New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has said he would risk a late state budget this year to get ethics reform passed in New York.

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Once the President’s week break is finished, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature will have to start discussing the 2015 budget.  But the traditional style of budget making in New York, known as "three men in a room," is coming under criticism, by among others, the U.S. Attorney currently investigating corruption at the Capitol.  Some are wondering whether it’s time to end the secretive practice.

With less than two months before the state budget is due, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and education groups remain at odds, with the state teachers union calling the fight a “war,” and Cuomo calling the teachers and their allies a bloated bureaucracy.

The State Assembly is poised to elect Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as the next Speaker, as Sheldon Silver resigns in disgrace over serious corruption charges.  Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to hold up the state budget if lawmakers don’t agree to a number of key reforms.

Assembly Majority Joe Morelle confirms that Democrats, meeting behind closed doors, have decided unanimously that Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie will be the next Speaker.

START-UP At Stewart Is Met With Different Views

Jan 27, 2015
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

A proposal to make Stewart International Airport in Orange County a tax-free zone, included in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier this month, is drawing mixed reviews. 

When speaking about infrastructure during his January 21 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed plans for two regional airports.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $141.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, up about $4 billion from the current budget.

The plan unveiled Wednesday to lawmakers will be followed by months of negotiations before the new year starts April 1.

The administration's proposal would increase spending from state and federal operating funds and capital programs by 2.8 percent.

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A new Siena College poll out today reveals Governor Andrew Cuomo’s standing with New York voters has improved a little since last month and is now at its highest level since July.  Those surveyed also weighed in on fracking, the Common Core, and the death of Mario Cuomo.

On the eve of Cuomo’s fifth State of the State, voters told Siena jobs and education are the top two issues they want Cuomo to make his top priorities this year.

Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1.6 billion dollar property tax credit program. The so-called “circuit breaker” that purports to help ease the burden on working class families.

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  Just a month after the U.S. government eased travel restrictions on Cuba, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning a trip to the island nation.  

Word came in an official email Saturday - his administration says Cuomo plans to lead a trade mission to Cuba to promote the Empire State, part of a "Global NY" initiative.  

No timetable or itinerary was disclosed.

 Last month it was announced the U.S. embargo on Cuba would be eased and diplomatic relations normalized.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pitching a competition that would pit seven upstate regions against each other for a chance to win $1.5 billion in economic development money. Cuomo's plan, if approved by lawmakers, would have the seven regions  submit economic proposals by July 1.

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