Mar 28, 2014 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went today.
Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by midday Friday, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said details on many issues have not been resolved. Go to full article
Mar 26, 2014 — Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The legislative leaders, following a two-hour closed door meeting with Cuomo, seemed in high spirits. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos gave his often times rival Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a hug. Go to full article
Mar 25, 2014 — Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, rallied Monday in Albany. They 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.
"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 the public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor. Go to full article
Mar 24, 2014 — This week will be crucial for negotiations on the state budget.
Tensions ran high Friday at a closed-door leaders' meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 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. Go to full article
Mar 21, 2014 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while around 25 angry protesters were arrested outside the governor's office. Cuomo is calling legislative leaders into his office for twice-daily private meetings to hash out details of the $145 billion state budget. Go to full article
Mar 20, 2014 — Government reform activists took their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.
To mark what's known as Sunshine Week, to promote a more open government, the activists took their smart phones into several Assembly Committee meetings, and using simple software, pressed record and streamed the proceedings live on the Internet. Go to full article
Assemblyman Francisco Moya speaking in support of the NYS DREAM Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Mar 18, 2014 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has enlisted the aid of some local government leaders to promote his tax freeze proposal, which has been losing ground in the New York State legislature. Cuomo promoted his plan Monday surrounded by several county executives from across the state.
The state legislature doesn't support the plan, but Cuomo says he's signed up 150 local government leaders as supporters. Go to full article
Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics
at the New York State Capitol for public radio for since 1990, and is a contributor to the statewide public television program New York Now.
Before that she worked for WINS, New York. She has also written
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