Karen DeWitt http://news.wbfo.org en Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo http://news.wbfo.org/post/moreland-fallout-continues-cuomo <p>A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a &nbsp;panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:45:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41677 at http://news.wbfo.org Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo Study finds New Yorkers against school mergers http://news.wbfo.org/post/study-finds-new-yorkers-against-school-mergers <p>Despite a push from Albany to save money by combining services, a study by school administrators shows the public doesn’t want school mergers. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:36:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41641 at http://news.wbfo.org Study finds New Yorkers against school mergers More questions raised over state fracking review http://news.wbfo.org/post/more-questions-raised-over-state-fracking-review <p>Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process, a process that has been conducted almost entirely in secret. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:36:05 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41613 at http://news.wbfo.org More questions raised over state fracking review Assault weapon registration deadline is today http://news.wbfo.org/post/assault-weapon-registration-deadline-today <p>April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:22:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41491 at http://news.wbfo.org Assault weapon registration deadline is today Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break http://news.wbfo.org/post/medical-marijuana-next-big-issue-after-lengthy-spring-break <p>Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. &nbsp;Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, &nbsp;but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:37:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41348 at http://news.wbfo.org Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries http://news.wbfo.org/post/states-beer-wine-and-distillery-summit-now-includes-cideries <p>Governor Cuomo hosted a second beer, wine, spirits, and now, cider summit, to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:49:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41344 at http://news.wbfo.org State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed http://news.wbfo.org/post/comptroller-opts-out-public-finance-saying-test-program-flawed <p>The state’s comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:22:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41317 at http://news.wbfo.org Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed Report shows record lobbying in NYS http://news.wbfo.org/post/report-shows-record-lobbying-nys <p>A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s&nbsp; ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government&nbsp; and policy in Albany. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41269 at http://news.wbfo.org Report shows record lobbying in NYS Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counter Act Supreme Court Ruling http://news.wbfo.org/post/advocate-says-cuomo-missed-chance-counter-act-supreme-court-ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York.&nbsp; Reform advocates say Governor Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:17:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41234 at http://news.wbfo.org Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counter Act Supreme Court Ruling Moreland panel dismantled as part of new ethics reform deal http://news.wbfo.org/post/moreland-panel-dismantled-part-new-ethics-reform-deal <p>The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Governor Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:51:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41201 at http://news.wbfo.org Moreland panel dismantled as part of new ethics reform deal Cuomo, legislative leaders celebrate budget grand slam http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-celebrate-budget-grand-slam <p>Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:43:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41171 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo, legislative leaders celebrate budget grand slam Some controversy surrounds new state budget http://news.wbfo.org/post/some-controversy-surrounds-new-state-budget <p>Lawmakers were hurrying late Monday to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:00:28 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41145 at http://news.wbfo.org Some controversy surrounds new state budget Comptroller says public finance plan has serious flaws http://news.wbfo.org/post/comptroller-says-public-finance-plan-has-serious-flaws <p>The state’s Comptroller says test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed”, and might even be unworkable. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:19:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41143 at http://news.wbfo.org Comptroller says public finance plan has serious flaws Legislators will vote on state budget today http://news.wbfo.org/post/legislators-will-vote-state-budget-today <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span dir="ltr">Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet tonight's deadline. The budget includes a multi-step plan that could&nbsp; lower property taxes and $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41128 at http://news.wbfo.org Legislators will vote on state budget today Comptroller's race will test campaign finance systen http://news.wbfo.org/post/comptrollers-race-will-test-campaign-finance-systen <p>Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:30:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41127 at http://news.wbfo.org Comptroller's race will test campaign finance systen State lawmakers move closer to budget agreement http://news.wbfo.org/post/state-lawmakers-move-closer-budget-agreement <p>Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Cuomo. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:34:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41019 at http://news.wbfo.org State lawmakers move closer to budget agreement Education advocates press Cuomo for more funding http://news.wbfo.org/post/education-advocates-press-cuomo-more-funding <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span dir="ltr">Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.</span> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:50:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40992 at http://news.wbfo.org Education advocates press Cuomo for more funding Budget talks expected to heat up this week http://news.wbfo.org/post/budget-talks-expected-heat-week <p>The next several days will be crucial for negotiations on the state budget. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:49:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40963 at http://news.wbfo.org Budget talks expected to heat up this week Budget protesters arrested outside governor's office http://news.wbfo.org/post/budget-protesters-arrested-outside-governors-office <p>Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while outside the governor’s offices around 25 angry protesters were arrested. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:17:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40918 at http://news.wbfo.org Budget protesters arrested outside governor's office Activists push for more Albany transparency http://news.wbfo.org/post/activists-push-more-albany-transparency <p>Government reform activists took their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:40:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40893 at http://news.wbfo.org Dream Act supporters vow to fight on http://news.wbfo.org/post/dream-act-supporters-vow-fight <p>Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote. The focus is now shifting to Governor Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:57:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40869 at http://news.wbfo.org Dream Act supporters vow to fight on Dream Act dies in State Senate http://news.wbfo.org/post/dream-act-dies-state-senate <p>The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:16:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40840 at http://news.wbfo.org Dream Act dies in State Senate Albany budget battles to focus on education issues http://news.wbfo.org/post/albany-budget-battles-focus-education-issues <p>The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings today, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:55:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40811 at http://news.wbfo.org Albany budget battles to focus on education issues Assembly presents budget resolution http://news.wbfo.org/post/assembly-presents-budget-resolution <p>Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:38:37 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40750 at http://news.wbfo.org Assembly presents budget resolution Three of four incumbents retain seats on Board of Regents http://news.wbfo.org/post/three-four-incumbents-retain-seats-board-regents <p>The state legislature replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state’s top educational policy board. &nbsp;The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40729 at http://news.wbfo.org Three of four incumbents retain seats on Board of Regents Regents vote being tied to Common Core frustration http://news.wbfo.org/post/regents-vote-being-tied-common-core-frustration <p>Senate Republicans say they will break a long standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session and that many will vote 'no' over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. It is uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:43:05 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40700 at http://news.wbfo.org Fate of estate tax provision uncertain in State Assembly http://news.wbfo.org/post/fate-estate-tax-provision-uncertain-state-assembly <p>On Wednesday, both houses of the legislature are due to release their one-house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Governor Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:00:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40675 at http://news.wbfo.org Fate of estate tax provision uncertain in State Assembly Republican Astorino announces gubernatorial run http://news.wbfo.org/post/republican-astorino-announces-gubernatorial-run <p>A top Republican county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:35:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt & AP 40596 at http://news.wbfo.org Republican Astorino announces gubernatorial run Astorino set to announce campaign for Governor http://news.wbfo.org/post/astorino-set-announce-campaign-governor <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span dir="ltr">A Republican appears poised to become the first to officially announce his candidacy in this year's race for governor. After weeks of speculation, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino Wednesday will begin what most believe will be an uphill climb, against Governor &nbsp;Andrew Cuomo.</span><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:00:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40588 at http://news.wbfo.org Astorino set to announce campaign for Governor Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-de-blasio-speak-dueling-education-rallies-albany <p>Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol Tuesday that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40581 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany