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IT Execs Back Cuomo’s Funding for Statewide Health Records System

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Daily

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal in his executive budget to spend $65 million on a statewide health information network is garnering support, unsurprisingly, from a number of local health IT companies. In a letter to the governor today, 33 executives and investors offered their backing for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, which would connect 10 regional hubs that already share patients’ electronic health records. “By funding the SHIN-NY, New York has the opportunity to lead the… [More]

Beating The Clock

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Latest, News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ushered in a new era of on-time budgets. Is that good for New York?    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s perfect record of on-time budgets was already in jeopardy. The governor had been playing up the importance of timely budgets, praising the Legislature during his State of the State address for meeting the deadline in each of his first three years in office and—in a compliment that could double as a warning—for breaking the “gridlock that had plagued… [More]

Moreland Commission Hasn’t Met In 2014; Rice Might Not Be Replaced

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s decision to run for Congress prompted her to step down as one of the three co-chairs of the governor’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Asked on Wednesday if he plans to replace Rice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that a new co-chair would be found but left open the possibility that there would be no replacement. “We are looking,” the governor said during a Q&A with reporters. “If we find a good one—we’re looking for… [More]

Heating Up Scaffold Law Fight, Moya Introduces Bill to Open Insurers’ Books

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction

A day after friends and foes of the state’s Scaffold Law descended on Albany to lobby lawmakers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated which way he leans in the debate over the controversial legislation. “I would be open to reforms to the Scaffold Law,” Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday, without going into specifics. The law holds property owners and developers of construction projects liable for worker injuries if they fail to provide the proper safety equipment, although critics claim that it lets… [More]

Scorecard: Casinos

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Spotlight

CASINO SITING  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a timeline that could have at least some new casinos opening within a year. A siting committee would issue a request for casino applications in March, and bids would come in by June and be reviewed over the summer, with the assistance of an outside consultant. By early fall the winners would be announced. The five-member siting committee, which is made up of financial and real estate experts, already includes former state… [More]

Spotlight: Casinos

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Spotlight

Agenda-CasinosGambling New York is on the verge of licensing a new wave of casinos, this time with Las Vegas-style gambling and table games—a step up from the slots at the state’s existing racetrack casinos—and allowing them in three upstate regions that are not on Native American land. Although New York City is off the table, the competition for one of the four upstate casino licenses has attracted a number of potential bidders, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a timeline… [More]

As Potential Bidders Eye Casino Licenses, Timeline Could Play A Big Role

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Spotlight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have casino bids in by June, the winners selected by this fall, and gamblers showing up at new or upgraded Las Vegas-style facilities in New York as soon as early next year. “Our challenge now is to make casinos a reality, make it happen, make it happen fast and make it happen correctly,” the governor said during his State of the State address. “Our current plan is March 2014 for the RFP to go out,… [More]

Ball and Former HBO CEO Push “Jobs For Heroes”

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

This afternoon state Sen. Greg Ball is stepping up his push to pass “Job For Heroes” legislation, which sets aside 5 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by disabled military veterans, with a lobbying day in Albany. Ball and others want to see the measure added to the state budget, and among those joining the lawmaker is Bill Nelson, a former HBO CEO, Vietnam veteran and board member of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The service-disabled veterans are the… [More]

Family Supports Trump Run For Gov

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News

Donald Trump, who has been flirting with a gubernatorial bid in New York, has yet to decide if he will challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But if the businessman and TV reality show host listens to his family, he may be persuaded to jump into the race. “We have the privilege of working for him every day, but there is no one better at what he does,” Eric Trump, a vice president at the Trump Organization, told radio talk show host… [More]