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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Wed March 5, 2014

Astorino makes it official, via YouTube announce

Rick Astorino
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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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Thu January 9, 2014

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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Fri August 9, 2013

Why is Cuomo spending so much time upstate?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a rafting competition this summer to promote tourism in the Adirondacks.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name is frequently mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2016, that is if former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn’t run.

But the governor first has to think about an earlier date 2014 and his re-election race, and how to shore up his support in upstate, where he’s been flagging in the polls.  

During the past several weeks, Cuomo has spent much of his time in upstate New York.

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Tue July 9, 2013

Fort Drum civilian worker furloughs begin

Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Gary Rosenberg said soldiers and their family members, the post's civilian workforce, and and the community surrounding Fort Drum all will feel the effects of mandatory employee furloughs over the next 11 weeks.
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Civilian employee furloughs start at Fort Drum this week, as part of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Non-uniformed workers face one mandatory unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks. About 1,800 workers – and many services on post – are affected.

Uniformed members of the military are exempt from the furloughs, but that doesn't mean they won't be affected by them.

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