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New York News
8:32 am
Sun December 28, 2014

NY, NJ Govs Veto Bill To Reform Port Authority

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  The governors of New York and New Jersey have vetoed legislation intended to clean up the troubled Port Authority. 

The bill was designed to right an agency long known for dysfunction and scandals, it would have created an office of inspector general and required annual audits of the agency. It also would have restricted lobbying and created a whistleblower protection program.

The bill passed the state legislatures this year.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Polls: Voters Support NY Gov's Fracking Ban

Flashback to July 2010: At the New York State Capitol, actor Mark Ruffalo raises a jar of tainted water from a home near a Pennsylvania gas drilling well.
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When New York became the second state in the nation (after Vermont)  to ban the controversial gas drilling method hydraulic fracturing, some were surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo finally took a stance on the issue.

The fracking announcement December 17th came after six years of a de facto moratorium with a long-awaited health impact study. New York State acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who said “I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York.”

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New York News
6:21 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Governor Cuomo Joins Schenectady Casino Celebration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Schenectady and Sullivan Counties to celebrate the Gaming Facility Location Board's decision regarding the new resort gaming destinations that were selected for each of the regions.
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One day after the New York Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board gave the green light to three casino proposals, the celebration was on in Schenectady today.  At Proctors Theater, officials touted the prospect of continuing Schenectady’s economic renaissance with a gambling windfall.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Health, Environmental Chiefs: No Fracking

Anti-fracking activists appear to have won the fight over the gas drilling method.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban. Cuomo says he is deferring to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.

Zucker and Martens on Wednesday summarized the findings of their environmental and health reviews. They concluded that shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carried unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Major Decisions On Casinos, Hydrofracking And Thruway Tolls Due Before End Of Year

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  It’s looking less and less likely that state Senators and Assemblymembers will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydro-fracking.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Says Special Session Stalled Over Ethics Reform

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tamped down hopes for a special session of the legislature before the year ends, saying legislative leaders have still not agreed to ethics reforms that the governor is seeking. Cuomo says he also wants more time to develop a comprehensive criminal justice reform package.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Reform Group Says Newspaper Report Is More Evidence Anti-Corruption Laws Needed In Albany

The New York Times reports that federal investigators are probing outside income paid to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, among other lawmakers. A reform group says the article is one more reason that Governor Cuomo and the legislature should adopt long overdue ethical changes.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Should Body Cameras Be Required For Police Officers?

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President Obama’s call to equip police officers across the country with body cameras could change the way police interact with civilians, including those accused of breaking the law. Some experts say more study is needed before police agencies will know how beneficial body cameras can be and what the impacts really are.

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New York News
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Cuomo Cites Agency Gains For Disabled In Veto

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation intended to clear what one lawmaker said in June was a waiting list of 12,000 disabled individuals who needed services or housing.

Cuomo says the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities keeps improving its process, that the legislation largely duplicates what's happening, and the issue should have been addressed in the budget.

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New York News
6:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pilot Program Provides Real Time Connections Between Emergency Responders And Schools

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There have been so many school shootings in recent years, parents will probably never feel totally at peace when they put their kids on the bus again. A new school safety pilot program, Mutualink K-12,  is rolling out in 20 public schools in Oneida and Rockland counties later this month. The technology announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday claims to improve communications and the sharing of information between participating schools and local first responders during an emergency.

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