New York State Legislature http://wrvo.org en Tipped workers seek pay increase from Cuomo wage board http://wrvo.org/post/tipped-workers-seek-pay-increase-cuomo-wage-board <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:25:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58742 at http://wrvo.org Tipped workers seek pay increase from Cuomo wage board Fireman's Association says leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals http://wrvo.org/post/firemans-association-says-leave-pyrotechnics-professionals-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations. But one statewide organization is worried about sparks that will start flying in backyard pyrotechnics displays this weekend.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58345 at http://wrvo.org Fireman's Association says leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals State Senate passes medical marijuana bill http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-bill <p><strong>Updated, 3:50 p.m.:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the state Senate, and now goes to the desk of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sponsor Sen. Diane Savino says she’s "gratified" by the larger than expected number of yes votes, including some surprise votes from traditionally conservative senators.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:29:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57666 at http://wrvo.org State Senate passes medical marijuana bill Common Core's teacher evaluations will be delayed http://wrvo.org/post/common-cores-teacher-evaluations-will-be-delayed <p></p><p>A tentative agreement has been reached by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.</p><p>Earlier this year the Democratic governor and the legislature imposed a moratorium on the Common Core tests effects on students, now that postponement moratorium extends to teachers who received poor ratings on their annual evaluations as a result of low scores by students on the controversial new tests.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57605 at http://wrvo.org Common Core's teacher evaluations will be delayed Cuomo, legislative leaders agree on heroin bills, still discussing medical marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-agree-heroin-bills-still-discussing-medical-marijuana <p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:15:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57562 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, legislative leaders agree on heroin bills, still discussing medical marijuana Legislative session could end with a whimper http://wrvo.org/post/legislative-session-could-end-whimper <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislative session is scheduled to end </span><span data-term="goog_876058924" style="line-height: 1.5;" tabindex="0">on Thursday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low-key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.</span></p><p>The chances of passage for several key issues promoted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including a Women’s Equality Act and public campaign finance appear dim, due to opposition from Senate Republicans.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57424 at http://wrvo.org Legislative session could end with a whimper New York could be key state in GMO labeling debate http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-could-be-key-state-gmo-labeling-debate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York state is shaping up to be a key decider in the debate over labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients as a labeling law is becoming one of the final debates of the state legislative session.</span></p><p>A bill <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/supporters-push-gmo-labeling-bill" target="_blank">requiring foods to be marked</a> as scientifically engineered is under debate in the state Legislature, after being approved by an Assembly committee.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:25:24 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57390 at http://wrvo.org New York could be key state in GMO labeling debate Environmentalists call for toxic site legislation as session closes http://wrvo.org/post/environmentalists-call-toxic-site-legislation-session-closes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmental advocates are pressing the state legislature to renew a toxic site cleanup program before the session wraps up in a few days, even though there seems little interest in taking up any big issues in Albany.</span></p><p>Environmentalists are holding up the toxic site cleanup program’s renewal as a measure of a successful legislative session.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:04:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57107 at http://wrvo.org 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 As hearings conclude, lawmakers set to take on budget http://wrvo.org/post/hearings-conclude-lawmakers-set-take-budget <p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:09:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51477 at http://wrvo.org 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 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 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 achieves partial win on agenda http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-achieves-partial-win-agenda <p>Deals have been reached between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.</p><p></p><p>The agreement on casinos would allow four resort-style gambling centers; one in the Capital Region, one in the Southern Tier, and possibly two in the Catskills, if voters approve the change to the state’s constitution in the fall.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:09:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39877 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo achieves partial win on agenda 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