KINGSTON – Proposal Number One on this year’s ballot pertains to a constitutional amendment that would allow casino gambling in New York State.
State Senator John Bonacic, (R, Mount Hope) as chairman of the Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering is more intimate with the issues than most other officials. Bonacic outlined the proposed amendment and detailed the ramifications at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Kingston Thursday morning.
The Democratic candidate in a mayoral race in New York’s Columbia County alleges his opponent has attacked his HIV status rather than focusing on more substantive issues. The incumbent Republican mayor tells a different story.
NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef submitted a $760.9 million proposed budget for 2014 that includes a 9.9 percent property tax increase. That translates to about $101 more per year for the average homeowner.
The spending plan unveiled Wednesday maintains all county’s existing services and does not cut any programs or impose layoffs. He has recommended a net decrease of roughly 40 vacant positions.
Three New York state assemblymembers from the lower Hudson Valley are calling for the new Common Core-linked tests to be scrapped. They say the tests are unfair assessments and costly to school districts. The State Education Department disagrees.
Democratic Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti, David Buchwald, and Amy Paulin, all from Westchester County, penned a letter dated October 21 to the New York State Board of Regents chancellor. Here’s Paulin, from Scarsdale.
The comment period regarding New York State certification of coastal zone policies for the Indian Point nuclear power plant ends next week. An environmental group that wants Indian Point shut down contends the plant violates these policies while an Indian Point spokesman says the plant remains in compliance.
New York State’s Moreland Commission, in an effort to root out public corruption, is looking into lawmakers’ outside income. After some lawmakers rebuffed the Commission’s requests, its co-chairs indicated subpoenas were forthcoming.
A number of business, labor, and elected officials joined together in Ulster County this afternoon to urge New Yorkers to vote in support of casino gambling in the state. A few opponents voiced their concerns as well.