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I think counties would probably love if the state would take over the whole costs for Medicaid. But this is a realistic approach.

NC reps reactions mostly positive on pensions, Medicaid costs and schools

Gov. Cuomo now turns his spending plan over to the legislature. Some of Albany's most powerful interests are gearing up for a fight. During the address yesterday, Cuomo again took aim at what he calls the status quo in Albany, demonizing some of its most powerful labor unions.

Cuomo admitted the reforms he envisions will be wrenching, but he said the people will be supportive. He called it "the people's agenda."

North Country representatives were generally supportive yesterday. Martha Foley has reaction to Cuomo's proposals on pension reform, relief for county Medicaid costs, and education.  Go to full article
The governor raises additional tobacco taxes by $18 million…and yet he cuts the program that helps smokers to quit.

Cuomo budget would raise taxes on tobacco, cut smoking cessation program

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his budget plan, is increasing some taxes on tobacco, while cutting the state's smoking cessation program. Cuomo closes what he calls some tax loopholes for cigars and loose tobacco that will net $18 million in revenue for the state. At the same time, he's reducing New York's anti smoking campaign by $5 million. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country schools anxious for Cuomo's budget

North country school leaders are anxious to see Governor Cuomo's budget proposal when it's released Tuesday. Cuomo has committed to boosting state aid to schools by 4%. But local schools don't know how that will affect their budgets.

Some district superintendents have been lobbying hard to restore cutbacks made by the state last year. Julie Grant spoke with Stephen Putman, superintendent of the Brasher Falls Central Schools.
He says there are a variety of ways poor districts are losing out.  Go to full article
Video gaming machines plus racetrack equals "racino." Photo: Inovation Trail, courtesy of Tioga Downs
Video gaming machines plus racetrack equals "racino." Photo: Inovation Trail, courtesy of Tioga Downs

Expanded gambling could change the game in Albany

One of the main planks in Governor Cuomo's State of the State address was the legalization of casinos in New York. Expanding gaming to non-Native casinos would require an amendment to the state Constitution. That's a long political process, and could add to the mix of lobbying money flowing into Albany. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.  Go to full article
The Brookings Institution says in a new report that NYSERDA is helping New York get a lot of bang for its buck when it comes to investing in clean energy. andyarthur / via Flickr
The Brookings Institution says in a new report that NYSERDA is helping New York get a lot of bang for its buck when it comes to investing in clean energy. andyarthur / via Flickr

Report says clean energy investments paying off

A new report from the Brookings Institution finds investment in clean energy is paying off. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports New York is reaping big benefits because it's taking a comprehensive approach.  Go to full article

Feds take NY to task for care of developmentally disabled

The federal government is criticizing the Cuomo administration for mishandling care and safety for people with developmental disabilities. In a report issued this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that one of New York's key watchdog agencies wasn't independent enough to provide proper oversight.

The study also concluded that state officials weren't revealing enough information about how federal health care dollars are being spent. The federal review followed a series of New York Times articles that found a high rate of unexplained deaths, abuse, and other problems in the state's disability care system.

Some of those problems were identified at the Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address in Albany lst week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address in Albany lst week.

Adirondack Council wants more from Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is drawing strong reviews for his state of the state address last week, which focused primarily on the economy and job creation. But one prominent environment group in the Adirondacks says the governor's agenda falls short when it comes to green issues.

John Sheehan with the Adirondack Council says the governor should have addressed the deep staff cuts which have hit both the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Sheehan spoke on Friday with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capitol Pressroom.  Go to full article
Without the matching funds, the person who runs against a self-financed candidate would be dead in the water.

Cuomo calls for NYC-style matching-funds campaign finance system

Governor Cuomo called in his State of the State message for public campaign financing reform. He's looking to base campaign financing 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. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has that story.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew gave a rousing, multi-media State of the State address.
Gov. Andrew gave a rousing, multi-media State of the State address.

Cuomo plans another ambitious year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the agenda for another ambitious year, delivering a rousing, multi-media state of the state speech to the joint legislature today.

Tops on the list: the biggest convention center in the nation, to be built at Aqueduct racetrack in New York City.

He promised another round of round of regional economic development grants too, and $1 billion in incentives for businesses in Buffalo.

He supports an "energy highway" -- a $2 billion private sector plan to transmit power from upstate New York to the metropolitan area. He'd also convert old power plants to reduce pollution and promote solar energy production through a rebate program.

Cuomo wants to make more capital available to farmers, expand the "FreshConnect" farmers' market program, and establish distribution hubs for produce around the state.

The governor put some big ideas on the table along with the specifics. He wants to "re-imagine" state government, with public hearings on mandate relief, a commission to transform of public education and a revamped emergency management system.

Also on the list: campaign finance reform, tax reform, a constitutional amendment allowing non-Native casino gambling, and an Office of New Americans.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo delivering his 2011 state of the state message.
Gov. Cuomo delivering his 2011 state of the state message.

Second term priorities expected in State of the State

Governor Cuomo will deliver his second State of the State message today. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor faces continued budget deficits, and a soft economy as well as a looming redistricting deadline.  Go to full article

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