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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Blair Horner: The Court Strikes The Word "Independent" From Prop 1


Last week, New York State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath struck down proposed language for the upcoming Proposal 1, which is a referendum question that amends the state constitution to change the state redistricting process.  The vote on Proposal 1 will be on the ballot this November.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Blair Horner: Medical Safety In New York

Well-known comic Joan Rivers died last week.  Ms. Rivers was reportedly undergoing an endoscopic procedure to repair her vocal cords.  She was having the procedure in an outpatient setting – meaning it occurred outside of a hospital.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Blair Horner: Colleges Open And Students Experience Textbook Sticker Shock

This week marks the beginning of the semester for most colleges in New York State.  As students begin their next collegiate experience, families tackle how to pay for it.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Blair Horner: The Lessons From The Indictment Of Texas Governor Rick Perry

One of the big national political stories last week was the grand jury indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, charging him with abuse of power when he tried to pressure a local district attorney.  Governor Perry has argued that he is innocent of the charges.

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New York News
11:18 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Campaign Cash For Israel Trip Kosher?

Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

A member of a government reform group says it’s OK if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his campaign coffers to finance this week’s trip to Israel if the visit is for political, rather than government purposes.

Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s preferable for Governor Cuomo to use funds from his $35 million  campaign fund to pay for his visit to Israel than for state taxpayers to foot the bill.  Horner says by using the campaign money, Cuomo is also signaling that the trip is more of a political event than official government business.

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New York News
9:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Reform Groups Split On Ballot Amendment

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make only make gerrymandering worse.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Blair Horner: Pushing A "Yes" Vote On The November Ballot, Again

New Yorkers will get to vote on three proposals to change the state’s Constitution this November.  An important question being voted on is a plan to change the way redistricting is done in New York.  This past week, the state Board of Elections approved the language of the ballot question that will be put before the voters.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Blair Horner: The Cuomo Administration Is Stuck In The Ethics Muck

The big news last week was the blockbuster story by the New York Times that carefully examined Governor Cuomo’s involvement in the activities of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Blair Horner: Dealing With College Student Debt

We’ve hit summer’s midway point and for many New Yorkers it’s time to plan for the opening of college at the end of next month.  In addition to buying bedding, books and clothes, the big issue is how to pay for college tuition and fees.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Blair Horner: 11 Million Americans Have Health Coverage Thanks To Obamacare

After years of debate and relentless partisan battles, the impact of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – is starting to become clear.  According to reports released last week by the Gallup polling company, the Commonwealth Fund and the Urban Institute, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of uninsured.

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