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7:00am

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

No consensus on redistricting ballot amendment

Credit http://www.urbanresearchmaps.org/nyredistricting/map.html

Next month, voters will decide whether they want to change the way redistricting is done in New York, by voting on a ballet amendment that would change the state’s constitution. But there are differences of opinion over whether the amendment actually gets rid of gerrymandering, or not.

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4:29pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Politics

Cuomo confirms warning letter from US Attorney, will stop commenting on Moreland

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Credit http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/meetattorney.html

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms that the U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara, sent a warning letter to the lawyer representing the now disbanded Moreland Act Commission on ethics, as first reported in the New York Times.

In it, the paper says, Bharara threatened to investigate the governor’s aides and maybe even Cuomo himself for “possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.”

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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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12:16pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Politics

Astorino makes it official, via YouTube announce

Rick Astorino
Karen DeWitt/WXXI

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced on You Tube his candidacy to run as a Republican against Governor Cuomo, on You Tube.

Astorino, a Republican who has twice won the county executive’s seat in the democratic dominated Westchester County, painted a grim picture of New York under Governor Cuomo, saying the state is “dying” from highest in the nation taxes and among the poorest business climates in the country.

“Is New York winning or are we losing?” Astorino asks in the video.

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8:42am

Thu January 9, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's fourth State of the State focuses on taxes, economics

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 8:55 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered something for everyone in his fourth State of the State message, as he faces a re-election year. He outlined programs ranging from property tax cuts to an education bond act, to allowing medical marijuana.

Cuomo began his speech focusing on tax cuts and job creation. He highlighted a plan announced earlier in the week to cut the corporate tax rate, and property taxes , in a scheme that would hinge on local governments freezing spending, and consolidating.

“The highest property tax in the country is in Westchester County,” said Cuomo.

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