New York state legislature http://wrvo.org en Three incumbent & one new Regent elected http://wrvo.org/post/three-incumbent-one-new-regent-elected <p></p><p>The state legislature replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state’s top educational policy board. &nbsp;</p><p>The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators, who voted against all of the candidates&nbsp; to demonstrate their displeasure with the state’s implementation of the new Common Core.</p><p>Senate Republicans, who attended the joint legislative vote for the first time in several years, voted against nearly all of the Regents candidates. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:26:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52554 at http://wrvo.org State Republicans expected to vote against Regents to protest Common Core http://wrvo.org/post/state-republicans-expected-vote-against-regents-protest-common-core <p></p><p>State Senate Republicans say they will break a long-standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote “no” over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be re-elected. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:24:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52492 at http://wrvo.org State Republicans expected to vote against Regents to protest Common Core Supporters push for GMO labeling bill http://wrvo.org/post/supporters-push-gmo-labeling-bill <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:30:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51148 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers skeptical medical marijuana program can be ready in a year http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-skeptical-medical-marijuana-program-can-be-ready-year <p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:07:39 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50962 at http://wrvo.org Assembly leader now calling for special elections to fill vacancies http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-leader-now-calling-special-elections-fill-vacancies <p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:43:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50066 at http://wrvo.org Assembly leader now calling for special elections to fill vacancies State lawmakers differ over Common Core fix http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-differ-over-common-core-fix <p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:17:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50038 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers differ over Common Core fix 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 Senator DeFrancisco says Cuomo's Moreland Commission is a risky proposition http://wrvo.org/post/senator-defrancisco-says-cuomos-moreland-commission-risky-proposition <p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:53:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47836 at http://wrvo.org Groups call for ban on standardized testing for young children http://wrvo.org/post/groups-call-ban-standardized-testing-young-children <p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:20:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 47201 at http://wrvo.org Groups call for ban on standardized testing for young children Cuomo's corruption commission will subpoena some lawmakers http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-corruption-commission-will-subpoena-some-lawmakers <p>A corruption commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voted to issue subpoenas to some members of the legislature to force them to disclose money paid to them by private law clients.<br /><br />The Moreland Act commission wrote letters to state senators and assemblymembers who make more than $20,000 a year from outside legal clients, a figure that includes all of the major party legislative leaders. The legislature hired attorneys, who said no.<br /> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:00:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45716 at http://wrvo.org The I-STOP law: a doctor worries for his patients http://wrvo.org/post/i-stop-law-doctor-worries-his-patients <p>The <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-Cusick/story/49506/">new I-STOP law passed by the New York State Legislature</a> is aimed at reducing the amount of overdoses on prescription painkillers; although some groups worry it might do more harm than good. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to <a href="http://www.hoacny.com/our_staff.html?parent_id=62696&amp;item_id=62831">Dr. Joseph Navone</a>, president of the Upstate New York Society of Medical Oncology and Hematology, a group that specializes in pain and pain relief for patients.</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear out interview with Dr. Joseph Navone.</strong></p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Take Care Staff 43043 at http://wrvo.org The I-STOP law: a doctor worries for his patients Cuomo vows assistance for flood damaged counties http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-vows-assistance-flood-damaged-counties <p>It's been more than a week since the first floods hit the Mohawk Valley region, causing millions of dollars in damage and prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare fifteen counties disaster areas.</p><p>Cuomo was in Herkimer County Sunday to talk about what assistance will be coming to the area following several rounds of flooding that severely damaged more than 150 homes.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:53:09 +0000 Gino Geruntino 40738 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo vows assistance for flood damaged counties Lawmakers passing fewer bills, more Constitutional Amendments, analysis shows http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-passing-fewer-bills-more-constitutional-amendments-analysis-shows <p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:36:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40521 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says announcement of commission to look into campaign donations imminent http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-announcement-commission-look-campaign-donations-imminent <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future.”<br><br>Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms in the just-completed legislative session, and says he will now appoint a commission under the powers of the state’s Moreland Act, to investigate campaign filings at the State Board of Elections. The governor says in the end, it might even work out better.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:35:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40202 at http://wrvo.org Ban on campaign contributions by gambling organizations was removed from legislation http://wrvo.org/post/ban-campaign-contributions-gambling-organizations-was-removed-legislation <p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:06:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40151 at http://wrvo.org Legislature finishes session without women's agenda passage http://wrvo.org/post/legislature-finishes-session-without-womens-agenda-passage <p>State lawmakers were finishing up their session for the year, working to approve a measure to build four gambling casinos upstate and create tax free zones at college campuses.</p><p>But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women’s Equality Act, which ultimately failed.</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:00:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39983 at http://wrvo.org Legislature finishes session without women's agenda passage Cuomo's agenda in danger as session wanes http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-agenda-danger-session-wanes <p>There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures. Meanwhile, a new poll finds the public increasingly dissatisfied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.<br><br>As the session winds down, it seems that two of the governor’s top agenda items are doomed in the state Senate.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:27:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39741 at http://wrvo.org As end of legislative session looms, no deals yet http://wrvo.org/post/end-legislative-session-looms-no-deals-yet <p>There are only four days left in the legislative session, and so far no agreements have been reached between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature on major issues like campaign finance reform or a women’s equality act.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:24:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39687 at http://wrvo.org As end of legislative session looms, no deals yet Cuomo campaigns across state for agenda with one week to go in legislative session http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-campaigns-across-state-agenda-one-week-go-legislative-session <p>It’s getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation as the end of session approaches in Albany, including women’s rights and campaign finance reform. There are no agreements yet, but that’s not unusual in a government that operates on last-minute deals.<br> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:58:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39468 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco: Cuomo's abortion rights provision a "non-starter" http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-cuomos-abortion-rights-provision-non-starter <p>A top Senate Republican says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion rights provision in a women’s equality bill stands little chance of passage in the chamber.</p><p>Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco, from Syracuse, is one of the leading members of the Senate GOP conference. He says it’s unlikely that his house will pass Governor Cuomo’s proposal to codify into New York law the abortion rights in the federal Roe v. Wade decision.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:37:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Ryan Delaney 39347 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco: Cuomo's abortion rights provision a "non-starter" Women's groups targeting state Senate over abortion provision http://wrvo.org/post/womens-groups-targeting-tate-senate-over-abortion-provision <p>Women’s groups are putting pressure on the state Senate’s ruling coalition to take up <a href="http://www.wrvo.org/post/after-weeks-waiting-cuomo-releases-womens-equality-bill" target="_blank">Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act</a>, which includes&nbsp; an abortion rights provision.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39319 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo faces challenges in third legislative term http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-faces-challenges-third-legislative-term <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces perhaps his biggest challenge yet as the end of his third legislative session rapidly approaches. His <a href="http://www.wrvo.org/post/silver-cuomo-slide-new-poll" target="_blank">poll numbers are falling</a>, and his agenda is in danger.</p><p>When Cuomo began the session, back in early January, his poll numbers were soaring. His approval rating, following a fall that was spent cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Sandy, was at an almost unheard of 74 percent. A confident Cuomo embarked on an ambitious progressive leaning agenda.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:12:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39251 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo faces challenges in third legislative term Bill aims to increase number of 'green' homes built in state http://wrvo.org/post/bill-aims-increase-number-green-homes-built-state <p><a href="http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1710-2013" style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill passed in the State Senate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aims to increase the number of green homes built in New York state.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The legislation would give municipalities the power to grant tax exemptions for green home construction in their district.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 39253 at http://wrvo.org Proposed state legislation would double littering fines http://wrvo.org/post/proposed-state-legislation-would-double-littering-fines <p>Fines for littering would double if a bill approved by the New York State Senate passes the Assembly. The idea is to crack down on the people who dump trash on the side of roads.<br><br>It poses driving hazards and costs a lot to remove. And Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco says litter that lines the highways just looks bad. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:21:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38873 at http://wrvo.org Questions over what will get done in last four weeks of session http://wrvo.org/post/questions-over-what-will-get-done-last-four-weeks-session <p>The steady drumbeat of scandal after scandal in the New York State Legislature has led many to wonder whether lawmakers can focus on passing any major bills by the end of the session, which is fast approaching.</p><p>The legislature returns Wednesday and has just four work weeks to act on items ranging from campaign finance reform to abortion rights, to economic development plans.<br><br>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before the legislature even returned from its Memorial Day break, gathered local government leaders from across the state to ask for help in passing a plan to create tax free zones for new businesses at college campuses. Wed, 29 May 2013 12:59:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38613 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers carry on in face of scandal http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-carry-face-scandal <p>Lawmakers in Albany tried to continue business as usual in the wake of one of the worst scandals in recent decades, that has overshadowed most other news coming out of the Capitol. Much of this week’s legislative session has been canceled, but politicians who were in town insisted that their agendas are not being derailed. Tue, 14 May 2013 13:12:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37778 at http://wrvo.org Controversy over access overshadows state Senate hearing http://wrvo.org/post/controversy-over-access-overshadows-state-senate-hearing <p>A hearing by state Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued. Wed, 08 May 2013 13:03:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37461 at http://wrvo.org Another state senator arrested http://wrvo.org/post/another-state-senator-arrested <p>Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up. Tue, 07 May 2013 12:44:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37388 at http://wrvo.org Another state senator arrested Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-still-dominates-discussion-albany <p>Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York state legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assembly members will be arrested. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36628 at http://wrvo.org Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-still-dominates-discussion-albany-0 <p>Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York State Legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more senators and Assembly members will be arrested. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36629 at http://wrvo.org