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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 people...to 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
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 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
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
I expect a much more rigorous and robust enforcement of the state ethics laws.

Cuomo, leaders name new state ethics commission

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders named 14 people to the newest version of the state ethics commission Monday. The new agency is charged with enforcing ethics in state government. It will oversee and investigate compliance by lawmakers. It will also monitor statewide elected officials as well as executive branch and legislative employees.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, by law begins its work on Tuesday.  Go to full article
For this new reality that we’re facing, I think these are the best decisions.

Cuomo's about-face on taxes could do him political good

When Governor Cuomo convinced the legislature to pass a new temporary income tax surcharge on New York's wealthiest, it was an abrupt policy change from the anti-tax views that the governor had advocated as recently as October. But, As Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo's reversal will likely do him more political good than harm.  Go to full article

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