state of the state

In his state of the state speech this week, Governor Cuomo once again blasted New York's state prison system, describing what he called the "madness" of mass incarceration in New York.  

That tough language follows Cuomo's declaration in his state of the state address three years ago that prisons should no longer be used to boost economic development in rural upstate communities.

As Natasha Haverty with the Prison Time Media Project reports, this latest speech comes as New York prepares to mothball four more prisons in 2014.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a number of efforts in his 2013 agenda to encourage the commercialization of academic research and boost entrepreneurship, including a venture capital fund and network of incubators, which are seen as mechanisms to boost economic growth.

In his State of the State address earlier this month, the governor pointed out that New York is second only to California for research dollars flowing to its college campuses.

Governor Cuomo’s state budget has a strong emphasis on upstate, setting aside funding for a marketing campaign to promote the region’s produce, as well as initiatives to boost economic growth.

A coalition of upstate business and trade organizations has broadly welcomed many of the details in the budget proposal delivered on Tuesday as supportive of the region's economy.

NY State Budget Proposal 2013

Here are some dot point highlights from the 2013 New York State Budget Proposal.

You can scroll to the bottom after the break to view the whole document here. The Cuomo administration has also launched a website with resources for accessing the state's accounts called OpenBudget.

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During his State of the State address on Wednesday, Governor Cuomo offered more details on a plan for casino gambling in New York State.

If the governor gets his way, the proposed new casinos would come to upstate first.