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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Comptroller says budget mostly balanced, but new rules give Cuomo more power

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says that Governor Cuomo's budget is mostly in balance. But he warned yesterday that some proposals would give the governor too much power at the expense of other branches of government. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. (Photo by Mark Kurtz)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. (Photo by Mark Kurtz)

Two thirds of New Yorkers don't want to give lawmakers a raise, poll finds

Legislators haven't had a raise since 1999, and some, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have said recently that it's about time.

But a new poll finds a majority of New Yorkers don't think giving the state's top politicians a pay raise is a good idea right now. Neither do some of the North Country's representatives at the Capitol. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
That doesnt trouble you.. that people in the Inspector Generals office now will be able to gain access to tax records of state employees?

Cuomo Administration faces a flurry of criticism over access to tax records

The Cuomo Administration spent yesterday trying to put out fires after a newspaper reported that the entire staff of the Governor's Inspector General's office had been deputized to examine the private tax records of any state employee, including legislators.

The inspector general's office and the state tax department have quietly drawn up an agreement that allows employees in the office to obtain the tax records of more than 200,000 state workers, as well as contractors doing business with the state.

Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
There are a number of talented people who I think are underpaid.

Silver: Current lawmaker salaries could "attract a lesser quality" of candidate

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to advocate for a pay raise for state lawmakers. Silver says it's time for them to see their wages increase for the first time since 1999.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in Lake Placid this week. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in Lake Placid this week. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

DEC chief brings Cuomo budget to Lake Placid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to come to Plattsburgh this morning. He's bringing his budget message to the Warren Ball Room, in the Student Center at SUNY Plattsburgh at 10:30 am.

Senior Cuomo staffers have fanned out across the state to talk about the budget.
The state's top environmental official was in Lake Placid Wednesday afternoon.

Joe Martens, spoke to a small crowd of local politicians, tourism officials, government employees and business owners. Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
DiNapoli warned officials not to be "overly optimistic."
DiNapoli warned officials not to be "overly optimistic."

Comptroller DiNapoli delivers bleak news about New York's economy

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with a report on the state of New York's economy, and the news is bleak. The Comptroller's numbers show that the already sluggish economic recovery in New York is losing momentum. The slowdown began in the second half of 2011, and is expected to continue into 2012, says Comptroller DiNapoli. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo tells counties he'll meet them halfway on mandates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the "Battle of Albany'' is on.

And in the first skirmish of what's expected to be a long fight, Cuomo is putting the pressure on teachers and their unions.

Speaking yesterday, he said that if negotiations between the unions, the state Education Department and school districts on tougher evaluations for teachers and principals fail, he'll impose his own Feb. 16. Under law, a governor may try to enact policies in budget bills.

The governor spoke at the annual meeting of the state Association of Counties, trying to drum up support for his proposed budget.

The county leaders were pressing for relief from state-mandated costs. Cuomo said he would meet them half way in providing mandate relief by helping to defray health care and future pension costs.

But, as Karen DeWitt reports, he told the county officials it's up to them to do the rest.  Go to full article
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas

Douglas: county stretched thinner than ever

Mandate relief--especially on Medicaid costs--was at the forefront of many county leaders' minds at the annual meeting this week of the New York State Association of Counties.

In his budget address January 17th, Governor Cuomo laid out a plan for the state to take over increases in Medicaid costs over the next few years--but some county leaders say that's not enough.  Go to full article
NY's DNA databank is part of the national CODIS system
NY's DNA databank is part of the national CODIS system

DNA database expansion draws local support

The state Senate has emphatically passed legislation that would expand New York's criminal DNA database. The bill would require people convicted of all crimes, including misdemeanors, to submit DNA samples to the state's DNA databank. Currently, only someone convicted of a felony, or certain types of misdemeanors, is required to submit a DNA sample.

Senators voted 50-10 Tuesday to pass the DNA Databank Expansion Bill. As Chris Morris reports, the bill has a lot support, but it could be tested in the Assembly.  Go to full article
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Silver pushes for minimum wage hike, worries about pension changes

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is continuing to push for his bill to increase the state's minimum wage. The Speaker is also expressing reservations about Governor Cuomo's plan to offer an option of 401k-style retirement plans for future state workers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

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