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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
SUNY Plaza, Albany
SUNY Plaza, Albany

New grant monies a challenge for SUNY

Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaning on New York's network of public colleges to play a bigger role in economic growth and he's proposing to provide the resources to do so.

But there could stiff competition for those funds, as the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article
Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald Trump. Photo: Roswell Park
Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald Trump. Photo: Roswell Park

Roswell park faces state cuts, lobbies for alternatives

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute relies on $100 million in taxpayer funding each year. Governor Cuomo wants to zero out that budget line for the Buffalo research facility by 2014.

As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, Roswell officials accept that state funding will likely be reduced. They fanned out through Albany this week trying to work out the best deal possible.  Go to full article

Redistricting task force fields charges of gerrymandering

The Legislative task force on redistricting held its first meeting Monday since new proposed maps were released. Lawmakers heard numerous accusations that the new lines were "gerrymandered." And as Karen DeWitt reports, they say the proposed maps are not set in stone.  Go to full article
It sounds pretty complicated and it sounds pretty far reaching.

Executive control language in budget causing uproar among state legislators

A one paragraph clause in Governor Cuomo's budget has caused some concern among state lawmakers over the separation of powers between the governor and the legislature. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Cuomo: Lawmaker raises a good idea, but not right now

Governor Cuomo is lending some support to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's proposal to raise the pay of state legislators. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, the governor says now might not be the best time.  Go to full article
Were going to wind up with seniors who are going to become dependent on [public] assistance.

Government employee reps grill Cuomo budget head on proposed retirement plan

Governor Cuomo's budget director faced some tough questions yesterday, as he testified before a legislative hearing. Lawmakers grilled Robert Megna on the defined benefit pension system for state workers the governor has proposed. Karen Dewitt has this report from Albany.  Go to full article
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to be a partner to the state. Photo: Karen DeWitt
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to be a partner to the state. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NYC a partner, upstate cities want help

Mayors from across the state came to the Capitol to testify to a joint legislative fiscal committee on Governor Cuomo's proposed budget. While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went out of his way to offer support to the governor and for his budget plan, upstate mayors cities begged for a bail out.  Go to full article

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