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Former Rep. Kathy Hochul will be Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul will be Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Cuomo's pick for Lt. Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor in a video address to delegates at the Democratic State Party convention on Long Island. The announcement of former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll finds Cuomo continues to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.  Go to full article
Gov. David Paterson. Photo: <a href="">David Shankbone</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Gov. David Paterson. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY's first black governor recalls March on Washington

This week America is remembering and reconsidering one of the most influential moments in our nation's history. Fifty years ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech before 250,000 people on The National Mall in Washington, DC.

One person who thought he was going to be there - but wasn't - was a 9 year-old David Paterson. Paterson went on to become New York State's first African American Governor.

Paterson sat down with Albany correspondent Karen Dewitt to share his memories of that day and how it shaped his life.  Go to full article
Former Gov. Paterson talks with reporters (Photo: PSC)
Former Gov. Paterson talks with reporters (Photo: PSC)

Former Gov. Paterson opens up on life (and baseball) after politics

During a brief trip to the Adirondacks, former New York Governor David Paterson said his successor is doing a great job in Albany.

Paterson was the keynote speaker Sunday as Paul Smith's College graduated its 64th class.

Following commencement, Paterson spoke candidly about a variety of subjects, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Adirondacks, and making a guest appearance on New York City sports radio.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
Former Governor Paterson at Paul Smiths College (Photo courtesy of Kenneth Aaron, PSC)
Former Governor Paterson at Paul Smiths College (Photo courtesy of Kenneth Aaron, PSC)

Paterson presses graduates to overcome challenging time

Former New York Gov. David Paterson was in the Adirondacks over the weekend, where he addressed graduates of Paul Smith's College. Paterson, who inherited a massive budget crisis, urged students to reverse the "poor judgments" that led New York state into a deep recession. Martha Foley reports.

(Chris Morris provided reporting for this story.)  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

Paterson fined over Yankees tickets

Governor Paterson has been fined over $62,000 by the state's ethics panel, which accuses him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his son's friend and aides, then lying about it in a cover up. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Executive order boosts NY agriculture

David Paterson may be on his way out as Governor. But he's trying to leave a legacy to New York's farmers. Last week, Paterson signed an executive order to promote sustainable farms and protect agricultural land. Paterson said the order would benefit New York's "long-term economic and environmental prosperity."

The order will leverage state government's huge purchasing power to help New York's $4 billion a year agriculture industry.

To help us understand what the executive order actually means, David Sommerstein spoke with Agriculture commissioner Pat Hooker.  Go to full article
Former DEC commissioner Peter Grannis
Former DEC commissioner Peter Grannis

Grannis says DEC cuts leave NY environment vulnerable

Former Assemblyman and Conservation commissioner Peter Grannis is blasting the Paterson administration for what he describes as careless and hasty decisions to cut the DEC's staff. In a public radio interview this week, Grannis argued that Paterson's top aides didn't understand the DEC's complicated mission and were unwilling to look at alternatives to widespread layoffs. Martha Foley has our story.  Go to full article

Albany DA to decide whether to prosecute Paterson for perjury

It's now up to the Albany County District Attorney to decide whether Governor David Paterson should be prosecuted for perjury, following a report that found Paterson misled an ethics panel over payment for tickets to a Yankees World Series game. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tribes on cigarette tax

Indian tribes are banding together to fight New York's attempt to collect taxes on tobacco sold at native-owned stores. Billed as an historic gathering of the six nations that make up the Iroquois Confederacy, chiefs from the Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Tuscarora Nations met outside Rochester today.

In a joint statement, they called New York "a foreign nation". And they called the Paterson Administration's move to collect cigarette taxes on reservations "an effort to erode our sovereignty."

The meeting comes a day after the Seneca Nation sued New York in U.S. District Court to block the tax collection.

Paterson says the taxes would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the cash-strapped state. The tax collection is scheduled to begin on September 1st.

The last time New York tried to collect the tobacco taxes on native lands, members of the Seneca Nation burned tires on the New York State Thruway, shutting down New York's main east-west highway.  Go to full article

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