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Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Progressive Democrats in the New York State Legislature took a victory lap, after passing a budget that achieves many of the groups’ long-term goals, including a substantial increase in taxes on the wealthy and the fulfillment of a 15-year-old court order to fully fund schools. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, embroiled in several scandals, put the best face on items that did not go his way.


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Calls are growing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign in light of allegations of sexual harassment and a cover-up of nursing home deaths. Now New York Republicans are preparing for that possibility and trying to put the microscope on the person who would succeed Cuomo: the lieutenant governor and Buffalo native Kathy Hochul.


Ian Pickus / WAMC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will not resign despite ongoing investigations against him and his office. However, Republicans from across the state are considering getting into next year's re-election race as resignation calls intensify.

The New York State Senate and Assembly plan on Friday to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sweeping emergency powers enacted under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls for an independent investigation into claims of sexual harassment leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the last week grew Sunday, with the White House and members of Congress from New York on board with an independent review of the allegations.

Darren McGee / Office of the Governor

The New York State Senate is poised to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of some of his emergency pandemic powers and add an oversight commission to review the decisions the governor makes.

New York State Senate

Democrats who lead the state Senate announced Monday that they have won enough seats to hold a supermajority. That means they can override vetoes by the governor and potentially change the balance of power at the state capital.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Election Day brought mixed results for Democrats and Republicans in New York’s congressional and legislative races. Republicans were quick to claim victory, but Democrats -- who will remain in the majority no matter the outcomes of contested races -- say the record number of absentee ballots needs to be counted first, and it might take weeks.

When voters in New York were asked two years ago what issues were at the top of their list while they prepared to head to the polls in November, they said health care, taxes, and the economy would decide their vote. That was according to a poll from Quinnipiac University, which was asking New York voters to rank which issues were important to them in that year’s race for governor.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

With Election Day a month away, New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is running a hardcore law-and-order campaign, attacking the criminal justice changes that have come out of Albany Democrats in the last two years.

Ian Pickus / WAMC News

New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy is in Charlotte this week for the Republican National Convention. On Monday, New York’s 94 delegates were pledged to President Donald Trump as he was nominated for a second term. Trailing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in national polls, Trump is scheduled to accept the nomination Thursday night. Speaking with WAMC’s Ian Pickus, Langworthy made the case for a second Trump term.

Top New York Republican chides Cuomo at RNC

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Republicans from New York wasted no time going after Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the first day of the Republican National Convention in North Carolina on Monday, calling Cuomo’s critical comments toward the federal government’s coronavirus response a “terrible shame.”

Jillian Forstadt / WSKG News

New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy and local Republican officials met Tuesday to back law enforcement officers ahead of the 2020 election.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed on President Donald Trump during a news conference Monday in New York, saying the president should “start telling the people of this country the truth” and sign an executive order requiring masks to be worn in public nationwide.

Republicans, meanwhile, called on Democrats in the state Legislature to strip Cuomo of emergency law-making powers, saying the time has come to limit that authority.

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The special election to fill out former Rep. Chris Collins' term in the 27th Congressional District will apparently be held April 28, the same day the state's presidential primary will be held.

Among some top state Democrats, there are some cracks in the support for criminal justice reforms in 2020 that have eliminated most forms of cash bail. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's attorney general are among those now saying they are open to making some changes.


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Beginning Jan. 1, some criminal justice law changes take effect in New York that have divided defendants' rights advocates and law enforcement groups.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A prominent New York Republican said her party can hold the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins, part of his felony guilty plea to insider trading.

The declining New York State Senate Republican conference could get even smaller after three Senators announced that they are not running for reelection in 2020. More exits are expected in the coming weeks.


The leader of the State Senate says she does not think there will be new broad-based taxes on the wealthy to close the state’ s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. Senator Andrea Stewart–Cousins remarks come as a liberal-leaning think tank is issuing a report that finds New York has the highest level of income inequality in the nation.


There were mixed reactions Wednesday from New York's politicians and political parties on this year's election results.

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The state's Republican Party chair is angered over the news that a commission to create a public campaign finance system for New York state will issue its report on Thanksgiving Eve -- traditionally a time when politicians release items that they want to downplay.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Struggling to fundraise and lagging in the polls, New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand suspended her 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday evening. She closed her run Wednesday with a campaign video, as it became clear she would be left out of the next debates.

Gillibrand announced herself as a Democratic presidential hopeful to a national audience in January on the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

The next day, New York’s junior Senator took her message to a diner in Brunswick near her home in Rensselaer County.

The ranks of Senate Republicans in New York have been greatly diminished over the past year, with losses in the November elections and other GOP senators saying this summer that they are seeking new jobs.

Matt Ryan/NY Now

The state’s new Republican Party Chair, Nick Langworthy, has been on the job for around six weeks, after taking over from former Chair Ed Cox in early July. Langworthy, in an interview with Karen DeWitt for public radio and television, says he’s undaunted by recent losses at the polls by New York’s Republican Party and is optimistic about regaining seats for his party in the future.

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The head of the state’s Republican Party said there is no need to require New Yorkers to buy new license plates beginning in 2020, if their current plates are still readable and in good condition.

The first meeting of the commission created to devise a public campaign finance system for New York's political races is scheduled for Wednesday. Advocates hope the commission, which has been slow to start, will start taking steps toward a final report due in December.


Matt Ryan / New York Now

New York's Republican Party met in a hotel outside Albany on Monday to choose its new chair. Nick Langworthy replaces Ed Cox, the son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon. The 38-year-old promises to bring new energy to the fight against the state's dominant political party, the Democrats. 


Governor's Office

With 11 working days left in the legislative session, the atmosphere is intensifying at the State Capitol. Democrats who lead the Legislature are facing pressure from all sides to deliver on legislation that they campaigned on.

Karen DeWitt

There is going to be a change at the top in the state’s Republican Party. Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy has gathered the support of the majority of county chairs and will be replacing Ed Cox In July. The two met with the media Tuesday to talk about the transition.


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