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NY college students encourage more careful investigation of hydro fracking

College students from around the state concerned about the natural gas extraction process known as hydro fracking presented Governor Andrew Cuomo's office with petitions to study the practice more carefully. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Sooner or later when the credit card bill comes due you have to pay it. The money is due. There is no more to give.

Public pensions strain budgets

The recent battles in Wisconsin and Ohio over collective bargaining for public workers has shined a light on the pensions government workers often receive. Here in New York, the state's pension fund is solvent. But costs have been sharply rising for the local governments that pay into it, and now some are calling for changes to the system. Our story from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article
If the public employees think they can get a big raise from the state they can't...We don't have the money.

Cuomo, unions still talking

Governor Cuomo may have achieved an on time budget for only the third time in 25 years, but there is one April 1 deadline he missed. State worker contracts expired March 31st, and a new deal with public employees has not been reached. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY mulls federal health care reform act

Some of the major provisions of the federal health care reform act don't take effect until 2014. But New York State has already begun to figure out how to comply with the changes. One particularly tricky provision is the one which will require every state to set up a health insurance policy exchange for the uninsured. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Legislators, just like other people, think about this issue, evolve on this issue.

Cuomo aids push for same-sex marriage

Advocates for same sex marriage are launching an all out effort to legalize gay marriage in New York before the legislative session ends. And they're getting a big assist from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Elected officials hide behind these rigged districts, and don’t really campaign. Issues are not discussed.

The politics of "non-partisan" redistricting

Former New York city Mayor Ed Koch last week launched robocall attacks on state legislators, many of them Senate Republicans. Koch says they have violated a pledge they signed to back non-partisan redistricting.
As Karen DeWitt reports, it's not just the Republicans who are wary of changes to the way New York designs its legislative and congressional district lines.  Go to full article
Businesses are more mobile than ever before. You know, it's not like the old days where they were cemented into a place.

Power for Jobs has new brand, new provisions

One of the less talked about provisions in the state budget is the expansion of the Power for Jobs program, which provides low-cost electricity to businesses in the name of economic development.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited North Tonawanda Thursday to tout the program's new benefits -- and name. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison has more.  Go to full article

State aid cuts squeeze rural schools

Across the North Country, school districts are wrestling with deep cuts to their budgets - the result of Albany's efforts to rein in billions of dollars in deficit spending.

Governor Cuomo has stood firm on his belief schools have the finances to absorb a $1.2 billion cut in education funding. But those cuts are hitting rural school districts especially hard. Educators blame a byzantine and outdated school funding formula. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
If they are embarrassed, it's on them. What we're saying is, "keep your promise."

Dems push NY GOP on ethics reform

New York State Senate Democrats are trying to put majority party Republicans on the spot over ethics reform. They are demanding permission from the GOP for hearings on various proposals. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
7th grader Kerrigan Mahoney helped organize a talent show to raise money for her school.
7th grader Kerrigan Mahoney helped organize a talent show to raise money for her school.

Students show talent to fight for the arts

The latest Siena College poll found Governor Cuomo enjoying the support of near three-quarters of New Yorkers even after his austerity budget cut $1.2 billion to schools. Now reality's setting in as districts finalize their budget plans. And in many North Country districts, the news is ugly, with teacher layoffs and program cuts the norm.

The news is so bad, students themselves are fighting back. Today we have two stories from opposite ends of the region. We start in Croghan in Lewis County, where the Beaver River school district may cut or reduce a third of its staff, including several music and art teachers. Students organized a talent show last night to raise money. David Sommerstein was there.  Go to full article

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