Lead Stories


Wed March 4, 2015

Agriculture still big business for NYS: State Comptroller



Farming is still big business in New  York State. That’s the upshot of a report just released by the NYS  Comptroller.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to the state's economy in 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over a five year period. 

DiNapoli says it’s not just the traditional grain and vegetable crops that are contributing to that bottom line.

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Wed March 4, 2015
NPR Story

Watchdog group says Cuomo counting too heavily on future budget surpluses

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:32 am

governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turnaround from huge gaps to healthy surpluses, but a watchdog group says Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized.

Cuomo often lists his achievements as governor when he gives speeches. He likes to recount how he turned the state’s finances around, as he did in his inaugural address earlier this year.

“We turned a $10 billion deficit into a $5 billion surplus,” Cuomo said then.

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Wed March 4, 2015

Downtown group wants a boulevard, county legislature supports hybrid I-81 replacement

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:35 am

Merika Treier, head of the Downtown Committee, discussing Interstate 81 alternatives
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Onondaga County Legislature has put its support behind a so-called hybrid option to replace Interstate 81 through Syracuse, the same day the Downtown Committee put its weight behind the boulevard plan.

It’s another example of the suburban versus urban divide that has developed over this lengthy debate about the future of Interstate 81.

The Downtown Committee compared the two options the state transportation department is formally studying right now: a rebuilt viaduct, or the highway’s diversion around the city and replacing it with a boulevard.

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Tue March 3, 2015

Tenants rally for stronger rent laws

Alliance for Tenant Power in Capitol Building
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

A small but passionate contingent of New York City’s tenants’ rights organizations gathered in the Capitol Tuesday to ask lawmakers to renew and strengthen the state’s rent laws.

“What’s happening in communities of color, particularly in the Bronx, Brooklyn and in places like Washington Heights is devastating.”

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Tue March 3, 2015
Higher Ed

Hundreds of teachers rally in Albany

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:41 am

Teachers voiced their thoughts on Governor Cuomo's education reforms on Monday.

Hundreds of teachers are rallied at the State Capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda.

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