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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

Leaders look to lower property taxes

Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders say they will try to curb the growth of property taxes. The Democratic governor says high taxes are driving people out of New York. Paterson is seeking ideas from Assembly and Senate leaders that can become law this session, which ends in late June.
But Republicans wondered why the governor is addressing property taxes NOW - after the budget is complete, including $10 billion in added spending, taxes and fees and the elimination of school property tax rebate checks.  Go to full article

SUNY board votes for tuition hike

The SUNY Board of Trustees voted for a tuition hike this week. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Paterson supports more spending cuts

Governor David Paterson says the state's deficit continues to grow. He's pressing hard for more spending cuts in a special legislative session planned for next month. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Unfinished business threatens senior services

A key issue left hanging at the close of the 2008 legislative session was reform of Industrial Development Agencies across the state. As Karen DeWitt reports, not for profit groups that run nursing homes and senior citizens centers say that's left them in limbo, unable to borrow money and complete $2 billion dollars worth of projects.  Go to full article

Paterson: New York has to cut spending

Governor Paterson says the Division of the Budget and key members of his staff will begin work on proposals to reduce future state spending, with an eye toward cutting nextyear's budget by 10 percent. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Lawmakers try to bring in budget on time

Gov. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate leader Joe Bruno emerged from closed door meetings last night to announce agreement on a new budget. There's a race on today to get budget bills printed and passed by the midnight deadline. Gov. Paterson is getting wide praise for changing the climate in the capitol to allow progress in the negotiations. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Spitzer says he'll work with legislative leaders

Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer met with leaders of the legislature Monday for the first time since elections. All promised to work together to end the gridlock that has plagued Albany for the past several years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tupper Powerline Spurs Constitutional Change

Time is running out in Albany on a plan to amend New York's constitution to allow a new power line to follow Rt. 56 through the northern Adirondacks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Make Last Minute Progress

State lawmakers have reached a number of new agreements, as the legislative session winds down. They reached deals on issues ranging from criminal justice to credit card penalities. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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