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NYS School Board Association: Schools, tax cap on "collision course"

A study by the New York State School Boards Association finds three quarters of the state's school districts would have exceeded the new 2% property tax cap, had it been in effect for the current school year budget. The group predicts that the new tax cap and schools are "on a collision course." In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Theres not enough focus on the students and actual education and performance.

Cuomo wants the focus on students

The Board of Regents proposal would give 73% of increased state aid to high-need districts. That could help North Country schools, which are among the poorest in the state.

As Martha Foley reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports changes that would send more money to the neediest districts, but he wants to put students front and center as the conversation about aid to schools goes forward.  Go to full article
APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Photo: Brian Mann
APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Photo: Brian Mann

APA chair Ulrich says building "peace table" will bring progress in Adirondacks

Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo named Lani Ulrich from Old Forge to head the Adirondack Park Agency. She replaces Curt Stiles, who stepped down over the summer. Ulrich has served on the APA commission for seven years and also spearheaded the formation of a new group called the Common Ground Alliance, that has worked to defuse some of the Park's most controversial debates.

She sat down Wednesday with Brian Mann for her first in-depth interview since taking over as chair. Because of legal restrictions, Ulrich declined to answer questions about the Adirondack Club and Resort project now under review by the Agency. But she says it is time to think big about how the regulatory agency can tackle big issues that face Park communities and the environment.  Go to full article
This is partially due to the recent episodes, obviously.

Law would require sex abuse reports from coaches

Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation that would require coaches at high schools and universities to report suspected incidents of child sexual abuse. As Karen DeWitt reports, the bill is in response to the alleged sex abuse charges against Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine.  Go to full article
I expect a much more rigorous and robust enforcement of the state ethics laws.

Cuomo, leaders name new state ethics commission

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders named 14 people to the newest version of the state ethics commission Monday. The new agency is charged with enforcing ethics in state government. It will oversee and investigate compliance by lawmakers. It will also monitor statewide elected officials as well as executive branch and legislative employees.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, by law begins its work on Tuesday.  Go to full article
For this new reality that were facing, I think these are the best decisions.

Cuomo's about-face on taxes could do him political good

When Governor Cuomo convinced the legislature to pass a new temporary income tax surcharge on New York's wealthiest, it was an abrupt policy change from the anti-tax views that the governor had advocated as recently as October. But, As Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo's reversal will likely do him more political good than harm.  Go to full article

Behind the scenes of Albany's busy week

Last week was a big one for policy-makers in New York's capitol city.

Lawmakers passed a reset of the state's income tax code, including higher taxes on the wealthy and a break for the middle-income earners. It was a change of position on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's part. It also required a reversal -- almost unanimous -- from Republican legislators.

Then came a slick celebration to announce the winners of major regional economic development awards.

Presiding over all was Cuomo, just approaching the end of his first year in office. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt joined Martha Foley to talk about how the politics and the policies fit together.  Go to full article
Put up the sign 'New York open for businesses.' We know what you thought about us. And its not true.

All regions have a share of "transformational" awards

The projects announced yesterday share almost $800 million in state aid to help companies expand, locate or stay and to boost employment. It was part of a Cuomo Administration initiative to change both the image and the reality of New York's business climate.

Ten regions competed to propose the most promising and cost-effective plans. All 10 regions were awarded some share of the funds, and a second round is coming soon. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Win or lose? NC anticipates economic development announcement

Today in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo will unveil results of a statewide competition designed to boost economic development. Ten regional councils, including one here in the North Country, developed economic plans designed to boost jobs and private industry. The announcement will be made this morning at a major event at the Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Brian Mann was on his way there when he talked with Martha Foley about the competition and what it could mean for the North Country, win or lose.  Go to full article
Maybe Shelly Silver, the speaker, is raising taxes, but were cutting taxes.

Republicans and Dems spin the new tax bill

New York lawmakers piled on last night to approve an overhaul of the state's income tax rates. First, the Republican led Senate voted 55-0 for the measure. The Assembly followed with a 130-8 vote.

The measure was backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It will increases taxes on millionaires, but give 4.4 million middle-class residents a rare break worth $200 to $400 a year.

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says it's the first rate reduction for middle class earners in 50 years. But conservative critics say New York will continue to have one of the nation's highest tax rates, and New York City residents will pay the highest rate in the nation.

The deal required a change of mind for most of the lawmakers who passed it last night, and for Gov. Cuomo, who had promised to "freeze" taxes during his campaign last year. As they gathered for the vote yesterday, lawmakers were busy portraying the deal in the best possible light. Critics complained about the hasty, behind-closed-doors process. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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