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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

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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.

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New York News
10:30 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Cuomo Administration Denies Secret Vote On Casinos

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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.

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7:46 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Cuomo, Legislature Already Winners From Casinos

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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 News
7:22 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cuomo Looks to Former Rivals to Head Tax Cutting Commission

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.

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New York News
12:02 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

NY Voters Polled On Casino Gambling

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.

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New York News
12:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NY Gov: Don't Text While Driving

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.

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