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New York News
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Comptroller DiNapoli says New York debt tops $63 billion

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
Credit Office of the State Comptroller

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York comptroller says the state government's debt has topped $63 billion, with New York on track to approach its borrowing limit in early 2014.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Monday the debt burden, averaging $3,253 per resident, is almost three times the national median. New York's debt is second only to California's $96.4 billion in state-funded debt and 80 percent higher than New Jersey, which is in third place.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Fracking - 1/3/13

Credit Tim Hurst / Flickr

As reported this morning by WAMC’s Capital Correspondent Karen DeWitt, an 8 page document drafted last year by New York State regulators which states that the potential health impacts of fracking for natural gas could be reduced or prevented with the right regulation from the state.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation today says the document is out-dated and doesn’t reflect the conclusions of the forthcoming final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on fracking.

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New York News
1:26 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

NYS Domestic Violence Protection Bills Take Effect January 1, 2013

New York State will have some new laws that take effect January first. One is a multi-layered legislative package that provides new protections for domestic violence victims. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill package October 25th.  One piece of the legislation increases the penalty for repeat offenders to a felony by creating a Class E felony, Aggravated Family Offense. Manhattan District Attorney and President of the New York District Attorneys Association of the State of New York Cyrus Vance, Jr., said this addresses an underlying issue: the ability of offenders to abuse their victims again and again without serious consequences.

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New York News
12:40 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mary Beth Pfeiffer - The Poughkeepsie Journal

A congressional committee has been looking into why the federal government overpaid New York State by more than $10 billion for the care of developmentally disabled people in state developmental centers. Congress began its probe after reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Mary Beth Pfeiffer, projects writer with the journal, says even though the overpayments were first detected in 2007, they still continued. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New York News
12:15 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

New York State Acquires 69,000 Acres For Inclusion in the Adirondack Forest Preserve

Adirondack View
WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that New York State had purchased 69,000 acres of land from the Nature Conservancy. It’s  the largest acquisition of Adirondack lands in more than a century.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco - "Charlotte’s Law"

Recently a woman was arrested in Ballston Spa in Saratoga County for driving while intoxicated, and even though this was the seventh time she was charged with D.W.I. , she still had a valid driver’s license. That would not be allowed under a bill from Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco of Schenectady and Saratoga counties who says repeat drunken and dangerous drivers should have their licenses taken away. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New York News
12:15 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Joel Rose, Coalition Against Gambling in New York

Political leaders and casino executives met late last week in Atlantic City for the 16th annual East Coast Gaming Congress and Hospitality Forum, where panelists said that individual states will likely begin approving internet gambling over the next two years because partisan gridlock in Congress.

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New York News
8:21 am
Wed March 28, 2012

New York State Budget Winners, Losers

Governor Cuomo gave up some items in the newly announced state budget deal, but so did the legislature. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt takes a look at the winner and losers...
 
The budget that will be adopted by the legislature is largely unchanged from what the governor initially proposed. That's partly because some of the more controversial budget items, like pension reform, were settled separately earlier in the month.  
 
Governor Cuomo, in a briefing to cabinet members, said "I think this is smart, intelligent document."
 

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