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With word of Senator John Sampson’s arrest on corruption and embezzlement charges, it’s impossible to ignore the sense that New York’s Democratic Party is in need of a serious intervention. Yes, Republicans have been vulnerable to...
Correction: This post originally said that the Vermont legislature had passed the migrant workers’ driver’s license legislation. In fact, that legislation hasn’t passed and is still in the legislature. Hello! Today from our...
At a press conference today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded to reporters that he doesn’t have the votes in the Senate to pass his Women’s Reproductive Health Act. But he says he’s still trying. Reporter Karen Dewitt asked the...
Julie Grant provided most material for this blog post. A couple stories on the new NY SAFE act from NCPR’s newsroom this morning: Brian Mann reports on court challenges to the law, and Chris Morris reports on North Country counties passing...
News stories tagged with "legislature"
Mar 16, 2006 — Most of the state budget negotiations center on how much money lawmakers want to put back into programs cut by the governor. But state Senator Ray Meier and a colleague propose a different approach -- limiting the revenue side. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Feb 17, 2005 — A state court has ordered New York's legislature to spend 5.6 billion dollars more each year to improve New York City's crumbling public schools. Governor George Pataki has promised to appeal the ruling. School officials around the North Country worry that increased funding for the city would mean fewer dollars for rural districts. Now the group that brought the lawsuit, known as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, is working to convince upstate education leaders that their districts won't pay the price for rebuilding schools in the city. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh. Go to full article
Nov 04, 2004 — Democrats in the State Senate picked up two seats from the Republican Majority, and two more Republican Senators remain locked in races that are too close to call. The Democrats also gained one position in the New York State Assembly. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Oct 28, 2004 — The 2004 legislative session ended with the latest budget in state history, as state Senators and Assembly members failed to meet the deadline for the 20th year in a row. The lawmakers also were unable to answer a court order to reform school funding, and ethical scandals plagued the legislature. Now, as all members of the Senate and Assembly face re-election, reform is the number one issue in legislative campaigns. Karen DeWitt takes a look, in the first of two reports, at who is advocating change, and what shape possible reforms may take. Go to full article
Oct 01, 2004 — State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has announced a new task force to reform the rules of the Senate, to open up the process. Bruno's action comes a few days after several Assembly Democrats made a proposal to reform the Assembly's practices. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Aug 24, 2004 — One of Governor Pataki's biggest line-item vetoes targeted a quarter-billion dollar grant meant to help hospitals fund capital improvement projects. The Governor also cut 12 million dollars which the legislature had budgeted for struggling nursing homes. But as Brian Mann reports, the health care industry won a big victory by blocking deep cuts to Medicaid. Go to full article
Jun 25, 2004 — While some bills, including the one ratifying the Akwesasne Mohawk casino compact, passed at the last minute, the list of things that didn't get done this session in Albany is long: education and Medicaid funding overhauls, reform of the Rockefeller drug laws and of the state's voting system. And on top of all that, the state budget is late for the 20th straight year. David Sommerstein talked with NCPR's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt yesterday about what many observers are calling the worst year in Albany ever. Go to full article