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New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4126004276/sizes/z/in/photolist-7hARjL-g7DJZn-g9nRWg-g9nRoH-g9noDw-g9o3Mp-g7DJ1Z-g9nWqM-g9nioU-g9nuSy-g9nY2n-g9npsh-g7DUT1-g9o2yT-g9newK-g9o1tX-g7E8yu-g9o174-g9o3f2-ajkNj6-ajoAzh-ajoB6U-ajoAQ3-bQzVQK-7se9hY-bBFfdd-i8an4G-i8ah5e-bQzVXr-i8ajF5-i8akqG-4ernCN-bANXEn-de5hpK-7hWQRS-8V4mPS-6f1dHj-AQy16-9hZeM2-6Lifh5-7D7k2q-5G8MKz-czAarG-a1e79H-4G6fd7-4G6fg7-4G25up-bdgr9F-bdgqqc-2pQhDT-6QZJy3/">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: Matt H. Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Assembly votes to delay some Common Core provisions

The New York State Assembly has passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state's Common Core learning standards. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students and teachers.  Go to full article
The NY Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC): Senator Diane Savino, Senator Tony Avella, Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein, and Senator David Valesky. Photo: IDC
The NY Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC): Senator Diane Savino, Senator Tony Avella, Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein, and Senator David Valesky. Photo: IDC

Queens Democrat joins NYS Senate's ruling coalition

The ruling coalition in the state Senate has grown by one member. Democratic Sen. Tony Avella, of Queens, has left the minority Democrats to join the Senate's ruling coalition, the Independent Democratic Conference.

Avella is a progressive-leaning Democrat who's been called a maverick. He says he's become convinced he can get more accomplished by joining the IDC, which includes all of the Republicans and a few breakaway Independent Democrats.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stgermh/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

No consensus on prison college plan in Assembly

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed plan to fund college education for prison inmates doesn't have a consensus in the state Assembly, Speaker Sheldon Silver said Tuesday.

"It's always good to look at reducing recidivism," said Silver, who said he personally supports the governor's proposal. "Many of our members support this, and there are others who have expressed reservations."

The Speaker says he'll discuss the issue in a closed-door party conference in the coming weeks.  Go to full article
How will Gov. Cuomo's new budget plan actually impact how much property tax New Yorkers pay? Well, it's complicated. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07/5856941321/in/photolist-9VymAV-9Vynke-2SgvEj-a6nVRn-4QuRpr-dQ6vfn-cssr8b-6KSFLB-2pgAY9-88cmk-88cnD-ifXYRG-bmsT4u-9VB9gG-9Vyij6-pK5TN-7VHGAR-bGi9gP-bGi9vB-bGi9pi-bGi9Kg-5CLWT3-bvn9BA-bvn9FG-bvn9DU-bJgWcn-bJgWeD-bvn9CY-4qLQnz-StQqv-4iHTRm-8Sb3VN-6Rfw6N-7xBoCa-bvhFtG-8jpqA5-rCBfK-azfJfM-ezXUkt-67UDHm-5ehLEB-79H6wC-5M1Cx-9Q2Eyr-5ADaAn-25GFHk-4v73Jz-7a6Ngu-7a6Ncu-7a2Y96-8tmkyP">Images Money</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
How will Gov. Cuomo's new budget plan actually impact how much property tax New Yorkers pay? Well, it's complicated. Photo: Images Money, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo's plan to freeze local property taxes has lawmakers confused

The legislature has finished its hearings on Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, and legislators will start crafting a spending plan once they return from the President's Day break. One of the final hearings focused on the governor's tax cutting plans, and lawmakers had plenty of questions, especially about his plan to freeze local property taxes. Legislators at the hearing quizzed Governor Cuomo's tax commissioner on that plan. Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox admits it's complex.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/willia4/1404659376/sizes/z/in/photolist-398fi7-8qsmXC-8qskUN-8qsdZS-8qp4Mz-8qp6Dt-8qskw5-8qsedf-8qp51n-8qskHo-6JTJWs-cf4Wd-8qsev1-8qp7kc-8qp4gc-8qp7Kv-8qskhW-6WFbeN-6WFvUw-6WF8wQ-6WFx5W-6WF5Aj-6WFmxN-6WBB7t-6WF4Ds-6WB9Lr-6WBhJ4-6WEMoW-nranY-8jcWGr-6WBzmP-jkEHiw-8sZ2r4-6WETe3-6WAXqi-6WAZZM-6WAYHD-jRPPB-dhtdSE-6WBxNB-5vbfnS-ap8PTw-4uLHVP-5H49Dy-dR7Pi5-7e64j3-8n9vQm-cmFNP-ahspds-6fuGEB-7BGpw3/">James Williams</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: James Williams, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Could a new law "kneecap" NYS boutique wines?

Bottles of wine and spirits made in New York would have to sit in a New York state warehouse for up to 48 hours before they could be sold, under a new law being considered in Albany.

It sounds like a small thing, but for many wineries and distilleries, it's big.
In a letter this week, the Doolittles, of Frontenac Point Vineyard in Trumansburg, write the "at rest" legislation would make it prohibitively expensive for small operations to deliver wine to downstate accounts. They're part of a larger movement to defeat the bill.  Go to full article
Corn field. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/planmygreen/2675568751/sizes/z/in/photolist-55qZnH-bfofwD-dGNrkA-beYJnK-63LZ2U-8HDeJF-6GbW5-9YJvnJ-czRDem-6We4UA-eewiJV-4C3kF5-2646Jd-eewjQc-fMjAUL-beYM1n-4PyEtt-gUjULQ-2pSP5G-8zDeLm-cyUjpw-fsYiiv-5csq5g-2NwTUm-aGiKEt-4KyjvA-aixLKC-dpXLfz-bFt1zX-2u9i3q-3nJSPG-deoJxq-4VRPDZ-4CVnHk-JbVrz-8KkFPs-axMX7G-5aBFhp-5yRjVU-cSTXQN-4VgYUW-2Zg6mX-8ivjiQ-dnzy3J-d36eKN-4wJrq5-4Ehkv-512oKM/">Rastoney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Corn field. Photo: Rastoney, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GMO bill in NYS legislature is a big deal for the whole region

Sponsors of a bill now in committee in both the New York State Senate and Assembly that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs) say they hope they have better luck this year advancing the legislation, which died in committee late last session.

If the bill becomes law in New York, it would bring the entire Northeast closer to changing how it labels genetically modified foods. Similar laws have recently passed legislatures in Connecticut and Maine, but both laws are contingent upon several contiguous states also approving the legislation, so that food manufacturers would only have to alter their labels for one large Northeastern market.  Go to full article
Billy Easton, with the Alliance for Quality Education, speaks at a rally in Albany against Gov. Cuomo's budget plan. Photo by Karen DeWitt
Billy Easton, with the Alliance for Quality Education, speaks at a rally in Albany against Gov. Cuomo's budget plan. Photo by Karen DeWitt

Business happy with budget, educators not so much

Reactions are pouring in to Governor Cuomo's budget plan. They range from praise to criticism.  Go to full article

Empty legislature seats could stay empty til 2015

The New York State legislature now has eleven unfilled seats after one Assemblyman resigned over a sexual harassment scandal and another was expelled after being convicted of a felony. It could be another year before those seats are filled.  Go to full article

Cuomo tries again for anti-corruption reform

Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, once again called for a reform package to address corruption in the legislature. Last year, bills to crack down on bribery and enact public campaign financing were never passed.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Corruption commission hears more allegations

The second public hearing held by Governor Cuomo's commission to probe public corruption featured testimony from long time government reform groups. Many brought more evidence that they say shows potential corruption involving money and politics.  Go to full article

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