Albany, NY, Jan 09, 2013 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2013 State of the State speech this afternoon will spend some time on what was perhaps the biggest event of 2012, Superstorm Sandy. He's also expected to talk about a long list of issues and ideas, including gun control, education reform, campaign finance, and renew a push for a constitutional amendment to expand gambling in New York. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Jan 09, 2013 — A coalition of progressive groups got the jump on the governor's speech, holding their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany yesterday. Go to full article
Elizabethtown, NY, Jan 09, 2013 — Counties across New York are struggling under growing budget pressure, thanks to dwindling state aid, the new property tax cap, and mandates from Albany that local leaders have to find ways to pay for.
In Essex County, the political tension boiled over this past budget season. County leaders adopted a budget that increases the tax levy by 1.1 percent. That meets the state's property tax cap requirements. But the county's manager blasted town supervisors for using fund balance monies -- a strategy he described as unsustainable.
County leaders are trying to pivot to talk about next year's budget. But questions remain about how this year's budget will play out. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Jan 09, 2013 — Talks between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature continued on the eve of the governor's annual State of the State speech. Cuomo had wanted agreement among... Go to full article
Jan 09, 2013 — We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people... Go to full article