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Albany Comes Up Short on Main Issues

The state legislature yesterday ended its 2004 regular session. Governor George Pataki and the legislature have come to agreement on a few minor bills. But as Karen DeWitt reports, the major issues remain undone.  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury

As Session Ends, Senator Little Eyes Taxes, ATVs & Casino

New York's legislature is log-jammed over a court-ruling that is expected to reshape school funding in the state. Here in the north country, school districts and local governments are funded largely by property taxes. Brian Mann spoke with state Senator Betty Little, who says property taxes have risen to crisis levels. She passed two bills this session aimed at shifting some of the burden to sales taxes.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver announced that he'll block the casino compact this session, as part of an effort to push Native casinos in the Catskills. Speaking with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Senator Little says the Akwesasne casino's future is "precarious".  Go to full article

Deal Could be Near to Release Member Item Funds

Not-for-profit groups may be one step closer to getting money promised to them from the New York State legislature's budget following a meeting between Governor Pataki and legislative leaders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislative Session Ends With Whimper, Not Bang

New York State lawmakers ended their 2003 session with few major agreements. Karen DeWitt wraps up the last minute action from Albany.  Go to full article

Assembly Leader Hopes to Wrap Up Legislature Next Week

New York's Assembly Speaker says he hopes to resolve the remaining
issues of the legislative session rapidly over the next few days, and says the continuation of talks has not been effected by the arrest of his top aid on rape charges Wednesday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Legislature Restores Education Funding

The New York State legislature is still passing budget bills, as Governor George Pataki continues to condemn the lawmakers and threaten retribution. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports. (4:47)  Go to full article

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Budget Battle

The annual budget battle took a turn for the worse yesterday in Albany. Martha Foley talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about the deepening split between the governor and the legislature, and the consequences.  Go to full article

Rural Advocates Oppose State Funding Cuts

A coalition of programs and agencies known as the Rural Preservation Program faces funding cuts up to 55 percent. Advocates say the cuts, and a proposed restructuring threaten community development and housing programs vital in rural New York. Martha Foley talks with Nancy Berkowitz of Rural Advocates.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Question Proposal to Close State Psychiatric Hospitals

State lawmakers grilled New York's Mental Health Commissioner over the proposed closure of five psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner James Stone testified at a joint hearing of the legislative budget committees. Karen Dewitt was there and has more on the story.  Go to full article

NYC Mayor Asks State Lawmakers for Fiscal Help

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg asked the joint fiscal committees of the state legislature to help him close a $3 billion budget deficit. The mayor received no concrete promise of aid, and was met with opposition to his idea to impose a new commuter tax. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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