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New York News
3:24 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

New Assembly Speaker Passes First Hurdle, More Challenges Ahead

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The recently completed state budget was the first real test of the new New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s leadership, who became the leader of that house in early February.  

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New York News
6:21 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

NY Medical Marijuana Regulations Up

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With public and media attention squarely focused on the New York state budget agreement, the Department of Health on Tuesday quietly filed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York posted final regulations for the state medical marijuana program, sticking to the original script: not varying far from the much-criticized draft regulations that first appeared months ago.

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New York News
1:53 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Cuomo, Leaders And Education Reforms

With education in flux across New York thanks to the Common Core, there's a mixed reaction to Governor Andrew Cuomo's provisions for it in the freshly finished budget.  

$1.6 billion has been allocated for education in a spending plan that includes several reforms. The budget negotiations are only the latest fault line between the governor, legislative leaders and the powerful teachers’ union.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward

Family leave for New Yorkers, and possibly all American workers, is getting closer to becoming a reality. The idea is being embraced by state legislators and by one of New York's representatives in Congress.

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New York News
4:25 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Cuomo Calls For New Policy After Criticism Of Email Purges

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a new email retention policy for state leaders following criticism of his administration's practice of purging emails after 90 days. The Democratic governor's policy concerned government watchdogs and some lawmakers who said it was an affront to government transparency.

On Friday several good-government groups urged Cuomo to issue an executive order requiring emails to be kept for seven years.  Cuomo's top spokeswoman says the administration would work with other state leaders to create new, uniform retention standards.

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New York News
2:28 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Heastie Frustrated Over Cuomo's Budget Links

Speaker Heastie discusses his frustration over Governor Cuomo's budget in an interview with Karen DeWitt.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie gave his first broadcast interview to public radio and television. In it, he expressed his frustrations over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to link numerous unrelated items to the state budget.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cuomo Gets Blow Back On 90-Day Email Deletion Policy

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  Governor Andrew Cuomo has been getting some bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers over an email policy that erases all electronic correspondence of state employees after 90 days.

The policy to delete the emails of state employees after three months has been in place for some time, but is only now being enforced. It was revealed during a recent budget hearing, where Governor Cuomo’s chief Information Officer Maggie Miller testified before skeptical state lawmakers.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Blair Horner: Bad Ideas In The Governor's Budget Plan


 The pace is picking up at the state Capitol.  The budget is scheduled to be approved by April 1st.  In order to meet that deadline, the state Senate and the state Assembly are likely to advance their own one-house budget plans this upcoming week.  A week after that, both houses should begin a joint conference committee process to work out their differences while they negotiate with the governor.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Blair Horner: Albany Goes Dark


Two years ago, Governor Cuomo unveiled a new government portal called “open.ny.gov.”  At that time the governor proclaimed, “"This new website will dramatically increase public access to one of our most valuable assets - data. As it expands and evolves over time, open.ny.gov will spark innovation, improve efficiency, promote accountability, and bring the people back into government."

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New York News
7:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

NY Governor To Lead Spring Trade Mission To Cuba

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Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to visit Cuba this spring for a state trade mission to the communist nation.

Cuomo and Jose Ramon Cabanas, chief of the Obama administration's Cuban Interests Section, say Thursday that the New York Democrat will lead a delegation to Cuba on April 20.

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