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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 Educators blame a byzantine and outdated school funding formula.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
We must pass a real, meaningful property tax cap... it takes good faith negotiations to get that done.

Republicans push for tax cap

Republicans in New York's Senate and Assembly are pushing Assembly Democrats to approve Gov. Andrew Cuomo's two percent across the board property tax cap for schools and local governments.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb say they're circulating a petition to get average citizens to pressure Democrats in the Assembly to allow an up or down vote on proposed cap. Skelos says the Senate approved Cuomo's plan on January 31, now it's the Assembly's turn. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

Assembly will act on property tax cap

State lawmakers are working on a deal that could strengthen protections for people living in New York City's rent-controlled apartments while also capping the growth of property taxes upstate. Speaker Sheldon Silver says his house will act on a property tax cap, but it's not likely to happen before lawmakers take a two week break. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
When...the doctor gives you a prescription, you don’t like it. But you know that it's going to make you better.

Poll: Cuomo wins budget fight

A new Siena College poll finds a strong majority of New Yorkers support Governor Cuomo austerity budget, despite its deep cuts to local schools and hospitals. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Under state law, prisoners are not residents of these Upstate counties.

Senators challenge inmate count

The North Country State Senators are suing to block a new law for redistricting this year. It would count prison inmates in the districts where their home residence is, not in the North Country town where they're held. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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