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

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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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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

Credit Emily Conwell, flickr

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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New York News
3:18 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

New York’s mercury recycling program one of worst in the nation


NYPIRG has released a national report documenting the failures of a manufacturer-led thermostat recycling program across the country.

The report, Turning up the Heat II, contrasts the dismal performance of the industry’s voluntary collection program in New York and other states to those that have mandatory buy-back programs like Maine and Vermont.

New York ranks 37th in the nation in terms of per capita collection rates – down from 31st in the nation three years ago. 

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New York News
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed NYS Budget Includes Bottle-Bill Changes

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget includes several changes to the Bottle Bill. Various stakeholders have both praise and concern.

Laura Haight is one who testified Monday at a budget hearing in Albany about the proposed changes to the Bottle Bill. Haight is senior environmental associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG. She says there are 20 pages of proposed changes, one of which she applauds, and says would be a first for the state.

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10:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1246

Bill Mahoney

Guest host David Guistina is joined by Bill Mahoney, Legislative Operations and Research Coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group. They discuss incumbents’ success in the elections, the future of gerrymandering, and whether the Legislature should become full-time.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Bill Mahoney - The New York Public Interest Research Group

The latest round of financial disclosure forms from members of the New York State Legislature will be the last, before a new law begins that aims to open up even further the information the public and the press can view about the outside business dealings of state lawmakers.