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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

Behind the scenes of Albany's busy week

Last week was a big one for policy-makers in New York's capitol city.

Lawmakers passed a reset of the state's income tax code, including higher taxes on the wealthy and a break for the middle-income earners. It was a change of position on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's part. It also required a reversal -- almost unanimous -- from Republican legislators.

Then came a slick celebration to announce the winners of major regional economic development awards.

Presiding over all was Cuomo, just approaching the end of his first year in office. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt joined Martha Foley to talk about how the politics and the policies fit together.  Go to full article
Put up the sign 'New York open for businesses.' We know what you thought about us. And it’s not true.

All regions have a share of "transformational" awards

The projects announced yesterday share almost $800 million in state aid to help companies expand, locate or stay and to boost employment. It was part of a Cuomo Administration initiative to change both the image and the reality of New York's business climate.

Ten regions competed to propose the most promising and cost-effective plans. All 10 regions were awarded some share of the funds, and a second round is coming soon. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Big Regional Economic Development Award a surprise to many

In a glitzy ceremony today in Albany, the state announced how much funding each of its Regional Economic Development Councils would be getting.

For the North Country, it was very big news: Our region was declared a "Best Plan" winner, and awarded $103.2 million dollars.

The announcement was enthusiastically received...with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying "great job for the north country" as the council members stepped up to have their photo taken.  Go to full article

Win or lose? NC anticipates economic development announcement

Today in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo will unveil results of a statewide competition designed to boost economic development. Ten regional councils, including one here in the North Country, developed economic plans designed to boost jobs and private industry. The announcement will be made this morning at a major event at the Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Brian Mann was on his way there when he talked with Martha Foley about the competition and what it could mean for the North Country, win or lose.  Go to full article

Counties want state takeover of Medicaid costs

Counties across New York state are supporting legislation that would phase out the local share of Medicaid payments, but officials doubt the bills will ever become law.

Medicaid, a state program for New Yorkers who can't afford medical care, is among the biggest strains on county budgets, especially as lawmakers struggle to present budgets that meet the state's new 2 percent cap on property tax growth.

The Senate and Assembly introduced bills earlier this fall that would shift Medicaid costs from the county level to the state. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article

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