New York’s departing Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch gave a blunt assessment of his term in office Thursday. Speaking at a Rockefeller Institute forum, Ravitch said he didn’t feel like he accomplished very much during his time serving under Governor David Paterson.
A bill to bail out New York City’s Off Track Betting parlors was defeated in the State Senate, leaving New York’s racing industry in “turmoil,” said the chair of the OTB board, Larry Schwartz. He is pulling the plug on the operation at midnight Tuesday.
The New York State Senate is returning to the Capitol for another special session on Tuesday. They are hoping to approve a bill to bail out New York City’s bankrupt Off-Track Betting Corporation, but some senators say the rest of the state needs to be included as well.
New York Governor David Paterson is taking time these days to reflect on his unexpected turn at the helm of New York’s government. He took the post abruptly in March 2008 when Eliot Spitzer resigned. A widely-liked Senate Democratic Leader before he ran with Spitzer, Paterson watched his relations with the legislature deteriorate as his tenure as governor wore on.
The New York State Legislature met in a special session called by Governor David Paterson, but failed to act on the governor's bills to close the latest $315 million budget gap.
New York State’s already grim budget picture could be made even worse by some changes at the federal level and the new Congress. The state has at least a $10 billion structural deficit, and the current governor’s budget director predicts that some state services will have to end altogether if trends continue.
The state’s Republican Party suffered some major blows in this month’s elections, losing the governor’s office and all other statewide posts. But the GOP did make gains in the legislature that could leave the party with a power base in charge of the State Senate and deprive Democrats of a veto-proof majority in the Assembly.
A Siena College poll finds that New Yorkers are hopeful that Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo can solve some of the problems that have been facing the state for years, including job losses and the state’s $9 billion dollar budget deficit.
It could be weeks, if not months before its known which party controls the State Senate. Democrats, who are trailing in two of three disputed races, have requested a detailed recount in districts in Buffalo and on Long Island.
Following a meeting with current governor David Paterson Thursday, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo said he will be naming a transition team within days and will begin an inventory tour of state facilities.
In the midst of a busy election day, more bad news about New York state's budget was overshadowed. Governor David Paterson’s budget director Robert Megna said a new $315 million budget gap has opened up midway through the fiscal year. He said it’s largely due to the continuing recession, which has created lower than expected tax collection revenues and higher spending on Medicaid and other social services due to higher unemployment rates.
Governor David Paterson says 898 state workers will receive layoff notices, a move that has angered unions that didn't expect job losses before the end of the year. Paterson says the layoffs will be concentrated in several agencies, including the Departments of Corrections and Parks and the State Police.
Governor David Paterson says 898 state workers will receive layoff notices, a move that has angered unions that didn't expect job losses before the end of the year.
The campaign for state comptroller has focused on two images that New Yorkers seem to like the least these days -- Albany's corrupt political culture and Wall Street titans. Both candidates in the race are tarring one another with these associations.
Candidates for Attorney General of New York Eric Schneiderman and Dan Donovan squared off in a debate held Monday at WAMC public radio studios and co-sponsored by the Albany Times Union.
Environmental groups are calling on Gov. David Paterson to reinstate his Environmental Commissioner, Alexander "Pete" Grannis. He was fired yesterday, after a memo critical of the governor's plans for his agency was leaked.
Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino did not engage one another during a wide ranging televised debate that included all seven candidates in the race.
Major party candidates for Governor Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino did not engage one another during a televised debate, that included all seven candidates in the race. They also mostly ignored numerous jabs from the five minor party candidates who were also present on the debate stage.
Government reform groups say the next election cycle presents the best chance yet for redistricting reform that they say would put an end to gerrymandered state legislative districts.
The first poll to look at statewide Senate races finds that Democrats may be struggling to retain their hold on the State Senate in November.