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Frustrated Cuomo threatens special legislative session

With the official legislative session set to end on the 20th, lawmakers at the Capitol remain mired in disputes Thursday over a bill to legalize gay marriage, the now-expired New York City rent regulations, and a property tax cap. Meanwhile, an increasingly frustrated Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to keep the legislature in special session if they failed to act.  Go to full article
The land purchase ban would have affected projects like Follensby Pond (Photo:  Jon Rosenthal)
The land purchase ban would have affected projects like Follensby Pond (Photo: Jon Rosenthal)

Green groups score victory in Albany, defeating land moratorium

Environmentalists won a key victory in Albany yesterday. They defeated a bill introduced by state Senator Betty Little that would have banned the state from purchasing new land in the Adirondacks to be added to the "forever wild" forest preserve.

At least one Republican Senator voted against the measure in the Rules Committee on Wednesday. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article
Randy Preston stands on a Wilmington bridge on the "watch" list (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Randy Preston stands on a Wilmington bridge on the "watch" list (Photo: Chris Morris)

As Adirondack roads crumble, state officials urge patience

Town leaders in the Adirondacks say state highways and bridges in the Park need major repairs and upgrades, with many of the busiest routes looking like battered back-country roads. The situation was made worse by the spring floods.

But as the state continues to climb out of its fiscal mess, it's unlikely that even the most important highways -- like Route 86 between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake -- will get the sort of attention they need any time soon.

As Chris Morris reports, that leaves local leaders worried that public safety and tourism traffic could be at risk.  Go to full article

No movement on same-sex marriage--but time spent conferring as NYC rent laws expire

The State Senate is now just one vote short on gay marriage--but it has delayed for at least one more day a decision on whether to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

Senate Republicans met on the issue today in a closed-door session. But those lengthy deliberations came as New York City's rent laws were due to expire at midnight.  Go to full article

Another GOP senator says he'll vote for gay marriage

A bill legalizing gay marriage appears to need just one more vote to win approval in the state Senate. Republican Senator Roy McDonald said yesterday he supports the bill. Advocates say the bill contains language sought by Republicans that protects religious organizations from being forced to marry gay couples. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tax cap and rent laws unresolved as legislative clock runs down

There's just four full days left in the legislative session, and still no agreement on a property tax cap or the renewal of New York City's rent laws, two issues that state lawmakers have tied together. The rent laws expire at the end of the day Wednesday, and time is running out. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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
Its 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

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