY Ethics Board

Oct 30, 2013
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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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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.

NY Law Caps Agricultural Assessment Hikes

Oct 23, 2013
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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 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.
 

Cuomo Administration Denies Secret Vote On Casinos

Oct 9, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration says the Board of Elections didn't approve its rosy rewording of a casino expansion referendum in secret as a lawyer suing the state claims.

Cuomo, Legislature Already Winners From Casinos

Oct 8, 2013
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A new report shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo collected more than $361,000 dollars and the Legislature raked in over $1 million dollars from gambling interests leading up to the November 5th referendum that would legalize more casinos.

Common Cause New York compiled the campaign contribution totals from 2011 to July 2013.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is appointing a new tax cutting commission that he’s charged with finding ways of slicing state revenues by $2 to $3 billion dollars next year.

Cuomo turned to the man who beat his father in the 1994 governor’s race, George Pataki, to co chair the commission. Pataki, a Republican, defeated Mario Cuomo  on a platform that included tax cuts.

Pataki, who says the state “spends too much and costs too much,” says he’s happy to serve on the commission, but at first thought a mistake had been made.

With the public referendum on casino gaming just weeks away, new polls indicating New York voters are keen on building more state-run casinos are being questioned by anti-gambling groups.

Don't Text and Drive - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was underlining that mandate in an appearance this morning at a Thruway rest area, as Thruway authorities plan to ramp up penalties for distracted driving.

Despite a beefed-up public awareness campaign and new laws combating distracted driving, New York State Troopers issued 21,500 tickets issued over the summer, compared to 5,000 last year.

NY Corruption Commission Holds 1st Hearing In NYC

Sep 17, 2013
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A group of top New York and federal prosecutors is scheduled to testify at the first public hearing of the state's new anti-corruption commission.

The session in New York City this evening is the first of several planned to consider if additional laws and regulations are needed to address misconduct by public officials.

Confirmed speakers include U.S. attorneys Preet Bharara and Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

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It’s been nearly a year since the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the on going study. Now, an anti-fracking group is suing the state to find out what exactly is being reviewed.

APNewsBreak: Syracuse Race Draws Albany Muscle

Sep 9, 2013
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A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is working on an underdog campaign against the mayor of Syracuse in this week's Democratic primary.

The primary will decide whether Mayor Stephanie Miner survives her frosty year with Cuomo. She has criticized his pension-saving proposal.

Cuomo has refused to make an endorsement in the race. But records show a former Cuomo aide, Joseph Rossi, is working for the campaign of Miner's opponent Pat Hogan.

Cuomo: Sheriffs Don't Choose Laws To Enforce

Sep 5, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says law enforcement officials don't get to pick and choose which laws to enforce — and that includes the sheriffs opposed to new gun restrictions.

Talking to reporters Wednesday, Cuomo says law enforcement's job is to enforce all the laws, which are enacted by the Legislature.

He says that to do otherwise "would obviously be chaos" and "a dangerous and frightening precedent."

Upstate NY City Continues June Flood Emergency

Sep 3, 2013
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The mayor of a central New York city devastated by June's upstate flooding plans to issue a third emergency declaration.

The Oneida Daily Dispatch reports that acting Mayor Max Smith plans to take the action at today’s Common Council meeting because of continuing repair costs.

The cost of repairs to the city's waste water treatment plant is estimated at $1.5 million, and bills continue to come in from contractors hired for those repairs.

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State officials say 6,000 high school students from across New York will be able to earn an associate degree at no cost under a program designed to land them jobs when they graduate.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo says  that 16 high schools have been selected to be part of public-private partnerships designed to prepare students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care. The students will earn both an associate degree and a high school degree under the state's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, or P-Tech.

Today,  marking  the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Governor Andrew Cuomo reminds New Yorkers that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming September primary elections is August 16th.

The Governor also released new data showing that more than 200,000 New Yorkers have used the state’s  online service MyDMV, and other automated systems to register, or update, their voter registration.

NY Veterans' Group Directors Need To Be Accredited

Aug 5, 2013
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The directors of county and city veteran service agencies in New York will have to get federal accreditation within three years under a new law.

The measure signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo says those directors, who are appointed by county executives and mayors, will have to take all necessary steps to be accredited as a veterans' service organization representative.

That gives them authority from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans and their families pursue benefit claims.

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Governor Cuomo recently announced that he would close several more state prisons, using provisions of a law that allows him to bypass the legislature.  It’s part of a pattern of government consolidation that the governor has been quietly pursuing since he took office.

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KINGSTON – As the clock keeps ticking, the likelihood of the governor calling a special session of the legislature diminishes and that means any hope of passing legislation to allow Ulster County to keep its sales tax at its current level fades.

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said if it does not make it before lawmakers this fall, it will come up early next year. But, county officials say they need the one percent sales tax exemption ASAP or the county will lose about $5 million in revenue.

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New York Governor Cuomo says it’s now up to the voters to decide whether they want to expand gambling in New York State. He’s signed into law a plan build casinos upstate, but the public must approve a change in the state’s constitution in order for it to move forward.  

Governor Signs Casino Gaming Bill

Jul 31, 2013
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ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation on Tuesday that will now put the issue of legalizing casino gaming before voters in November.

NY Toughens Law Against Drunken Driving

Jul 29, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law meant to keep more drunken drivers off New York roads.

The new law makes it a felony to drive drunk on a conditional license.

Motorists who lose their license for drunken driving may be issued a conditional license, limited to essential trips like work, school and medical appointments.

While driving drunk on a revoked license was already a felony, doing it on a conditional license has been only a traffic infraction.

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Could New York Governor Andrew Cuomo be thinking about a 2016 White House run? Speculation is on the rise following a television interview that aired this morning.

The Cuomo administration has been quiet about the upcoming presidential campaign.  CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford spoke with the governor in the Adirondacks over the weekend, where Cuomo reaffirmed he has no interest in a run for the White House, explaining he is focused on "being the best governor that I can be.”

NY Gov, NYC Mayor Face Off On Adirondack River

Jul 22, 2013
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Two of New York's top officials are making waves in the Adirondacks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will paddle down the Indian River in a whitewater rafting race at noon today on the second day of Cuomo's inaugural Adirondack Challenge festival in Indian Lake.

NYers Asked To Cut Energy Use As Heat Taxes Grid

Jul 19, 2013
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New Yorkers are being asked to reduce electricity use as this week's heat wave is driving near record demand for power.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says people should cut back as much as possible to take pressure off the state's power grid and help prevent outages or brownouts.

He says Thursday that experts monitoring the grid expect demand to hit record levels.

Cuomo: Feds Won't Provide Some Flood Aid; NY Will

Jul 16, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the federal government has denied some aid to victims of recent severe flooding in the Mohawk Valley, but the state will step in to help.

The Individual Assistance program helps victims recover and rebuild. It is in addition to federal aid that goes to governments to rebuild roads and for other major recovery projects.

Cuomo said last week that if the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't come through, he'd call the Legislature back into session to free up state money.

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The waiting list for federal funds to help homeowners and businesses rebuild in the wake of flooding across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is growing.

The flash flooding brought on by the heavy rains of June 27 and 28 devastated many communities across Central New York. Residents in many flooded communities along the Mohawk River are waiting for help - looking to Albany and Washington for assistance in cleanup and rebuilding.

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