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Its not an ideal bill. But it will change the way the game is played in Albany.

New state ethics reform may make investigation harder, say critics

The New York State Senate is expected to vote on an ethics package when it returns from a break on Monday.

Some government reform advocates say the structure of a new ethics commission, agreed on by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders , may make it harder to actually investigate public corruption.  Go to full article

Cuomo seeks savings in smaller pensions

Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a new pension reform bill that would save money by offering diminished pension benefits to future state employees. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Former Vice President Cheney said it: 'freedom means freedom for everybody.' ...I want to encourage more families.

Former Republican chair lobbies for same sex marriage

Former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman is the latest to lobby wavering GOP state senators to pass legislation legalizing same sex marriage. Karen DeWitt reports Mehlman says same sex unions are consistent with Republican Party philosophy.  Go to full article
Marriage equality is the next chapter of our civil rights story.

Gay marriage supporters and opponents make last-minute cases

Governor Cuomo's goal of achieving a property tax cap took a big step forward in recent days, but his proposal to legalize gay marriage remains mired in the state Senate. With just 11 days left in the official legislative session, both supporters and opponents are making their pitches.  Go to full article
Were talking about a property tax cap, were talking about ethics reform and cleaning up Albany...We have a lot of work to do.

NY legislature faces busy agenda for remainder of session

The New York State legislature returns May 2nd, after taking half of the month of April off for spring break. As Karen DeWitt reports, they have a busy agenda in the remaining two months of the session, including a push for a property tax cap, and gay marriage. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany:  Go to full article

Cuomo and lawmakers consider mandate relief to cut costs

Cutting the cost of government was the theme at the State Capitol yesterday, as Governor Cuomo's panel on mandate relief met, and Senators proposed ideas to lower costs for schools and local governments. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Looking back at four "wild" years in NY politics

The past four years in state government were tumultuous, as New York got not one, but two new governors, witnessed a coup in the state Senate, and endured the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. Karen DeWitt takes a look back.  Go to full article

Top court nixes state senate recount

The state Court of Appeals has rejected a Democratic state senator's request for a full manual recount in his narrow loss to a Republican newcomer on Long Island. The ruling will return control of the Senate to Republicans with a 32-30 majority next month after two years of Democratic rule. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll: skeptical view of fixing Albany

One day after the State Senate's failure to approve a bail out bill for New York City's OTB, leaving nearly a thousand people out of a job, comes a poll that finds New Yorkers have little hope for fixing Albany anytime soon, even with the advent of a new governor, Andrew Cuomo, in January. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
This is a special session that I called as much to clear my conscience as anything else.

No deficit action in special Albany session

New York lawmakers decided not to address a $315 million budget deficit in their special session yesterday.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that's only making things worse. DiNapoli says the deficit is really three times greater than Governor David Paterson's $315 million dollar estimate. Inaction now, he says, means even deeper cuts will be needed in coming months.

Addressing the latest deficit was the main purpose of the special session called by Gov. David Paterson. Lawmakers say he didn't release a bill for negotiation until two hours after the session was scheduled to start. As Karen DeWitt reports, expectations weren't high.  Go to full article

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