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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
We do still have a very secretive way of coming to public policy...I think people expected a more open process.

With first year behind him, state looks ahead to Cuomo's year two

Governor Cuomo achieved a number of goals in his first year as governor. But Cuomo says he doesn't intend to rest easy during the upcoming second year of his term. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article

Comptroller wants fee to build drilling accident fund

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is thinking ahead to the possibility of new hydrofracking operations in the state this year. In a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation, DiNapoli renewed his call for a drilling fee to pay for any accidents caused by natural gas drilling.
The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.  Go to full article
The challenge was to pull together work as a team.

What's next for the regional economic councils?

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo handed out nearly $800-million through his newly created regional economic councils. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail about what comes next.  Go to full article
The Veteran's Lane mail processing center in Plattsburgh
The Veteran's Lane mail processing center in Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh mail processing center may close

The US Postal Service is in crisis mode, trying to downsize while wrestling with billions of dollars in deficits. Dozens of local post offices have been targeted for possible closure. And as many as 200 mail processing centers around the country may also shut down - including facilities in Plattsburgh, Glens Falls and White River Junction, Vermont. A final decision on their fate has been put off until May, but as Sarah Harris reports, people are already talking about the jobs and the services that may be lost here in the North Country.  Go to full article
Shana Goldman of Albany says she was pepper sprayed as police seized final tents of the encampment across from the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Shana Goldman of Albany says she was pepper sprayed as police seized final tents of the encampment across from the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Occupy Albany ends with pepper spray, arrests

The dismantling of one of the last Occupy encampments in New York ended with pepper spray and arrests, as Albany City workers moved in and took down tents at the Occupy Albany encampment.  Go to full article

Comptroller predicts another tough year for New York

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has looked at state tax collections, and state obligations, says it will be another tough year for New York's finances.  Go to full article
The only real path that Senate Republicans have to maintaining their majority into 2013 is for them to draw their own lines.

Redistricting the elephant in the room in Albany

One of the biggest issues facing state lawmakers in 2012 is the redrawing of electoral district lines.
New lines are drawn after every U.S. Census and typically reflect the political power structure of the state legislature, bolstering sitting majorities. As Karen DeWitt reports, the topic has been the elephant in the room during much of this year. Gov Andrew Cuomo has repeated threats to veto any lines that are gerrymandered and drawn in a partisan manner.  Go to full article
We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us...we should endeavor do as much of our work in open view.

Ethics commission begins work in Albany

The first public meeting of the state's new ethics commission came on the day that another state senator pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. As Karen DeWitt reports, questions were raised about the closed door portion of the commission's meeting.  Go to full article
There’s not enough focus on the students and actual education and performance.

Cuomo wants the focus on students

The Board of Regents proposal would give 73% of increased state aid to high-need districts. That could help North Country schools, which are among the poorest in the state.

As Martha Foley reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports changes that would send more money to the neediest districts, but he wants to put students front and center as the conversation about aid to schools goes forward.  Go to full article

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