State of the State http://wrvo.org en Patients urge New York to pass bill allowing better access to medical marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/patients-urge-new-york-pass-bill-allowing-better-access-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, came to the state Capitol to urge passage of a bill to better allow access to medical marijuana in New York.<br /><br />Kate Hinz is one of dozens of people who came to the Capitol on the first formal day of session to lobby for the bill to allow medical marijuana in New York as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions. Her daughter Morgan has Dravet’s syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that is incurable and very difficult to treat with conventional drugs.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:45:02 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49893 at http://wrvo.org Patients urge New York to pass bill allowing better access to medical marijuana Oswego officials support Cuomo's 2014 agenda, but question Cuomo's tax cap http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-officials-support-cuomos-2014-agenda-question-cuomos-tax-cap <p></p><p>Oswego's Common Council, mayor and department heads saw firsthand what Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2014 agenda will look like, during a recent presentation of his State of the State address at city hall.<br /><br />The mayor of the city of Oswego says in general he supports Cuomo's budget plan for 2014, but the city's Common Councilors say rising costs and unfunded mandates make it hard to stay within the state's two percent tax cap.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:09:50 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49839 at http://wrvo.org Oswego officials support Cuomo's 2014 agenda, but question Cuomo's tax cap Cuomo trying again for anti-corruption reform http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-trying-again-anti-corruption-reform <p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:28:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49838 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo trying again for anti-corruption reform Cuomo comments on recidivism against backdrop of prison closures http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-comments-recidivism-against-backdrop-prison-closures <p></p><p>In his State of the State speech this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again blasted New York's state prison system, describing what he called the "madness" of mass incarceration in New York.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:49:55 +0000 Natasha Haverty NCPR 49733 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo comments on recidivism against backdrop of prison closures Cuomo outlines emergency preparedness initiative http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-outlines-emergency-preparedness-initiative <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In his annual <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf" target="_blank">State of the State address</a> Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a major initiative to ramp up New York’s capacity for dealing with natural disasters.</p><p>Part of the multi-million dollar proposal involves installing a state-of-the-art weather detection system to provide more accurate, real time warnings.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:47:09 +0000 Kate O'Connell 49710 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo outlines emergency preparedness initiative Hydrofracking protesters make appearance at State of the State address http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-protesters-make-appearance-state-state-address <p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:31:12 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49686 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking protesters make appearance at State of the State address Cuomo's fourth State of the State focuses on taxes, economics http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-fourth-state-state-focuses-taxes-economics <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>“The highest property tax in the country is in Westchester County,” said Cuomo.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:50:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49662 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's fourth State of the State focuses on taxes, economics Taxes, marijuana and infrastructure to be discussed in State of the State address http://wrvo.org/post/taxes-marijuana-and-infrastructure-be-discussed-state-state-address <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State speech <span data-term="goog_907851482" tabindex="0">Wednesday</span>. Cuomo has already introduced some of his key agenda items, but there are still some surprises left. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Cuomo has already released a plan to cut business taxes, the estate tax, and a multi-step process to freeze property taxes.</p><p>He also invited Vice President Joe Biden to the Capitol to help lay out his plans for better handling future weather disasters.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:47:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49618 at http://wrvo.org Taxes, marijuana and infrastructure to be discussed in State of the State address Cuomo, Biden meet on infrastructure rebuilding plans http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-biden-meet-infrastructure-rebuilding-plans <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden to talk about new ways of rebuilding infrastructure after damaging storms. The two are potential presidential contenders in 2016, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run. But they had nothing but praise for one another. &nbsp;</p><p>New York state received $6 billion in federal aid after Superstorm Sandy, and Cuomo Biden to the State Capitol, to show him how he’s spending the money.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49620 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo to push government consolidation; Onondaga County executive says it's already working http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-push-government-consolidation-onondaga-county-executive-says-its-already-working <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:00:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott & Catherine Loper 49595 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo lays out innovation agenda http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-lays-out-innovation-agenda <p>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. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32337 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo lays out innovation agenda Cuomo proposes budget with "no new taxes" http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-proposes-budget-no-new-taxes <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $137 billion state budget Tuesday afternoon. In a speech in Albany before state legislators, he presented his plan to increase spending by about two percent. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:41:09 +0000 Catherine Loper 32226 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo to deliver budget address http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-deliver-budget-address <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual budget presentation is slated for Tuesday afternoon. It comes as the state’s comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds revenues are not coming to New York in quite the amount anticipated.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:22:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32192 at http://wrvo.org Robert Spitzer on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/robert-spitzer-campbell-conversations <p>In the wake of the Newtown killings, the nation and the state are reconsidering gun control. Governor Cuomo recently made restrictions on guns a featured element in his State of the State address. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant&nbsp;Reeher speaks with gun control expert Robert Spitzer about what kinds of approaches are most likely to help address the problem of gun violence, and what proposed changes are most likely to actually get passed.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:59:57 +0000 Grant Reeher 31864 at http://wrvo.org Governor proposes creating "innovation hot spots" http://wrvo.org/post/governor-proposes-creating-innovation-hot-spots <p>In his third State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a new initiative to create ten "Innovation Hot Spots" - areas where startup businesses can receive support, access venture capital and possibly tax breaks. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:12:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 31741 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo denies he's tacking left http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-denies-hes-tacking-left <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State message, was widely perceived to have taken a leftward turn, with a priority list that includes gun control, abortion rights, and raising the minimum wage. The governor, though, says he hasn’t changed his ideology a bit. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:50:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31740 at http://wrvo.org Some mental health experts worry about gun control proposals http://wrvo.org/post/some-mental-health-experts-worry-about-gun-control-proposals <p>It was no surprise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address focused on the issue of gun control in New York. Following several tragedies in recent months, Cuomo put forward a list of proposed laws to tighten gun control. But one part of the proposal in particular may prove controversial. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:11:37 +0000 Kate O'Connell 31711 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says proposed casinos would draw tourists upstate http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-proposed-casinos-would-draw-tourists-upstate <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>During his State of the State address on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew 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. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:55:38 +0000 Matt Richmond 31688 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says proposed casinos would draw tourists upstate Legislative leaders praise Cuomo speech, say close to gun control deal http://wrvo.org/post/legislative-leaders-praise-cuomo-speech-say-close-gun-control-deal <p>Legislative leaders praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech, and say they are close to an agreement on one of the governor’s top priorities -- gun control legislation. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:22:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31685 at http://wrvo.org Gun control highlighted in lengthy State of the State http://wrvo.org/post/gun-control-highlighted-lengthy-state-state <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his third State of the State message Wednesday asked lawmakers to help him “stop the madness,” and pass tough new anti gun legislation. Cuomo also focused on changes to better prepare for future "superstorms" and to approve a new women’s equality act. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:01:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31684 at http://wrvo.org State of the State brings initiatives for women's equality, building casinos & more http://wrvo.org/post/state-state-brings-initiatives-womens-equality-building-casinos-more <p>Upstate New York's struggling economy will get a boost if plans proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech in Albany Wednesday move ahead. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:08:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31657 at http://wrvo.org State of the State brings initiatives for women's equality, building casinos & more "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage http://wrvo.org/post/peoples-state-state-calls-raising-minimum-wage <p>In anticipation of the annual State of the State address, a coalition of progressive groups held their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:11:25 +0000 Marie Cusick 31632 at http://wrvo.org "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage Gun control talks on-going in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/gun-control-talks-going-albany <p>Talks on gun control proposals between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature continued Tuesday night, on the eve of the governor’s annual State of the State speech. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:03:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31631 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo delivers 3rd State of the State speech Wednesday http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-delivers-3rd-state-state-speech-wednesday <p>When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message at 1:30 pm Wednesday, he says he plans to pursue a “robust” agenda.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:33:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31603 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo delivers 3rd State of the State speech Wednesday Cuomo will include disaster preparedness plans in State of the State http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-will-include-disaster-preparedness-plans-state-state <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to propose in his State of the State message several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:04:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31424 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo education panel recommends more school time for children http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-education-panel-recommends-more-school-time-children <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education commission recommends extending the school day and school year, as well as all day pre-kindergarten. But the governor says those ideas could be expensive. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:19:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31373 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo education panel recommends more school time for children Cuomo says Sandy only adds to 2013 agenda http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-sandy-only-adds-2013-agenda <p>New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says preparations for his January State of the State address are "in good shape." Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:40:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 30653 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo on campaign finance reform http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-campaign-finance-reform <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is starting a new effort to push campaign finance reform in New York&rsquo;s elections.<br /><br /> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:56:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 22411 at http://wrvo.org End of session: Mixed results for Governor Cuomo http://wrvo.org/post/end-session-mixed-results-governor-cuomo <p>The just concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor.&nbsp; While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session,&nbsp; the governor had to drop some of his original goals &nbsp;in order for that to happen.</p><p>Cuomo&rsquo;s second legislative session was far less dramatic than his first legislative session in 2011, when he convinced the legislature to authorize same sex marriage, instate a two percent property tax cap, and close a massive $10 billion budget deficit.</p><p>In his second session, the governor&rsquo;s record of achieving his stated goals was not as complete.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:36:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21704 at http://wrvo.org