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  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.

Karen DeWitt

  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while outside the governor’s offices around 25 angry protesters were arrested.

Governor Cuomo is calling legislative leaders into his office for twice a day private meetings to hash out details of the $145 billion dollar state budget.

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.

Gov. Cuomo Touts Agreement With Oneidas

Mar 11, 2014
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The Oneida Indians have made their first payment of $11 million under a deal with New York state that guarantees the tribe exclusive territory for their central New York casino. A federal judge last week approved the deal reached with the Cuomo administration last May. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today the payment was made to Madison County and more money is forthcoming.

3/7/14 Panel

Mar 7, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Jimmy Vielkind, Chief of Capital New York’s Albany Bureau.

Topics include:
Ukraine/Crimea
Military sex assault bill
Boyland convicted
Cuomo v. DeBlasio
Astorino

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There’s growing unease over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax freeze plan. 100 local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, including Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner. And there are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one house state budgets.

The lobby groups for the state’s counties, cities, and school boards are voicing numerous concerns. Tim Kremer is with the State School Boards Association.

Cuomo Addresses Charter School Rally In Albany

Mar 4, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at a rally supporting charter schools on Tuesday in Albany. This video was distributed by the administration.

Karen DeWitt

It’s expected that Republicans will have an announced candidate for governor as early as next week. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has formed an exploratory committee and has expressed interest in what most believe will be an uphill climb, against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking re-election.

Stephen Gottlieb: Prisoners And The Price Of Anger

Feb 25, 2014

People are angrily attacking Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to provide a college education for some prisoners in order to put them on a path toward more constructive, and law abiding, lives.

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Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax is drawing praise from fiscally conservative groups, and condemnation from advocates for the poor.

Cuomo’s proposal would raise the threshold for New York’s estate tax from the current $1 million to $5.25 million, which is the current federal rate of taxation.  EJ McMahon, with the fiscally conservative think tank The Empire Center calls the levy the “death tax." He says it’s about time New York got in synch with the rest of the country, where many states have already eliminated the tax altogether.

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Vice President Joe Biden joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany today to discuss rebuilding New York state and strengthening infrastructure affected by extreme weather.

Vice President Biden and Governor Cuomo held the press conference in the Red Room at the Capital building to discuss the work planned to make New York’s infrastructure systems more storm resilient, reflecting on the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee  in 2011.

Blair Horner: The Opening Of The 2014 Session

Jan 6, 2014

This week, Governor Cuomo unveils his plans for the 2014 legislative session.  The State of the State allows the executive a unique opportunity to command public attention and to mobilize support for his proposals.  Typically, a State of the State address in the first year of any Administration focuses on the need for changes and reforms.  As the governor over time comes to represent the status quo, his or her rhetoric changes and the State of the State becomes a vehicle to extol the achievements of the Administration and to build on the image the governor is trying to project.

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On an 11am conference call with the media,  Governor didn't give the "all clear" just yet, but he did say "Mother nature has moved on somewhat" and the snowfall is pretty much over across the state.  He said his decision to close roadways between midnight and 5 am turned out to be the right call - there were  weather-related fatalities -  Authorities say a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease has frozen to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates has ranked New York 21st among states in funding for smoking cessation programs.

MasterCard Expands, Adds Jobs In Westchester, NYC

Dec 13, 2013
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MasterCard is expanding its headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley and creating a few hundred jobs.

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A poll out Monday shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is well-positioned to win re-election. State Republicans say it’s too early to assume an easy win for Cuomo for a second term.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll reveals that Governor Cuomo is a strong, early favorite to win re-election as he heads into 2014. 

That’s Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie.

NYS Republicans See Larger Strength In Local Wins

Nov 6, 2013
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Republicans say their party’s county executive wins in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere in New York State bode well for the 2014 governor’s race.

The New York Republican State Committee’s executive director Michael Lawler was celebrating in Westchester County Tuesday night with supporters of incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who won re-election to a second term in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2-to-1. Here’s Lawler.

The Hudson Valley was the site for a regional Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit.

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WASHINGTON – The US Department of Transportation has approved a $1.6 billion loan to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.

The funding comes from the DOT’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.

Governor Andrew Cuomo called the loan “a huge win for New York State.”

The issue of tolls to cross the new twin-span remains up in the air, the governor noted.

Governor Cuomo Announces Tax Relief Commission

Oct 2, 2013
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Calling on some former political rivals, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the formation of a Tax Relief Commission.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A leading government reform group has some advice for Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission investigations. They say there's a major loophole that has allowed $98 million dollars in unlimited donations to flow into what’s known as party housekeeping accounts.

It’s getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation as the end of session approaches in Albany, including women’s rights and campaign finance reform. There are no agreements yet, but as Karen DeWitt reports, that’s not unusual in a government that operates on last minute deals.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Poughkeepsie Wednesday as part of his tour to push his Women’s Equality Act. Meanwhile, a Hudson Valley state Assemblyman is calling on Cuomo to have Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver removed from office following what could be a new development in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case.

Cuomo spoke at Vassar College, urging the roomful of supporters to make the Women’s Equality Act a reality before the fast approaching end of this year’s legislative session.

A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation that would allow for up to seven casino licenses, three of which would be for the Catskills.

Governor Cuomo Takes Tax-Free NY Idea To New Paltz

May 23, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken his new tax-free plan for businesses on the road. He was in the Hudson Valley today, touting his plan to allow new businesses to operate tax-free on SUNY campuses across New York.

One day after first introducing the plan at several stops across the state, Cuomo was back at it Thursday, delivering a speech at the State University of New York at New Paltz, which would be one of the 64 SUNY campuses statewide designated as tax–free for new businesses.

He says 55 of the 64 campuses are in upstate New York.

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Opponents of hydro fracking are charging there’s a potential conflict of interest with a consultant to Governor Cuomo’s environmental agency. They are asking that the years-long review of fracking in New York be restarted. The controversy caused the consultant in question to sever all ties with a gas industry lobby group.

Liz Benjamin: The Future of Wilson Pakula

Apr 22, 2013
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Why is Governor Andrew Cuomo trying to neuter the leaders of New York’s most prominent minor political parties?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is on a statewide tour to promote the newly passed state budget, saying it shows that the state is functional again. But not everyone is completely convinced.
 
Governor Cuomo has been touring major upstate regions, promoting the passage of the third on time or early budget in a row. In Buffalo, he held up a hockey puck as a prop, comparing the achievement to hockey’s “hat trick”.

Regional Women's Equality Coalitions Form in NY

Apr 4, 2013
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Supporters of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda gathered today in six locations throughout the state. They held events to launch regional coalitions of a statewide Women’s Equality Coalition that formed in March.

Liz Benjamin: The Big Ugly

Mar 25, 2013

Governor Cuomo's supposedly no drama budget is coming to a rather dramatic end.

The Senate held a rare weekend session – on Palm Sunday, no less – to pass a limited number of budget bills, while the Assembly, citing the Passover holiday that starts at sundown tonight, refused to return to Albany until Thursday.

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