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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his budget address in January.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his budget address in January.

Cuomo hits back at critics

Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat this week. That's after a series of actions that have been criticized as consolidating more power for the executive branch, at the expense of the legislature and even some other statewide office holders. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  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
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

On first day back, some bipartisanship in legislature--but not on redistricting

The New York State legislature had its first official day back yesterday. On its first official day of business the legislature acted in a show of bi- partisanship, to divest the state of investments in Iran. But Democrats and Republicans in the Senate continue to argue over redistricting. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report:  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo delivering his 2011 state of the state message.
Gov. Cuomo delivering his 2011 state of the state message.

Second term priorities expected in State of the State

Governor Cuomo will deliver his second State of the State message today. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor faces continued budget deficits, and a soft economy as well as a looming redistricting deadline.  Go to full article
Todd and Michelle Asselin raise free range livestock and work day jobs.
Todd and Michelle Asselin raise free range livestock and work day jobs.

Farmers Under 40: Big and Small, We Need 'Em All

There's no doubt farming's a volatile industry. With grain and gas prices constantly fluctuating, and more and more consumers searching for low prices, it's no wonder the number of farms has dropped. Last summer, NCPR traveled the North Country looking for the next generation of farmers. This week, we're listening back to some of the stories we found.

The key to farming since the 1970s has been to go big with a few cash crops, search out efficiency, utilize technology and produce more from each acre.

Some young farmers want to do it their own way. They want to stay small, avoid mainstream distribution and maybe grow organic. These new farmers face different challenges from their traditional predecessors, but they can't avoid the economics. Steve Knight tackled the knotty subject of farm economics.  Go to full article
This wasn’t supposed to be a get-out-of–jail-free card.

New state ethics law just the beginning, say some

Governor Cuomo signed into law new ethics oversight legislation, but some say the measure is flawed, and that there is still work to be done to fight corruption in government. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Any downsizing of the congressional representation in upstate New York should at the very least begin in western New York

Redistricting task force hears regional concerns

The state task force that will draw up new electoral maps in New York State was in Syracuse yesterday to begin a string of public hearings.

New York's losing two congressional seats because of population losses reported in the last Census.

As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports, the task force, known as "Latfor", heard all about why neither of those seats should come from the districts that span central and northern New York.  Go to full article

Congressman Bill Owens: "Cut, Cap and Balance" a "waste of time"

Lawmakers are voting today on a Republican measure to increase the government's borrowing limit and maintain America's "Triple A" credit rating. The House's GOP majority is backing a "cut, cap and balance" plan that would allow the U.S. to borrow some $2.4 trillion.

But first, politicians must agree to big spending cuts that will go into effect almost immediately. Republicans also want a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. North Country Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat, says he won't support the plan. He spoke with Chris Morris.  Go to full article

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