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Maybe we should turn our eye toward diversification, and that would certainly be in the area of tourism...

Brasher supervisor sees a casino in the future

Gov. Cuomo's proposal to expand gambling in New York gave one rural St. Lawrence County leader an idea.

"I was thinking when I read the governor's proposal to put seven casinos in New York State, I thought, why not put one in the northern tier? Maybe we could get one up here." Brasher Town Supervisor James Dawson told town board members last week a casino would be a great way to attract visitors to the region...and to pump up St. Lawrence County's flagging economy.

The 900 acres Dawson has in mind has already been considered for a racetrack and entertainment complex. That development failed, and the land ended up in bankruptcy court. Dawson told Nora Flaherty a casino there could anchor a host of spin-off development.  Go to full article
A slow day at Saratoga Racetrack. Photo: Brian Mann
A slow day at Saratoga Racetrack. Photo: Brian Mann

Governor Cuomo takes the reins at state horse racing association

Governor Cuomo has taken the reins of the troubled New York Racing Association Board. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor is saying he needs to "restore the public trust" in a rapidly changing, and expanding, gaming industry.  Go to full article

Opposition grows to Cuomo plan to protect NYers in state care

Opposition is growing in the legislature to Governor Cuomo's top end-of-session priority. The governor would like to enact a new agency to curb abuse of people with mental and physical disabilities at state-run centers. Opponents, though, say the proposed new entity does not go far enough. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details on the controversy.  Go to full article
Poverty and hunger are not crimes, so we shouldnt treat the poor or the hungry as criminals. Cuomo

NY drops fingerprinting requirement to get food stamps

Governor Cuomo announced Thursday that he's rescinding a state regulation that requires food stamp recipients be fingerprinted. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor is saying the poor and hungry are not criminals, and shouldn't be treated that way.  Go to full article

Teachers, school boards see disturbing trends in school vote outcome

Governor Cuomo says he's pleased with the outcome of Tuesday's state wide school budget vote. But as Karen DeWitt reports from Albany, teachers and school board leaders see some disturbing trends.  Go to full article
But voters said "No" to Plattsburgh's tax cap-exceeding plan. Photo: plattscsd.org
But voters said "No" to Plattsburgh's tax cap-exceeding plan. Photo: plattscsd.org

Voters say yes to most school budgets

It was school budget day in New York State yesterday. Voters from one side of the state to the other had their say on their local district's spending plan for the coming year.

It was a tough year for the schools, with a continuing loss of state education aid, and a new state-imposed limit on property taxes used to fund many of the programs and positions local communities value.

The vast majority of budgets passed in the North Country; most including significant cuts in teachers and programs. Martha Foley talked with Brian Mann for a survey of the regional results.  Go to full article
Silver: It isI keep saying ita moral issue. Skelos: Our focus, in terms of a moral imperative, is about creating jobs.

Assembly, Senate leaders seek moral high ground on minimum wage

Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage. The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the story.  Go to full article

Minimum wage hike may be dead

A months-old proposal to raise the minimum wage for millions of New Yorkers may be dead. Assembly Democrats say they have the votes to approve an increase today. But Senate Republicans say they won't take the measure up, and it's not on Gov. Cuomo's list for action by the end of this term, June 21. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Poll shows New Yorkers like legislators more--but don't want them to get a raise

A new Siena College poll finds that New Yorkers hold increasingly positive views about the state legislature--but they still don't want to see lawmakers get a pay raise. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The legislature and the governor have got to get together and come up with an overall plan, and quickly.

Funding expert: NY schools on "sliding slope" toward fiscal insolvency

Voters across New York state will decide Tuesday whether or not to approve their local school district budgets, and the property tax levies needed to pay for them. School budgets are complicated, to say the least, and they're even more complicated this year because the new 2% property tax increase cap is putting additional limits on what school boards can ask for. Many schools have had to make serious cuts in the last couple years--and are now looking at more.

We heard last week on how one rural school district is trying to balance its financial needs with money coming from local taxes and the state. For a wider view, WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium. They spoke about the effect this year's budget cycle will have on schools and the future of education funding in New York--and about new questions raised by the tax cap:  Go to full article

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