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NY Senate GOP Pressures Assembly Dems on Property Tax Cap

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Republicans in the Senate and Assembly are stepping up the pressure on Assembly Democrats to approve Governor Andrew Cuomo’s two-percent, across-the-board property tax cap for schools and local governments.

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Cuomo Can Play Both Sides in Rent Regulation Debate

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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In Washington, dinner party conversations revolve around politics. In New York, it’s real estate. And that conversation is reaching a fevered pitch as the June 15th rent regulation laws are set to expire, giving tenant advocates cause for alarm that the deadline will come and go without an agreement in Albany that strengthens their cause.  

In this debate, Governor Cuomo’s deep ties to both tenant groups and the real estate industry are positioning him as a power broker.

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Cuomo's Popularity Gets a Boost Following Budget Deal: Poll

Monday, April 11, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo's already-high approval rating got a boost in the wake of the budget deal, a new poll shows. The governor, who marked his 100th day in office on Sunday, had his approval rating increase to 73 percent —  up from 69 percent in March, according to the results of the Siena College poll released Monday.

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Transportation Nation

BREAKING: Cuomo Says He'll Rein in Placard Abuse

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

When we reported on this last week, the Governor was, essentially, mum.  But now he says he'll act to contain abuse of parking placards by government officials.

From the Associated Press:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects to overhaul the use of placards that some politicians have used on their cars to avoid parking tickets in New York City.

Cuomo says he'll act on recommendations from his inspector general, who's expected to release her report soon. The placards placed on dashboards are issued by the state Homeland Security Department.

Cuomo says Wednesday he suspects the placards proclaiming the car is parked "for official police business" have been misused by some elected officials and state workers for 15 to 20 years. They are used to snag a good parking spot without fear of a ticket.

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Next Up: Maintaining Ethics in Albany

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

With the budget out of the way, Albany is turning its attention to new ethics rules for legislators. Governor Cuomo and Speaker Sheldon Silver say they’ve worked out a deal, helped in part by scandal after scandal after scandal in the New York statehouse.

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Cuomo's On-Time Budget Could Have Long-Term Repercussions

Monday, April 04, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo scored a major victory when he convinced the state legislature to approve a budget that closed a $10 billion dollar gap through cuts to health care and school aid. But some think the spending plan could have negative repercussions for the governor later on.

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The Empire

How the Majority Leader Frames Budget

Thursday, March 31, 2011

On the same day Albany lawmakers passed an on-time budget for 2011-12, two of the three men in the room opted to issue their postmortem statements using online videos. The first came from Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, this morning.  Now, the New York State Senate is putting its spin on what it all means.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos framed

For the past two years, when state government was controlled by the Democrats, New Yorkers were hit with late budgets that increased spending and taxes and drove jobs out of the state. We promised to put an end to that dysfunction and restore fiscal sanity cutting taxes, reducing spending and creating jobs.  The budget we passed two days before April 1st deadline fulfills those promises.

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Cuomo's Medicaid Medicine Going Down Pretty Well

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Folks in healthcare in New York recognized also that outside of New York there is also a conservative extreme in American politics that really wants to dismantle our governmental  programs, so candidly, while there were big cuts in New York, if you look at the glass half full, this was Democrats, Republicans, Governor and legislature coming together essentially to affirm a modified, a reduced but nonetheless a very comprehensive fifty billion dollar Medicaid program in New York.

 Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Millionaire's Tax Giveback Proves No Progressives in Albany

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If our "leaders" in Albany pass a budget that gives back $4.6 billion to the wealthiest residents of state - a state which already suffers extraordinary wealth disparity - it will say only a little about our governor, and much more about a weakened political culture in New York that has allowed our state to stray from its progressive past.

Governor Andrew Cuomo never pretended to like the income tax surcharge on New Yorker's wealthiest residents. During his campaign, he never claimed he'd extend it. Once elected, he made clear his intention to let it lapse. So it's no surprise that he worked out a budget deal that doesn't include it.

It's not a shock. But it is an outrage.

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WNYC News

Ahead of Budget Deadline, Cuomo Points to Power Shift in Albany

Monday, March 28, 2011

As the days count down to the April 1 budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo is making clear to lawmakers that the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government has shifted.

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The Empire

Did You Bet On An On-time NYS Budget?

Monday, March 28, 2011

This might just be your year!  But don't put all your chips on the April 1st deadline just yet.

Sure, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that lawmakers a reached a $132.5 billion dollar budget framework yesterday. But today's when all when legislators start hashing out the nitty-gritty details of the budget bills and there are plenty of people who'd like to see some changes to the budget in its final form.

Take New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,  who issued a statement yesterday calling the plan, "the largest cut in state aid to New York City ever."  In its current form, the budget deal cuts total state spending spending by $10 billion, and does not raise any new taxes.

The city was seeking $600 million in funding from the state. Bloomberg had asked the state to reduce pension costs and relax other mandates. Right now the city says the current deal provides only $200 million of the funding (leaving a $400 million dollar hole).

At a press event on taxi fuel standards, Bloomberg told reporters that he did not know all the details of the budget, "but I know enough to be concerned. What I know is that less of our taxpayers' money is going to be coming back to the city."

The Mayor went on to call the city, "the jewel in the state's financial crown."

"We're the one that's generating the money," said Bloomberg, "and if we don't keep making investments and improving the quality of this city, then we aren't gonna provide the money that the rest of the state depends on."

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver praised state lawmakers' efforts in the face of dire economic times.

"I think given the economic circumstances that have taken place in this state, we've done the best we can, we've made restorations to various programs in the city as well as the state. Hopefully as time passes and this economy recovers, we'll be able to do better.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the budget deal looks promising and applauded the potential for a budget that was balanced and on time (only the third time that's happened in more than 25 years).

But DiNapoli said there are some “vulnerabilities” in the framework agreement, including reliance on uncollected taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian lands to balance part of the budget, and a plan to shrink the state prison system by 3,700 beds without naming the actual prisons.

“We need to see the details, we need to see the specifics. And then we need to monitor,” said DiNapoli.

A spokesman from Cuomo's office issued a statement defending the deal saying it includes, "shared sacrifice from communities across the state."

The statement also charged that the city’s Department of Education budget has a $300 million dollar surplus.

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Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree to Tentative $133 Billion Budget

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a budget plan that cuts spending by nearly $10 billion dollars, and does not raise any new taxes, scrapping proposals for a continued tax on the state’s millionaires.

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Local Governments Nervously Watch Cost Shift from Albany

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo hung the responsibility of passing a budget squarely on the shoulders of lawmakers in a video message to New Yorkers on Wednesday. “Either the legislature will pass, or will fail to pass, the state budget that I have proposed,” Cuomo said in a video on his website. “The budget that I proposed does what you sent me here to do. It closes a $10 billion deficit with no new taxes.”

That’s no new taxes at the state level. But with cuts to municipal and county budgets in the offing, some of those costs may be passed straight to local property tax bills, which are already among the highest in the nation.

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The Empire

NRC to NY: You're #1

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) pledged to make the Indian Point nuclear power plant its top priority in its review of the seismic risk at 27 nuclear plants throughout the country.

At the request of the Cuomo Administration, the NRC has agreed to a cooperative review of Indian Point as a joint effort between the NRC and New York State.

The decision came after Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy met with NRC officials today to discuss the seismic risks facing Indian Point, after new research shows the power plant could be more susceptible to earthquakes than first thought.

Since the crisis surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, Cuomo has called for a new investigation of Indian Point's emergency preparedness and evacuation plans for the surrounding area.

Lt. Gov. Duffy and Gov. Cuomo announcing results of NRC meeting. (Karen Dewitt)

More from the Governor's statement about the NRC meeting:

As a result of the meeting today at NRC headquarters in Maryland between Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Director of State Operations Howard Glaser, and top NRC officials, the NRC has also agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding that will:

  • Share federal data regarding seismic risk specific to Indian Point with New York technical experts.
  • Include New York experts as part of the NRC on-site inspection team that will evaluate Indian Point with regard to seismic risk.

In addition, NRC Chair Greg Jaczko has agreed to conduct a personal site inspection of Indian Point with New York officials.

"It is essential that the NRC move quickly to answer the significant and long-standing safety questions surrounding Indian Point," Governor Cuomo said. "We appreciate the NRC agreeing to move swiftly and we look forward to working closely with them on this issue to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers."

"I thank the NRC for hosting us today and for recognizing the legitimate concerns that exist regarding Indian Point," Lieutenant Governor Duffy said. "Seismic activity is a serious concern regarding the facility and we will now work with the federal government to make sure we get answers for the people of New York."

Indian Point is located in Westchester County, within fifty miles of where more than 20 million people live and work. Among its other structural and safety flaws, the facility is situated near a fault line and concerns have been raised about whether it was designed to withstand the seismic activity that could result from an earthquake.

Governor Cuomo has long been an opponent of Indian Point and has worked to prevent the federal relicensing of the facility. Governor Cuomo and senior officials will continue to work with the NRC to monitor the status of Indian Point and protect residents.

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Teachers Raise a Ruckus Outside Capitol

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teachers gathered on the lawn of the state Capitol today to protest Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, which would cut close to $1.5 billion from education.

The protest is part of an ongoing P.R. battle between advocates and the Cuomo administration, as they vie for support from the public and lawmakers.  Meanwhile, the budget clock keeps on ticking - 10 days until April 1!

Teachers rallying against Gov. Cuomo's budget. (Karen Dewitt)

Karen Dewitt caught up with NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi for this quick Q&A:

Q: Cuomo's lecture that he delivered last week, he said it's all a game. It's an empty threat, you're playing a game. Schoolchildren aren't going to be hurt if he cuts the school aid.

NYSUT: When you look out at the people who are demonstrating here today, the teachers, the parents the children, you see the thousands that showed up, a thousand in William Floyd on Sunday, 500 in Watertown, a thousand in Binghamton, all over the state. It's teachers with parents and children talking about whats being taken away from those children. This is not a game, it's serious business. I know the governor understands its serious business. We have to get to a budget that takes care of New Yorks children.

Q: Are there savings that could be achieved through efficiencies as he said? Cutting administrative costs?

NYSUT: I am in total agreement with the governor, that efficiencies in the administration, efficiencies in terms of what can be done at the local level must be looked at, but our position is that with those efficiencies and with the kinds of things that have been going on that have tried to share the sacrifice, there will still be a gap and that's the gap that has to be filled, remains unfilled. And the only way that gap is going to be filled is with the choice of revenue and those revenues are the millionaires tax.

Q: Is the $200 to 300 million that the legislature wants to restore going to be enough? And do you think thats going to happen the way things are going?

NYSUT: Well we very much want to say thank you to both the Assembly and the Senate in terms of starting the process, but clearly the two house bills that are out there now are not enough. And what we have to do is to get to a combined budget with larger numbers that winds up on the governors desk and then Im confident that the governor will make the right choice.

Q: Would it be ok with you if the budget was late, would it be worth the wait to get more school funding in the budget?

NYSUT: A better budget is always the right choice rather than a budget that lays off people, eliminates programs and hurts kids.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Rips Critics of Education Budget Cuts

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The fight between Governor Andrew Cuomo and school districts flared up Thursday when the governor delivered a stern lecture to schools that have complained about the proposed budget cuts to education — ripping critics for playing a "game" and issuing empty "threats."

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Cuomo Reiterates Concerns about Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said he's concerned over a report that one of the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant along the Hudson River is on an earthquake fault line, and is checking into the matter.

Cuomo said it was a "surprise" to him that a federal study, first reported on MSNBC, finds Indian Point may be the nuclear plant most susceptible to possible damage from a massive earthquake in the nation.

One of the reactors is built very near an earthquake fault line.

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The Local Politics of Closing Nuclear Power Plants

Monday, March 14, 2011

While nuclear power has enjoyed a resurgence of bipartisan support in Washington — like in this 2009 op-ed from Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) — the local politics around nuclear energy have remained charged. In both New Jersey and New York, leaders have been looking for exit plans for their decades-old nuclear plants.

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Assembly Set to Spar with Senate, Cuomo Over Malpractice Caps

Monday, March 14, 2011

The State Senate and Assembly are expected to pass their versions of the state budget Tuesday, kicking off budget negotiations in earnest.

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New York Redistricting: All for Reform, and Reform for None

Friday, March 04, 2011

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First comes census numbers, then comes the redistricting battle. In New Jersey, a tiebreaker’s been brought in to settle the scuffle between jockeying Republicans and Democrats, while in New York, New York lawmakers in Albany and Washington are preparing for the fight.

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