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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Report Finds Local Votes On Fracking Resulted In Apparent Conflicts Of Interest

  A reform group studied votes taken by local governments across the state on whether to allow hydro-fracking, and found numerous potential conflicts of interest that they say could have tainted the outcome of the votes.

The New York Public Interest Research Group studied 59 municipalities that have voted to permit hydro-fracking in the past few years, if New York State eventually approves the process.  They found numerous questionable activities, including local elected officials holding gas leases and town attorneys who also represented oil and gas companies.

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New York News
6:24 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

NY Doctors: Staying Or Leaving?

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A new paper issued by the New York Public Interest Research Group says the number of doctors in the state has increased. The findings counter recent research showing the opposite.

The report, titled “The Doctor Is In: New York’s Increasing Number of Doctors,” purports to "debunk the myth" that New York is seeing a loss in the number of its doctors.

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New York News
11:18 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Campaign Cash For Israel Trip Kosher?

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A member of a government reform group says it’s OK if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his campaign coffers to finance this week’s trip to Israel if the visit is for political, rather than government purposes.

Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s preferable for Governor Cuomo to use funds from his $35 million  campaign fund to pay for his visit to Israel than for state taxpayers to foot the bill.  Horner says by using the campaign money, Cuomo is also signaling that the trip is more of a political event than official government business.

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New York News
9:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Reform Groups Split On Ballot Amendment

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Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make only make gerrymandering worse.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Reform Groups Urge No Vote On Redistricting Ballot Amendment

Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.

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New York News
12:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Yorkers Tighten Purse Strings

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The recession may be over, but many New Yorkers say they still feel a pinch in the pocketbook, paying more for just about everything on stagnant salaries. For many it's another day, another bill. People in high places have heard citizens' cries.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino has been holding a mirror to citizen sentiments with his campaign mantra.   "We're losing more people to other states than any other state in the country. 400,000 people in the last four years.  We are losing because we have the highest taxes in America. And it's not even close."

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 4/1/14 : New York State Budget

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The April 1 deadline has come and New York State has an on-time budget. New York Public Interest Research Group Legislative Director Blair Horner joins Alan in the studio today to talk about the budget. We want to know what you think of it, too.

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WAMC News
6:41 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WAMC's Alan Chartock In Conversation With Blair Horner

On this week’s Capitol Connection, our Alan Chartock asks Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group about one of the six ballot questions New Yorkers will vote on next Tuesday – specifically, question as to whether certain judges in New York should be allowed to serve up to ten years after the age of 70 …

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner on this week’s capitol connection which you can hear tomorrow afternoon at 3.

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Hudson Valley News
5:56 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Report Analyzes NYS Legislators' Personal Finances

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A few New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley rank high on a list of state legislators’ personal finances. In fact, a Westchester assemblywoman is number one for household income. The new report from good government groups is a first, and shows several lawmakers are making their money outside the legislative chambers.

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New York News
5:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

First Sign of Casino Money Could Be in Lawmaker's Campaign Funds, Says Advocate

Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.

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