andrew cuomo


Tue April 22, 2014

Poll shows Cuomo vulnerable on the Left


A new poll finds Governor Cuomo in a double digit lead against his Republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes, if a progressive third party candidate emerges.

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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

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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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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Tue February 4, 2014

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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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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