Budget http://wrvo.org en State police helicopter move leaves gap in service in Onondaga County http://wrvo.org/post/state-police-helicopter-move-leaves-gap-service-onondaga-county <p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:41:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59035 at http://wrvo.org State police helicopter move leaves gap in service in Onondaga County DiNapoli trying to reduce account of unclaimed funds http://wrvo.org/post/dinapoli-trying-reduce-account-unclaimed-funds <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>New York’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is trying to whittle down a fund of abandoned or unclaimed money owed to&nbsp;both individuals and municipalities.</p><p>DiNapoli’s office says there are more than 31 million accounts in the state with money sitting in them. It can be a utility deposit or old bank account that sat unused too long and was turned over to the state.</p><p>About 10,000 of those unclaimed funds belong to towns and cities throughout the state, worth more than $5 million.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:44:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57506 at http://wrvo.org DiNapoli trying to reduce account of unclaimed funds Miner vetoes council's tax increase in Syracuse budget http://wrvo.org/post/miner-vetoes-councils-tax-increase-syracuse-budget <p></p><p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has vetoed a last-minute property tax hike the Common Council added to the city's spending plan because she says councilors didn't bring it up for public discussion first.</p><p>"When you don’t allow that process to happen, you create cynicism and you allow people to get turned off from the process," Miner said Wednesday.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:42:01 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55796 at http://wrvo.org Miner vetoes council's tax increase in Syracuse budget On budget victory lap, Cuomo says best is yet to come http://wrvo.org/post/budget-victory-lap-cuomo-says-best-yet-come <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his publicity tour Monday on the recently passed state budget with a stop in Syracuse.</p><p>Cuomo, a Democrat, was a late edition to the agenda at the annual meeting of CenterState CEO, a business development group. About a thousand business owners and local leaders attended the luncheon at the OnCenter.</p><p>The governor praised CenterState CEO's president, Rob Simpson, and Onondaga County's "phenomenal" Executive, Joanie Mahoney.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54267 at http://wrvo.org On budget victory lap, Cuomo says best is yet to come Common Council begins work on Syracuse budget http://wrvo.org/post/common-council-begins-work-syracuse-budget <p>The Syracuse Common Council is getting its hands on the mayor’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which doesn’t call for a tax increase.</p><p>More than half of the city’s $660 million budget goes to the school district.</p><p>For the rest of the budget, on the upside, the mayor’s office expects to see increased revenue from sales tax, parking fees and property tax collection -- thanks to the land bank, the agency tasked with handling the cities massive list of vacant properties.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:15:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54063 at http://wrvo.org Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-ny-drone-test-site-gets-another-1-million-funding <p></p><p>There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:16:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53635 at http://wrvo.org Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding Cuomo, Astorino see differently on Common Core deal http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-astorino-see-differently-common-core-deal <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says parents and students can exhale knowing that the second round of Common Core aligned test scores will not be included on student's permanent transcripts under the new budget deal.</p><p>The new standards in English and math designed to improve college and career readiness have been criticized by some parents who say that the roll-out was done too fast and from educators claiming that they weren't given sufficient material and guidance to teach the new standards.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:17:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Gino Geruntino 53596 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Astorino see differently on Common Core deal 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 Advocates, lawmakers lobby for more spinal cord research funding http://wrvo.org/post/advocates-lawmakers-lobby-more-spinal-cord-research-funding <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:26 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 53157 at http://wrvo.org Advocates, lawmakers lobby for more spinal cord research funding 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 Business groups knock Cuomo's tax freeze plan http://wrvo.org/post/business-groups-knock-cuomos-tax-freeze-plan <p></p><p>Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners at their expense.</p><p>The state Assembly’s budget replaces Cuomo’s plan to distribute widespread rebate checks to homeowners with an alternative to benefit New Yorkers who can least afford to pay their property taxes. The Senate is also making changes, even though Republicans in the majority say they still want to reduce property taxes.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:58:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52686 at http://wrvo.org Assembly, Senate budget plans due http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-senate-budget-plans-due <p>Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the state Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.<br /><br />The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their one house budget resolutions Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.<br /><br />There are a number of unresolved issues, including how to pay for and structure a plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten to New York’s four-year-olds, and a multi-step plan proposed by Cuomo to freeze property taxes has faced skepticism.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:27:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52433 at http://wrvo.org Growing unease over Cuomo's tax freeze plan http://wrvo.org/post/growing-unease-over-cuomos-tax-freeze-plan <p></p><p>There’s growing unease over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax freeze plan.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:28:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52335 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district requests more state aid http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-district-requests-more-state-aid <p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:25:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51518 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse school district requests more state aid Education advocates express budget concerns http://wrvo.org/post/education-advocates-express-budget-concerns <p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:13:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50286 at http://wrvo.org Education advocates express budget concerns Oswego Common Council hoping for rebound after difficult 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-common-council-hoping-rebound-after-difficult-2013 <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50190 at http://wrvo.org Reform groups urge Cuomo to include public campaign funding in budget http://wrvo.org/post/reform-groups-urge-cuomo-include-public-campaign-funding-budget <p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50037 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller says state probably can afford tax cuts, but just barely http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-says-state-probably-can-afford-tax-cuts-just-barely <p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether the state can afford $2 billion in new tax cuts that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is likely to propose.</p><p>Governor Cuomo says he thinks if state spending is held to a 2 percent growth rate next year, there will be enough money in the state budget to finance $2 billion worth of property and business tax cuts.</p><p>Comptroller DiNapoli says he’s not so sure it will all add up.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 48866 at http://wrvo.org Despite projected budget gap, Cuomo seeking tax cuts http://wrvo.org/post/despite-projected-budget-gap-cuomo-seeking-tax-cuts <p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:37:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46960 at http://wrvo.org Despite projected budget gap, Cuomo seeking tax cuts Onondaga County legislature, sheriff's department at odds over budget http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-legislature-sheriffs-department-odds-over-budget <p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:56:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 45379 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County legislature, sheriff's department at odds over budget Cuomo projects budget surplus, looks at tax cuts http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-projects-budget-surplus-looks-tax-cuts <p></p><p>New York&rsquo;s budget could have a surplus within a few years, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which has prompted him to look at ways to cut taxes.</p><p>Cuomo credits on time budgets, controlled taxes and a rebounding economy for the positive budget news. That&rsquo;s why the governor <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-looks-former-rivals-head-tax-cutting-commission" target="_blank">formed a commission this week to look at ways to cut taxes</a> by $2-3 billion.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we can do even more,&rdquo; he said in Syracuse Thursday.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:01:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45114 at http://wrvo.org Joanie Mahoney presents Onondaga County 2014 budget http://wrvo.org/post/joanie-mahoney-presents-onondaga-county-2014-budget <p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:56:07 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44138 at http://wrvo.org Joanie Mahoney presents Onondaga County 2014 budget Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-new-york-analyzing-tax-dollar-usage-well <p>New York has been labeled a "leading" state for effective use of cost-benefit analysis in a new study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative. That means New York is doing a better job of making sure tax dollars are spent well, than other states.</p><p>Cost benefit analysis is determining the return on an investment. In this case&nbsp; it's determining how much the taxpayer benefits from each public dollar spent.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:45:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41817 at http://wrvo.org Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well Comptroller DiNapoli: Watertown in good fiscal health http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-dinapoli-watertown-good-fiscal-health <p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli came to Watertown on Wednesday to commend the city's leadership on its sound financial stewardship. DiNapoli's office is rolling out a program of annual fiscal “stress tests” for municipalities and school districts. And the comptroller said Watertown sets an example for prudent financial planning.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:49:45 +0000 Joanna Richards 39455 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller DiNapoli: Watertown in good fiscal health Cuomo details local government bailout plan http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-details-local-government-bailout-plan <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposal for a new local government restructuring board to help financially distressed communities deal with long term budget problems. Wed, 15 May 2013 12:55:21 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37854 at http://wrvo.org State of Onondaga County is financially sound http://wrvo.org/post/state-onondaga-county-financially-sound <p>Unlike many other local governments in New York state, Onondaga County has weathered the recent fiscal crisis, and come out on firm financial footing. In her State of the County address Tuesday night, County Executive Joanie Mahoney credits recent budget cutting tactics for the difference. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:11:23 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34361 at http://wrvo.org Local governments will be graded on fiscal health http://wrvo.org/post/local-governments-will-be-graded-fiscal-health <p>Municipalities and school districts in New York state will soon get graded on their fiscal health. A fiscal monitoring system run by the state comptroller's office will publicly identify local governments that may be heading towards a fiscal cliff. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:24:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32547 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse reducing use of criticized hiring practice http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-reducing-use-criticized-hiring-practice <p>The city of Syracuse has reduced the number of city workers it has on the rolls of a non-city run agency as a way of skirting civil service rules. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:16:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31351 at http://wrvo.org New Medicaid program aims to cut costs, improve care http://wrvo.org/post/new-medicaid-program-aims-cut-costs-improve-care <p>New York state's attack on ballooning Medicaid costs has started with a program that offers coordinated care for certain Medicaid patients.&nbsp; State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson says the program called Health Homes, is aimed at the people who have the most complex Medicaid charts. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:59:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29511 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says local governments need to cope with tax cap http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-local-governments-need-cope-tax-cap <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo is telling local governments they are on their own when it comes to coping with a recently imposed property tax cap, saying it is up to county and city government leaders to make the hard choices, and to stop complaining. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:01:11 +0000 Karen DeWitt 27968 at http://wrvo.org