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Push for and against gay marriage intensifies

Monday and Tuesday, five more senators said they'd vote yes on a Gay Marriage bill...and Governor Cuomo said he'd put it to the legislature.

There are now 31 yes votes in the Senate for gay marriage, after GOP Senator Roy McDonald of Saratoga announced late Tuesday afternoon that he'll vote yes. Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of same sex marriage worked the halls of the Capitol Tuesday, as the State Senate stands just two votes shy of passing same sex marriage in New York.  Go to full article

NY legislative session reaches the home stretch

It's the final week of the New York State legislative session. With many major agreements still outstanding, including a property tax cap and gay marriage, the leader of the Senate says it will be an "exciting" week.  Go to full article
It’s a crime. What it really means is that government is failing.

State unions angry about planned Cuomo layoffs

State worker unions are decrying Governor Cuomo's plan to begin laying off nearly 10,000 state employees as early as next month. It was a week of bad news for unions, as governor Cuomo released a plan to restrict future pensions, and quietly announced the closing down of some state facilities. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo introduces "rational tuition" bill

Governor Cuomo has introduced a bill to raise tuition at state colleges by up to five percent per year and university centers by eight percent. SUNY and many business leaders are heralding the proposal. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Who doesn't want to save New York? And who wants fiscal UNfairness?

Common Cause calls for transparency from interest groups

A government reform group is seeking more disclosure by so-called third party interest groups. Common Cause says they're spending more and more to influence public opinion on policy issues like property taxes and school spending.

Common Cause's Sue Lerner says there's a worrisome and growing trend of millions of dollars of television and social media advertising from third party interest groups with what she called misleading names - like the Committee to Save New York, the Alliance for Quality Education and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Who doesn’t want to save New York, and who wants fiscal unfairness?

Government reform group seeks disclosure of third-party funders

The government reform group Common Cause is seeking more disclosure by so called third party interest groups, that it says are increasingly trying to influence public opinion on things like property taxes and school spending.  Go to full article

Cuomo seeks savings in smaller pensions

Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a new pension reform bill that would save money by offering diminished pension benefits to future state employees. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Sunmount Developmental Center (Photo:  Brian Mann
Sunmount Developmental Center (Photo: Brian Mann

Community leaders, workers defend Sunmount

Fall-out continues this week from a New York Times article published Monday that described "patterns of abuse" at the Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake

Sunmount cares for some of the most troubled and vulnerable people with developmental disabilities. The facility is also one of the region's top employers, providing over one thousand jobs.

State officials and disability advocates said the report in the Times makes it clear that reforms are needed but local workers and elected officials said the vast majority of workers at Sunmount are doing a good job, providing safe and supportive care.

Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Municipal power project grinds to halt

Just months after a bid for a municipally owned power company in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties appeared to pick up real steam, the project has ground to a standstill.

The North Country Power Authority hopes to deliver electricity to 24 towns at lower rates but its board no longer has enough members to take a vote and the not-for-profit that created the Authority is pushing for the chairman's ouster. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ethics reform and tax cap--check. Same-sex marriage--not yet.

Governor Cuomo has achieved agreements on two of the three issues he's made a top priority, ethics reform and a tax cap, and is continuing to push to allow same sex marriages in New York. But as Karen DeWitt reports, no laws have been enacted yet, and at least one of the three issues may be in danger of falling apart.  Go to full article

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