Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki delivers his 11th State of the State message Wednesday at 1 pm. The Governor begins the New Year facing a number of challenges, including a $6 billion dollar budget deficit, and increasing speculation of what his future plans may be. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt has more.
Kingston, NY – The former chairman and C-E-O of Federated Department Stores - the group that operates about 450 department stores nationwide - has been charged with perjury. The indictment stems from an investigation into possible antitrust violations. WAMC's Allison Dunne has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – There's been a surge in donations to the Good News Garages in the region. Officials say that's because contributors were trying to beat the January first start of a new federal tax law. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Groups that want a state legislature that is more open, and not under the iron hand control of the majority leaders, will be in Albany this week to put pressure on lawmakers to implement reforms. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – Good government groups in New York announced today that they plan to hold Albany lawmakers accountable for their pre-election reform promises by issuing an annual "Report Card on Reform". The groups' assessments will be based on ten reform measures they issued in October. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Woodstock, NY – The owners of a shop in Woodstock, New York, are leaving for South India at the end of the week to help with rebuilding efforts in the wake of the recent tsunami. The couple sells goods imported from the community in India to where they are headed, a community in which certain parts were devastated. Other Woodstock residents are busy helping to collect funds for the couple to take with them. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Catskill, NY – The Cayuga Indian Nation of New York reportedly will not renew its contract with Sullivan County-based Empire Resorts. The two had been working towards building a casino next to the Monticello Raceway, where Empire Resorts currently operates a so-called racino. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – New York's legislative session gets under way this week, and reform groups have put Governor George Pataki and the legislature on notice. They say they'll be watching to make sure lawmakers follow through on campaign promises to change their ways. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt has the story.
Hartford, CT – A bipartisan group of Connecticut legislators is hoping to convince the General Assembly to sign onto major structural reforms for the State Ethics Commission. WAMC's Connecticut Correspondent Av Harris reports.