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Richard Daines
Richard Daines

Former health commissioner dies

The state's former health commissioner, Dr. Richard Daines, died suddenly over the weekend. The probable cause of death was a heart attack. Daines was the public figure in former Governor Paterson's effort to pass a tax on sugary drinks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
The legislature never wants to change the system because this is about protecting them.

Cuomo proposes independent redistricting panel

The process of redrawing lawmakers' districts based on new census figures can be one of the most vicious activities in politics. Governor Cuomo wants to take politics out of the process. He has introduced a bill that would create a bi- partisan panel to redraw legislative and congressional district lines. But so far, leaders in the State Senate and Assembly are non-committal. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Teachers union launches ads

A major New York State union is going on the air with televisions ads to try to convince state lawmakers to continue a tax on the wealthy instead of adopting Governor Cuomo's billion and half dollars in school aid cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
You have to be living in a vacuum to not understand that the expenditures in this state have to be cut.

Chief judge pushes back on court cuts

Governor Cuomo has not spared any aspect of state government from his budget cuts. That includes New York's judiciary system. The State's chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, gave his State of the Judiciary speech this week. And he denied that any tensions exist between himself and Governor Cuomo over the proposed cuts. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Poll: Cuomo hits new high among NY voters

A new poll finds that Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to enjoy high popularity and support for his budget, which would cut $10 billion in spending on schools and health care, among other things. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
New York State is known more for how its elected officials misbehave in office than anything else.

Ethical lapses dog Albany

A report on turnover in the state legislature finds that more lawmakers left because of corruption related scandals and criminal charges than lost re-election bids, constituting what a government reform group is calling a "legislative crime wave". Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
There are discussions ongoing. Do we have an agreement yet? No.

Bumpy road for ethics reform in Albany

Tensions over an ethics reform bill that's being negotiated in private between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders spilled into the open this week, as finger pointing began over which side was holding up the legislation. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo to release his budget Tuesday

Governor Andrew Cuomo releases his first budget plan tomorrow. The state is facing a $10-billion deficit, and at the Capitol, they are bracing for big cuts. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.

Ritchie readies to fight in Albany

State lawmakers face a daunting slate of challenges in next year's session, including a $10 billion deficit, soaring taxes, and a seemingly intractable environment of discord and partisan bickering.
It's into this dysfunctional world that the North Country's newest State Senator is preparing to go. Republican Patty Ritchie is leaving St. Lawrence County government today for the first time since she started work at the local DMV office almost 25 years ago.
Ritchie's been county clerk for 11 years. Her successes in that position were the foundation of a winning campaign to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine.
David Sommerstein stopped by Ritchie's office to talk politics, issues, and what she's leaving behind. He has this profile.  Go to full article
The country's population is growing away from the Northeast (Photo: US Census)
The country's population is growing away from the Northeast (Photo: US Census)

As New York loses two House seats, big North Country shift possible

New Census figures were released yesterday and the news wasn't good for New York state. Federal officials say population trends over the last decade mean New York will lose two seats in Congress. That could mean big changes in sprawling rural districts, including the 20th and the 23rd. As Brian Mann reports, the loss of power is also likely to trigger a bitter political fight in Albany.  Go to full article

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