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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
It is a basic civil rights battle... Same sex couples have the same right to marry.

Cuomo pushes for gay marriage, faces backlash

Governor Cuomo has been leading a push to legalize gay marriage in New York State, traveling to upstate cities to make speeches, and sending supporters to a major rally at the Capitol. As the pressure on lawmakers escalates, anti-gay marriage groups are stepping up their efforts as well, saying they want marriage to remain between a man and a woman.  Go to full article
If a law is not passed, then I will appoint a Moreland commission.

Cuomo threatens investigations if lawmakers don't pass ethics reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is pushing the state legislature to pass an ethics reform bill, renewed his threat to investigate lawmakers if they don't comply.  Go to full article

Tensions are high on property tax cap issue

Governor Cuomo began his statewide tour to win backing for a property tax cap and other issues in Syracuse on Tuesday. Back at the State Capitol, tensions between pro tax cap and anti tax cap advocates erupted into heated arguments.  Go to full article
This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a question of New York going forward or backward.

Lt. Gov. says gay marriage among top issues

New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy told a major gay marriage rally at the State Capitol that his boss, Governor Andrew Cuomo, is with them all the way on the issue.  Go to full article

BOCES looks for options for school districts

This school budgeting season has been among the toughest in memory.

Schools are swallowing hard to absorb Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 1.2 billion dollar cut in state education aid. Defending his cuts, he commands, "manage the school system. Reduce the waste, reduce the fraud, reduce the abuse.... 'Well, we don't have any.' ...I don't believe it."

Cuomo wants other efficiencies as well. He's looking for mergers and consolidations, and he's pushing small schools especially hard. We've reported that many of the North Country's little rural schools are struggling with state aid cuts that are disproportionate - bigger dollar for dollar than cuts in much larger, wealthier districts downstate.

Districts like Beaver River could end up with a single foreign language in the curriculum, or no advanced placement programs, or no music and art. As Superintendent Lueen Smithling told us, "Rural schools should not be taken advantage of and essentially he's creating a caste system of lower, substandard schools, and is that right?"

Even before this year's deep cuts, educators in St. Lawrence County saw alarming trends for small schools. The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES office had already commissioned the Rural Schools Association of New York State to study alternatives to save schools and improve education. A draft report is due at the end of May, with public meetings planned.

Dennis Sweeney is leading the research team. They visited each district, analyzed data, and asked follow-up questions. He told Martha Foley this spring's budget climate just highlighted how dire the rural school picture is.  Go to full article

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