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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.

EJ McMahon
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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

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.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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
Office of the Westchester County Executive

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

Pat Arnow

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.

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