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A Fresh Start to a Stately Relationship as Albany’s Sheehan Takes Office

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily

When it comes to Kathy Sheehan taking over as Albany mayor, the talk has mostly centered on her being a first. But when it comes to state policy and the city’s relationship with those at the Capitol just across the street from City Hall, the fact that she is a fourth might be more important. Sheehan was sworn in as mayor during a two-hour ceremony Wednesday morning, officially making her the first female mayor in the city’s history. The day… [More]

DiNapoli: Other Factors Need to be Weighed for Surplus, Deficit Projections

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, News

One week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom” that a $2 billion surplus was possible if the next budget stays under a 2 percent spending cap, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli sounded cautious in his take on the extra cash. “The governor’s assumption moving forward is spending will be capped to a lower level than is currently anticipated,” DiNapoli said on Thursday’s show. “Spending is projected at about 3.8 percent. He’s talking about keeping it at 2… [More]

Haot Hire Could Mean Overhaul of NYS Gov Website

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Rachel Haot as deputy secretary for technology, the state’s web presence could be in for a makeover. Haot brings with her nearly two years of experience as New York City’s chief digital officer, including developing a cross-agency digital road map and leading the overhaul of the city’s website. In announcing the appointment, Cuomo said he is confident that Haot can help lead the state’s digital presence to the next level. To do so, she’ll join the… [More]

NYC Lawmakers Like Cuomo’s Renter Tax Relief, but ‘Devil is in the Details’

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Latest, News

Tax relief for New York City renters might be an attractive idea to some New York City legislators, but for lawmakers like Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, “the devil is in the details.” “I need to know all the ins and outs of it, which I don’t think were fully revealed,” Rosenthal told City & State. “Renters in New York City are in desperate need of relief. But the devil is in the details. It’s very important to… [More]

Paulin Pushing Safe Weapon Storage Act

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News

AmyPaulin New York may have one of the toughest pieces of anti-gun legislations in the nation, but Assemblywoman Amy Paulin wants to go further. Paulin, whose district is in Westchester County, is proposing the Safe Weapon Storage Act, which would require all gun owners to either lock their guns in a safe or put locking devices on them when the gun isn’t in the owner’s immediate possession. The current law requires safe storage of firearms if an owner lives with someone who has been… [More]

Long Island, Capital Region Win Most Cash in New Regional Development Awards

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily, Economic Development, Latest, News, News & Features

Long Island, the Capital Region, the Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier and the North Country were the top cash grabbers at Wednesday’s Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony, while New York City continued its trend of garnering among the lowest amounts of any of the regions. The state gave out $715.9 million in award funds altogether, the lowest total in the program’s three years. The total award amount has declined each year since the $785 million doled out in 2011.… [More]