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Cuomo, De Blasio Hold Firm on Opposing Funding Plans for Universal Pre-K

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Education, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agree on the need for universal pre-kindergarten, but the remain sharply divided over how to fund it. In his budget address on Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo unveiled a five-year, $1.5 billion pre-K proposal, with $100 million for the 2014-15 school year and at least $100 million to be added in each subsequent year. “The state will pay for it, and the state will be proud to pay for it,” Cuomo… [More]

Cuomo Dismisses Calls for More Education Funding, Quieter on Common Core

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily, Education, News

Ahead of today’s budget presentation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a hardline approach in response to calls for additional funding for education. Education spending has become a point of contention between the governor and education advocates, especially given a projected surplus that could be used in the upcoming budget. Cuomo says he wants to use that on a package of tax cuts, while advocates want to see additional education dollars. Last year Cuomo proposed an education aid increase of 4.4 percent.… [More]

The New Voice of Talk Radio in Rockland County

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News

Rockland County has a new radio host with an Albany connection. State Sen. David Carlucci’s new radio show, “The Albany Report,” debuts today at 10:10 a.m. on WRCR AM 1300. The show, which will air every third Friday of the month, will focus on Rockland County and state issues. Carlucci said it’s a forum to discuss important topics affecting county residents. Friday’s show will feature Nyack Mayor Jen White and AAA’s John Cortlett, who will touch on transportation issues. “I thought, ‘Hey, why not?’” Carlucci said of… [More]

SAFER? One Year After Its Passage, Has The SAFE Act Reduced Gun Violence In New York? (Part 2)

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News

Page 2 of 3 — Last Page Andrew Cuomo’s stance on guns dates back to long before he became governor. At the turn of the century, when Cuomo was secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, he spearheaded several gun control efforts, including a safety agreement he and then Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers signed with Smith & Wesson to adjust the design, distribution and marketing of guns. The agreement required the company to install mandatory gunlocks and other child-safety devices… [More]

SAFER? One Year After Its Passage, Has The SAFE Act Reduced Gun Violence In New York? (Part 3)

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News

Page 3 of 3 — Last Page With Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins looking on, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act in January 2013. (Photo: Judy Sanders/Executive Chamber) Political observers viewed Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address as the tone setter for a year in which he is seeking re-election. If that is the case, don’t expect the SAFE Act, or gun… [More]

Hearing Could Pave Way For Stronger Ivory Regulations

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News, Other News

New York could be in for an update to its ivory sales regulations. The Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee is set to host a public hearing in Manhattan at 11 a.m. the discuss state laws combating the illegal ivory trade. According to a meeting notice, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized more than $2 million worth of elephant ivory in New York City in 2012. Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, the chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, said that… [More]

Owens’ Retirement Opens Up North Country Congressional Race

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily

Rep. Bill Owens’ announcement that he will not seek re-election in November comes with a hefty dose of speculation as Democrats scramble to try to hold onto the seat. During a Tuesday afternoon teleconference, Owens said that he began grappling six weeks ago with the decision to walk away at the end of this year but recently came to his decision. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family. The news sent ripples of speculation through political… [More]

Amid Protests, Cuomo Stays Silent on Fracking

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily, Energy, Environment, Latest, News

While hundreds loudly voiced their thoughts on high-volume hydraulic fracturing outside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was mum on the topic inside. Cuomo’s roughly hour-long State of the State address touched on issues ranging from economic development to educational improvements, but missing was any mention of “hydrofracking.” That issue has turned the state’s Southern Tier into a battleground for environmentalists and those pushing for the state to lift a moratorium on the natural gas drilling… [More]

Stewart-Cousins: IDC Does Not Accomplish More by Working with Republicans [Updated]

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily, Latest, News

Senate Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins fired back Thursday morning at the notion that more will get done with the Independent Democratic Conference than without it. Stewart-Cousins’ remarks came during WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and were prefaced by a question previously posed to state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the IDC, about why the conference would not just align with the Democrats to give them the clear majority. Klein responded during an earlier appearance on the show by… [More]