Karen DeWitt http://news.wbfo.org en Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown http://news.wbfo.org/post/long-term-effects-moreland-controversy-cuomo-unknown <p>Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43866 at http://news.wbfo.org Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown Moreland controversy raises questions over AG's role http://news.wbfo.org/post/moreland-controversy-raises-questions-over-ags-role <p>The fallout continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations and whether any actual crimes were committed. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:26:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43857 at http://news.wbfo.org Moreland controversy raises questions over AG's role Cuomo Administration accused of meddling in corruption investigation http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-administration-accused-meddling-corruption-investigation <p>One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and &nbsp;another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43824 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo Administration accused of meddling in corruption investigation Poll shows wide gap in Governor's race http://news.wbfo.org/post/poll-shows-wide-gap-governors-race <p>A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:38:11 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43764 at http://news.wbfo.org Poll shows wide gap in Governor's race Teachers give failing grade to education commissioner http://news.wbfo.org/post/teachers-give-failing-grade-education-commissioner <p>The President of the state’s teachers’ union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:50:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43739 at http://news.wbfo.org Teachers give failing grade to education commissioner Cuomo Tappan Zee plan earns approval http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-tappan-zee-plan-earns-approval <p>A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:55:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43661 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo Tappan Zee plan earns approval Group urges no vote on Cuomo proposal http://news.wbfo.org/post/group-urges-no-vote-cuomo-proposal <p>Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:12:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43604 at http://news.wbfo.org Group urges no vote on Cuomo proposal LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile http://news.wbfo.org/post/lg-candidate-kathy-hochul-keeping-low-profile <p>Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:17:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43501 at http://news.wbfo.org LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile Senate leader pledges bipartisan cooperation http://news.wbfo.org/post/senate-leader-pledges-bipartisan-cooperation <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><p>Senate Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein says even though his group now plans to realign with the Democrats in the Senate, he won’t rule out working with Republicans in the future. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:54:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43186 at http://news.wbfo.org Senate leader pledges bipartisan cooperation Senate factions will form Democratic coalition http://news.wbfo.org/post/senate-factions-will-form-democratic-coalition <p>Two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:05:25 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43148 at http://news.wbfo.org Senate factions will form Democratic coalition Few districts embracing Pre-Kindergarten expansion http://news.wbfo.org/post/few-districts-embracing-pre-kindergarten-expansion <p>Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as&nbsp; "universal pre-K."</p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:56:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43124 at http://news.wbfo.org Few districts embracing Pre-Kindergarten expansion Reformers blast referendum on redistricting http://news.wbfo.org/post/reformers-blast-referendum-redistricting <p>Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:13:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43093 at http://news.wbfo.org New laws look to curb heroin use http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-laws-look-curb-heroin-use <p>Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction. The movement comes as the legislative session draws to a close. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:54:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42984 at http://news.wbfo.org New laws look to curb heroin use Medical marijuana meetings continue in Albany http://news.wbfo.org/post/medical-marijuana-meetings-continue-albany <p>Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with Governor Cuomo over the Governor’s objections to many of the measure’s provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:41:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42951 at http://news.wbfo.org Medical marijuana meetings continue in Albany Possible primary challenge emerges for Cuomo http://news.wbfo.org/post/possible-primary-challenge-emerges-cuomo <p>Governor Cuomo might have a primary challenger. Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor and activist, announced she’s collecting signatures to be on the September Democratic primary ballot. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:22:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42920 at http://news.wbfo.org Possible primary challenge emerges for Cuomo Legislative session could end in a whimper http://news.wbfo.org/post/legislative-session-could-end-whimper <p>The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low-key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:17:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42923 at http://news.wbfo.org Legislative session could end in a whimper Legislature not moving on Women's Equality Act http://news.wbfo.org/post/legislature-not-moving-womens-equality-act <p>Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there’s little chance any major issues can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing for a Women’s Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:39:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42743 at http://news.wbfo.org Legislature not moving on Women's Equality Act Democrats preparing to control State Senate http://news.wbfo.org/post/democrats-preparing-control-state-senate <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span dir="ltr">The leader of the Senate Democrats says if Governor Cuomo is successful in helping retake the chamber for Democrats in the fall elections, she expects the Senate to be much more functional than it was the last time the Democrats were in power.</span> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:47:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42714 at http://news.wbfo.org Democrats preparing to control State Senate Cuomo dodges political controversy http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-dodges-political-controversy <p>Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00:28 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42656 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo dodges political controversy Upstate business group concerned over governor's shifting politics http://news.wbfo.org/post/upstate-business-group-concerned-over-governors-shifting-politics <p>The fallout from Governor Cuomo’s new alliance with the progressive Working Families Party continues at the Capitol, with those who say they represent upstate interests dismayed at the development. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:00:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42627 at http://news.wbfo.org Upstate business group concerned over governor's shifting politics Cuomo promises to shake up Senate leadership http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-promises-shake-senate-leadership <p>Democrats in the Senate say they are taking Governor Andrew Cuomo at his word to help them regain the majority in the Senate, despite some indications that the governor might be walking back some of the promises he made at the Working Family Party’s &nbsp;convention Saturday night. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:48:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42597 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo promises to shake up Senate leadership Cuomo wins key party endorsement http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-wins-key-party-endorsement <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left-leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly midnight on Saturday night. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:30:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42568 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo wins key party endorsement Astorino calls for term limits http://news.wbfo.org/post/astorino-calls-term-limits <p>The Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino, is &nbsp;pressing for term limits for state officials. &nbsp;He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform. Thu, 29 May 2014 12:47:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42497 at http://news.wbfo.org Astorino calls for term limits Senate proposals aimed to combat heroin epidemic http://news.wbfo.org/post/senate-proposals-aimed-combat-heroin-epidemic <p>A Republican led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York. Thu, 29 May 2014 12:47:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42498 at http://news.wbfo.org Senate proposals aimed to combat heroin epidemic Cuomo critic threatens Lieutenant Governor primary run http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-critic-threatens-lieutenant-governor-primary-run <p>Governor Cuomo continues to face a challenge from the left leaning members of his own party, that will play out at the end of the week in the Working Families Party convention. &nbsp;In addition, a progressive Democrat and wealthy businessman is threatening to try to get on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor. Wed, 28 May 2014 12:52:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42464 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo critic threatens Lieutenant Governor primary run Legislative session winds down in Albany http://news.wbfo.org/post/legislative-session-winds-down-albany <p>Now that the major party political conventions are over, state officials are shifting their focus back to the remaining issues in the legislative session, which ends in four weeks. &nbsp;But politics will still be front and center in the waning days of the session. Mon, 26 May 2014 11:01:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42414 at http://news.wbfo.org Legislative session winds down in Albany Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuomo-hochul-accept-democratic-nomination <p><span dir="ltr">Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term <span dir="ltr">on Thursday</span> along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul. </span> Fri, 23 May 2014 01:51:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42339 at http://news.wbfo.org Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination Democrats prepare for state convention http://news.wbfo.org/post/democrats-prepare-state-convention <p>Later this week it’s the Democrats turn to meet at their state party convention, where they will nominate &nbsp;incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection. Tue, 20 May 2014 11:38:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42274 at http://news.wbfo.org Democrats prepare for state convention Astorino wins Republican nod for governor http://news.wbfo.org/post/astorino-wins-republican-nod-governor <p>Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester Thursday, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:03:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42179 at http://news.wbfo.org Astorino wins Republican nod for governor Pataki law partner gains GOP nod for AG http://news.wbfo.org/post/pataki-law-partner-gains-gop-nod-ag <p>Republicans have chosen their candidate for Attorney General. John Cahill is a former top aide to Governor George Pataki Wed, 14 May 2014 21:55:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42170 at http://news.wbfo.org Pataki law partner gains GOP nod for AG