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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
7:52 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Six Weeks Later, Trial Winds Down for Former NY Politician

After nearly six weeks, the trial of former New York Senator Pedro Espada Jr. is winding down.  WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

Espada is standing trial in Brooklyn federal court. He's charged with looting around a half million dollars from the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

Espada founded the network in the 1970s. Prosecutors say he created a sham cleaning company that overcharged the not-for-profit so he could take money whenever he wanted.

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Capital District News
8:46 am
Tue April 24, 2012

NY Voters Head to the Polls for Presidential Primary

New York’s Presidential primary is today, but the initial excitement over the vote vanished when Rick Santorum dropped out earlier this month. State GOP leaders say they are looking ahead to the general election instead.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

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New York News
8:08 am
Mon April 23, 2012

NYS Police Will Target NY Drivers on Cell Phones

NYS police are on the lookout for drivers illegally using cell phones and other electronic devices.

"Operation Hang Up" starts Monday and runs through next Sunday.

The first "Operation Hang Up" campaign took place over last year's Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers ticketed more than 800 drivers.

The enforcement campaign is funded through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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New York News
8:24 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Poll: New Yorkers Decry Secret Dealing in Budget Talks

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A statewide poll finds New Yorkers think the secrecy and closed-door deals that led to last week state's budget approval are unnecessary and a serious problem. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

The Quinnipiac University poll is a rebuke of the continued "three-men-in-a-room" method of crafting a budget by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

The poll finds that 55 percent of voters said the closed-door negotiations weren't necessary to achieve the budget.

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New York News
8:31 am
Tue April 3, 2012

NY Board Won't Disclose Hire Record

New York's powerful new ethics board has refused to release to the public any record of the secret vote to hire a longtime aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo as its $148,000-a-year executive director. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which has broad powers to investigate legislators and other officials, denied The Associated Press request for the records under the state Freedom of Information Law.

The board voted February 2 to hire Ellen Biben.  

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New York News
9:35 am
Thu March 29, 2012

New York State Budget Elicits Range of Responses

Reaction to the newly agreed upon New York State budget continued to pour in at the State Capitol, as lawmakers began passing the first of a series of budget bills, in the hope of finishing the spending plan by the end of the week.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...
 
Senate Leader Dean Skelos praised lawmakers and Governor Cuomo, for their work on a budget plan that's likely to be in place by the deadline.
 
"This is a budget that we all can be proud of," Skelos said.
 

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New York News
9:12 am
Thu March 29, 2012

NY Schools, Taxpayers Wary of Tax Cap Budget Hits

The proposed New York state budget being voted on in Albany is a major factor for public school officials and taxpayers headed into a dicey two months preparing and voting on budgets. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more…

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate and Assembly majorities agreed on a 4 percent increase in school funding, an $805 million boost in aid that now totals about $21 billion a year.  They’ve also agreed on a law that ties expenses to the inflation rate, driving similar annual increases in future years.

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