Andrew Cuomo http://wrvo.org en Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment http://wrvo.org/post/groups-call-growing-oil-shipments-ny-cuomos-keystone-moment <p></p><p>National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the state Capitol, at the Port of Albany. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs Tuesday to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54328 at http://wrvo.org Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment 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 Cuomo to local governments: Cut spending http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-local-governments-cut-spending <p></p><p>During a speech in Irondequoit Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets.&nbsp;</p><p>Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era. He calls it his&nbsp;"grand slam" budget.</p><p>The governor highlighted state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:15:41 +0000 Michelle Faust 54123 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo to local governments: Cut spending Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate http://wrvo.org/post/shah-s-resignation-no-surprise-say-both-sides-fracking-debate <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>There’s a "Help Wanted" sign at the state Department of Health after Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced his resignation effective at end of June.</p><p>The commissioner is unlikely to see out the release of a long-awaited health review on the impact of hydrofracking that he was commissioned to produce by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November 2012.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:54:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 54120 at http://wrvo.org Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate 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 State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries http://wrvo.org/post/states-beer-wine-and-distillery-summit-now-includes-cideries <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:52:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53985 at http://wrvo.org State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency http://wrvo.org/post/new-teachers-union-president-wants-increase-unions-political-potency <p></p><p>There’s a big change in the New York State United Teachers union, as members elected new leadership after months of unrest. The state’s largest teachers union has a new president, Karen Magee, the first woman to run the organization.<br /><br />The shakeup comes over concerns with the state’s flawed implementation of the new Common Core learning standards. Teachers are complaining that they were not adequately prepared to teach to the new standards, and that the test results should not be used to evaluate their performance.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53917 at http://wrvo.org New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency Report shows record lobbying in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/report-shows-record-lobbying-new-york-state <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:31:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53864 at http://wrvo.org Report shows record lobbying in New York state Anti-corruption panel ends following ethics reform deal http://wrvo.org/post/anti-corruption-panel-ends-following-ethics-reform-deal <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:50:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53688 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, legislative leaders admit some unfinished budget issues http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-admit-some-unfinished-budget-issues <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:55:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53625 at http://wrvo.org 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 State lawmakers pass budget before deadline http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-pass-budget-deadline <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:40:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53565 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers pass budget before deadline With budget behind them, some lobbyists turn to passing the Women's Equality Act http://wrvo.org/post/budget-behind-them-some-lobbyists-turn-passing-womens-equality-act <p></p><p>Now that the state budget is in place, lawmakers can turn their attention to more controversial end-of-session issues. That means a return to one of the more contentious items that failed at the end of last year’s session; the Women’s Equality Agenda.<br /><br />The Women’s Equality Agenda is a ten-point plan that deals with several women’s issues, including a call for equal pay, the end of sexual harassment in workplaces and the strengthening of human sex trafficking laws.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:20:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53563 at http://wrvo.org State budget finalized, voting on Monday http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-finalized-voting-monday <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet the <span data-term="goog_1480901602" tabindex="0">April 1</span> deadline.</p><p>The budget includes a multi-step plan that could &nbsp;lower property taxes, $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53466 at http://wrvo.org State budget finalized, voting on Monday 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 Cuomo pushes property tax proposal, but admits opposition http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-pushes-property-tax-proposal-admits-opposition <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped away from budget negotiations in Albany on Tuesday to stump for his plan to consolidate local governments and reduce property taxes, even though he admitted afterward he may not be able to push the plan through those budget talks.</p><p>Cuomo told a crowd at the DeWitt community room that after the property tax cap he pushed through earlier in his first term as governor, this was the next step in righting the state's fiscal ship.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53253 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo pushes property tax proposal, but admits opposition Duffy says he's "in sync" with Cuomo, not planning resignation http://wrvo.org/post/duffy-says-hes-sync-cuomo-not-planning-resignation <div><p></p><p>Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says there’s no truth to rumors he will not be campaigning with the governor this fall.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wait for the facts to come out about him and the governor’s (both Democrats) political plans, Duffy said Tuesday in Buffalo. </span></p><p>Last year Duffy interviewed to become leader of the Rochester Business Alliance – the city he was once mayor of. He withdrew about a week later.</p><p>He's not being asked to step aside, he said.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:35:42 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53267 at http://wrvo.org Duffy says he's "in sync" with Cuomo, not planning resignation Last minute push for school aid amid voter dissatisfaction http://wrvo.org/post/last-minute-push-school-aid-amid-voter-dissatisfaction <p></p><p>Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.</p><p>"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:28:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53214 at http://wrvo.org Last minute push for school aid amid voter dissatisfaction New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic http://wrvo.org/post/new-siena-poll-finds-state-electorate-not-optimistic <p>A new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers say they aren't better off now than they were four years ago, but these sentiments do not seem to be hurting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chances for reelection.</p><p>The Siena poll asked voters whether they felt things were better now under Cuomo than they were before he was governor. It found that in several key areas including business climate, taxes, corruption and public education, less than a quarter think the situation has improved.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:10:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53213 at http://wrvo.org New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic Dispute ends budget meeting http://wrvo.org/post/dispute-ends-budget-meeting <p></p><p>The next several days will be crucial ones in Albany for negotiations on the state budget.&nbsp;Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:48:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53062 at http://wrvo.org Dispute ends budget meeting 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 Dream Act supporters vow to fight on http://wrvo.org/post/dream-act-supporters-vow-fight <p></p><p>Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up,” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the New York State Senate chamber late <span data-term="goog_389773422" tabindex="0">Monday</span> led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.</p><p>The focus is now shifting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52891 at http://wrvo.org Dream Act supporters vow to fight on 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 Senate public finance provision raises questions http://wrvo.org/post/senate-public-finance-provision-raises-questions <p></p><p>The New York state Senate for the first time includes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution.&nbsp; The sparsely worded proposal has left supporters and opponents trying to sort through the political tea leaves.</p><p>The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers’ money, and would only lead to more annoying robo-calls.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52742 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County Legislature votes to oppose Cuomo's tax freeze plan http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-legislature-votes-oppose-cuomos-tax-freeze-plan <p></p><p>The Oswego County Legislature is joining several other counties across New York to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed property tax freeze plan. They voted to support another option proposed by the New York State Association of Counties, to eliminate the cost of state funded mandates instead. The final vote was 16 to 8, with 1 absentee.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:22:03 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52700 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County Legislature votes to oppose Cuomo's tax freeze plan 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 Donald Trump rallies Republicans, saying party can win New York http://wrvo.org/post/donald-trump-rallies-republicans-saying-party-can-win-new-york <p></p><p>In the words of the infamous Donald Trump, upstate New York has been "abandoned," the state's gun control laws were a "catastrophe" and its pro-business television campaign is "egregious."</p><p>Those were some of the colorful adjectives Trump, a real estate tycoon and reality TV star, used at a Republican Party fundraiser Tuesday night in Syracuse.</p><p>Trump has flirted with a run for governor of New York for a few months, but his speech in front of more than 300 people was to raise money for the party, not announce a bid for governor. He did say that decision is coming soon.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:42:19 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ellen Abbott 52557 at http://wrvo.org Donald Trump rallies Republicans, saying party can win New York 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 Governor proposes offering low-cost 'basic health care plan" http://wrvo.org/post/governor-proposes-offering-low-cost-basic-health-care-plan <p></p><p>People who are finding it difficult to pay for a health insurance policy offered through New York sate’s health care exchanges, may find a more affordable plan, if a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget goes through.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:08:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52471 at http://wrvo.org 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