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Students during Feburary lobbying effort in Albany.  (Photo: Carol Pynchon)
Students during Feburary lobbying effort in Albany. (Photo: Carol Pynchon)

Canton students reflect on advocacy effort, as they prepare to graduate

High school seniors are getting ready to graduate. For students in the A-P Government class at Canton Central, it's been a year of learning firsthand how government works. They got riled up when they learned that their school might need to eliminate things like sports and theatre, as well as jobs because of decisions in the state budget. So, they took action.

Along with a few hundred parents and school officials, they took a bus trip to Albany in February to lobby lawmakers. In the end, the state restored some money to Canton Central and other rural schools. However, the district still plans to cut programs, and more than 24 jobs.

Now that it's graduation time, the seniors have had a few months to reflect on their lobbying effort. We spoke with Susannah Sudborough and Pat McGaw who were both touched by the experience but came away with opposite conclusions about what it will mean for their own futures.

Our story was produced by Julie Grant and Natasha Haverty.  Go to full article
It seems as if the price of getting the governors ear is a campaign contribution.

Ethics committee questions lobby group associated with Gov. Cuomo

One day before the state ethics commission is to hold hearings on new rules for lobbying disclosures, there are more revelations about a multi-million dollar advocacy group associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Go to full article
If the state is going to mandate, why don't they just do it?... just tell us where they want us to be, and let us work on getting there.

Strapped schools consider joining forces

Some North Country schools looking for ways to save money have started talking about merging or creating regional high schools.

Parents and school officials from Canton Central, Potsdam Central and other districts met with a representative from Governor Cuomo's office yesterday. They wanted to know what role the state would play in district mergers. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo would shop city casino plan to other developers

Governor Andrew Cuomo's planned deal to build a casino and convention center in Queens has fallen through, and now the governor says he's opening up the bids to more companies.

Cuomo's change of plans comes amid reports that the gambling company Genting contributed over $2 million to a lobby group closely associated with the governor.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo moves to ease penalties for small amounts of marijuana

Governor Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches. He says the change, which will apply throughout the state, will fix what he says is a "blatant inconsistency" in New York City's controversial stop and frisk policy. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Supporters continue push for minimum wage hike

Supporters of raising New York's minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed in this legislative session. As Karen DeWitt reports, with just three weeks left, demonstrations and efforts to put the bill on the Senate floor continue.  Go to full article
Janet DiFiore faces ethics questions raised by political rival
Janet DiFiore faces ethics questions raised by political rival

Head of state ethics commission says she's done nothing wrong

The head of the state ethics commission, Janet DiFiore, says she has "done nothing wrong", after allegations she used her influence as Westchester County DA to obtain welfare benefits for her maid.

DiFiore spoke after a lengthy closed door session of the ethics commission. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Photo:ILoveNY.com
Photo:ILoveNY.com

Cuomo reclaims iconic "I Love New York" ad campaign

Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to revive the iconic "I Love New York" tourism promotion campaign with some new ads. The governor says the state not been aggressive enough in its promotions in recent years. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo's popularity still growing-except on education

Governor Cuomo's popularity with New York voters continues- in the latest poll he has the highest ratings of any New York governor since just after September 11th. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
New co-chairs of the Democratic Party in New York: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright. Photo: Matt Ryan, NY Now
New co-chairs of the Democratic Party in New York: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright. Photo: Matt Ryan, NY Now

Governor Cuomo fires up faithful but avoids politics

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a rousing speech at a meeting of the State Democratic Party, but stopped short of endorsing a democratic takeover of the State Senate. At the meeting, Cuomo also introduced the new co-chairs of the party--his choices. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

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