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Empire State Plaza, Albany.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.

State workers' union: Cuomo "sticking it to" working people with Tier VI pension plan

Legislative leaders spoke to a large gathering of AFSCME public union members at the Capitol Tuesday.

The union is strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's pension reform plans--during the demonstration, it ran a radio ad that said politicians are trying to "stick it" to working people instead of making Wall Street and big corporations pay their fair share.

The legislators offered support to the workers--but remained neutral on the pension plan issue. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
A Trans Canada worker inspects a pumping station in Steele City, Nebraska. Photos: Brian Mann
A Trans Canada worker inspects a pumping station in Steele City, Nebraska. Photos: Brian Mann

New York and the US look to Canada for energy, raising big questions about the environment

North Country congressman Bill Owens is praising a Canadian company for its plan to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Owens' backing for the controversial pipeline comes at a time when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is also pushing a plan to import more hydro-electric power from Quebec.

Canada is already the biggest foreign supplier of energy to the US. And across the political spectrum, American leaders see Canada as a safer alternative to energy suppliers in the Middle East and Central America.

But there are growing questions about the environmental costs to Canada's energy boom and the debate is causing some Canadians to rethink their country's image as one of the world's most environmentally friendly societies. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Students rally for SUNY, CUNY

Protesters say 33 students and Occupy Albany activists have been released without injury or incident, following their arrests at the state Capitol Monday. Nearly 400 college and university students from around New York, from the SUNY and CUNY systems, gathered for the rally in Albany.

The students said they were rallying against rising tuition costs and said those increases are pushing them into debt. They want the state to restore funding to public universities. They also said the quality and variety of education are decreasing in New York.  Go to full article
Parents and community members are seeing the kinds of cuts that are being implemented these cuts hurt, and people know it.

Cuomo gets mixed marks on education

In a new poll released Monday, voters give Governor Andrew Cuomo mixed reviews on his education policies. They say they like a new agreement on teacher evaluations, but a narrow margin say the governor is overall making the problems in the education system worse.  Go to full article

Cuomo approval numbers slip, but not by much

Governor Andrew Cuomo's popularity has slipped a bit in a new poll released Monday, but with a 69% approval rating, it seems the governor does not have much to worry about.  Go to full article
Essex County officials testify during a mandate relief hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Friday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Essex County officials testify during a mandate relief hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Friday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Local officials press Lt. Gov. for mandate relief

Gov. Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council continued its statewide tour Friday with a three-hour hearing on at Lake Placid's new conference center.

The council consists of state lawmakers and members of Cuomo's administration. The group listened to concerns about unfunded mandates presented by officials from across the North Country; the system "is broken," they told the council.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy moderated Friday's hearing. He said the forums have been educational, and he hopes mandate relief can be accomplished as quickly as possible.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail

Can New York labs handle more DNA?

There's a new effort in Albany to pass a bill that would bring about a major expansion to the New York's DNA databank.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that having more DNA can help solve more crimes, but not everyone agrees that this bill does enough to ensure justice. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

Siena Poll on Teachers

A new poll finds that half of New Yorkers believe the recent agreement on a new teacher evaluation system in every school district will improve education. The poll was taken by the Siena Research Institute.

At the insistence of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Education Department and the teachers' unions agreed on the new evaluation system.

The Siena Poll finds that while 50% of New Yorkers think the evaluations will improve education, 38% say it will have no effect, and 3% say it will make things worse.

A majority of those surveyed also said the agreement is fair to teachers.

The poll finds that Cuomo, himself, continues to have strong favorability and job performance ratings, although both are down slightly this month.

The Siena Institute telephone more than 800 New Yorkers in the last month of February for the poll. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.4%.  Go to full article
The road to hell is paved in amortizing pensions.

As budget due-date draws closer, pension reform still a major sticking point

Pension reform remains a tough issue as budget talks between Governor Cuomo and the legislature enter the last month before the April deadline.

Mayors and local officials pleaded their case for reform this week. Unions oppose the governor's plan, and state lawmakers are divided. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The North Country REDC's award, announced December 8, 2011, was the second-largest in the state.
The North Country REDC's award, announced December 8, 2011, was the second-largest in the state.

Adirondack Environmental advocate says environmental spending creates jobs

Some of the $103 million in grants the North Country Regional Economic Development Council won, will come out of the state's Environmental Protection fund. And the spokesman for the conservation group the Adirondack council says that makes sense.  Go to full article

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