andrew cuomo http://innovationtrail.org en Cuomo maintains political pressure over property tax plan http://innovationtrail.org/post/cuomo-maintains-political-pressure-over-property-tax-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a speech in Rochester Thursday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets.</span></p><p>His speech was part of a series of appearances to sell what he calls his 'grand-slam' budget.</p><p>Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era.</p><p>The governor continued to highlight state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:41:28 +0000 Michelle Faust WXXI 3365 at http://innovationtrail.org Cuomo maintains political pressure over property tax plan Could N.Y.'s new homeland security college land in Syracuse? http://innovationtrail.org/post/could-nys-new-homeland-security-college-land-syracuse <p>New York state plans to create the nation’s first college dedicated to homeland security and emergency preparedness, which backers say is a necessary measure given the major storms and terrorist threats the state has dealt with.</p><p>And there are efforts to headquarter that new college in Syracuse.</p><p>State Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Republican from Syracuse, says the idea to create a homeland security and emergency preparedness college came from him and the state Senate, which he pitched to the governor.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:52:19 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3279 at http://innovationtrail.org Could N.Y.'s new homeland security college land in Syracuse? Consolidation may not save money for local governments http://innovationtrail.org/post/consolidation-may-not-save-money-local-governments <p>Last month’s budget proposal address saw Governor Cuomo put pressure on local governments to consolidate in order to reduce property taxes and save money.</p><p>The New York State Association of Counties is holding its legislative conference in Albany this week, and a new report on government consolidation is on the agenda. But, not everyone is convinced the move is a money saver.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:06:12 +0000 Kate O'Connell, WXXI 3243 at http://innovationtrail.org Consolidation may not save money for local governments Don't go looking for spending cuts in Cuomo's 2014 budget http://innovationtrail.org/post/dont-go-looking-spending-cuts-cuomos-2014-budget <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="381" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/11843051624/in/photostream/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p><p>The governor is expected to detail a more than $2 billion tax cut plan that includes business tax reductions and a multi stepped plan to freeze property taxes for two years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will also reveal how much money he wants to spend on education.</p><p>He’s said he’ll recommend an increase in school aid, by perhaps as much as 5 percent over last year. But he’s promised to not raise overall spending in the state budget above 2 percent.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 3205 at http://innovationtrail.org Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in N.Y. http://innovationtrail.org/post/cuomo-wants-increase-biomass-fuel-use-ny <p>A less-heralded aspect of Governor Cuomo’s 2014 agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat. It has industry advocates excited, even if they have moderate expectations for growth.</p><p>It didn’t make his State of the State speech to the legislature, but in the longer, written, version of his agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to cut down the number of homes that use heating oil.</p><p>To do that, Cuomo wants to launch a biomass heating program called Renewable Heat N.Y.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3200 at http://innovationtrail.org Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in N.Y.