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Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Activists webcast Assembly meetings during Sunshine Week

Government reform activists took their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.

To mark what's known as Sunshine Week, to promote a more open government, the activists took their smart phones into several Assembly Committee meetings, and using simple software, pressed record and streamed the proceedings live on the Internet.  Go to full article
Conservative Doug Hoffman
Conservative Doug Hoffman

In 23rd race, Hoffman and Owens haven't disclosed financial ties

John McHugh has been confirmed as Army Secretary. That means the battle for his North Country House seat is shifting into overdrive. One of the most contentious issues in this special election is the financial background of the three candidates. Republican Dede Scozzafava has faced intense scrutiny for her investments in Wisebuys and Hacketts. But Conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens are drawing fire for failing to file financial disclosure forms required by Federal ethics laws. Brian Mann has our story.  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

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