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Courtney Burke heads New York's Office for People with Developmentan Disabilities
Courtney Burke heads New York's Office for People with Developmentan Disabilities

Commissioner touts new protections for people with disabilities

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new state agency, designed to protect people with disabilities living in instutions or assisted-living facilities across New York.

Yesterday, Courtney Burke, who heads the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, traveled to Plattsburgh to promote the idea, which is now being considered by the state Assembly. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Itís not a philosophical debate. Itís about saving money.

Citing high costs, local leaders support Cuomo's pension reform plan

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and mayors and county leaders from around the state came to the state Capitol to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's push for pension reform. They say they are "crashing and burning" under the rising costs. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Governor David Paterson (NYS)
Governor David Paterson (NYS)

Paterson proceeds with lay offs

Governor David Paterson, who has entered his final 100 days in office, says he'll lay off 2000 state workers. As Karen DeWitt reports, he has not ruled out the possibility of calling a special session of the legislature to cap property taxes.  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

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