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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A top environmental debate over the past six years has been whether New York state should allow a natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. During those six years, effectively New York State has had a moratorium on fracking.
Now that the 2014 legislative session is finished, the question is what got done? During this session, high profile bills got passed – such as a new law allowing, in select circumstances, the medicinal use of marijuana. Over the past four years, the budget was completed in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year, a streak unheard of in modern New York State history.
Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.
Now that the lackluster 2014 legislative session is in the books, New York’s elected officials turn their attention to November. The statewide offices of governor, comptroller, and attorney general are all up. All 213 legislative seats and 27 Congressional House of Representatives are up for a vote.