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Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti corruption bills at the state Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti corruption bills at the state Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY Senate Democrats push for campaign finance, ethics reforms

Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state's campaign finance system say the U.S. Attorney's investigations into a panel controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures. Democrats in the Senate introduced a package of bills that they say would lessen special interest influences in politics and curb some ongoing abuses.  Go to full article

Vermont health care group says most small biz covered

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The group implementing the new health insurance system in Vermont says 75 percent of small business employees in the state are enrolled in a Vermont Health Connect plan for next year.

The Department of Vermont Health Access says the figure includes Vermont small business employees and their dependents affected by federally-mandated health care reforms come.  Go to full article

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Photo: NYS Senate
Photo: NYS Senate

Cuomo wins some, loses some at end of session

Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.  Go to full article
If they are embarrassed, it's on them. What we're saying is, "keep your promise."

Dems push NY GOP on ethics reform

New York State Senate Democrats are trying to put majority party Republicans on the spot over ethics reform. They are demanding permission from the GOP for hearings on various proposals. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Now that the budget's done we have to focus in on property taxes, mandate relief and the pension.

Budget passed on time, work continues in Albany

Before Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers could even complete a victory lap over the on - time state budget, there's already talk at the State Capitol about what's next on the agenda. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The legislature never wants to change the system because this is about protecting them.

Cuomo proposes independent redistricting panel

The process of redrawing lawmakers' districts based on new census figures can be one of the most vicious activities in politics. Governor Cuomo wants to take politics out of the process. He has introduced a bill that would create a bi- partisan panel to redraw legislative and congressional district lines. But so far, leaders in the State Senate and Assembly are non-committal. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
There are discussions ongoing. Do we have an agreement yet? No.

Bumpy road for ethics reform in Albany

Tensions over an ethics reform bill that's being negotiated in private between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders spilled into the open this week, as finger pointing began over which side was holding up the legislation. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah (Photo:  NYS DOH)
Dr. Nirav Shah (Photo: NYS DOH)

New health chief promises health system reform

New York State has a new health commissioner. Dr. Nirav Shah previously ran a rural health system in Pennsylvania, and he has a record of reforming large health care systems.

Speaking after his swearing in yesterday, he said his first task is to preside over the organization of the state's most expensive in the nation Medicaid system.
Karen DeWitt reports:  Go to full article

Scozzafava has role in Cuomo local gov reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced yesterday afternoon that former North Country Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava will serve as Deputy Secretary for Local Government in his Department of State.

In that role, Scozzafava could find herself at the center of some of Albany's biggest debates over the next year.

Cuomo campaigned on "reform in Albany." And he promised to push for the downsizing and consolidation of local governments across New York.

One of the new administration's top agenda items is a 2 percent property tax cap for local governments and school districts.

Speaking yesterday to the Watertown Daily Times, Scozzafava said she was "very excited to work with the Cuomo administration as he sets forward to rejuvenate this state."

Scozzafava, a Republican, has been hugely popular in her Assembly district, but is also a controversial figure in North Country politics.

She dropped out of a 2009 special election for the 23rd district House seat after facing stiff opposition from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.
She later endorsed Democrat Bill Owens in that race, and again in his reelection bid this fall. She also endorsed Cuomo in his gubernatorial campaign.  Go to full article

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