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New York News
12:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New York Assemblyman Marc Butler - Amending the NY SAFE Act

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) is presented with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s 2011 Legislator of the Year Award by its President, Tom King.
Credit Office of Assemblyman Marc Butler

The opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York SAFE Act continues to ramp up this week. One Central New York Assemblyman has proposed new legislation amending the law to change how ‘assault weapons’ banned by it are defined. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with 118th District Assemblyman Marc Butler about his proposal.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Abortion in New York : 2/19/13

As reported this weekend in the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to propose changes to the state’s policies on abortion as part of his ‘Women’s Equality Act’ introduced during his State of the State Address that include allow health care practitioners, not solely physicians, from performing the procedure.

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New York News
5:49 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

NY handgun licensees can file privacy form

January 15, 2013, Albany - Governor Cuomo signed into law the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation. The legislation includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and potentially dangerous mental health patients, and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's licensed handgun owners can keep their information private using a new form from State Police.

The forms, available online, should be submitted at county offices where pistol owners registered.

They can exempt their information from the state Freedom of Information Law, which some newspapers have used to identify owners.

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New York News
4:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

DiNapoli questions Cuomo budget proposal

Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says there are some big question marks in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says it would increase debt, rely on one-shot revenues, and includes overly optimistic projections of tax revenues.

DiNapoli did credit the budget as a move toward long-term fiscal balance.

Cuomo's $143 billion proposal is boosted by anticipated federal disaster aid. The current budget is $134 billion.

DiNapoli criticized the 2013-14 spending plan for relying on $1.4 billion in temporary revenue.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy: The state of the city and casino plans

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Credit Gary McCarthy for Mayor

Prior to Monday's meeting of the Schenectady City Council, Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his state of the city address.

He told lawmakers that the city will finish the year with a small budget surplus, but noted that there are still challenges that need to be addressed, including the city’s vacant properties.

WAMC's Patrick Donges recently spoke with Mayor McCarthy, asking him first about how the city managed a surplus despite the dire financial situations being faced by other localities, and whether there is proposal in development for siting a casino in the city. 

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New York News
6:27 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Hearing on Cuomo's education budget set in Albany

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Education issues are on the agenda in Albany as state Assembly lawmakers hold another in a series of public hearings on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposals.

Monday's hearing at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany is expected to include testimony from the chancellor of the City University of New York, Matthew Goldstein; state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.; State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, leaders of the teachers union and other officials.

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New York News
1:50 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

New York Governor Cuomo sends hundreds of plows to Long Island

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo assessing the winter storm aftermath with emergency responders on the Long Island Expressway, February 10, 2013.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hundreds of plows from across the state were dispatched to Long Island to clear roads clogged up by a massive snowfall.

The governor says it's one of the largest mobilizations after a winter blizzard in the state's history.

Hundreds of motorists were stranded Saturday on the Long Island Expressway and other parts of Suffolk County. Even emergency equipment couldn't reach them.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Jon Campbell - Gannett News : Fracking deadlines approaching this week

Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell.

New York State officials are facing some hard deadlines over the next few weeks with regards to whether or not the state will allow the drilling of natural gas extraction wells using the controversial process known as hydrofracking.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell for an update on state’s fracking decision making process.

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New York News
12:11 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Cuomo administration says storm 'routine blizzard'

New York state Director of Operations Howard Glaser.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Director of Operations Howard Glaser is urging New Yorkers to get off the roads Friday afternoon to avoid being stranded.

However, Glaser downplayed the storm's severity. He told WGDJ-AM in Albany that the storm is in some ways a "routine blizzard."

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New York News
9:40 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Cuomo: NY state plows, road crews ready for storm

Governor Cuomo gives an update after a snowstorm caused additional damage from Hurricane Sandy. - November 8, 2012
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has more than 1,500 snow plows, about 470,000 tons of road salt and hundreds of highway workers ready to tackle what's expected to be the worst storm so far in 2013.

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