Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Cuomo’

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]

Road To Municipal Labor Settlements Paved With Uncertainty

Written by Richard Steier on . Posted in Labor/Unions, Spotlight

There was a distinct edge to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s voice when he said during his budget presentation, “The previous administration was given an artificially high level of credit for management.” He was referring to the labor-contract mess he inherited when Michael Bloomberg left office after a third term in which he created a negotiating logjam. Following his 2009 re-election Bloomberg insisted that the city could not afford to honor a bargaining pattern he had set the previous two years, under… [More]

A Reentry System For Ex-Offenders

Written by Michael Benjamin on . Posted in Opinion

For weeks, universal prekindergarten has dominated budget news coming out of Albany. So it might be surprising to learn that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget has actual good news for ex-offenders (or justice-involved persons). Cuomo proposes restoring college classes at 10 state prisons, raising the age for felony offenders and funding a statewide Re-entry Council to recommend policies to reduce recidivism among newly released prisoners and parolees. Tracie M. Gardner, policy director at the Legal Action Center, which supports creating a… [More]

SPOTLIGHT: The Roundtable

Written by City & State on . Posted in Spotlight

 Q: How will your past as a former union president inform your agenda as Labor Committee chair?  DM: My labor background will be invaluable to passing meaningful and effective legislation. … [T]o work together, we need to understand each other’s obligations and needs. [F]or unions and the city to work together requires openness to negotiation. I am intimately familiar with many sides of the debates that continue to live on and the ways in which the laws that we will… [More]

City & State TV: Camille Rivera

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, Video

UnitedNY Executive Director Camille Rivera discusses the push for raising the minimum wage in New York City and the struggle to increase wages for airport and car wash workers in an interview with City Hall Bureau Chief Nick Powell. ‘ Rivera is part of a large coalition of grassroots leaders, nonprofit organizations, and labor unions advocating for the state Legislature to give New York City and other communities across the state the power to increase the minimum wage on a… [More]

Study Says Eliminating Estate Tax Would Be Big Boost For New York

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

What would happen if New York joined the majority of states that don’t have estate taxes? An analysis from the Beacon Hill Institute included in a report on the tax from the Empire Center shows a complete phase-out of the tax would boost the state’s gross domestic product by billions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed raising the current threshold from $1 million to the federal benchmark of more than $5 million by 2019. Though the Empire Center says that would… [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]

City & State TV: Eric Adams Discusses LICH, Aqueduct Casino Bid and Shirley Huntley

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Health Care, Video

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams discussed the agreement announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chairman Carl McCall and Mayor Bill de Blasio to open a bidding process that will encourage full-service healthcare at Long Island College Hospital, which is located only a few blocks away from Adams’ office at Borough Hall. Adams praised the deal that could keep the hospital running, characterizing the fight to keep LICH open as “an awesome battle,” but said that the conversation needs to move toward… [More]

Amid Debate Over Pre-K, Kindergarten Could Be Lost

Written by Sister Ana Maria Causa on . Posted in Features, Opinion

As anybody who reads local papers knows, there is an important political contest taking place in New York politics. The mayor and governor are arguing how to fund a full expansion to universal pre-kindergarten (UPK). Each side is holding firm, making moves, counter moves. The resolution of this conflict is important, not just for the game of politics between New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor, but for the future of all of New York State’s children. While we… [More]

Astorino Fires Back At Website Questioning His Whereabouts

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

The Westchester County Democratic Committee is wondering where in the world County Executive Rob Astorino is. The Democrats launched a website,, questioning the time he has spent outside of Westchester County and the state since his re-election and the start of his new term. When asked about the web site on Wednesday, Astorino quickly shifted the topic to the current governor’s whereabouts. “I’m waiting for the dropdown box on that website to show where Cuomo has gone for his $50,000-a-plate Hollywood fundraiser… [More]