New York State Legislature

11:37am

Tue June 11, 2013
Politics

DeFrancisco: Cuomo's abortion rights provision a "non-starter"

State Sen. John DeFrancisco says the governor's abortion rights provision is a "non-starter."
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

A top Senate Republican says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion rights provision in a women’s equality bill stands little chance of passage in the chamber.

Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco, from Syracuse, is one of the leading members of the Senate GOP conference. He says it’s unlikely that his house will pass Governor Cuomo’s proposal to codify into New York law the abortion rights in the federal Roe v. Wade decision.

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6:01am

Tue June 11, 2013

7:12am

Mon June 10, 2013
Politics

Cuomo faces challenges in third legislative term

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's poll numbers have slid as his first term has hits some bumps.
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces perhaps his biggest challenge yet as the end of his third legislative session rapidly approaches. His poll numbers are falling, and his agenda is in danger.

When Cuomo began the session, back in early January, his poll numbers were soaring. His approval rating, following a fall that was spent cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Sandy, was at an almost unheard of 74 percent. A confident Cuomo embarked on an ambitious progressive leaning agenda.

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6:27am

Mon June 10, 2013
Energy

Bill aims to increase number of 'green' homes built in state

A bill passed in the State Senate aims to increase the number of green homes built in New York state. 

The legislation would give municipalities the power to grant tax exemptions for green home construction in their district.

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6:50pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Ag advocates applaud movement on tighter farmland assessment cap

Farmer John Peck, of Peck Homestead Farm in Champion, Jefferson County, is worried about how steadily rising farmland property taxes are affecting his livelihood.
Credit Joanna Richards

Agriculture advocates are welcoming progress on state legislation that would slow rising property taxes for farmers. The Senate passed a bill last week that tightens the cap on farmland assessment increases. Yesterday, that measure also passed out of the Assembly's Agriculture Committee. 

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9:21am

Mon June 3, 2013
Regional Coverage

Proposed state legislation would double littering fines

Fines for littering would double if a bill approved by the New York State Senate passes the Assembly. The idea is to crack down on the people who dump trash on the side of roads.

It poses driving hazards and costs a lot to remove. And Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco says litter that lines the highways just looks bad.

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8:59am

Wed May 29, 2013
Politics and Government

Questions over what will get done in last four weeks of session

The steady drumbeat of scandal after scandal in the New York State Legislature has led many to wonder whether lawmakers can focus on passing any major bills by the end of the session, which is fast approaching.

The legislature returns Wednesday and has just four work weeks to act on items ranging from campaign finance reform to abortion rights, to economic development plans.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before the legislature even returned from its Memorial Day break, gathered local government leaders from across the state to ask for help in passing a plan to create tax free zones for new businesses at college campuses.

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9:12am

Tue May 14, 2013
Politics and Government

State lawmakers carry on in face of scandal

Lawmakers in Albany tried to continue business as usual in the wake of one of the worst scandals in recent decades, that has overshadowed most other news coming out of the Capitol. Much of this week’s legislative session has been canceled, but politicians who were in town insisted that their agendas are not being derailed.

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9:03am

Wed May 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Controversy over access overshadows state Senate hearing

A hearing by state Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.

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8:44am

Tue May 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Another state senator arrested

Former NY State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson
File photo/Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up.

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5:12am

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Cuomo's abortion rights proposal stalls in Senate

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A key component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the State Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.

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6:32am

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics and Government

Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany

Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York state legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assembly members will be arrested.

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6:32am

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics and Government

Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany

Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York State Legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more senators and Assembly members will be arrested.

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5:52am

Mon April 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Board of Elections reform discussed in Albany

Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high-profile bribery scandals. Some of them focus on the long-neglected New York State Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year.

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4:50pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Business

Small businesses push for further reform in New York state, including immigration

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Small businesses from around the state took their concerns to legislators in Albany Wednesday. The message from leaders in the agricultural industry particularly highlighted the need for reforms to support small farms, and boost local economies upstate.

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6:31am

Thu April 18, 2013
Politics and Government

Poll finds New Yorkers want more action against corruption

A poll finds New Yorkers are upset about recent corruption scandals in Albany, and think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should take the lead to clean things up.

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9:06am

Tue April 16, 2013
Politics and Government

State lawmakers return to confront scandals

New York state lawmakers returned to work after a two-week spring break. It’s their first meeting since two lawmakers have been charged with bribery in separate corruption scandals.

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9:09am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Reform groups say Cuomo's plan to empower DAs is a good first step

Government reform groups say they are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now proposed step one in his plan to clean up corruption in state government, following two high profile arrests of state lawmakers.

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5:50am

Wed April 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes empowering DAs to help fight political corruption

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.

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9:11am

Fri April 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Second state legislator accused of corruption

Two days after a state senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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4:23pm

Fri March 29, 2013

8:58am

Fri March 29, 2013
Politics and Government

New York state legislature passes budget

The state legislature is finished voting on a $141.3 billion state budget, with the Assembly completing it's work shortly before midnight on Thursday. The final passage occurred one week past lawmakers’ s self-imposed deadline, but three days before the spending plan was actually due to be finished. 

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8:49am

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate passes some budget bills, Assembly waits until Thursday

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

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11:05pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics and Government

Assmbly speaker says gun law provision could be postponed

The speaker of the New York State Assembly says a portion of New York’s gun control laws, scheduled to take effect April 15, may be postponed while talks continue on how to amend the provision.

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9:12am

Tue March 19, 2013
Politics and Government

State budget talks to go another day

New York state lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy and raise the minimum wage.  They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.

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9:11am

Wed March 13, 2013
Politics and Government

Disabled lobby for funding restoration

One of the areas of disagreement in the state budget centers on funding for services for New York’s developmentally disabled people. 

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9:14am

Tue March 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate co-leaders offer different accounts of minimum wage budget provision

The New York State Senate has included raising the state’s minimum wage in its one-house budget resolution. But that’s not necessarily a signal that a wage increase is moving forward in the state spending plan.

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9:42am

Mon March 11, 2013
Politics and Government

DeFrancisco thinks state lawmakers can deliver budget on time - again

The hearings are over; the New York State Assembly and Senate have put together their respective spending plans. Now this week, lawmakers in Albany get down to the details of hammering out a state budget that both chambers can agree on. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco of Syracuse believes it can be done before the April 1 deadline.

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5:41am

Tue March 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Lawmakers seek ban of dangerous supplement

Former MLB player Jose Canseco at the state Capitol.
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

A push to ban the fitness supplement DMAA brought a sports hero and parents who say they lost their son to the substance to the state Capitol.

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4:44am

Thu February 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo, lawmakers meet on budget

With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal.

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