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Cuomo gets set to release state budget Tuesday--with $2b gap

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to release his state budget plan on Tuesday. As Karen DeWitt reports, Governor Cuomo will have the challenge of closing a $2 billion budget gap.

The good news is, it's far less than last year's $10 billion gap, and, smaller than it was projected to be as recently as a month ago. That's because Cuomo and lawmakers in December agreed to extend an income tax surcharge on New York's wealthiest, those making over $2 million a year, which will bring an estimated $1.5 billion in additional revenue.  Go to full article
SUNY Plaza, Albany. Photo: SUNY
SUNY Plaza, Albany. Photo: SUNY

2012 another tight year for SUNY

With the New Year comes new visions for what state government will try to accomplish over the next 12 months. Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State speech. Monday, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher gave her annual State of the University address. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, 2012 appears to be another year of belt tightening for the SUNY system.  Go to full article
Video gaming machines plus racetrack equals "racino." Photo: Inovation Trail, courtesy of Tioga Downs
Video gaming machines plus racetrack equals "racino." Photo: Inovation Trail, courtesy of Tioga Downs

Expanded gambling could change the game in Albany

One of the main planks in Governor Cuomo's State of the State address was the legalization of casinos in New York. Expanding gaming to non-Native casinos would require an amendment to the state Constitution. That's a long political process, and could add to the mix of lobbying money flowing into Albany. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.  Go to full article

On first day back, some bipartisanship in legislature--but not on redistricting

The New York State legislature had its first official day back yesterday. On its first official day of business the legislature acted in a show of bi- partisanship, to divest the state of investments in Iran. But Democrats and Republicans in the Senate continue to argue over redistricting. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report:  Go to full article
Just as important as it is to get the agenda out there, its as important for senior staff to listen to whatever people might have to say.

Scozzafava delivers Cuomo message

Dede Scozzafava, Deputy Sec. Of State and former North Country Assemblywoman, was in St. Lawrence County yesterday. She's part of the team of top staffers sent out to deliver what the governor's office called "regional State of the State Messages."

Scozzafava spoke at Clarkson University.

She stopped in the North Country Public Radio studios on her way.

She spoke with Martha Foley regional economic development councils, the proposed "energy highway," and relief for local governments struggling to pay for expensive state-mandated services.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address in Albany lst week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address in Albany lst week.

Adirondack Council wants more from Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is drawing strong reviews for his state of the state address last week, which focused primarily on the economy and job creation. But one prominent environment group in the Adirondacks says the governor's agenda falls short when it comes to green issues.

John Sheehan with the Adirondack Council says the governor should have addressed the deep staff cuts which have hit both the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Sheehan spoke on Friday with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capitol Pressroom.  Go to full article
Without the matching funds, the person who runs against a self-financed candidate would be dead in the water.

Cuomo calls for NYC-style matching-funds campaign finance system

Governor Cuomo called in his State of the State message for public campaign financing reform. He's looking to base campaign financing on a model currently in use in New York City. Proponents, including those who have studied the model as well as public finance systems in other states, believe it can work. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has that story.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo in the Adirondacks. NCPR file photo
Governor Cuomo in the Adirondacks. NCPR file photo

After Irene, Cuomo calls for revamped state emergency response program

Governor Andrew Cuomo used his state of the state address yesterday to lay out a broad new vision for improving emergency and flood response planning.

The governor called for dozens of flood-control projects to move forward. The plan drew praise from Adirondack leaders still reeling from tropical storm Irene. But as Brian Mann reports, towns say they also need more direct financial aid.  Go to full article
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Mixed response to Cuomo's State-of-State education goals

In his State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a new commission to reevaluate the state's education system. He wants improvements all down the line, from more efficient management, to teacher accountability, to student achievement.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor's call is getting a mixed response.  Go to full article
There are elements of political theater to this, sure. But theres an extent to which political theater can matter.

Buffalo looks for details of its billion

While Governor Cuomo's State of the State pledge to spend $1 billion dollars on Buffalo's economic recovery got a big splash, western New Yorkers are looking for details. And some think the money is far from a sure thing. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison has more.  Go to full article

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