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Backroom talks yield deals on divisive issues

The New York Senate and Assembly approved new electoral district lines, as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced agreement on a number of other unrelated issues yesterday. Advocates immediately called the deal on the new lines an assault on voter rights.

The redistricting announcement last night came as backroom talks yielded agreements on expansion of the state's DNA data base, pension reform, and an amendment to allow more gambling in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo surveys the damage from Hurricane Irene, August, 2011
Governor Cuomo surveys the damage from Hurricane Irene, August, 2011

NY State will help farmers pay to replace feed, crops damaged in Irene and Lee

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will give $950,000 in additional recovery aid to New York farms affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo delivering his budget address, January 2012
Governor Cuomo delivering his budget address, January 2012

Cuomo, unions go head to head on Tier VI pensions

Public worker unions have gone on the offensive against Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed new pension tier, invoking class warfare. Meanwhile the governor is warning that if there's no resolution, thousands of local government employees will be laid off.  Go to full article
My trust level is low, my skepticism is high.

Cuomo: Constitutional amendment won't fix redistricting

The legislature is poised to pass a redistricting package that includes a constitutional amendment to change the process in the future. But Governor Cuomo says the current proposal is still not good enough. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
If we could deal with the $200 million, that's a quick fix, but it does not fix the larger issue.

Parents react to Senate plan to funnel aid to rural schools

State senator Patty Ritchie says the latest budget proposals are good news for poor and rural districts - but some north country parents say lawmakers aren't going far enough.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget plan, $250 million in state education aid was funneled toward competitive grants. Ritchie says the Senate proposal funnels $200 million of that to districts that need it most.  Go to full article

Reform groups wrangle over redistricting constitutional amendment

Government reform groups are badly fractured over a proposed constitutional amendment poised for passage in the legislature to change the state's redistricting process. Some say it's the best deal that can be obtained and will represent some reform. Others say it's an unacceptable step backwards. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Not only would it not be reform, it would be regression.

Critics say constitutional amendment won't fix redistricting

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are crafting a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan panel to draw new legislative and congressional district lines after the next census in 2020. But critics say in its present form, the proposal won't accomplish its goal. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Proposed NYS Assembly and Senate district lines may be redrawn by court.
Proposed NYS Assembly and Senate district lines may be redrawn by court.

Federal court may redraw state legislative lines, as deadline draws near

It's coming down to the wire on redistricting in New York. A federal court has already usurped a gridlocked state legislature and drawn new congressional lines. Now it's on track to redraw state legislative lines, too, if the Assembly and Senate do not agree on a bill by March 15th. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo says he'll push through pension changes if legislature won't agree

Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to force pension reform through the state legislature if it doesn't agree to his proposals as part of the state budget. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services

Cuomo administration cracks down on out-of-network healthcare bills

The Cuomo Administration is cracking down on insurance companies and health care providers who stick patients with unexpected out of network service bills. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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