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.
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. The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates.
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.
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.
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 Andrew Cuomo.
The deadline for the state budget is approaching and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates said Monday they have gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is starting a new push for his property tax freeze plan, while counties in the state say they have a better idea which they say could result in lower property taxes in New York for even longer.