Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":
See if you can follow this thread… Does New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie – who we are trying to land an interview with – support the plan to expand gambling on Port Authority land?
It’s an important question since in part, that land is owned by the Port Authority of the State of NY & NJ. It would seem unlikely that the Governor of New Jersey, home to a well-established gambling destination, Atlantic City, would support a proposal that could draw tourists away from the Garden State. Here’s another question about the land that Genting is looking to expand on: Will NYRA, the New York Racing Association support such a move? They also own part of the land that the Port Authority doesn’t. NYRA has been on the sharp end of the Cuomo Administration’s stick on several occasions. In addition, today we may see the results of an audit done by the Comptroller’s office on NYRA. As you may know, the Comptroller and the Governor haven’t seen eye to eye on pension reform.
Today NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joins us to discuss his own priorities for this session, as well as offer up his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s budget initiatives, including pension reform.
Meanwhile, the Governor did not provide money for foreclosure relief in his budget, although he did assign Ben Lawsky the job of forming a foreclosure commission to look into the problem. Is that enough? We hear reaction from Kirsten Keefe, senior staff attorney with the Consumer Housing, C.A.S.H. and Community Development Unit in Empire Justice Center’s Albany office as well as Hilary Lampishaw, housing counselor at TRIP/ NeighborWorks Alliance NYS.
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