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8:04 am
Wed June 27, 2012

NY, Local Governments Butt Heads over Next Crisis

The next government fiscal crisis is boiling over in counties and municipalities, and taxpayers again are catching the heat.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

New York's state Legislature chose not pass the urgent pleas of local governments including Rockland County, the City of Long Beach, Suffolk and Nassau counties, Buffalo and Newburgh during the 2012 legislative session that ended last week.

The local governments sought permission to spread debt payments or increase local sales taxes, among other measures.

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New York News
8:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Long Wins NY Senate GOP Primary to Face Gillibrand

Wendy Long

The fall ballot has been clarified after Tuesday’s primaries, and a political newcomer is set to run for the Senate. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

New York City Attorney Wendy Long ran as a staunch conservative to win New York's Republican Senate primary and now faces a broader and more liberal electorate as she takes on Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand.

Long took home 51 percent of the vote, easily defeating U.S. Representative Bob Turner and Nassau County comptroller George Maragos. 

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New York News
7:13 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Voters to Choose Congressional Picks, Gillibrand's Opponent in NYS Primary

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

After months of campaigning, it’s finally primary day across New York.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Turnout in the Congressional primaries is expected to be low. It's been years since New York has had a June primary. Voting is normally held in September.

Among those looking for voter support is embattled Representative Charles Rangel. He's hoping the people in his Harlem district will send him back to Washington for the 22nd time. He's facing challengers including State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is hoping to become the first Dominican-American in Congress.

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New York News
8:02 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Four Thousand New Yorkers Died in Civil War's Seven Days Battles

Robert E. Lee

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first in a series of Civil War battles during which New York regiments would suffer thousands of casualties.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

According to historians at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, the first of the Seven Days Battles occurred on June 25, 1862 when New York's Excelsior Brigade spearheaded an attack against Confederate forces outside Richmond, Va.

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Capital District News
7:09 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Issues Left Hanging as NYS Legislative Session Ends

The legislative session that’s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what’s not getting done that what is getting accomplished. As Karen DeWitt reports, agreements were not reached on several key issues.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time last year was intensely lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. This year, he has taken a more hands off approach to the end of the current legislative session.

The governor introduced a bill on how to make teacher evaluations public, but said he would not push the legislature to approve it.

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New York News
6:47 am
Thu June 21, 2012

New Environmental Coalition Urges Cuomo to Drop Fracking Plan

Fracking Rally
Karen DeWitt

The state’s major environmental groups have formed a new coalition, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject a plan to begin hydrofracking in select counties in New York’s Southern Tier.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

Peter Hudiburg of the town of Plymouth, in Chenango County joined major environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Hudson Riverkeeper in a rally to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to drop a plan to begin limited hydrofracking in the state’s Southern Tier.

“Governor Cuomo, the science is in,” he shouted. “This is a very dangerous technology.”

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New York News
8:56 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Tyner’s Campaign Treasurer Resigns, Alleges Misuse of Funds

Joel Tyner
http://joelforcongress.org

A treasurer for Joel Tyner’s campaign has resigned and accused the 19th district congressional candidate of misusing campaign funds.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…    

The Times-Herald Record reports that campaign treasurer Misha Fredericks says Tyner’s cash-on-hand claim is off by more than $5,200. 

In an interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal, Fredericks says she had continuously asked Tyner to produce receipts in order to account for the missing money, but the receipts she received did not match the money withdrawn. 

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Capital District News
8:10 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Cuomo Offers Teacher Evaluation Bill with No Compromises

Governor Cuomo is telling the legislature to ‘take it or leave it’ over a new bill he’s released new bill outlining how to make teacher evaluations public.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…  

Governor Cuomo says he introduced legislation on the publication of teacher evaluations just before his own self imposed deadline of midnight Monday in order to clarify his position on the issue.  He says it’s up the Assembly and Senate whether they want to pass it, exactly as is, or not.  

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New York News
8:08 am
Wed June 20, 2012

NYS Marijuana Bill Appears Dead

Andrew Cuomo

A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana appears dead for the legislative session , now that Republicans in the Senate say they won’t be acting on the bill.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

Governor Cuomo says it’s “highly unlikely” that his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana will be taken up by the Senate before the legislative session ends on Thursday, and Senate Leader Dean Skelos confirms that. 

“I’ve said all along that I was not in favor of further decriminalization of marijuana,” Skelos told reporters. 

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New York News
7:42 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Pew Study Favors Health Care Opponents

A new study shows that opponents of President Barack Obama's health care plan clearly beat supporters in getting their message across through the media. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas…

The study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that opponents won because their positions were sharper and easier to understand. The critics also more frequently drove coverage, particularly when Tea Party demonstrations came to the fore.

Pew director Tom Rosenstiel said the competition wasn't even close.

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