Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump, is likely to affect down ballot races for Congress , where there are several contested seats, and for control of the State Senate in New York, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority.
Reformers kept up the pressure last week for Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature to overhaul the state’s economic development programs. In a letter to the state’s political leaders, the groups urged that steps be taken to reduce the risk of corruption in how the state doles out government contracts.
The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will continue oversight of the cleanup of Friday’s oil spill at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. The governor and DEC commissioner have visited the plant, and a plant spokesman says cleanup likely will take a few days.
An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.
New York state has new rules to stop independent political groups from unfairly helping candidates for elected office — though critics say the measure won't fix chronic corruption in Albany and could have negative unintended consequences.
In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide. The timing is critical.
As the sun rose over the Capitol Saturday morning, state lawmakers put the finishing touches on the 2016 legislative session. Like all other end of sessions, this one wrapped up with a flurry of activity. Hundreds of bills were approved by both houses in a blur of legislative activities.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced $5.5 million in projects to construct visitor centers at each entrance of the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world — Walkway Over the Hudson. Cuomo made the announcement mid-bridge before a number of local elected officials and others.
A board controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders voted Wednesday to approve more than $485 million for the Buffalo Billion project. But there were some questions from board members about details of a program that is now under federal investigation.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a bill on closing a loophole that allows for unlimited big money donations to candidates. The LLC loophole has played a key role in the federal corruption trials of both former leaders of the legislature, and may be a factor in the ongoing federal probe of the governor’s economic development projects.
Federal forces have been peering over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's shoulder, looking at the chief executive's dealings and contacts for any sign of possible conflicts-of-interest as well as unusual deals or agreements. SUNY Polytechnic is also being investigated.
The big news last week was the new budget agreement. As is increasingly the case, issues that had at best a tangential connection to the budget were part of the final agreement. The issue that headlined the agreement included a hike in the state’s minimum wage. The increase is phased in over a number of years and increases at different rates in different regions of the state. The budget also included a requirement that employers offer paid family leave and lowered tax rates for New Yorkers making less than $300,000.
When New York lawmakers announced the state budget agreement last week, ethics reform was not part of the package. That’s likely to come up at tonight’s Albany Museum of Political Corruption roundtable discussion at the College of Saint Rose.