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Albany journalistic insider Fred Dicker writes in his Labor Day column that North Country native and former dairy farmer Darrel Aubertine may be on his way out as state Agriculture Commissioner. Dicker writes: Aubertine will resign in the next few...
The Assembly voted unanimously today to cap tax assessments on agricultural land at 2% increases per year. The bill now goes before Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. Because farmland is valued by the crops it can produce, and the price of...
A couple of remainders to wrap up the week. New York's State Senate passed a bill that would direct government agencies to make a list of New York farm fresh products that agencies could buy. Agriculture Committee chairwoman Patty Ritchie of...
Lots going on today. Some of what we’ve been covering in the newsroom: Vermont has just become the sixth state to grant driver’s licenses to migrant workers — Sarah Harris has a great story today on how some local farmers, and...
News stories tagged with "albany"
by Chris Knight
Jul 25, 2007 — State Senator Betty Little says she was upset to hear a report from the state Attorney General that a pair of high-ranking aides to Governor Eliot Spitzer conspired in a plot to smear Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, the state's top Republican. Little said the governor didn't go far enough in disciplining his staff for their actions. And, as Chris Knight reports, Little says the scandal could jeopardize some of the deals Spitzer and the Senate reached last week. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2007 — The New York State Attorney General's investigation of Governor Eliot Spitzer's Administration found two high-level staffers used State Police to put together reports on the travels of Joe Bruno, New York's ranking Republican and a political thorn in Spitzer's side. Bruno used tax-payer-funded, state aircraft on trips to his party's fundraisers while conducting state business. The Attorney-General's office said no laws were broken, but after the report was released, the Governor suspended one aide and transferred another. To hear more about repercussions from the investigation, Jonathan Brown talked to Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt. Go to full article
Jul 24, 2007 — Governor Eliot Spitzer has suspended a top aid and reassigned another, after an Attorney General's report found the Governor's office improperly compelled the state police to create records of travels by Spitzer's political opponent, State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has the story. Go to full article
Jul 20, 2007 — Governor Eliot Spitzer and legislative leaders have announced agreement on a congestion-pricing plan for New York City, as well as a campaign finance reform package. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 17, 2007 — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last-minute lobbying for his ambitious toll plan to clear Manhattan traffic congestion failed to get necessary legislative approval yesterday. The Senate, in a one-house session in Albany, failed to muster votes from Democrats to pass the bill. The Speaker of the Assembly proposed an alternative. Go to full article
Jul 16, 2007 — The State Senate is returning for a one-day session Monday, and the Leader of the State Senate, Joe Bruno, is calling on Governor Eliot Spitzer to convene an open leaders meeting. Karen DeWitt has our story. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Jul 13, 2007 — The state Senate is ready to return to Albany on Monday. But its loose agenda doesn't include anything other than one-house bills at this point. The Assembly isn't even saying if they will come back at all. The backdrop is the discord between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the leader of the senate Republicans, Joe Bruno. Martha Foley talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about the implications of the feud for politics, and policy in New York. Go to full article
Jul 12, 2007 — The leader of the state Senate says his house will return to the Capitol on Monday, to take action on a number of bills including congestion pricing for New York City and reinstatement of the death penalty for cop killers. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 11, 2007 — Governor Eliot Spitzer is trying to put his feud with Senate Leader Joe Bruno behind him, and is urging state lawmakers to return to the Capitol next week to clear up a long list of unfinished state business. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 10, 2007 — The tempestuous relations between Governor Eliot Spitzer and the Leader of the State Senate Republicans, Joe Bruno, moderated somewhat as both men insisted their fight was not personal and that their goal was to work together to take care of unfinished session business. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article