andrew cuomo

3:41pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Property Tax Freeze Proposal

Cuomo maintains political pressure over property tax plan

Cuomo says there's room for further service consolidation between counties
WXXI News

In a speech in Rochester Thursday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets.

His speech was part of a series of appearances to sell what he calls his 'grand-slam' budget.

Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era.

The governor continued to highlight state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.

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9:52am

Mon February 24, 2014
Homeland Security

Could N.Y.'s new homeland security college land in Syracuse?

State Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse).
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / WRVO

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.

And there are efforts to headquarter that new college in Syracuse.

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.

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11:06am

Tue February 4, 2014
Politics

Consolidation may not save money for local governments

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.

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.

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2:07pm

Fri January 17, 2014
New York Budget 2014

Don't go looking for spending cuts in Cuomo's 2014 budget

Governor Cuomo releases his state budget proposal next Tuesday, and many will be watching to see what it contains and how the numbers will add up.

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.

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.

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6:30am

Fri January 17, 2014
Renewable Energy

Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in N.Y.

Sarah Cody via Flickr

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.

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.

To do that, Cuomo wants to launch a biomass heating program called Renewable Heat N.Y.

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