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Its not a philosophical debate. Its about saving money.

Citing high costs, local leaders support Cuomo's pension reform plan

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and mayors and county leaders from around the state came to the state Capitol to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's push for pension reform. They say they are "crashing and burning" under the rising costs. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Students from Canton's AP Government class after an assembly to explain state aid cuts to other students.
Students from Canton's AP Government class after an assembly to explain state aid cuts to other students.

Canton students led the way to Albany advocacy trip

What started as a field trip for a Canton Central School Government class has become a live-issue that has busloads of students, parents, and school officials headed to Albany Wednesday.

They're worried that Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal for school aid this year will mean huge cutbacks to their programs.

Cuomo has called himself the lobbyist for students. These were his comments during his budget proposal speech last month, talking about refocusing education on student needs, "This was not supposed to be about the adults, it was supposed to be about the children. It was supposed to be the best way to educate children, and respecting the tax dollar to do it."

Cuomo has proposed a 4.1% hike in education funding. But that still leaves Canton Central with a $2.5 million shortfall.

The students want the Governor to see how his budget is affecting kids in poor, rural districts. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
What we have seen in Albany over these last couple of months is a complete circus. We need to end the sideshows.

Federal court will redraw congressional district maps

A federal court is taking over the drawing of new congressional district maps in New York, after lawmakers failed to meet their own self-imposed deadline to draw new lines.

Lawmakers have already released new maps for Senate and Assembly lines. Now, a coalition that includes former State Attorney General Robert Abrams is urging Governor Cuomo to use a veto threat as leverage to win changes for next time. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
That is all about corporate CEOs driving an agenda that tells future [state workers] to give up hope of future security.

Cuomo says he's flexible on state employee pensions, to a point

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a step back Monday from his proposal to give new state workers the option of defined contribution 401k-style retirement plan. But the governor says without pension reform, local governments in New York could end up "bankrupt." Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Helping Hands of Potsdam director Tom Chapell and other volunteers unload a donation of firewood
Helping Hands of Potsdam director Tom Chapell and other volunteers unload a donation of firewood

Volunteers fill gaps left by social service funding cuts

As local, state and federal governments are looking for ways to do more with less money, demand for aid and services to the poor is increasing.

That's creating some gaps between government-funded organizations' missions and their means.

In St. Lawrence County, volunteer organizations are stepping in to fill some of those gaps--
And as Nora Flaherty reports, they're doing it by being creative--and harnessing local resources.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

Dryden court decision could open door for local fracking bans

A judge in Cortland County has upheld the Tomkins county town of Dryden's ban on gas drilling within its borders. As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, this is just the first step in what could be a long process.  Go to full article
Keene Valley Central School in Keene Valley, NY
Keene Valley Central School in Keene Valley, NY

State and teachers reach evaluations deal on Cuomo deadline day

Just hours before a deadline imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, state education officials and the teachers unions came to some agreements on a statewide teacher evaluation plan. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the story.  Go to full article
Former NY-20 Rep. Scott Murphy, member of NY Lead.
Former NY-20 Rep. Scott Murphy, member of NY Lead.

Bipartisan group says campaign finance reform good for democracy

A new bipartisan group is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for a change in the way New York State politicians finance their campaigns. The group--NY Lead--includes some big names in business, like David Rockefeller and George Soros's son Jonathan Soros...and former elected officials from the democratic and republican parties.

NY Lead is pushing for a public financing system, which it says will encourage candidates to fund their campaigns by getting lots of small donations. It's also calling for lower limits on individual and business contributions.  Go to full article

State, teachers unions strike a bargain on teacher evaluations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, teachers unions, and state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. have reached a statewide agreement on a tougher teacher evaluation system. Governor Cuomo said it's a great day for New York State's schoolchildren:  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County official says redistricting plans will "filet" county

A St. Lawrence County official says a redistricting plan proposed by the state legislature would give his county much less political say, by dividing it among four different state Assembly members and three senators. The county is currently represented by two of each.

The plan has drawn fire from good government groups who say the new political maps are unfair and biased, and from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has threatened to veto them.

St. Lawrence County Planning Director Keith Zimmerman and other county officials testified Tuesday at a hearing of the "LATFOR" redistricting commission in Syracuse.

Zimmerman told the commission the plan would make it hard for lawmakers to effectively represent the county.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Zimmerman Wednesday.  Go to full article

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