It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.
Thousands of charter school students on 450 buses, along with their parents and teachers, came to the Capitol for a rally that was billed by organizers as a school field trip. They heard nearly two hours of speeches, watched dance performances, and saw celebrities like Grammy winning singer Ashanti.
Among the speakers, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
New York's attorney general reports that for-profit telemarketers operating in the state have been keeping more than half of the funds they raised on behalf of charities, although the percentage has declined overall.
The report released Wednesday shows that telemarketers in 2013 raised more than $302 million, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and kept about $156 million.
About 48 percent, or $146.5 million, has gone to the charities' missions.
That share is up from 2012 when only 37 percent of the money went to the charities.
The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.
In a letter to the Canadian ambassador, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say raising Canada's threshold from $20 per shipment up to the U.S. level of $200 for imported goods shipped home would have "a significant and positive impact" on U.S.- Canada trade.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turn around from huge gaps to healthy surpluses, but a watchdog group says Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized.
Cuomo often lists his achievements as governor when he gives speeches, and he likes to recount how he turned the state’s finances around, as in his Inaugural address earlier this year.
“We turned a $10 billion dollar deficit into a $5 billion dollar surplus,” Cuomo said on January 1st.
The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — has resumed with a state Senate committee advancing legislation.
The Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation has voted 4-2 to approve the bill to give the New York State Athletic Commission authority to regulate the sport as it does professional boxing.
The bill’s sponsor, Oneida County Republican Sen. Joe Griffo, predicts it will pass the Senate again easily.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and juvenile justice reformers say New York should stop automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults.
Supporters of the change came to the state Capitol Tuesday to make their case to lawmakers. They want to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18, so all but the most violent 16- and 17-year-old offenders would be handled by the juvenile justice system.
Members of Rebuild NY Now, a broad-based coalition seeking to raise awareness about the state’s infrastructure needs, spoke at the Albany County Office Building Tuesday.
Local elected officials, members of organized labor, local Chambers of Commerce and representatives of private businesses gathered to bring attention to New York's crumbling highways and aging bridges, in efforts to underline their cause: convince the state to use its $5 billion budget surplus from recent settlements against overseas banks to fund infrastructure projects.