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Pre-K, Dream Act, campaign finance in NYS budget negotiations

Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislative leaders, following a two-hour closed door meeting with Cuomo, seemed in high spirits. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos gave his often times rival Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a hug.  Go to full article
William Rapfogel (left), with Speaker Silver. Photo via <a href="">Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty</a>
William Rapfogel (left), with Speaker Silver. Photo via Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Husband of top Silver aide fired amidst criminal investigation

There's more bad news for people with ties to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. And it's putting pressure on the Speaker's ability to keep his post.

The husband of a top aid to the Assembly Speaker has been fired from his job at a top New York City not-for-profit organization, and is under criminal investigation by the State Attorney General.  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Sexual harrassment scandal persists in Albany

The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics is scheduled to meet Monday amid a growing legislative sexual harassment scandal. The commission isn't issuing an agenda and won't confirm the scandal has been or will be discussed in the board's closed-door sessions.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, met privately last week to consider its role in a sexual harassment scandal involving Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The New York Times reported on a leak from JCOPE that the ethics commission had voted not to probe the secret settlement authorized by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. But good government groups protested.  Go to full article

Cuomo: Lawmaker raises a good idea, but not right now

Governor Cuomo is lending some support to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's proposal to raise the pay of state legislators. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, the governor says now might not be the best time.  Go to full article

Legislative leaders announce resolutions on most--not all--issues

As the legislative session drags on, it seems an end may be in sight. The senate and assembly leaders have announced a "tentative framework agreement" with Governor Cuomo to resolve all the remaining end of session issues- except- gay marriage. Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article
Itís the fox guarding the henhouse. It doesnít work.

Leaders still apart on ethics reform

One of the top issues of the post budget session is ethics reform.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he and Governor Cuomo have an understanding on legislation. But the governor says he's not quite there yet. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Silver continues to push tax on millionaires

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he hasn't given up on extending the state's tax on millionaires, even though it was not a part of the recently approved state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
When so many of us are being asked to sacrifice, the wealthy should indeed also help in the solution of our stateís budget problems.

The tough budget: will the rich be spared?

One month before the state budget is due, support to continue a so-called millionaire's tax in New York seems to be waning, with the Assembly Speaker saying the likelihood of retaining the temporary income surcharge on the state's wealthiest is "poor." Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Carl Paladino meets reporters in Albany yesterday. Photo by Karen DeWitt
Carl Paladino meets reporters in Albany yesterday. Photo by Karen DeWitt

Paladino vows to shake up Albany

The newest Republican candidate for New York governor -- Carl Paladino -- brought his campaign to the state capitol yesterday.

When he announced his run Monday in Buffalo, he promised to shake up. And yesterday he had tough talk for some of the insiders, notably legislative leaders and his likely opponent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Paterson starts delaying tax refunds

Governor David Paterson is delaying state income tax refunds by about two weeks for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to make sure the state has enough cash on hand to meet financial obligations. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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