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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."