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6:15am

Mon January 26, 2015
Politics

Sheldon Silver expected to temporarily give leadership power to group of legislators

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & NY Times) — The speaker of the New York state Assembly plans to temporarily cede power to a small group of top lawmakers as he fights federal corruption charges.

A spokesman for Speaker Sheldon Silver said the Manhattan Democrat plans to brief Democratic members of the Assembly on his intentions Monday.

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6:09am

Mon January 26, 2015
Business

Cuomo's proposed Minimum Wage increase isn't a done deal

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In last week’s State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour across the state and $11.50 in New York City by the end of 2016. 

State business leaders criticize the measure they say would force them to slow hiring and cut hours.

Sharon Stiller is a Rochester based employment law expert. She says any change will affect state businesses.

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6:18am

Sun January 25, 2015
NPR Story

Connections: Innovation Friday - Access to Broadband, Older Entrepreneurs

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:54 pm

Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama talked about connectivity and access to broadband in their addresses this week. We’ll talk with Doug Brake who gets paid to think about this stuff for the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Then, we’ll catch up with Kara Miller from our sister program Innovation Hub who’s been looking into the latest innovations in seafood production and also, about the value of OLDER entrepreneurs.

Finally, Michelle Faust will join us briefly to preview the local screening/forum on poverty that she’s hosting at the Little Theatre on Monday

6:17am

Sun January 25, 2015
NPR Story

Connections: Innovation Friday - Reviewing the State Budget and State of the State

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:46 pm

The think tank Truth in Accounting calculates that New York state has quite a bit of 'hidden debt' (roughly $78 billion) which puts an interesting spin on the notion of budgetary windfalls the Governor is looking to spend. Sheila A. Weinberg is founder & CEO, she will talk us through how to make sense of those big numbers thrown around in Albany (no not Sheldon Silver’s, the ones in the state budget delivered on Wednesday).

Then we’ll talk with the dynamic Tom Stewart, executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market. These types of companies occupy an important space in the national economy. They're not small businesses, but not mega corporations either. We’ll ask Tom about venture fund investment and the role of Middle Market companies which were featured in both the State of the State and State of the Union this week.

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3:27pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Politics

After arrest, Speaker Silver to return to the Capitol Monday to try to maintain business as usual

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returns to the Capitol Monday to preside over the scheduled legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million dollars.

Speaker Silver is scheduled to return to the Assembly  Monday, and, despite his grave legal troubles, he will have the solid support of  most of his 100 or more Democratic Assembly members . His top lieutenant, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle made that clear as he stood with a couple of dozen veteran Democrats.

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