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Fri November 14, 2014


Fri November 14, 2014
NPR Story

Green Party candidate says he will not go away

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:50 am

Howie Hawkins, with the Green Party, performed well in the 2014 governor's race. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he’s not going away now that elections are over. He says he intends to continue drawing attention to issues like raising the minimum wage and building his party, instead.

Hawkins says the Greens, who were the only party to gain voters in the elections, intends to build their membership in the coming months. Hawkins says 70 percent of voters did not bother coming to the polls, and he sees potential in the disaffected electorate.

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Thu November 13, 2014

Schools say New York surplus should fund additional aid

Bob Lowry, with the New York State School Council of superintendents, says schools are falling behind.

The board is made up of the state’s teachers, school boards, superintendents and the PTA, among others. They agree that school spending must increase significantly in the New Year. Chairman John Yagielski says the groups want $1.9 billion additional dollars for the 2015-16 school year.

They say even though the recession has eased and the state has a substantial surplus, schools are still getting less money than what they got before the 2008 stock market crash .

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Thu November 13, 2014
Health Insurance

NY Health insurance exchange open enrollment begins Saturday


The state health department expects 350 thousand new people to enroll in insurance through the New York State Marketplace before February 15th.

The second Open Enrollment for the state health insurance exchange begins Saturday.

Executive Director Donna Frescatore explained to reporters Wednesday the state is ready with an outreach campaign intended to bring in New Yorkers from all ages.

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Thu November 13, 2014

Watchdog groups urge prudence with state's $5.1 billion surplus

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:55 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with residents on Staten Island while on a tour highlighting the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort. (file photo)
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

New York state will begin 2015 with the largest one-time windfall budget surplus since the end of World War II, due to settlements with major banks after the financial crisis. Fiscal watchdog groups are warning lawmakers not to go crazy with ideas for how to spend it.

The settlements from Bank of America, PricewaterhouseCoopers and other financial institutions have netted the state $5.1 billion in settlements over alleged misconduct during the 2008 Wall Street meltdown.

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