Fri March 27, 2015

Minimum wage increase likely dropped from state budget, as Cuomo and lawmakers continue to haggle

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:54 am

Teachers rally again at the state Capitol against the governor's education reform policies, while budget negotiations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue.
Karen DeWitt WRVO News

The state Assembly, Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue to work on sticking points in the state budget, as yet another item has now been dropped from the spending plan -- raising the state’s minimum wage.

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Wed March 25, 2015

State budget shrinks as more items dropped from spending plan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:25 am

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are making progress on the budget. Cuomo, after a private meeting with Senate Republicans, says he’s closer to an agreement on ethics reform, but the governor is getting some criticism for dropping some items out of the budget, including the Dream Act.

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Mon March 23, 2015

Voters disagree with Cuomo budget tactics

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:14 pm

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A new poll finds voters disagree with most of Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo’s tactics during the current budget negotiations. Cuomo has tied ethics reform and education policy changes to the budget, and threatened to hold up the spending plan if the legislature does not agree.  

A Siena College poll finds that, while New Yorkers think ethics reform and school funding are important, they don’t want the issues linked to the budget, and they say an on-time spending plan is important to them, says Siena’s Steve Greenberg.

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Wed March 18, 2015

Partial ethics deal reached in Albany

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 9:23 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announce a two-way deal on ethics reform Tuesday evening.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Democrats announced a two-way deal on ethics reform late Tuesday, that they say will require full disclosure of outside income for state lawmakers. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie say they will not be releasing details until later Wednesday, but Cuomo says he's very pleased with the agreement.

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Mon March 16, 2015

Preclearance deal signed between U.S. & Canada

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 3:34 pm

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson & Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney sign preclearance agreement as part of the Beyond the Border Initiative.
Photo provided by U.S. Congressman Higgin's office

A Preclearance agreement was signed between the United States and Canadian leaders in Washington, D.C. Monday.

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