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Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Would Cuomo tax freeze plan hurt small business?

Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.  Go to full article
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

More money for schools, environment, in NYS Assembly budget proposal

Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to freeze property taxes. The Assembly's one-house budget resolution is the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.  Go to full article
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly

Can peer-to-peer support help cut military suicide?

Defense officials in the US say the number of suicides among active-duty service-members dropped sharply this year, down 22 percent. That's good news.

But suicide still takes the lives of more active-duty military members each year than the war in Afghanistan. And experts say suicide rates among veterans, including older veterans, remains dangerously high.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district" which includes part of Fort Drum. She also chairs the subcommittee on women veterans and held an Assembly hearing on military suicide last month. Russell sat down to talk about the issue with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Assembly GOP leader calls for special session

The Republican Leader of the State Assembly is calling for the legislature to return for a special session to wrap up some unfinished business.

The legislature adjourned at the end of June with no firm plans to meet again before next January.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussing the Women's Equality Act in Pougkeepsie, NY on June 5, 2013. Photo: <a href="8967996833_7739e76434_z">Gov. Cuomo's office</a> via Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussing the Women's Equality Act in Pougkeepsie, NY on June 5, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Assembly may return to consider Women's Equality Act

The legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill's provisions.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill on the floor of the Assembly. Photo: New York Assembly
Assemblyman Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill on the floor of the Assembly. Photo: New York Assembly

Lopez should quit or be expelled, says Cuomo

Governor Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled.  Go to full article

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State Assembly will be back in Albany--maybe for a special session

The New York State Assembly is coming back to Albany Tuesday for an afternoon conference, and possibly a special session. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been seeking help from the legislature to close the growing budget deficit. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote shy of passage.

According to a Siena College poll this week, 55% of New Yorkers support legalizing same sex marriage. Sarah Harris chatted with shoppers in Ogdensburg to get their opinions.  Go to full article
Tug Hill Commission now faces a budget cut on par with other state agencies

Tug Hill Commission restored

A joint budget conference committee has restored money for the Tug Hill Commission in the state budget. According to State Senator Patty Ritchie's office, the Assembly agreed to the Senate's funding level of $1.1 million. That's a 10 percent cut from last year, on par with other state agencies. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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