Karen DeWitt http://wrvo.org en Documents show fracking health study is ongoing, group claims http://wrvo.org/post/documents-show-fracking-health-study-ongoing-group-claims <p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:45:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54568 at http://wrvo.org Documents show fracking health study is ongoing, group claims Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment http://wrvo.org/post/groups-call-growing-oil-shipments-ny-cuomos-keystone-moment <p></p><p>National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the state Capitol, at the Port of Albany. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs Tuesday to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54328 at http://wrvo.org Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment April 15 marks assault weapons registration deadline http://wrvo.org/post/april-15-marks-assault-weapons-registration-deadline <p></p><p><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_302257651" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">April 15</span></span>, besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police.&nbsp;</p><p>The head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, a gun owners and pro-Second Amendment rights group, says his members don’t like the new requirement that they register any assault weapons they own under the state’s gun control laws. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54266 at http://wrvo.org April 15 marks assault weapons registration deadline New York State Gaming Commission hears testimony on problem gambling http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-state-gaming-commission-hears-testimony-problem-gambling <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:13:44 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54053 at http://wrvo.org New York State Gaming Commission hears testimony on problem gambling Medical marijuana next big issue for state legislature after lengthy spring break http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-next-big-issue-state-legislature-after-lengthy-spring-break <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:17:05 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53988 at http://wrvo.org State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries http://wrvo.org/post/states-beer-wine-and-distillery-summit-now-includes-cideries <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:52:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53985 at http://wrvo.org State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency http://wrvo.org/post/new-teachers-union-president-wants-increase-unions-political-potency <p></p><p>There’s a big change in the New York State United Teachers union, as members elected new leadership after months of unrest. The state’s largest teachers union has a new president, Karen Magee, the first woman to run the organization.<br /><br />The shakeup comes over concerns with the state’s flawed implementation of the new Common Core learning standards. Teachers are complaining that they were not adequately prepared to teach to the new standards, and that the test results should not be used to evaluate their performance.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53917 at http://wrvo.org New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency Comptroller opts out of public campaign finance pilot, says program is flawed http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-opts-out-public-campaign-finance-pilot-says-program-flawed <p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:45:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53916 at http://wrvo.org Report shows record lobbying in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/report-shows-record-lobbying-new-york-state <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:31:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53864 at http://wrvo.org Report shows record lobbying in New York state Advocates say Cuomo missed chance to counteract Supreme Court ruling http://wrvo.org/post/advocates-say-cuomo-missed-chance-counteract-supreme-court-ruling <p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53717 at http://wrvo.org Anti-corruption panel ends following ethics reform deal http://wrvo.org/post/anti-corruption-panel-ends-following-ethics-reform-deal <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:50:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53688 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, legislative leaders admit some unfinished budget issues http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-admit-some-unfinished-budget-issues <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:55:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53625 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers pass budget before deadline http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-pass-budget-deadline <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:40:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53565 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers pass budget before deadline Comptroller says public financing plan has serious flaws http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-says-public-financing-plan-has-serious-flaws <div><p>The state’s top accountant says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is seriously flawed, and might even be unworkable.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The budget provision, which first surfaced late Friday, would enact a pilot public campaign finance program limited to the comptroller’s office. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:02:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53522 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller says public financing plan has serious flaws State budget finalized, voting on Monday http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-finalized-voting-monday <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet the <span data-term="goog_1480901602" tabindex="0">April 1</span> deadline.</p><p>The budget includes a multi-step plan that could &nbsp;lower property taxes, $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53466 at http://wrvo.org State budget finalized, voting on Monday Budget negotiations continued at Capitol http://wrvo.org/post/budget-negotiations-continued-capitol <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went <span data-term="goog_1674440278" tabindex="0">on Friday</span>.</p><p>Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by mid day <span data-term="goog_1674440279" tabindex="0">Friday</span>, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:55:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53432 at http://wrvo.org Budget deal could be reached Friday http://wrvo.org/post/budget-deal-could-be-reached-friday <p></p><p><strong>Update as of 7:00 a.m. Friday:</strong></p><p>Legislative leaders say they expect to have a final agreement on a state budget later today. They need a deal by midday in order to be on schedule for an on time budget when the fiscal year ends <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_597162673" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>.</p><p><strong>Update as of 4:45 p.m. Thursday:</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:00:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53359 at http://wrvo.org Albany budget deal provides little information to the public http://wrvo.org/post/albany-budget-deal-provides-little-information-public <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53343 at http://wrvo.org FBI investigating alleged corruption in state Assembly, Senate http://wrvo.org/post/fbi-investigating-alleged-corruption-state-assembly-senate <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:25:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53342 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers say delay of Common Core effects likely in state budget http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-say-delay-common-core-effects-likely-state-budget <p></p><p>State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.</p><p>The state Assembly already passed a bill to delay the effects of the new Common Core tests on students and teachers, after widespread complaints that schools and the state education department were not adequately prepared to make the needed curriculum changes.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53309 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers say delay of Common Core effects likely in state budget Lawmakers come closer to budget agreement http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-come-closer-budget-agreement <p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:01:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53282 at http://wrvo.org Last minute push for school aid amid voter dissatisfaction http://wrvo.org/post/last-minute-push-school-aid-amid-voter-dissatisfaction <p></p><p>Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.</p><p>"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:28:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53214 at http://wrvo.org Last minute push for school aid amid voter dissatisfaction New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic http://wrvo.org/post/new-siena-poll-finds-state-electorate-not-optimistic <p>A new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers say they aren't better off now than they were four years ago, but these sentiments do not seem to be hurting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chances for reelection.</p><p>The Siena poll asked voters whether they felt things were better now under Cuomo than they were before he was governor. It found that in several key areas including business climate, taxes, corruption and public education, less than a quarter think the situation has improved.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:10:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53213 at http://wrvo.org New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic Dispute ends budget meeting http://wrvo.org/post/dispute-ends-budget-meeting <p></p><p>The next several days will be crucial ones in Albany for negotiations on the state budget.&nbsp;Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:48:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53062 at http://wrvo.org Dispute ends budget meeting Dozens arrested at Capitol as budget talks continue http://wrvo.org/post/dozens-arrested-capitol-budget-talks-continue <p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:51:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53035 at http://wrvo.org Dozens arrested at Capitol as budget talks continue Activists take to their smartphones to webcast Assembly meetings http://wrvo.org/post/activists-take-their-smartphones-webcast-assembly-meetings <p></p><p>Government reform activists took their smartphones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available online to the public.<br /><br />To mark what’s known as Sunshine Week, to promote a more open government, the activists took their smartphones into several Assembly Committee meetings. Using simple software, they pressed record and streamed the proceedings live on the Internet.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:54:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52977 at http://wrvo.org Activists take to their smartphones to webcast Assembly meetings Dream Act supporters vow to fight on http://wrvo.org/post/dream-act-supporters-vow-fight <p></p><p>Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up,” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the New York State Senate chamber late <span data-term="goog_389773422" tabindex="0">Monday</span> led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.</p><p>The focus is now shifting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52891 at http://wrvo.org Dream Act supporters vow to fight on Cuomo pushes property tax freeze http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-pushes-property-tax-freeze <p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:19:25 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52868 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo pushes property tax freeze Dream Act dies in New York State Senate http://wrvo.org/post/dream-act-dies-new-york-state-senate <p></p><p>The Dream Act is dead for now in New York state, after the state Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.</p><p>Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein , who is in a ruling coalition with the Republicans, says he’s disappointed that two Democrats joined the GOP to vote no on the bill to allow tuition aid for children of undocumented immigrants.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:16:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52867 at http://wrvo.org Dream Act dies in New York State Senate Education fights will dominate final weeks of budget talks http://wrvo.org/post/education-fights-will-dominate-final-weeks-budget-talks <p></p><p>The state Senate and Assembly are scheduled to begin conference committee meetings <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_588611751" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.&nbsp;</p><p>Sticking points include funding for charter schools. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by&nbsp; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer&nbsp; have rent-free space in existing public school buildings.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52743 at http://wrvo.org