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North Elba supervisor Roby Politi with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday (Source: Nathan Brown, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission)
North Elba supervisor Roby Politi with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday (Source: Nathan Brown, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission)

Cuomo brings agenda, momentum, to Lake Placid

Governor Andrew Cuomo dominated Albany this year, pushing his austerity budget through the legislature on time with only token opposition.

With his poll numbers still high, Cuomo is barnstorming the state again, hoping to pass another ambitious slate of bills before the current session ends June 20.

Yesterday, the governor brought his "People First Campaign" to the Olympic region, pushing for ethics reform, a cap on local property taxes, and a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Chris Morris has our report.  Go to full article
A tax cap is the worst thing that could happen. It would prevent local communities from being able to save their schools.

Both tax cap sides claim victory after school votes

Both supporters and opponents of a 2% property tax cap say the record high passage of school budgets in New York Tuesday proves their case. Karen DeWitt has reaction from Albany.  Go to full article

Skelos: Senate will consider tax cap exemptions

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he's willing to consider an easing of Governor Cuomo's proposal for a hard 2% property tax cap, if that will make it more likely for the bill to become law. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article
It’s over with. There’s not going to be a so-called millionaire’s tax passed.

Assembly Dems float millionaire's tax; Senate GOP says no

A proposal by Assembly Democrats to continue an income tax surcharge on millionaires is being praised by the teacher's union, but rejected by Senate Republicans.  Go to full article

School budget votes mixed, tough times not over

Voters across New York headed to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots on some pretty tough school budget proposals.

After lawmakers cut over a billion dollars from statewide education aid, schools in every district were left figuring out where to cut and whether to ask voters for more money. And next year, schools may face a state-mandated cap on a vital revenue source: local property taxes.

Budgets were shot down yesterday for Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga, Northville and Lake George central schools. In St. Lawrence County, Edwards-Knox, Massena, and St. Lawrence Central budgets went down. In others, the margins were razor thin. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
In some cases it’s probably a question of a lack of knowledge, but in other cases people have been abusing the system, defrauding it.

Cuomo Administration looks for public pension changes

There's been action in Albany this week on curbing New York's rising pension costs.

Governor Cuomo is poised to unveil a proposal to change benefit levels, and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is offering a bill that he says will close a loophole that is costing the state millions of dollars. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NYC Mayor Bloomberg lobbies for gay marriage in Albany

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was the latest to lobby Republicans in the State Senate to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. Bloomberg and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn were at the Capitol Tuesday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article
School districts are laying off teachers, teacher’s aides, bus drivers, principals...

Voters go to the polls on controversial school budgets

Voters in over 700 school districts will have an opportunity to weigh in on school budgets Tuesday. The State School Boards Association says the average tax increase proposed is around three and a half percent, and they expect the majority of the budgets to be approved.  Go to full article

Cuomo wants changes in teacher evaluations

Governor Andrew Cuomo has persuaded the state education department to make some changes to its new plans for teacher evaluation, to be discussed at the Board of Regents meeting on Monday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
If the people don't speak, the lobbyists win!

Cuomo wraps up week one of tour

Governor Andrew Cuomo is wrapping up week one of his statewide tour to tout his legislative agenda and taunt the legislature. Karen DeWitt takes a look at how the tactic is working so far.  Go to full article

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