Prospective casino operators got a chance to ask the Cuomo Administration questions about details of the process for choosing licensees for four upstate casinos. They won’t get answers, though for several days.
A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.
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.
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.
Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.
A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government and policy in Albany.
The U.S. Supreme court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Governor Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.
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.
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 lower property taxes and $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs.
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.
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.