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Cuomo eyes special session

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new jobs plan over the weekend. It centers on expanding gaming, and could mean a casino in the catskills, tax credits, and other initiatives.

The plan could be the centerpiece of Gov. Cuomo's second year in office, or it could be presented at a special session of the legislature to be held as early as this week.

The Assembly is coming back to Albany tomorrow for an afternoon conference, and possibly a special session.

In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
Jumping to the tax card right away without seeing what the spending needs are, is premature.

State budget gaps widen; lawmakers look for revenue

The gaps in the New York State budget are widening for the current year and the new fiscal year. Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are considering a number of options, including a special session, and revamping of the state's tax code to bring more money into the state coffers. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Many of us are natives here, that grew up in this town. A little snow never hurt any of us.

Occupy protesters prepping for winter

The Occupy Wall Street movement is facing twin threats: growing impatience with the protestors' tent cities from local officials, and winter.

The Innovation Trail checked in with Occupy movements across New York to see how they're fairing. We begin in Albany, where Marie Cusick reports that protestors are determined to voice their frustrations with the state of the economy, and the state of New York.  Go to full article

Report shows erosion of NY's middle class

A report by a policy think tank finds deep erosion of the middle class in New York State in the three year economic slump. Fiscal Policy Institute reports lower wages, except for Wall Street financial managers, 500,000 fewer people with health insurance, and food stamp use up sharply.

And overall, 500,000 job opportunities were lost in New York, representing a total income loss of $31 billion a year. Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Local supporters on the road to defend Canton College

A busload of Canton college is heading to New York City this morning - to defend their local SUNY campus at the meeting of the state university's Trustees.

SUNY Central has proposed merging some college presidencies around the state, to save money on administrative costs, and funnel more to academics. SUNY canton and SUNY Potsdam were on the list. Canton Town Supervisor David Button says the two schools are too different, and Canton should be able to hire a president that represents its own interests.  Go to full article
Protesters outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's office Thursday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Protesters outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's office Thursday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

"Occupy" protesters converge on Albany

Hundreds of Occupy movement members from around the state descended on the State Capitol Thursday, chanting and voicing their disagreement with Governor Cuomo's economic policies. From the capitol, Karen DeWitt has this report:  Go to full article
Protester Elisia DeWisblair in the Capitol Thursday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Protester Elisia DeWisblair in the Capitol Thursday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

"Occupy" protesters demand millionaire's tax extension

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday in Albany as part of the Occupy Albany protest.
Buses from Buffalo, Rochester and other Occupy Wall Street encampments from around the state delivered the protesters to downtown Lafayette Park, where they began their march to the nearby state Capitol.  Go to full article
It's less than ideal, but I understand it, and we'll continue to monitor the situation here.

Cuomo won't rule out special prosecutor for Occupy arrestees

Governor Cuomo says the Albany District Attorney's decision not to prosecute Occupy Albany protesters arrested for trespassing is "less than ideal", and the governor has refused to rule out appointing a special prosecutor. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Workmen move a portrait of Grover Cleveland. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Workmen move a portrait of Grover Cleveland. Photo: Karen DeWitt

State Capitol's Hall of Governors gets a facelift

For many years, the Hall of Governors, on the second floor of the State Capitol, was closed to the public. Its walls are lined with portraits of nearly every governor who has served since New York State began.

Former Governor George Pataki barred the public from the hallway, which also houses the offices of the governor and his top aides. He cited security reasons, but the decision earned that section of the Capitol the nickname "Fort Pataki".

Now, the historic hall of governors at the State Capitol is undergoing a renovation. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The plan was created following a series of public meetings (NCPR file photo)
The plan was created following a series of public meetings (NCPR file photo)

North Country regional council unveils 16 priority projects

For the first time, the North Country's Regional Economic Development Council created by Governor Cuomo has unveiled a list of priority projects. These sixteen projects that made the list are, in the Council's view, the best immediate hope for transforming the North Country's economy, and creating or saving roughly thirteen hundred jobs.

The most expensive proposal is a plan that would have the state spent $9.6 million refurbishing the railroad track to Newton Falls, a small mill town in southern St. Lawrence County. Other projects call for the state to help expand the Bombardier Plant in Plattsburgh and to support construction of more rental apartments around Fort Drum.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley on the line to talk about the list of priority projects.  Go to full article

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