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New York News
7:51 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Obama Visits Albany High-Tech Center with Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has praised President Barack Obama's leadership as the two men toured a high-tech facility in Albany created out of a partnership with private enterprise and bipartisanship. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

Cuomo made jobs and the economy part of his "new Democrat" movement in his 2010 campaign. Speaking during a tour of a nano-technology facility Tuesday, Cuomo said Obama has bought the nation "through the storm."

When Obama took the stage, he and Cuomo embraced and the president returned the praise his own speech, saying Cuomo has done "outstanding work."

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Vox Pop : President Barack Obama in Albany : 5/8/12

On this very special extended edition of Vox Pop, we follow President Barack Obama's speech at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering with a discussion of his remarks and the 2012 presidential contest. WAMC's Ray Graf and Alan Chartock co-host, plus a live-in-studio pre-presidential event report from Joe Donahue.

New York News
7:43 am
Tue May 8, 2012

NY Considers Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

A year after New York lawmakers legalized gay marriage, the next civil rights debate in Albany takes on discrimination against transgender New Yorkers. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The Transgendered say they face discrimination in employment, housing and public treatment because they stray from accepted male and female norms in dress and behavior.

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Capital District News
7:50 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Governor Cuomo Says Minimum Wage Hike in NYS "Dubious"

The Catholic Church as weighed in on raising the state’s minimum wage, but Governor Cuomo says the chances of an increase becoming law are “dubious."  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

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Capital District News
7:47 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Governor Cuomo Says Infrastructure Panel Will End "Bizarre," "Wasteful" Situation

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed his second blue ribbon panel of the week- this time to oversee infrastructure and capital projects including road and bridge repairs for the state.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo says the task force represents a break from the old way of divvying up money for capital projects like road and bridge repair and new buildings, where each state agency operated in its own little universe.  The governor says there’s a “lot of damage” that needs to be undone.

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New York News
7:11 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Parties Squabble over Campaign Finance Reform in NY

Democrats and Republicans in the NYS Senate engaged in partisan squabbling over reform of the state’s campaign finance system.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Senate Democrats, who are the minority party in that house, held a news conference with government reform advocates to push for public financing of campaigns, a bill Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson says will lessen the influence of big money special interests in politics.

“Government is being hijacked right now by the Super PACs,” Sampson said.  “You have the haves versus the have-nots.”

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New York News
6:36 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Gas-Drilling Protesters to March on NY Capitol

Young people from around New York state are heading to the Capitol to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban "fracking" for natural gas and lead the state toward a clean energy economy.

The Green Umbrella, a network of college students fighting climate change, held a conference in Albany over the weekend. On Monday, they'll be demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which frees natural gas from shale. Critics say it threatens drinking water supplies and causes other environmental damage.

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Capital District News
7:45 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Cuomo Shifts to New Phase of Government

Governor Cuomo cast further doubt on issues like campaign finance reform and increasing the states minimum wage to become law this year, and says he’s “shifting” to a new phase of governing instead.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo, in remarks to his cabinet, says he expects a “relatively quiet” end to the legislative session. He says campaign finance reform, including public campaign financing, are measures that he supports, but says that they are “controversial” and “polarizing” issues in the legislature.

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New York News
7:28 am
Fri April 27, 2012

NY's Top Court Excuses Lack of Wiretap Disclosure

New York's top court says prosecutors can use wiretap evidence even when they fail to comply with the state law requiring disclosure to their targets within 90 days after the eavesdropping warrant expires. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details…

The Court of Appeals says Manhattan prosecutors violated the statute following the July 2005 investigation of Rafael Rodriguez, later convicted of drug offenses. The general penalty for a violation is suppression of the wiretap evidence.

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Capital District News
8:01 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Cuomo Casts Doubt on Success of Remaining Session Issues

Governor Cuomo says he has some goals for the rest of the legislative session, including reforming the campaign finance system and possibly raising the state’s minimum wage.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo previously said he thought that now might not be the right time to raise the minimum wage, but his position has softened in recent days. He now says that “philosophically” he supports an increase, and he cast doubt on opponents’ claims that it would hurt job creation.   

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