The debate over universal pre kindergarten shows no signs of slowing down at the Capitol. The Democratic Mayor of New York City is not backing down from his plan to tax the wealthy to pay for pre-K, but that plan is expected to be blocked by Albany.
Sponsors of a bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, say they hope they have better luck this year advancing the legislation, after it died in committee late last session.
Governor Cuomo’s tax commissioner is set to testify before a legislative budget hearing Monday morning, and he’s expected to get plenty of questions about a plan to freeze property taxes and cut some income taxes.
The Cuomo Administration is moving ahead with a bill to allow limited access to medical marijuana. Cuomo’s health commissioner told lawmakers at a budget hearing that the program could be “up and running” within a year, but his claims were met with some skepticism.
One day after President Obama touted the hydrofracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” Governor Cuomo’s environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.
State Education Commissioner John King testified at a legislative budget hearing, where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2014-2015 state budget Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.
Some top state lawmakers seem to be changing their minds over whether to call special elections for a growing number of vacancies in the legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver now says he wants voters to pick new legislators to fill 11 vacancies.
Governor Cuomo officially called for limited access to medical marijuana in his State of the State address. But sponsors of a bill to allow the illegal drug to be used for some medical treatments say Cuomo’s plan is outdated and won’t work.
There is still no sign of State Assemblyman Dennis Garbryszak, democrat, since seven women have accused him of sexual harassment. Some speculate that he will not appear at the Governor's State of the State address in Albany Wednesday.
2014 is an election year for Governor Cuomo as well as all of the 213 seats in the legislature. Cuomo faces the challenge of balancing competing interests as he tries to win another term by a big margin.
2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?
A new audit by the State Comptroller finds that out of a sample of state workers at state agencies and authorities, more than one fifth were double dipping, being paid for two jobs while doing only one.
A bankrupt energy company is suing the Cuomo Administration over the long delayed decision on whether to allow hydro-fracking in New York. Their attorney says the action was prompted by remarks made by Governor Cuomo and his Health Commissioner earlier this week.
Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.