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Vox Pop
1:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Gun Control : 1/15/13

An AK-47 assault rifle.
Credit wikipedia commons

Today, New York is expected to become the first state to enact major gun control policy following last month’s tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or SAFE Act, includes a ban on all pre-1994 high capacity ammunition magazines, a ban on any magazine that holds over 7 rounds, and real-time background checks on ammunition purchases to alert law enforcement of high volume purchasing.

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New York News
9:35 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

New York poised to be 1st to pass post-massacre gun bill

Credit Pat Arnow

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Only days after calling for an overhaul of gun control in New York following the Connecticut school shooting, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a tough proposal on gun control is ready to become law.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Republican State Senator Expects NY Gun Vote Today

Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R., Monroe County

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —  The first Republican senator to emerge from a five-hour private session says he expects the New York Legislature to vote on a gun control bill by the end of the day.


State Senator Michael Nozzolio from Monroe County says there are a number of concerns remaining, but he expects the vote.


The issue would not be coming to the floor under Albany rules if it wasn't almost sure to pass.


People familiar with closed-door negotiations say a tentative deal was struck over the weekend.

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New York News
7:07 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Women's Equality Act Proposal Draws Much Attention

One of several proposals in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State Speech Wednesday includes a Women’s Equality Act, a ten-point agenda that includes protecting a woman’s freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive Health Act. And Cuomo made it clear Thursday that he will give the same high-octane effort he gave the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 which remains the capstone of his progressive agenda. The Democrat says he's also deciding to disagree with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who urged Cuomo not to expand abortion rights. 

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Vox Pop
4:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Vox Pop - SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION - 2013 New York State of the State Address : 1/9/13

2012 was, by most accounts, a year of challenges for New York, not the least of which was the devastation of Hurricane Sandy as she tore up the Eastern seaboard.

In state politics, the assembly remains firmly Democratic, while this year will usher in a new era of governance in the senate by a controlling coalition of Republicans and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference, the effectiveness of which has yet to be seen.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Gun control battle is joined

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his third annual State of the State address Wednesday in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

A tip for first-time attendees: Don’t check your coat. The governor likes to keep things cold. 

Cuomo has declined to keep up the tradition of official pre-speech leaks. But he has dropped hints about the topics he'll be discussing, including responses to the two highest-profile tragedies of recent months: Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook massacre.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Governor Assesses North Country Regional Economic Development Council Projects

Governor Cuomo Tours Bombardier Plant in Plattsburgh
WAMC

The Governor is traveling the state to assess the progress being made by each of the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy were in Plattsburgh Wednesday to assess the programs and progress of the North Country’s Council.

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Capital District News
12:25 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

James Odato, Albany Times Union - Obama Lobbied by Cuomo on Venue Change

What led to the sudden change in President Obama’s itinerary last week in the Albany area? The president came to the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale science and Engineering, even though the original choice was GlobalFoundries’ plant in Malta in Saratoga County. At the time, the reason given for the change was “logistics,” but James Odato of the Albany Times Union is reporting today it was the Cuomo administration that lobbied for the venue change, he spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Commentary & Opinion
2:57 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Blair Horner - Help may be on the way for NY’s uninsured

There was some big news for New York’s uninsured last week.  First, a report was released that examined the characteristics of those upstate New Yorkers who lack health insurance coverage.  Using data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the health insurer Excellus released a profile of those who lacked health insurance in upstate New York.  Here are some of them:

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New York News
8:31 am
Tue April 3, 2012

NY Board Won't Disclose Hire Record

New York's powerful new ethics board has refused to release to the public any record of the secret vote to hire a longtime aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo as its $148,000-a-year executive director. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which has broad powers to investigate legislators and other officials, denied The Associated Press request for the records under the state Freedom of Information Law.

The board voted February 2 to hire Ellen Biben.  

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