The business and taxpayer group Unshackle Upstate has a new executive director. Greg Biryla served as the group's director of development before being appointed by the executive board to the top position. Unshackle Upstate supports hydrofracking, and Biryla says there may be a slim chance someday that the recent decision by the Cuomo administration to ban the gas drilling procedure could be reversed.
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to reopen the bidding for casino licenses in upstate New York to allow for a Las Vegas-style gaming hall in the state’s “economically ailing” Southern Tier. The governor sent a letter late last week to the gaming commission.
"I'll tell ya the truth... we have the siting board totally separate from the executive, from the legislative, and that's how I wanted it. These were very, there's a lot of money involved in these applications. And I wanted to keep it as far away from politics as possible." ~ Andrew Cuomo
" 'Let's be honest about the realities of our society,' de Blasio told the graduating class of more than 800 new officers. 'You'll confront all the problems that plague our society, problems that you didn't create.'
New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli addressed the veto of a Port Authority reform bill by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York on this week's Capitol Connection.