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New York News
11:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Poll Shows Cuomo At Lowest Popularity Yet

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at his lowest ranking since taking office, with signs that the governor’s feud with the teachers’ union is taking its toll.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

New York Raises Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A state wage board has agreed to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers form $5.00 to $7.50 an hour. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the change at a rally with union leaders.

Cuomo, speaking to the union members,  renewed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10.50 an hour, $11.50 in New York City. Cuomo says businesses are making “record profits.” 

“Business is doing well, God bless ’em,” Cuomo said. “But it is time that they share. We are looking at a polarization of income in this country like we’ve never seen before.”

Not everyone was pleased with the increase. The state’s Restaurant and Tavern Association says it’s disappointed that the Governor’s wage board did not limit the minimum wage for highly tipped workers to $6.50 an hour.  The group predicts that it will slow job growth, and is considering legal action. 

New York News
4:01 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie Elected First African American Assembly Speaker

Carl Heastie became New York's first black Assembly Speaker on Tuesday.
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Carl Heastie was elected unanimously by Democrats in the New York State Assembly to be the next Speaker on Tuesday, less than two weeks after former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged with  running a massive multimillion dollar corruption scheme.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Education Issues Front And Center In 2015

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  Education will be a big issue in 2015, with lines already drawn between teachers at public schools, and Governor Andrew Cuomo and the charter school movement.

Before the New Year even began, the state’s largest teachers union was already making its displeasure with Governor Andrew Cuomo known, by protesting outside the governor’s mansion.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee says teachers are angry over what they see as Governor Cuomo’s increasingly negative view of their union, and the public education system in general.  

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Blair Horner: The Cuomo Administration Is Criticized For Its Secrecy


The Cuomo Administration’s preference for secrecy – even at the expense of the public’s right to know – was criticized in a report by an independent fiscal watchdog.  The report examined the Administration’s plan to divert over a half billion dollars from New York City’s water quality program to construction of the new Tappen Zee Bridge.  The Tappen Zee Bridge links Rockland and Westchester counties in the southern Hudson Valley.  Construction of the new bridge could cost $4 billion.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Cuomo's New Women's Political Party Serves Multiple Purposes

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making women’s rights a central focus of his campaign, focusing on an abortion rights provision. The issue serves multiple purposes for the governor.

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New York News
5:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Cuomo To Make Third Out-Of-State Trip

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he plans to visit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before Election Day.

Cuomo, speaking after marching in the Columbus Day parade, says he wants to make a trip to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in the next couple of weeks.

“I’d like to get there before Election Day,” Cuomo said. “As a sign of respect to those two communities that I’ve worked with for a very long time.”

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New York News
11:46 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Cuomo Visits Afghanistan, Seeks Increased Security In New York

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Governor Cuomo spent the weekend in Afghanistan, as part of a contingent of four US governors on a trip to learn about counter terrorism measures.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Governor, Legislature Increasingly Rely On Publicly Funded Private Attorneys

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration and the legislature are spending around $1.3 million this year in payments to private law firms, and the public is paying for it, says a fiscally conservative study center.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Agree on Anti-Heroin Bills, Still Discussing Medical Marijuana

Demonstrators for medical marijuana at legislative session in Albany
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close. 

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