Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Afghanistan for a surprise visit.

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The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

Governor Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans.

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will only make gerrymandering worse.

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Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use  the money.

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The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going, but Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.

Governor Cuomo is using money from his $35 million campaign war chest to pay for a criminal defense lawyer in a federal probe of his office. Critics say while it’s legal to do so, it’s not an appropriate use of campaign money.

The challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the state’s Democratic primary for governor, Zephyr Teachout, is facing a challenge of her own from the Cuomo campaign. Teachout will be asked in court to prove that she’s really been a resident of the state for the past five years.

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The state board of elections has approved the language for a ballot amendment that would change the way redistricting  is done in New York. But not everyone is happy with the wording, or the amendment.

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Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney investigating possible interference by Governor Cuomo’s aides in an ethics probe has sent a warning letter to the governor.

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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.

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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.

One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  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.

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A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

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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.

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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.

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Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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  "universal pre-K."

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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