New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants ethics reform as part of the budget or he’ll hold up the state’s spending plan, while legislators say they want to negotiate the issue separately. Government reform groups say the key issue is that the reforms be real.
In the old “Peanuts” cartoon, Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown and assures him that this time she really means it, she will hold the football and not pull it away. So he should charge and kick the football. And every year – despite having previously seen her pull the ball away at the last minute – Charlie believes her.
Hampshire College has been awarded a five-year $2 million grant from a private family foundation to launch a new project on ethical engagement and leadership. The Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project ( LEEP) will be a resource for local institutions and organizations with core operating principles that focus on the common good. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hampshire College Dean of Curriculum and Assessment Laura Wenk.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is weighing in on the drama in the state Assembly, and is proposing reforms. Cuomo, in a speech at NYU law school on Monday, says he won’t be signing the state budget unless the legislature agrees to the changes.
Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.
The agreement on casinos would allow four resort style gambling centers; one in the Capital Region, one in the Southern Tier, and possibly two in the Catskills, if voters approve the change to the state’s constitution in the fall.
Nassau and Suffolk Counties would be allowed to open more slot machines, under the terms of the bill.