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Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office

Cuomo pumps up North Country in big speech

Governor Andrew Cuomo's state of the state speech returned again and again to North Country issues yesterday, talking about economic projects from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake.

Local leaders were thrilled to see this rural area and its issues at the center of the governor's agenda.

One of Cuomo's biggest policy proposals, downsizing local governments, will be a tough sell in this rural area, where government paychecks are a big part of the regional economy.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Catholic lobby disturbed by Cuomo's Womens Equality Act

Governor Cuomo's proposal for a Women's Equality Act has been praised by many legislators and women's groups. But not everybody is applauding.  Go to full article
Without the matching funds, the person who runs against a self-financed candidate would be dead in the water.

Cuomo calls for NYC-style matching-funds campaign finance system

Governor Cuomo called in his State of the State message for public campaign financing reform. He's looking to base campaign financing on a model currently in use in New York City. Proponents, including those who have studied the model as well as public finance systems in other states, believe it can work. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has that story.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo in the Adirondacks. NCPR file photo
Governor Cuomo in the Adirondacks. NCPR file photo

After Irene, Cuomo calls for revamped state emergency response program

Governor Andrew Cuomo used his state of the state address yesterday to lay out a broad new vision for improving emergency and flood response planning.

The governor called for dozens of flood-control projects to move forward. The plan drew praise from Adirondack leaders still reeling from tropical storm Irene. But as Brian Mann reports, towns say they also need more direct financial aid.  Go to full article
We are driven by the business of education, more than achievement in education.

Mixed response to Cuomo's State-of-State education goals

In his State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a new commission to reevaluate the state's education system. He wants improvements all down the line, from more efficient management, to teacher accountability, to student achievement.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor's call is getting a mixed response.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry

Cuomo wants $2 billion to modernize power corridor to North Country, Quebec

Governor Cuomo's agenda for the coming year includes more than $20 billion for capital projects aimed at boosting the state's infrastructure.

One of the big ticket items is a $2 billion plan to develop new high tech utility lines designed to feed electricity from producers in the North Country and Quebec to consumers downstate. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
We’re sending a strong message New Yorkers aren't confident horizontal hydrofracking can be done safely.

Anti-Hydrofracking protestors gather outside State of State

More than 100 protestors opposed to hydrofracking gathered in the Empire State Plaza Wednesday outside the auditorium where Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address, chanting "no fracking way!"  Go to full article
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R)
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R)

Ritchie praises State of the State Address

Cuomo's speech drew praise from North Country Republicans. Freshman Republican Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush of Jefferson County said Cuomo's tax cutting message was "on point."

New State Senator Patty Ritchie, also a Republican, gave the speech high marks.  Go to full article

As the state faces nearly $8B in debt, conservatives propose deep cuts to public spending

New York State begins the New Year nearly broke, and with plenty of challenges ahead. One think tank is offering some answers to get the state out of its financial bind.

A new report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy lists specific--and often politically dicey--proposals, including canceling millions of dollars in unused pork-barrel spending. Some of the initiatives would hit public workers. The center proposes a wage freeze for teachers and state workers, and caps on school aid and Medicaid spending. It also proposes selling state-owned golf courses and ski resorts as well as its off-track betting agencies.

The report comes just as the governor is preparing to deliver his state of the state address, opening the new legislative session tomorrow. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

North Country reps give Paterson good marks

There were no specifics for the North Country in the State of the State message, but Gov. Paterson got mostly positive reviews from the region's delegation in Albany. Martha Foley has reaction.  Go to full article

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