Politics and Government

7:41am

Fri January 27, 2012
Politics and Government

State Legislature releases redistricted lines, Democrats not happy

The New York State legislature’s proposed redistricted lines have been finally been released to the public. The plans for Senate districts are drawing the most fire,  for the addition of a newly created 63rd district and configurations that pit some incumbent minority party Democrats against one another.

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7:46am

Wed January 25, 2012
Politics and Government

N.Y. Mayors testify in front of Legislative Budget Committee

Mayors from across the state came to the Capitol to testify to a joint legislative fiscal committee on Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget. While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went out of his way to offer support to the governor and for his budget plan, Mayors of upstate cities begged for a bail out. 

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8:22am

Tue January 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Anti-fracking protest at State Capitol draws hundreds

Actress Debra Winger at an anti-fracking rally in Albany Monday
Karen Dewitt

Actress Debra Winger and Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox were among hundreds of anti fracking protesters who descended upon the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far.

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7:45am

Mon January 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo introduces bill to legalize casino gambling in New York

Governor Cuomo has released a bill to amend the state’s constitution to legalize casino gambling in New York.

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9:13am

Wed January 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo's Entrepreneurial Government Model

As Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2012 budget proposal in Albany, he talked a lot about what he calls "entrepreneurial government" - a model in which the state sets the stage for private investment.

The question now is whether that private money will materialize:

7:01am

Wed January 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo releases budget that closes $2 billion gap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2012 budget
Marie Cusick/WMHT

 

Governor Cuomo released a state budget plan that closes a $2 billion dollar gap, recommends a phased in state takeover of county health care costs, and offers an ultimatum to schools to accept a teacher evaluation program or lose increased school funding.

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6:56am

Mon January 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo to give budget presentation Tuesday

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to release his state  budget plan on Tuesday, as New York faces a $2 billion dollar budget gap.  

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9:27am

Wed January 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly Speaker offers support to education lobbyists, criticizes Gov. Cuomo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver offered his support to lobbyists for more school aid funding, and offered a subtle criticism to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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7:45am

Tue January 10, 2012
Politics and Government

State Legislature spends first day of session working on bi-partisan bill

The New York State legislature, on its first official day of business, acted in a show of bi- partisanship, to divest the state of investments in Iran, but Democrats and Republicans in the Senate continue to argue over redistricting. 

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10:47am

Mon January 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo calling for public campaign financing

Governor Cuomo, in his state of the state message, called for public financing of campaigns, based on a model currently in use in New York City. Proponents, including those who have studied the model as well as public finance systems in other states, believe it can work.

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4:50pm

Sat January 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Iowa Caucus Discussion on The Campbell Conversations

It's an entirely political discussion on this week's Campbell Conversations, as Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle and political consultant Scott Armstrong consider the Republican presidential field in light of the Iowa Caucus results.  Among the questions they consider are:  What surprised them?  Is the party dangerously fractured as it heads toward the general election?  What could unite it?  Are the norms of the Republican Party changing in important ways?  Is Romney still the nominee apparent?  And what are the calculations about a vice presidential candidate at this point?

8:17am

Tue January 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo hopes to continue success in 2012

Governor Cuomo, by all accounts, had a successful first year in office accomplishing many of his top goals laid out last January. He implemented his fiscally conservative agenda, including closing a gaping $10 billion dollar budget deficit without imposing any new taxes at the time, and getting the spending plan done on time, a rarity in Albany. Cuomo also convinced skeptical lawmakers to agree to a 2% property tax cap.

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8:00am

Tue January 3, 2012
Politics and Government

The future of hydrofracking in New York in 2012

One of the biggest and most controversial issues facing New York in the New Year is hydrofracking.  Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental department is conducting a review process and is likely to begin issuing permits sometime in 2012.

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7:40am

Thu December 29, 2011
Politics and Government

Extended interview: Northern NY Congressman Bill Owens

Congressman Bill Owens

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

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8:02am

Wed December 28, 2011
Politics and Government

Extended interview: CNY Congressman Richard Hanna

Congressman Richard Hanna
house.gov

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

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7:17am

Tue December 27, 2011
Politics and Government

Extended interview: CNY Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

Most people do not have a positive view of Congress. A recent Gallup Poll shows Congress with just an 11% approval rating.

As 2011 comes to a close, WRVO spoke with central and northern New York's Congressional representatives. 

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7:46am

Tue December 20, 2011
Politics and Government

Schumer to House Speaker: "Just vote on payroll tax cut."

The debate continues in Washington over the extension of payroll tax cuts. House Speaker John Boehner says the tax cut legislation, expected to come up for a vote Tuesday, will not pass. 

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9:08am

Mon December 19, 2011
Politics and Government

Joint Commission on Public Ethics meets behind closed doors

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced their appointments to the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE early last week. It was the last possible day before the commission was, under law, required to begin its work.

The first meeting was held late Thursday. It was a private teleconference, and no public notice was given.  The Associated Press first reported the existence of the meeting.

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6:52am

Thu December 15, 2011
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo to introduce bill extending sex abuse reporting to coaches

Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation that would require coaches at high schools and universities to report suspected incidents of child sexual abuse. The governor says the bill is in response to the alleged sex abuse charges against Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine.

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7:40am

Tue December 13, 2011
Politics and Government

Appointments for the Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Governor Cuomo named Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney of Westchester County, to chair the commission. He also appointed Seymour Knox the IV, who is VP of Corporate Relations for the Buffalo Sabres, as well as the chair of a private equity firm, and Mitra Hormozi, who worked for Cuomo when he was Attorney General.   

Senate Leader Dean Skelos picks include former Western New York State Senator Mary Lou Rath. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver chose former state budget director Patrick Bulgaro.

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3:53pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo's Change on Tax Policy

Governor Cuomo, in his first day on the job back on January 1st of this year, laid out his position on raising taxes pretty clearly.

“I say no new taxes, period,” Cuomo said on January 1.

 

The governor was answering a question from reporters, in his first media availability as governor, on whether he would support continuing the current surcharge on New Yorkers making $200,000 and up, which includes millionaires and multi-millionaires, when it expires December 31st.  Cuomo expanded on his view point during that session on January 1st.

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11:19am

Wed December 7, 2011
Politics and Government

Bill Jankowiak on The Campbell Conversations

When we think about China these days, its emergent international economic power dominates most of our attention, but how are economics and changing demographics affecting the Chinese culture?  In this Campbell Conversation, Bill Jankowiak, an anthropology professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an expert on Chinese culture, discusses the cultural paradoxes and tensions that economic growth and the rise of individualism have created for this society.  Jankowiak is a particular expert on Chinese youth culture, and he also describes how that culture is changing, and how those chang

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6:12am

Wed December 7, 2011
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo, Legislative leaders agree to higher taxes on the rich, lower taxes for middle class

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have announced a deal to raise taxes on the rich, and slightly lower taxes for the middle class.

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8:15am

Tue December 6, 2011
Politics and Government

Wealthy New Yorkers could pay higher taxes if Gov. Cuomo changes tax code

Talks are taking place behind the scenes on changes to New York’s tax code that could result in the wealthy paying higher taxes.  Governor Cuomo, who is asking for the changes, is also proposing a gambling expansion and  other initiatives which he is asking the state legislature to consider later this week.

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8:03am

Fri December 2, 2011
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo considering special session to cut growing budget gap

The gaps in the New York State budget, for the current year and the new fiscal year, are widening.  Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are considering a number of options, including a special session, and revamping of the state’s tax code a means of generating more money for state coffers.

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11:05am

Wed November 30, 2011
Politics and Government

Report: Economic slump cost NY 500,000 jobs

A report by a policy think tank finds that 500,000 job opportunities were lost in New York in the three year long economic slump, representing a total income loss of $31 billion dollars a year. 

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12:59pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Politics and Government

Chris Mihm on The Campbell Conversations

J. Chris Mihm

Public trust in government—especially the federal government—is at a modern all-time low point.  What are the biggest challenges to a well-run government?  What are the best ideas for improving it?  Which government agencies are particularly well-run, and which not so well-run?  As the Managing Director of the Strategic Issues Team at the U.S.

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9:56am

Tue November 15, 2011
Politics and Government

State budget short $350 million

Governor Cuomo’s budget office is released some bad news Monday. The state’s budget gap is even bigger than expected, with a $350 million dollar shortfall for the current year and a $3.5 billion dollar gap next year.

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11:45am

Fri November 11, 2011
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo is late with the mid year financial report

The governor says he’s waiting for some uncertainties in the world markets to stabilize before updating the state’s financial picture, and has delayed releasing the state’s mid year budget report, which was due in late October.

Cuomo budget officials have said they are also waiting to count some tax collections delayed by the hurricanes. They’ve also post poned some scheduled budget hearings that have been part of an effort in recent years to jump start the budget process.

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6:25am

Tue November 8, 2011
Politics and Government

Watertown mayoral candidates show similarities

The mayor's race in Watertown pits long-time incumbent Jeff Graham against a challenger with similar longevity on the City Council, Jeff Smith. Graham has said the city's doing well and he has the experience, knowledge and contacts to continue to keep Watertown on a good track. Smith says his candidacy represents new leadership and a new vision for the city. Both candidates for mayor have years of experience on City Council, and both are small business owners who say they're committed to fiscal discipline. 

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