Thu November 13, 2014

Schools say New York surplus should fund additional aid

Bob Lowry, with the New York State School Council of superintendents, says schools are falling behind.

The board is made up of the state’s teachers, school boards, superintendents and the PTA, among others. They agree that school spending must increase significantly in the New Year. Chairman John Yagielski says the groups want $1.9 billion additional dollars for the 2015-16 school year.

They say even though the recession has eased and the state has a substantial surplus, schools are still getting less money than what they got before the 2008 stock market crash .

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Thu November 13, 2014

Watchdog groups urge prudence with state's $5.1 billion surplus

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:55 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with residents on Staten Island while on a tour highlighting the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort. (file photo)
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New York state will begin 2015 with the largest one-time windfall budget surplus since the end of World War II, due to settlements with major banks after the financial crisis. Fiscal watchdog groups are warning lawmakers not to go crazy with ideas for how to spend it.

The settlements from Bank of America, PricewaterhouseCoopers and other financial institutions have netted the state $5.1 billion in settlements over alleged misconduct during the 2008 Wall Street meltdown.

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Fri November 7, 2014

Gov. Cuomo likely to focus on hydrofracking, 2016 in second term



During his first term in office, Governor Andrew Cuomo spent quite a bit of time on upstate development. He also recently promised to make a decision on hydrofracking before year’s end. To get an idea of the impact on our region of a second Cuomo term, WSKG talked with Jim Twombly, a political science professor at Elmira College.


Fri November 7, 2014

Supporters say yes vote on Prop 1 conveys appetite for reform

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:31 am

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All three propositions on the New York state ballot passed Tuesday. Supporters of the measure to change the redistricting process say the vote shows New Yorkers are hungry for reform.

Voters approved a change in the state’s constitution that will require the legislature to appoint a commission to redraw state Senate, Assembly and congressional district lines after the 2020 census.

Dick Dadey, with Citizens Union, a group that supported the amendment, says the 57 percent of voters who said yes shows that the public craves reform of the present system.

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Wed November 5, 2014
Election 2014

Re-elected, Cuomo faces potential gridlock with the State Senate

Cuomo embraces his father Mario on election night
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, won another four years in office, but the Republicans also recaptured the state Senate.  That could lead to Washington-style gridlock on a number of issues that Cuomo pushed in the campaign.

Cuomo, under pressure from the left of his party, pressed for a progressive agenda in the final weeks of his campaign that includes an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality package, further increases in the state’s minimum wage, and public financing of political campaigns. On election night, Cuomo promised that he would deliver on those items.

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