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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

State of the State address focus on job creation, accountability, reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a State of the State message yesterday that focused on job creation...through infrastructure repair, expanded gambling, and energy improvements.

The governor said he'll also take on the education community in his second year in office--and demand greater accountability. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry

Cuomo wants $2 billion to modernize power corridor to North Country, Quebec

Governor Cuomo's agenda for the coming year includes more than $20 billion for capital projects aimed at boosting the state's infrastructure.

One of the big ticket items is a $2 billion plan to develop new high tech utility lines designed to feed electricity from producers in the North Country and Quebec to consumers downstate. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Behind every mandate is a special interest, and its very hard to know which mandate we can go after and eliminate.

Skepticism as governor says it's time for mandate relief

During his state of the state speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it's time the state provided mandate relief to local governments.

This is welcomed news to many in the north country. But some are concerned it could be only a token gesture.

Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

SOS gives prison system a pass

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke only briefly about the state's correctional system during his speech yesterday. Last year, his administration mothballed seven prisons, none of them in the North Country. Cuomo called that an important accomplishment. "We closed 3800 prison beds," he said, "because we finally realized prison operation is not economic development."

But the governor didn't call for any further prisons to be closed. After the speech, state Senator Betty Little of Queensbury said she thinks further prisons closures are off the table for now. That's good news for North Country prison towns from Moriah to Ogdensburg that had faced calls for prison downsizing.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo during Wednesday's address. Photo: Marie Cusick.
Governor Andrew Cuomo during Wednesday's address. Photo: Marie Cusick.

What will Cuomo's agenda mean for the North Country?

The governor's State of the State address was notably high-energy, and he laid out a lot of proposals that will be playing out over the coming months. Brian Mann is a keen Albany watcher, and he joined Nora Flaherty on the line to talk about the speech and how it might affect the discussion here in the North Country.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew gave a rousing, multi-media State of the State address.
Gov. Andrew gave a rousing, multi-media State of the State address.

Cuomo plans another ambitious year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the agenda for another ambitious year, delivering a rousing, multi-media state of the state speech to the joint legislature today.

Tops on the list: the biggest convention center in the nation, to be built at Aqueduct racetrack in New York City.

He promised another round of round of regional economic development grants too, and $1 billion in incentives for businesses in Buffalo.

He supports an "energy highway" -- a $2 billion private sector plan to transmit power from upstate New York to the metropolitan area. He'd also convert old power plants to reduce pollution and promote solar energy production through a rebate program.

Cuomo wants to make more capital available to farmers, expand the "FreshConnect" farmers' market program, and establish distribution hubs for produce around the state.

The governor put some big ideas on the table along with the specifics. He wants to "re-imagine" state government, with public hearings on mandate relief, a commission to transform of public education and a revamped emergency management system.

Also on the list: campaign finance reform, tax reform, a constitutional amendment allowing non-Native casino gambling, and an Office of New Americans.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo delivering his 2011 state of the state message.
Gov. Cuomo delivering his 2011 state of the state message.

Second term priorities expected in State of the State

Governor Cuomo will deliver his second State of the State message today. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor faces continued budget deficits, and a soft economy as well as a looming redistricting deadline.  Go to full article
PEF President Ken Brynien speaks at the rally held Tuesday at the former Occupy Albany encampment. Photo: Karen DeWitt
PEF President Ken Brynien speaks at the rally held Tuesday at the former Occupy Albany encampment. Photo: Karen DeWitt

State employees' union head says workers have already given enough

With Governor Cuomo scheduled to give his state-of-the-state address Wednesday, advocacy groups rallied in Albany Tuesday, at the site of the former Occupy Albany encampment. They pressed the governor for action on hunger, poverty and health issues.

The state Public Employees Federation was one of the groups there. And as Karen DeWitt reports, that union's president is warning Cuomo not to ask state workers for more givebacks in the state budget.  Go to full article

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