Now that the 2014 legislative session is finished, the question is what got done? During this session, high profile bills got passed – such as a new law allowing, in select circumstances, the medicinal use of marijuana. Over the past four years, the budget was completed in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year, a streak unheard of in modern New York State history.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion dollar state budget and say they are on track to meet the April 1 deadline. The budget includes a multi step plan that could lower property taxes, $340 million dollars for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.
New York's Legislature starts its 2014 session in earnest this week.
The session officially began last Wednesday with Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, but lawmakers did little more that day than gavel in and out. Lawmakers return to Albany for session days Monday and Tuesday .
The Republican-dominated coalition in charge of the Senate plans to issue a report on hearings lawmakers held across the state on New York's regulatory climate.
(Airs 1/10) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Governor Cuomo delivers an election year state of the state address, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the speech, and we’ll also take a look at the annual people’s state of the state address.
New York State Assemblyman Tony Jordan, a Republican of the 113th District, was recently elected to become the next District Attorney of Washington County. Jordan, a lawyer by trade, served as Assistant District Attorney prior to his election to the Assembly in 2008. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Jordan, who reflected on his experience in the legislature and his reasons for leaving.
When state lawmakers approved a bill to permit new gambling casinos in the final hours of the legislative session, they left something out. A provision to ban campaign contributions to legislators from gambling corporations did not end up in the final version.
When Governor Cuomo announced his plan to create new gambling centers in New York, he said he also wanted to ban campaign contributions from gambling entities to state lawmakers.
New York State’s legislative session came to a close early this morning with the state Senate gaveling out shortly after 6:45 a.m. following a final all night session. The Assembly, which stayed in session from Thursday through to the early morning hours on Friday adjourned for the year at around 9 p.m. Friday evening.
Among those measures passed by both houses was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY plan, formerly known as Tax Free NY, which would give large tax breaks to new businesses located near state college campuses.