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Cuomo May Call Legislature Back For Flood Relief

Jul 9, 2013
Pat Arnow

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll call the state Legislature back to address recent upstate New York flooding if the federal government declines to issue a disaster declaration.

Cuomo issued an emergency declaration a week ago for 15 counties, followed by requesting a federal disaster declaration that would provide money for rebuilding.

He says owners of about 150 homes with significant damage need help, local governments need money for rebuilding roads and culverts and he's pushing for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds.

Karen DeWitt

This morning at the New York State Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo made good on his promise to establish a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.

Unable to sway legislators to agree on a package of campaign finance and legislative ethics reforms before the end of session last month, Governor Cuomo made it clear he intended to tackle public corruption in a year that has already seen several sitting state legislators indicted on federal corruption charges.

Severe Flood Warnings For New York Counties

Jul 1, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a disaster declaration for a number of counties that have been hit by severe storms and flooding.

Cuomo has activated the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM) to closely monitor the impacted areas and to assist counties with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.

Among the counties that the disaster declaration has been issued for include Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Tioga, Schoharie, St. Lawrence and Warren counties.

Session Leaves Cuomo's Agenda Unfinished

Jun 28, 2013

New York Governor Cuomo did not get all he wanted during the recently concluded legislative session, as abortion rights and campaign finance reform faltered in the final days of the session. But Cuomo seems to be putting the best face on what he did achieve and is trying to move on with plans that include an investigation of the legislature.

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Governor Cuomo says he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future”, possibly as early as Thursday.

Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms,  and says he will now appoint a commission under the powers’ of the state’s Moreland Act, to investigate campaign filings at the State Board of Elections. The governor say in the end, it might even work out better.

The legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on New York Governor Andrews Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, and Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill’s provisions.

Gov To Visit Colleges To Discuss Tax-Free NY Plan

Jun 24, 2013
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Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is visiting three upstate college campuses to discuss the tax-free zones that were approved by the state Legislature last week.

In May, the governor unveiled his plan to give new employers and their employees 10 years of tax-free living if they locate on or near college campuses in New York state. Last Wednesday, the Cuomo administration changed the plan's name from Tax-Free New York to Start-Up New York.

The Legislature approved the plan on Friday as it wrapped up its 2013 session.

NY Passes Mercury Thermostat Disposal Law

Jun 24, 2013
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Environmental groups in New York say a new law requiring manufacturers to collect and safely dispose of thermostats will remove a major source of toxic mercury from the waste stream. 

The legislation, which awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature, was passed late Friday night by the Senate and Assembly. The New York Public Interest Research Group says it addresses one of the largest remaining sources of mercury pollution in New York — the hundreds of thousands of old thermostats discarded each year.

NY Assembly OKs Women's Rights, Abortion Bill

Jun 21, 2013
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New York's Democrat-led Assembly has approved bills including an abortion rights provision that has roiled Albany.

But Senate Republicans refused to allow the abortion measure to the floor in that chamber.

The Senate plans to adopt the nine other women's rights initiatives in the 10-point package pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The nine items combat discrimination against women in the workplace and strengthen human trafficking laws.

Those could be sent back to the Assembly today after Senate passage and voted into law.

NY Legislature Corruption Probe Challenged

Jun 21, 2013
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As New York's Legislature prepares to pass into law late-session deals with Governor Andrew Cuomo, two of the biggest measures are being questioned.

Cuomo said Wednesday he'll create a panel under the state's powerful Moreland Act to investigate lawmakers because of the latest string of corruption cases.

But academic and former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says Thursday the law doesn't allow the executive branch to directly investigate another branch.

Cuomo says he can avoid that prohibition by investigating through the Board of Elections.

Cuomo Creates Panel To Investigate NY Legislature

Jun 20, 2013
Pat Arnow

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is creating a powerful investigative committee under New York's anti-corruption Moreland Act to investigate the entire state Legislature.

The Democrat says negotiations to create new public integrity laws failed, so he's creating the investigative panel instead. He says Wednesday he refused to "significantly compromise" his reform proposal.

The committee will have subpoena power and go after the influence of campaign contributions on politicians.

The issue was forced by corruption cases involving lawmakers this spring.

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Announce Deals

Jun 20, 2013
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he and legislative leaders have agreed to a jobs program that would offer tax-free zones to new employers.

But Cuomo says he isn't sure how many of his 10 women's rights measures will be passed in the Senate, or if the abortion piece of the package will even reach the floor.

Cuomo has hoped that many of the elements, including combating workplace inequities and discrimination, would become law in these closing days of session.

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County public officials, business and economic development leaders hope to pursuade Governor Cuomo to site at least one casino in the county.

Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson and Legislator Alan Sorensen penned a letter.  Sullivan County Partnership Vice President Michelle Klugman Resnick and Chamber of Commerce President Terri Ward came up with the idea to shoot a video message read by a number of people.

Resnick said they hope it will get the governor’s attention.

AP Source: Cuomo, Leaders Agree On 4 Casinos

Jun 19, 2013
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A senior Cuomo administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a late night deal to authorize four upstate casinos and to allow votes on 10 separate women's rights bills including an abortion proposal that appeared to have been blocked in the Senate.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.

Legislative officials immediately disputed some elements of the agreement.

Britain's Justin Rose Takes U.S. Open

Jun 17, 2013
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At the U.S. Open, Justin Rose claimed his first major championship at Merion Golf Club, holding off Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. “It’s surreal because it is something you dreamed about. Something you have thought about. Something you have spent countless hours working towards,” said Rose. That sound was courtesy of ESPN. Rose closed with an even-par 70 for a 1-over total that made him the first Englishman to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Bill Would Expand NY Gambling Without Voter OK

Jun 17, 2013
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Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms he is proposing a back-up plan to expand gambling even if voters turn down his casino gambling referendum this fall.

Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa says the governor proposes video slot machine centers if his proposal for four Las Vegas-type casinos is defeated. He says he wants to make sure there is an option to produce revenue for local governments and schools if casinos are rejected.

Senecas, State Reach Western NY Gambling Deal

Jun 14, 2013

New York State and Seneca Indian Nation leaders have announced a deal to resolve a long-running dispute over western New York gambling rights and revenue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Seneca President Barry Snyder said Thursday that $630 million in payments withheld by the tribe after it said the state broke an agreement granting it exclusive gambling rights will be divided up between three cities with Seneca casinos, the state and the tribe.

Texas Gov. Perry , NY Gov. Cuomo Spar Over Jobs

Jun 13, 2013
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The governors of Texas and New York are in a shootout over job poaching.

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poking fun at New York ahead of his upcoming trip to convince businesses there to move to his state. In $600,000 worth of radio spots that began airing Wednesday in New York City and Albany, he scoffs at the state's "new New York" promotional campaign. He says it looks a lot like the "old New York," with high taxes and stifling regulations.

NY Legislature To Require Heart Screens Of Babies

Jun 13, 2013
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New York's Legislature has agreed to require newborns to be tested for a congenital heart defect under a new, quick screening process.

The measure would require all birthing facilities to administer the test called pulse oximetry screening.

The new procedure provides early detection of heart defects that could be addressed quickly by surgery, potentially saving babies' lives.

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Andrew Cuomo's office kicked-started the day by spreading word that the Governor had published an op-ed in The Huffington Post titled "Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights.” The timing seems right: women's groups are rallying this noonhour at the State Capitol in Albany, on the heels of Cuomo's mid-morning press event the 10-point "Women's Equality Act" which includes strengthening abortion rights in New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has been touring New York touting his Tax-Free New York proposal. Despite Cuomo's “speak, rinse, repeat” approach, not everybody's on board.

County Lawmakers OK Oneida Indian Deal

May 29, 2013

New York Legislators in Oneida County have approved a state-brokered agreement with the Oneida Indians involving land claims and gambling rights.

Members of the Oneida County Board of Legislators on Tuesday voted 16 to 13 to approve the broad agreement with the Oneida Indian Nation announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month.

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The steady drumbeat of scandal after scandal in the New York state legislature has led many to wonder whether lawmakers can focus on passing any major bills by the end of the session, which is fast approaching. As Karen DeWitt reports, the legislature returns Wednesday and has just four work weeks to act on items ranging from campaign finance reform to abortion rights, to economic development plans.

Effort Emerges To Solve Local NY Government Crisis

May 28, 2013
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A New York county executive plans to announce a new effort to bring fiscally stressed local governments together to share their best ideas before they become "distressed" under a new state definition.

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein wants local governments to help each other before they reach the "distressed" status that could trigger state involvement in restructuring local operations.

NY Gov: Fracking Decision To Come Before Election

May 24, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll make a decision on whether to allow shale gas fracking before the 2014 election.

Cuomo says he's waiting for his state health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, to report on his own health review. The Democratic governor told the editorial board at the Post-Standard in Syracuse on Wednesday that he had expected Shah's review to be finished by now, but it should be done in the next several weeks.

He made similar remarks in February.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today unveiled "Tax-Free NY," which he touts as "a game-changing initiative" that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities.

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Weeks of negative headlines involving state legislators are having sway with public opinion. A new Siena College Research Institute poll measures New York voter attitude on political corruption, the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

There's good news and bad news about how New Yorkers feel about state government and the governor's refrain that it is "working again."

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ALBANY – New York State, Oneida Nation of Indians, Oneida and Madison counties have signed an agreement settling several long-standing disputes.  The agreement would grant the Oneida Nation exclusive rights to casino gaming in Central New York in exchange for sharing a portion of gaming revenues with the state and local governments.

Under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for legalized gaming, three casinos would initially be approved, which was going to be carved into six regions.

NY Assembly Speaker To Propose Lopez Removal

May 17, 2013
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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing that state lawmakers expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is accused of sexual harassment.

Silver is also asking the Assembly to consider the full investigative report, which was critical of Silver's handling of the Lopez case. He says he'll introduce legislation today, which would be acted on Monday.

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ALBANY – Business leaders in the Hudson Valley, members of the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council, Wednesday mapped out their plans for the third year of program.

Co-chairman Dennis Murray, president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, said the council plans on capitalizing on the successes of the first two years of the grant program to promote business, economic development growth and jobs.

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