Dean Skelos

New York News
4:27 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Is Cuomo Trying To Have It Both Ways In Senate?

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New York Governor Cuomo has forged his public image as a bipartisan governor, working with both Democrats and Republicans. But the governor has also promised a left-leaning minor party that he would help shift control of the state Senate away from the GOP, and help Democrats regain control of the chamber. The governor has been walking a fine line between the two parties ever since.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New York Legislative Session Could End With A Whimper

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.

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Vox Pop
12:20 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

With 8 Days Left, Uncertainty Over What Legislative Session Can Accomplish

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there’s uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Governor Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership. 

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New York News
12:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Cuomo Says He's Proud Of Lack Of Partisanship In Albany

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Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

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New York News
11:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Skelos: No Contradictions On Public Campaign Finance

Credit Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans has offered some hope that the state’s public campaign finance system could be expanded before the session is over. 

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

Medical Marijuana Next Big Issue In New York

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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

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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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