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New York News
8:38 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Proposal In NY State Budget Tests Public Financing

Good-government advocates are criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders for a budget agreement to test public campaign financing with the state comptroller race this year.

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New York News
8:18 am
Sun March 30, 2014

New York State Budget Finalized, Voting on Monday

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion dollar state budget and say they are on track to meet the April 1 deadline. The budget includes a multi step plan that could  lower property taxes, $340 million dollars for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.

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New York News
11:28 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race

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Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race.

Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads  and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a publicly funded, matching small donor system for statewide races, including the governor and the legislature.

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New York News
7:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Cuomo Optimistic About Tax Freeze

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that his property tax freeze plan and other programs he favors will be part of the final budget deal.

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New York News
4:33 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Budget Talks Continue At Capitol, Deadline Near

The NYS Capitol Building.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are negotiating over property tax relief and pre-kindergarten funding a week before a new budget is due. Leaders emerging from closed-door talks Monday at the Capitol say they continue to make progress to get a deal by April 1.

There have been differences over how much money to devote to pre-K, a signature issue for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. There also has been legislative resistance to Cuomo's property tax relief plan, which would require localities to consolidate or share services for local homeowners to benefit.

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New York News
12:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Governor's Ratings Slip In Siena Poll

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo towers over Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in the latest Siena Poll.

His popularity is slipping, ever so slightly: Siena pollster Steve Greenberg says eight months away from election day is still too early to gauge how Governor Andrew Cuomo will fare come November.  A plurality of voters, 47-43 percent, say a Republican can beat Cuomo in this election.   "A poll is a snapshot in time. At this point in time, Andrew Cuomo remains popular with voters and has a huge lead over Rob Astorino."

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WAMC News
8:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Cuomo Aims To Help NY Veterans With State Contracts

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has promoted legislation to help disabled veterans during what was billed a "Veteran and Military Family Summit."

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WAMC News
7:44 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock talks with NYPIRG's Blair Horner about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and campaign financing.

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New York News
4:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter's Toll On Municipalities

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Though today is the first official day of spring, some municipalities are looking at dwindling snow-removal budgets.  Drive anywhere across the Capital Region, down through the Hudson Valley into Westchester and New York City, and you'll find an abundance of potholes thanks to a polar vortex-driven winter that  goes down in the books as one of the snowiest since recordkeeping began, one that strained municipal budgets already pared and stretched by changing economic times.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cardinal Dolan, Bishops, Lobby For Education Tax Credit

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New York City's Cardinal Timothy Dolan and bishops around the state lobbied Tuesday in Albany for a tax credit that would help Catholic schools.

Dolan and the bishops met with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to advocate for a new tax credit for charitable donations made for educational purposes. The legislation would eventually add up to $300 million a year for education, with half going to public school programs and half going to scholarships for students who attend private schools.

The state Senate has previously approved a bill with the investment tax credit.

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