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Cuomo, leaders admit some unfinished budget issues

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.  Go to full article

Lawmakers beat the NYS budget deadline

Lawmakers hustled to finish work on the nearly $140 billion dollar state budget before the midnight deadline. It provides tax relief for homeowners and businesses, and expands pre-K statewide.

But the spending plan is not without some controversy.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/96336086@N00/4683415185/">Erik Leenaars</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Erik Leenaars, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY attorney general sues FedEx over cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) The New York state attorney general says FedEx Corp. has cost the state more than $10 million by unlawfully shipping contraband cigarettes to consumers.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made the allegation Monday. He announced the state has joined a federal lawsuit that New York City officials brought against the high-speed mail carrier in December.  Go to full article
Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. Source: NYCLU
Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. Source: NYCLU

NY college for inmates to remain privately funded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A senior official says Cuomo administration plans to expand college classes for New York's prison inmates will be privately funded and not financed by taxpayers.

The administration official, who declined to be identified publicly under the terms of a background briefing with reporters, says Monday it's not part of the proposed state budget, noting lawmakers' opposition to spending state money.

However, he says nonprofits and foundations are interested.  Go to full article

Comptroller: Public campaign financing plan has "serious flaws"

New York state's Comptroller says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is seriously flawed, and might even be unworkable.  Go to full article
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, released to public domain
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, released to public domain

Top NY lawmaker expects to do "well" for education

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Legislature's top Democrat says he expects to do "well" funding education and pre-kindergarten and cutting property taxes across the state in the new budget.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, following late afternoon meetings with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate leaders, says he may be able to attach numbers to his predictions Friday.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany still stuck in budget talks as the week ends

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went today.

Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by midday Friday, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said details on many issues have not been resolved.  Go to full article
Everything is being discussed.

Pre-K, Dream Act, campaign finance in NYS budget negotiations

Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislative leaders, following a two-hour closed door meeting with Cuomo, seemed in high spirits. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos gave his often times rival Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a hug.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders at a Veterans and Military Families Summit last week announced an agreement on legislation to award six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/13291500255/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders at a Veterans and Military Families Summit last week announced an agreement on legislation to award six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

NY Legislature OKs contracting goal for veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Legislature has approved a goal of 6 percent state contracting with companies owned by service-disabled veterans.

The bill passed by the Senate and Assembly creates a state procurement unit to develop and coordinate a statewide plan that promotes contracting by state agencies with those companies.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Education hasn't improved under Cuomo, poll finds

Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, rallied Monday in Albany. They made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within the public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.  Go to full article

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