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Legislature Restores Cuts, but Paterson Wields Veto

Monday, June 28, 2010

On Monday evening, New York Gov. David Paterson vetoed over $400 million in additional spending out of the legislature’s budget, saying lawmakers had engaged in “gimmicks” and “chicanery.”

Paterson wasted no time, wielding his veto stamp just hours after the legislature passed its own version of ...

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Paterson and NY Legislature Wrangle Over Budget

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gov. Paterson and New York's legislature are still trying to negotiate a state budget that is nearly three months late. While the legislature says it will vote on their own budget tomorrow, the governor says he will veto any changes to his plan.

In ...

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NY GOP Meets to Pick Candidates

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New York Republicans are kicking off their convention in Midtown Manhattan to pick a slate of candidates for the fall elections on Tuesday.

Despite Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's large lead in the polls, competition for a shot at challenging him in the race for governor is ...

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Cuomo's Running Mate Raises Democrat's Eyebrows

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's pick of Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy as his running mate in the governor's race has raised some eyebrows among New York's Democrats.

Duffy is a career cop who worked his way up to the chief of the police department. Cuomo credits Duffy ...

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Paterson Bill Would Open Parks, But at a Cost

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gov. David Paterson's proposal to keep all New York's 213 parks and historic sites funded and open starting Memorial Day weekend has hit resistance from lawmakers and environmentalists because it's embedded in a broader measure to reduce dedicated environmental spending.

Paterson initially said the bill would ...

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New York Home Sales Rise in April

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thanks to a generous tax credit aimed at first-time homebuyers, April sales of existing homes rose significantly above expectations. But that same credit expired at the end of April, so analysts worry about a drop in sales in the months ahead.

“The government incentives to buy ...

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New York Parks Now On Most Endangered Historic Places List

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New York's parks now have the dubious distinction of a listing on a national preservation group’s register of endangered sites. That’s due to the closings of several dozen parks and historic sites by Gov. David Paterson because of the state's budget crisis.

Wendy Nicholas with the National ...

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Paterson Threatens Layoffs If No Budget By June

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Governor Paterson says he may have to lay off state workers if lawmakers don't approve his budget plan by June. During a rare public meeting yesterday, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders said Paterson hasn't even considered their ideas. But the governor called those proposals strictly ...

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Paterson, Silver Disagree Over School Budgets

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

School districts across New York State are holding budget votes today, and top state officials are already predicting the outcome.

Governor Paterson, who slashed school spending in his state budget plan, predicts that the majority of school budget will be defeated because he says the public ...

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Paterson to Ask for Delay in School Aid

Friday, May 14, 2010

Gov. David Paterson will ask the legislature to allow him to delay around $1.5 billion dollars due to schools June 1, saying the state does not have enough cash on hand to afford the payment. Paterson’s budget director, Robert Megna, says the governor will send ...

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Judge Issues TRO Against NYS Furloughs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Those one-day-a-week furloughs of state workers Governor Paterson wanted to impose next week won't be happening. A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the plan. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: In the order Judge Lawrence Khan says that any future emergency spending ...

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Court Challenge is Next for State Furlough Plan

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch is warning that if state worker unions succeed in their court challenge to the governor’s furlough plan, lay offs could be next. But Governor David Paterson is standing firm in his decision.

The governor distanced himself from his ...

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NY Legislature Approves Furloughs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thousands of state workers rallied at New York’s Capitol and around the state yesterday, protesting Governor Paterson’s plan to include one-day-a-week furloughs in the emergency spending bills issued to keep the state running while the budget is late.

Legislators reluctantly approved Paterson’s furlough plan, saying they ...

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Former NY Senate Leader Bruno Sentenced to Two Years

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been sentenced to two years in prison. Bruno was convicted on two counts of felony federal corruption charges last December. He has also agreed to pay $280,000 in restitution. Prosecutors had been seeking an eight-year ...

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Paterson Insists on Furlough Plan for State Employees

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Governor Paterson is standing firmly behind his decision to seek a one-day-a-week furlough for state employees to force lawmakers to pass a state budget, even if the matter ends up in court.

PATERSON: I've been sued before, I will try to impose that furlough period which ...

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Financial Reform a Tricky Balancing Act for NY Senators

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Today the Senate begins debate on amendments and possible passage of new rules for Wall Street -- and anything that affects Wall Street ultimately affects New York because the city and state rely heavily on profits from the financial industry.

The push for financial reform puts ...

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Report: NYS Routinely Overpays Hospitals

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A new report suggests New York routinely overpays hospitals for various medical procedures. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office looked at how much the state Health Department and the Medicaid system pay when hospitals release and then re-admit patients.

DiNapoli says New York should emulate New Jersey, ...

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GOP Senator Says Espada Should Give Up Leadership Post

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Senator Espada's legal troubles are inspiring some lawmakers to call for new leadership in the chamber. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, has introduced an amendment calling for Senate Majority Leader Espada to step down from his leadership ...

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Senate Leader Espada Charged with 'Looting' $14M

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has been charged by the state Attorney General with stealing more than $14 million dollars from a Bronx not-for-profit run by the Senator and his family.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a lawsuit against Senator Espada alleging he “looted” ...

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Espada Calls Cuomo's Lawsuit Politically Motivated

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is charging a civil suit that New York Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Junior looted more than $14 million from a South Bronx health network he founded. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says Espada and his family ...

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