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Key school issues are commanding big attention statewide just as a governor’s race gets underway — signaling education embroilments that go deeper than the usual pledges of fealty to kids.
Viewed through the electoral lens, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appears to be fortifying himself against attack from his Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. To gain traction on education...Read more »
ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino launched his campaign against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday in one of the Democrat's strongholds in the Bronx, then repeated the announcement in Buffalo.
"I'm going to go where Republicans don't typically go," Astorino said outside the Bronx County Courthouse. "I'm going to ask every New Yorker the same question: Are we winning or are we losing as a state?"
The...Read more »
Four out of the five countywide elected officials in Suffolk did not attend County Executive Steve Bellone's State of the County Speech on Wednesday night.
District Attorney Thomas Spota, a Democrat, County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, a Republican, County Clerk Judith Pascale, a Republican, and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, a Conservative Party member, were no-shows...Read more »
Cuomo says talks underway that could provide charter schools with space in traditional public schools
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that a legislative solution which could provide “co-location” of charter schools within traditional public schools is being discussed with legislative leaders.
Cuomo’s comments came a day after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver questioned Cuomo’s ability to commit additional state money to charter schools to pay for classroom space.
Cuomo said...Read more »
Opponents of the nearly three-year wage freeze on Nassau employees have posted a sign on a heavily traveled county roadway, calling for a state oversight board to return “stolen money.”
The red and white sign, posted near the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Newbridge Road, tells the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state monitoring board in control of the county’s finances, to “end political...Read more »
In his first day of his campaign for governor, Republican Rob Astorino gained the important personal endorsement of state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long.
The Conservative Party line has been essential for Republicans seeking statewide office in the state dominated by Democratic voters.
“I am personally endorsing him,” Long told Newsday after standing with Astorino at his campaign...Read more »
ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino jumped into the race for Governor Wednesday, saying he'll challenge Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, harshly criticized Cuomo in an online video announcement, saying the Democrat has been "dividing" New Yorkers. He accused the incumbent of painting a rosy and false picture of the state's economic direction.
"I'm...Read more »
ALBANY -- The Assembly was expected to defy Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday by passing a bill to delay teacher evaluations under the new Common Core curriculum for two years.
The bill, however, faced uncertain support in the Senate and strong opposition by Cuomo, who would have to sign it.
Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said Wednesday that the issue won’t even be considered...Read more »
Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. plans on issuing about $3 million in bonds in March to cover some unexpected expenses and revenue shortfalls created by the snowy winter, OTB President Joe Cairo told Newsday in a recent interview.
“Our handle has been badly hit by the snow,” Cairo said, referring to the amount of bets handled at OTB outlets. He said OTB has lost 11 business days due to storms...Read more »
ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said a space “crisis” in New York City schools should be fixed before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo helps secure space for charter schools.
Silver noted Cuomo hasn’t identified any funding to back up his promise to provide the resources, space and support needed for charter schools to thrive and grow. However, Silver stopped short of saying he would oppose...Read more »