New York state http://wrvo.org en Advocates say Cuomo missed chance to counteract Supreme Court ruling http://wrvo.org/post/advocates-say-cuomo-missed-chance-counteract-supreme-court-ruling <p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53717 at http://wrvo.org 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 Westchester County Executive expected to become a GOP candidate for governor http://wrvo.org/post/westchester-county-executive-expected-become-gop-candidate-governor <p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:34:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52117 at http://wrvo.org Westchester County Executive expected to become a GOP candidate for governor On-the-job injuries higher for public sector http://wrvo.org/post/job-injuries-higher-public-sector <div class="card-content"><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>New data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows New York state and local government employees experienced a much higher rate of injury and illness than workers in any other industry during 2012.</p><p>It may not be something you’ve ever considered, but a lot of the time, there’s an inherent risk associated with jobs in the public sector.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:58:39 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51322 at http://wrvo.org On-the-job injuries higher for public sector State report shows thousands of regulations impede New York businesses http://wrvo.org/post/state-report-shows-thousands-regulations-impede-new-york-businesses <p></p><p>While tax breaks are the cornerstone of some of the programs in New York state meant to boost business, there are other areas where the state can become an impediment to anyone wanting to do business. A state report released recently points the finger at a bureaucracy that gets in the way.<br /><br />There are 750,000 regulations on the books in New York state, many of them outdated and never reviewed. And many of them can get in the way of New York's businesses.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:07:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50659 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller reports state spent record amount on overtime http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-reports-state-spent-record-amount-overtime <p></p><p>New York's state comptroller says the Cuomo administration racked up a record $611 million in overtime payments over the past year.</p><p>State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the 16 percent increase in overtime payments between 2012 and 2013 comes mostly from employees in institutional settings, like prisons and psychiatric centers. The state police also paid troopers $35 million in overtime payments, at an average of over $74 an hour. &nbsp;</p><p>DiNapoli says the uptick comes at a time when state government has been downsizing employees.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:25:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50544 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller reports state spent record amount on overtime Ethics panel rejects donor privacy requests from abortion groups http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-panel-rejects-donor-privacy-requests-abortion-groups <p>A state ethics board has denied applications from groups on both sides of the abortion debate a request to keep private their donor lists.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50543 at http://wrvo.org Workers' Compensation Board hosts meetings to help improve services http://wrvo.org/post/workers-compensation-board-hosts-meetings-help-improve-services <p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:18:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47984 at http://wrvo.org Should we buy and sell organs? http://wrvo.org/post/should-we-buy-and-sell-organs <div class="card-content"><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>It’s illegal to buy and sell organs in the United States, but a new study suggests paying people to donate kidneys could address the chronic shortage of available organs and be more cost effective than the current system.</p><p>The idea immediately raises the question; is there a way to buy and sell organs ethically?</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:25:08 +0000 Kate O'Connell 47473 at http://wrvo.org Should we buy and sell organs? Levels of child poverty in New York remain highest in the nation http://wrvo.org/post/levels-child-poverty-new-york-remain-highest-nation <p>New York state continues to have a higher percentage of children living in poverty than any other state. Experts in the field gathered in Albany recently to brainstorm ways to deal with the issue at a forum titled "Growing Up in Poverty" organized by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.</p><p>Children growing up in poverty are denied equal access to education according to author and keynote speaker at the Growing Up in Poverty event, Jonathan Kozol.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:04:50 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 47046 at http://wrvo.org Levels of child poverty in New York remain highest in the nation 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 Two Adirondack land swap proposals on ballot http://wrvo.org/post/two-adirondack-land-swap-proposals-ballot <p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:04:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46686 at http://wrvo.org Medical Device Tax must go, say medical tech companies http://wrvo.org/post/medical-device-tax-must-go-say-medical-tech-companies <p>One of the key points of contention in the Affordable Care Act is the medical devices tax. Republicans want the 2.3 percent tax designed to help fund health care reform removed.<br /><br />The medical device industry has also lobbied extensively to have the tax repealed, claiming it will stifle innovation and result in job losses.<br /> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:04:20 +0000 Kate O'Connell 45917 at http://wrvo.org Medical Device Tax must go, say medical tech companies North Country communities awarded money for brownfields http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-communities-awarded-money-brownfields <p></p><p>Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York state yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.</p><p><span class="fullstory"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The village of Lyons Falls in Lewis County received over half a million dollars to figure out a plan for 4 sites – including the old abandoned paper mill in the center of town.</span></span></p><p><span class="fullstory">Katie Liendecker is mayor of Lyons Falls. She says the mill is in pretty bad shape.</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:15:53 +0000 Sarah Harris 45847 at http://wrvo.org North Country communities awarded money for brownfields Coalition calls for NY to raise the age of adult criminal prosecution http://wrvo.org/post/coalition-calls-ny-raise-age-adult-criminal-prosecution <p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:26:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44211 at http://wrvo.org Coalition calls for NY to raise the age of adult criminal prosecution 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 A step closer to online patient portals http://wrvo.org/post/step-closer-online-patient-portals <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The state is one step closer to giving patients access to their medical information online. The <a href="http://nyehealth.org/" target="_blank">New York e-Health Collaborative</a> has announced <a href="http://patientportalfornewyorkers.org/voting/voting/nyec-voting/" target="_blank">nine finalists</a> in their competition to design an online patient portal. Tue, 07 May 2013 20:25:15 +0000 Kate O'Connell 37424 at http://wrvo.org A step closer to online patient portals Organization tries to encourage organ donation http://wrvo.org/post/organization-tries-encourage-organ-donation <p>New York state has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the country, at 20 percent. Donor boosters are trying to get the word out that donating an organ is something most everyone can do to save a life. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:17:16 +0000 Ellen Abbott 36070 at http://wrvo.org Organization tries to encourage organ donation Report says state’s energy could be almost 100% renewable by 2030 http://wrvo.org/post/report-says-state-s-energy-could-be-almost-100-renewable-2030 <p>A recent study outlines a scenario that would see New York state’s energy infrastructure based on close to 100 percent renewable sources by the year 2030. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:38:40 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 35900 at http://wrvo.org Report says state’s energy could be almost 100% renewable by 2030 $25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York http://wrvo.org/post/25-million-goes-expand-broadband-access-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The state's Connect NY Broadband Grant program awarded $25 million to 18 projects on Tuesday. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:01:07 +0000 Matt Richmond 34402 at http://wrvo.org $25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York Is another casino for Niagara Falls a good idea? http://wrvo.org/post/another-casino-niagara-falls-good-idea <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly putting together a proposal that would see a second, non-Indian operate casino open in downtown Niagara Falls. The question is whether the market could sustain another casino. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:21:32 +0000 Kate O'Connell 32905 at http://wrvo.org Is another casino for Niagara Falls a good idea? New York gets mixed grades in tobacco report http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-gets-mixed-grades-tobacco-report <p>The American Lung Association has published its annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, and New York state did not fare well. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:55:32 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32000 at http://wrvo.org School health programs awarded $5 million http://wrvo.org/post/school-health-programs-awarded-5-million <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">The department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $5 million to school-based health centers in New York state this week. The funding is part of an $80 million dollar pot distributed to 197 centers around the nation</span>. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:42:30 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30878 at http://wrvo.org Robert Freeman on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/robert-freeman-campbell-conversations <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">New York State Government has long had a reputation as a secretive and guarded place.&nbsp; Phrases like “three men in a room” come to mind.&nbsp; In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, <span class="il">Grant</span> <span class="il">Reeher</span> speaks with the man charged to make government more open and transparent—Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the State’s Committee on Open Government. </span></font></span></font></p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:53:46 +0000 Grant Reeher 30051 at http://wrvo.org New York wage growth behind national average http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-wage-growth-behind-national-average <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Personal income growth in New York state remained below the national average in 2011, a new report shows. Figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show growth in some areas of New York were almost 2 percentage points below the national average of 5.2 percent. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:30:29 +0000 Kate O'Connell 29732 at http://wrvo.org New York wage growth behind national average 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 Student debt in New York state on the rise http://wrvo.org/post/student-debt-new-york-state-rise <p>Student debt levels rose by five percent last year according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:19:43 +0000 Kate O'Connell 27829 at http://wrvo.org New York state cracks down on sex offenders http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-state-cracks-down-sex-offenders <p>Aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo have announced new crackdowns on sex offenders that will require some convicts on parole to renew their photos every 90 days if their appearance has changed.</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:16:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 23623 at http://wrvo.org The Affordable Care Act: Reaction from New York politicians and healthcare professionals http://wrvo.org/post/affordable-care-act-reaction-new-york-politicians-and-healthcare-professionals <p>New York&rsquo;s politicians and major health care providers are largely applauding the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision to uphold President Barack Obama&rsquo;s health care law. &nbsp;Meanwhile, an Albany Law School expert says Chief Justice John Roberts may have been concerned about his legacy, and that was a factor in his decision.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:19:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21785 at http://wrvo.org The Affordable Care Act: Reaction from New York politicians and healthcare professionals Federal primary day in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/federal-primary-day-new-york-state <p>There are a number of primary elections today for federal posts, including for Congress and the U.S. Senate, but turnout is expected to be very low.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:45:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21569 at http://wrvo.org