Sheldon Silver http://wrvo.org en 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 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 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 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 Fate of estate tax provision uncertain in state Assembly http://wrvo.org/post/fate-estate-tax-provision-uncertain-state-assembly <p>On Wednesday, both houses of the legislature are due to release their one-house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with PBS's New York Now and public radio stations, says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax.<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:10:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52437 at http://wrvo.org New Siena Poll finds New Yorkers divided on Common Core http://wrvo.org/post/new-siena-poll-finds-new-yorkers-divided-common-core <p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:29:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51910 at http://wrvo.org Assembly leader urges Senate to pass Dream Act, says no consensus on free college for prisoners http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-leader-urges-senate-pass-dream-act-says-no-consensus-free-college-prisoners <p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:18:23 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51909 at http://wrvo.org Assembly leader urges Senate to pass Dream Act, says no consensus on free college for prisoners Southern Tier school district first in state to ditch Common Core http://wrvo.org/post/southern-tier-school-district-first-state-ditch-common-core <p></p><p>Board members of the Corning-Painted Post School District voted last week to step out on its own. Beginning next year, the district will no longer be using the state designed curriculum.</p><p>Michael Ginalski, Superintendent of the Corning-Painted Post School District, says the roll-out of Common Core was flawed from the beginning. “What we were trying to do was change the tire on a car while the car was still running with this initiative,” he said.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:10:12 +0000 Matt Martin 50974 at http://wrvo.org Southern Tier school district first in state to ditch Common Core Legislative leaders call for delay in Common Core standards http://wrvo.org/post/legislative-leaders-call-delay-common-core-standards <p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:40:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50912 at http://wrvo.org Legislative leaders call for delay in Common Core standards 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 Pro-school funding rally draws hundreds to state Capitol http://wrvo.org/post/pro-school-funding-rally-draws-hundreds-state-capitol <p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:48:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49944 at http://wrvo.org Pro-school funding rally draws hundreds to state Capitol 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 Speaker Silver says latest assemblyman accused of sexual harassment should leave http://wrvo.org/post/speaker-silver-says-latest-assemblyman-accused-sexual-harassment-should-leave <p></p><p>The legislative session begins with the New York State Assembly still plagued by sexual harassment scandals.&nbsp; Seven women have now accused a Buffalo-area assemblyman of sexual harassment.</p><p>Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak , of Cheektowaga, has now been accused of sexual harassment&nbsp; by a seventh woman. Another assemblyman, Micah Kellner, of Manhattan , has been censured by the Assembly Ethics Committee for alleged sexual harassment.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49619 at http://wrvo.org State Assembly Speaker wants minimum wage hike fast-tracked http://wrvo.org/post/state-assembly-speaker-wants-minimum-wage-hike-fast-tracked <p></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:30:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49361 at http://wrvo.org Ethics panel meets for final time in 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-panel-meets-final-time-2013 <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49250 at http://wrvo.org Husband of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's aide fired, under investigation http://wrvo.org/post/husband-assembly-speaker-sheldon-silvers-aide-fired-under-investigation <p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:11:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42542 at http://wrvo.org Husband of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's aide fired, under investigation Assembly GOP Leader calls for special session http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-gop-leader-calls-special-session <p>The Republican leader of the state Assembly is calling for the legislature to return for a special session to wrap up some unfinished business.</p><p>The legislature adjourned at the end of June with no firm plans to meet again before next January, but Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says there’s too much left to do to wait until next year.</p><p>“I definitely think we should go back,” Kolb said. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:42:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42011 at http://wrvo.org Assembly GOP Leader calls for special session Beleaguered state ethics committee loses another commissioner http://wrvo.org/post/beleaguered-state-ethics-committee-loses-another-commissioner <p>The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, met Tuesday and spent most of its time in a private session, as Patrick Bulgaro, a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, resigned from the board.<p>Silver was the subject of a recent ethics commission probe, which examined his role in the sexual harassment charges against former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:56:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41895 at http://wrvo.org Women's Equality Act unfinished business in the Legislature http://wrvo.org/post/womens-equality-act-unfinished-business-legislature <p>The state legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, and Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill’s provisions.<br><br>In the final days of the session, the numbers nine and 10 became key points of discussion for Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act. That referred to the debate over whether to pass all 10 or just nine provisions in Cuomo’s proposed legislation.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:57:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40203 at http://wrvo.org Silver, Cuomo slide in new poll http://wrvo.org/post/silver-cuomo-slide-new-poll <p>A new poll finds a slim majority of voters think Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step down from his leadership post, following two reports that were critical of his handling of a sexual harassment case.</p><p>Assemblyman Vito Lopez has already resigned and is facing record fines for allegedly sexually harassing four women on his staff.<span> </span>Speaker Silver was criticized in an ethics report and a report by the Staten Island District Attorney for initially mishandling the accusations. Silver has apologized.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:06:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39073 at http://wrvo.org NY State Assembly Speaker Silver moves on from Lopez controversy http://wrvo.org/post/ny-state-assembly-speaker-silver-moves-lopez-controversy <p>One day after the state’s powerful Assembly speaker admitted “glaring failures” in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with the usual round of press conferences, bill passage, and leaders meetings. Wed, 22 May 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38229 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says Lopez should be expelled, stops short of criticizing Speaker Silver http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-lopez-should-be-expelled-stops-short-criticizing-speaker-silver <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:09:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38001 at http://wrvo.org Lopez report details disturbing allegations of sexual harassment http://wrvo.org/post/lopez-report-details-disturbing-allegations-sexual-harassment <p>The Legislative Ethics Commission released its report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.&nbsp; It’s conclusions have New York City’s National Organization for Women calling for a vote of no confidence against the still-serving assemblyman, and the Republicans calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign. Thu, 16 May 2013 12:58:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37927 at http://wrvo.org Assembly, attorney general, press for early voting http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-attorney-general-press-early-voting <p>The state’s attorney general and Assembly speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy. Wed, 01 May 2013 12:24:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37090 at http://wrvo.org Assembly, attorney general, press for early voting State GOP leader not happy with potential abortion law reform http://wrvo.org/post/state-gop-leader-not-happy-potential-abortion-law-reform <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to update New York’s antiquated abortion laws to reflect rights affirmed in the landmark <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision. But Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos says it goes to far. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:57:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36726 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-assembly-democrats-roll-out-reform-ideas <p>At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans to react to the recent twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a state Senator and Assemblyman. On Tuesday, it was the Assembly Democrats’ turn to weigh in. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also rolled out two more components of his own reform plan. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:10:21 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36366 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas This year's state budget negotiations follow closed-door tradition http://wrvo.org/post/years-state-budget-negotiations-follow-closed-door-tradition <p>It's known as the “three men in a room” style of decision making. For decades now, the governor and the two party's legislative leaders meet behind closed doors in the governor’s offices and decide key issues, like the contents of the state budget. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:02:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35421 at http://wrvo.org