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New York News
4:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York


Now that the New York State budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

New York Lawmakers Closer To Budget Agreement

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blowup that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dispute Ends Budget Meeting

  Tensions ran high at a closed door leaders meeting with Governor Cuomo.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio at the expense of the rest of the state.

“We have a problem right now,” Skelos said. “Hopefully we can work it out. But we’ll see.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who emerged around half an hour later from the Governor’s office, says the Senator was “rather agitated”, but claimed not to know why.

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New York News
3:52 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Legislature To Add School Funding, But Advocates Say Not Enough

Credit Karen DeWitt

New York State Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes. It’s all part of a one-house budget resolution, the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.

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New York News
5:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlined Upstate Casinos Plans

Credit Pat Arnow

New York Governor Cuomo outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos upstate.

Cuomo, joined by union and business leaders, and representatives from county governments, offered more details of a plan to build three new gambling casinos. Cuomo says he wants to limit the locations to upstate regions for now, to prop up the failing economy.  The governor says upstate needs jobs like it needs “oxygen.” And he says having a downstate location would devalue the upstate centers.

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7:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

State Senate Stalling Cuomo's Abortion Rights Bill

Gov. Cuomo
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A key component of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill to put into state law the abortion rights protections in the federal Roe v. Wade decision won’t be voted on in the state Senate.

“We’re  not going to put in on the floor,” Skelos said. “In my opinion and the opinion of my conference, that bill is not moving.”

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On

Credit ..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New York Lawmakers Say Weekend Budget Session Increasingly Likely

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget messages at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn on February 28, 2013.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York State budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal.

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New York News
9:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to work another day on budget agreement

From left, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York State lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new state spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy, and raise the minimum wage.  They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.

Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein , after a closed door leaders meeting, say they are hopeful that up to $700 million dollars in tax cuts for business and the middle class could be in the state budget.

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