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Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Gov. David Paterson vetoed the legislature's package of ethics reform, saying it "does not go far enough in addressing the corrosive effects of outside influence and internal decay," that he says plagues "Planet Albany".
Earlier in the day, the governor spoke of his concerns about the bills.
"I think we can do ...
Friday, January 22, 2010
Gov. David Paterson says despite growing calls for him to not seek a full term he’s staying in the race.
Republican Scott Brown's upset win in the Massachusetts Senate race has led to a drumbeat of Democrats calling for Paterson, who is underfunded and struggling with low poll ratings, to step ...
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The New York State legislature has approved an ethics reform package but the bills don't go as far as Governor Paterson would like. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.
REPORTER: The bill strenghtens the notoriously weak legislative ethics commission, requires greater disclosure of lawmakers outside income, and makes it easier for ...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Saying that this is "not a budget of choice, but of necessity", Paterson proposes closing a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid, health care and state agencies by more than one billion dollars each.
"Our revenues have crumbled, and our budget has crashed," said Paterson. "We can no longer afford ...
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Gov. David Paterson is proposing a $134 billion budget that cuts schools, health care, and state agencies and would impose new taxes on cigarettes and soda pop.
Saying New York faces an "inevitable fiscal reckoning," Paterson would close a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid by $1 billion, and health ...
Saturday, January 16, 2010
New campaign filings show Governor Paterson has a fraction of the cash that his potential primary opponent Andrew Cuomo has on hand. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Governor Paterson says he'll stick to a self-imposed cap on state spending when he releases his budget this month, and even promises to generate a surplus that can be given back to New Yorkers in the form a property tax credit. But the governor is still pushing hard to raise ...
Monday, January 11, 2010
Governor David Paterson says he's raised enough money to run for governor, despite reports that potential rival Andrew Cuomo may have raised millions more.
Campaign contribution filings are not required to be made public until January 15, but Governor Paterson is already saying he'll raise enough money to launch a credible ...
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Governor Paterson is expected to focus on ethics reform...during his State of the State address this afternoon. The speech comes during the state’s worst fiscal crisis in decades...and as the governor struggles to make a comeback for an election campaign. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The state comptroller says he's identified nearly $100 million in Medicaid fraud.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says three separate audits uncovered a number of mistakes in Medicaid payments and overcharges that, he says, needlessly cost taxpayers $92 million. One of the most egregious errors involved a Poughkeepsie woman who collected $196,000 for ...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Education groups hoping to stop Gov. David Paterson's move to withhold payments to schools this month have filed a lawsuit. The state's school board, superintendents, and teachers union claim the governor has violated the constitutional separation of powers.
Kevin Casey with the School Administrators Association says voters in school districts approved ...
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Governor Paterson says he'll take the weekend to look over his options before deciding which payments to postpone or curtail to prevent the state from running out of cash later this month. Karen DeWitt reports:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Future employees of the state of New York will get less generous retirement benefits, now that Gov. David Paterson signed into law a bill creating a new pension tier.
Paterson says the state can no longer afford to be as generous with pension benefits as it has in the past and ...
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Albany may approve ethics reforms, now that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been convicted on federal corruption charges. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.
REPORTER: Senator Dan Squadron, a Democrat who's sponsoring ethics reform legislation, says the conviction of the former senate leader for hiding tens of thousands of dollars ...
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Former New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says he plans to appeal his conviction on two counts of federal corruption. A jury also found him not guilty of five other counts. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.
REPORTER: The jury agreed with the prosecution on two of the charges, which claimed ...
Friday, December 04, 2009
A new quarrel has opened up between Governor Paterson and state senate Democrats. They say his plan to unilaterally cut payments to schools and local governments this month is unconstitutional. Karen DeWitt reports.
REPORTER: Governor Paterson has wasted no opportunity to condemn the legislature's budget-balancing package approved this week, saying it ...
Thursday, December 03, 2009
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York was defeated in the State Senate, 38-to-24, with no Republicans voting in favor of the measure. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.
REPORTER: Supporters expressed bitter disappointment and the sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Duane, said he was betrayed by Republican ...
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
State lawmakers are hoping to pass bills today that help close a large part of the budget deficit. Karen DeWitt has more on the plan Governor Paterson reluctantly agreed to yesterday.
REPORTER: Legislative leaders had characterized the settlement as a deal in private meetings with their party members, but Governor Paterson ...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Governor Paterson has given the state legislature an ultimatum - either vote on his deficit-closing plan, or give him the authorization to fill the gap himself. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.
REPORTER: Governor Paterson in a pre-taped message billed as a special address to New Yorkers said he'd submit his bills ...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
After three weeks of testimony that included over 500 exhibits and 70 witnesses, jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Senate Leader Joe Bruno will begin deliberations this morning. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.
REPORTER: Government lawyers compared Bruno to a schoolyard bully throwing his political weight around in his ...