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Cuomo preps "blueprint for action"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his first State of the State speech this afternoon at 1:30. The new governor is expected to mix tough prescriptions with notes of optimism as he lays out details on how he plans to tackle the state's fiscal crisis.  Go to full article
NYS Senator Betty Little (R) Queensbury
NYS Senator Betty Little (R) Queensbury

Little praises Cuomo

As Andrew Cuomo prepares to give his state of the state address this afternoon, the Democrat is drawing strong praise from Republican state Senator Betty Little.

Little says she thinks Cuomo understands that New York State is in a major crisis and needs major changes in Albany -- and here in the North Country.

Little, a Republican from Queensbury, represents all or parts of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties.  Go to full article

Scozzafava has role in Cuomo local gov reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced yesterday afternoon that former North Country Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava will serve as Deputy Secretary for Local Government in his Department of State.

In that role, Scozzafava could find herself at the center of some of Albany's biggest debates over the next year.

Cuomo campaigned on "reform in Albany." And he promised to push for the downsizing and consolidation of local governments across New York.

One of the new administration's top agenda items is a 2 percent property tax cap for local governments and school districts.

Speaking yesterday to the Watertown Daily Times, Scozzafava said she was "very excited to work with the Cuomo administration as he sets forward to rejuvenate this state."

Scozzafava, a Republican, has been hugely popular in her Assembly district, but is also a controversial figure in North Country politics.

She dropped out of a 2009 special election for the 23rd district House seat after facing stiff opposition from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.
She later endorsed Democrat Bill Owens in that race, and again in his reelection bid this fall. She also endorsed Cuomo in his gubernatorial campaign.  Go to full article
It has to be more than symbolism... It has to be action and results.

Cuomo leading "by example"

As the new year, and a new administration begins, New York State is facing a deficit now estimated at $10 billion.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to outline an "emergency" plan to address the red ink tomorrow in his state of the state address. He gave a preview over the weekend, announcing he'd seek wage concessions from state worker unions.

Cuomo says he'll lead "by example" - and yesterday, he gave himself a pay cut.
And in another sign of what could be a new era in Albany, state Senate Republicans took steps to make their offices more accessible to the public.
Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Workers remove barriers at the state capitol Saturday. Photo: karen deWitt.
Workers remove barriers at the state capitol Saturday. Photo: karen deWitt.

Cuomo (Mario) to Cuomo (Andrew)

Saturday's inauguration marked a return to the governor's office for the Cuomo family. New Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally took possession of the office he became so familiar with when he was the trusted deputy of his father, former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo.

New York Public Radio's Karen DeWitt was on hand for the first Cuomo era, and has has reported on events of the intervening years and administrations. She talked with Martha Foley about the changes in Albany, and the new vibe at the capitol as the second Cuomo era begins.  Go to full article
New Governor Andrew Cuomo cuts a symbolic barrrier to his 2nd floor offices at the capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt..
New Governor Andrew Cuomo cuts a symbolic barrrier to his 2nd floor offices at the capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt..

Cuomo promises openess, public trust

Andrew Cuomo is now New York's 56th Governor. In a simple ceremony before around 200 family, friends, and top aides at the State Capitol, he vowed to restore trust in government. Karen DeWitt was there.  Go to full article
Andrew Cuomo campaigning.
Andrew Cuomo campaigning.

New governor, new pledge for reform

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo made reform one of his key campaign promises, a pledge he repeated when he claimed victory with 63% of the vote on election night in November.

"The mandate tonight is to clean up Albany," Cuomo told a room crowded cheering supporters, "...and to have elected officials who represent the people of this state, and not the special interests and not the lobbyists."

Our Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt looks at how he might accomplish that.  Go to full article
2010's most controversial politician?
2010's most controversial politician?

Year's Top Political Story: Gibson captures 20th, Hoffman sparks controversy in 23rd

As we make our way through this final week of the year, Brian Mann has been checking in with his five picks for the top stories of 2010.

In 2010, politics dominated much of the headlines, with the midterm election tossing out some of the North Country's most prominent incumbents. Democrats fared poorly overall, with state Senator Darrel Aubertine and Representative Scott Murphy losing key races.

But according to Brian's year-end wrap-up two political figures emerged as the most memorable.  Go to full article

Cuomo's plan for NY red ink

When Andrew Cuomo is sworn in as governor of New York State Saturday, he faces some huge challenges. Tops on the list: the state's $10 billion dollar s in red ink.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the new governor's plan includes freezing spending, and taxes.  Go to full article
We were dairy farmers... It simply was a decision I made to protect my husband.

Sayward, Duprey defend pension loophole

Two North Country lawmakers are defending their decisions to take state pension payments while staying on in the Assembly.

Earlier this week, the Plattsburgh Press Republican reported that Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward and Janet Duprey are among a number of state representatives who will retire from office effective Dec. 31 -- and then promptly go back on the state payroll Jan. 1. That allows them to collect state pension checks while also receiving their pay as members of the Assembly.

It's called "double-dipping" and officials with watchdog groups like the New York State Public Interest Research Group say taxpayers have a right to be angry. Sayward and Duprey defend their double payments, and say the practice is a common one for people whose careers move from one publicly-funded job to another. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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