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DiNapoli: I won't be "sacrificial lamb" on campaign finance reform

New York state comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he won't be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don't blame him.

Saying he won't be a "convenient sacrificial lamb", DiNapoli says he won't opt in to a test system for public campaign finance that applies only to his office, and would use money from the comptroller's unclaimed funds to pay for it.  Go to full article
This graph shows the rise in lobbying between 1992 and 2013. Image: JCOPE annual report
This graph shows the rise in lobbying between 1992 and 2013. Image: JCOPE annual report

More than $200 million spent on NYS lobbying, report finds

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state's ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government and policy in Albany.

The report, by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, finds $210 million was spent by lobbyists to mostly influence state and local governments. That's nearly $1 million for each of the 213 Senators and Assemblymembers.  Go to full article
Dr. Kristen Esterberg will become the new president of SUNY Potsdam, and Dr. Zvi Szafran will take over at SUNY Canton. Photos via <a href="http://readme.readmedia.com/SUNY-Board-of-Trustees-Appoints-Dr-Kristin-Esterberg-as-President-of-SUNY-Potsdam/8400638?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=media_pr_emails">SUNY Potsdam</a> and <a href="http://educate.spsu.edu/zszafran/">Southern Polytechnic State University</a>.
Dr. Kristen Esterberg will become the new president of SUNY Potsdam, and Dr. Zvi Szafran will take over at SUNY Canton. Photos via SUNY Potsdam and Southern Polytechnic State University.

SUNY Potsdam, Canton each get their own president

Canton and Potsdam's state universities each got new presidents Thursday.

In a press release, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees announced that Kristen Esterberg will be the 16th president of SUNY Potsdam. She'll be the first woman to lead the college.

Esterberg is currently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University, in Massachusetts.  Go to full article

NY ethics panel: $210M spent lobbying last year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics commission reports $210 million was spent on state and local lobbying last year.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, in its 2013 annual report, says its enforcement cases resulted in more than $450,000 in penalties.  Go to full article

NY out-of-network insurance coverage mandated

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has decided that starting next year, patients will be protected against surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal bankruptcy.

The measure, signed into law this week, is scheduled to take effect next April 1.  Go to full article

New York state anti-corruption panel ends as part of budget deal

The recently-enacted state budget marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.  Go to full article
You can celebrate that this is the greatest advancement that's been made, or you can say "we're disappointed that we haven't had a total victory."

Cuomo, leaders admit some unfinished budget issues

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.  Go to full article
Gun rights advocates at a January rally in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Gun rights advocates at a January rally in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Trump rallies against Cuomo, New York gun control

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Thousands of gun rights supporters have rallied at the state Capitol against gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino both addressed Tuesday's event at Empire State Plaza. The rally was in support of repealing a 2013 law that prohibited the sale of some popular guns like the AR-15.  Go to full article
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Is budget boost enough to save North Country schools?

Schools are digesting news of a $1.1 billion increase in state aid in the budget deal announced over the weekend.

State Senator Patty Ritchie says that's the largest increase in five years, which includes $20 million extra for schools within her 48th Senate district in Jefferson, Oswego, and part of St. Lawrence Counties.  Go to full article
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Young farmers, Ogdensburg get help in state budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie says the new state budget will help young farmers just getting started. The deal includes one million dollars for grants to help beginning farmers start or expand an agricultural business.  Go to full article

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