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ALBANY -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, is expected to make it official Wednesday that he is challenging Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
"Announcing decision on whether to run for governor of NY in video news release Wednesday," Astorino wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday. "Time and details to follow. Please Stay tuned!"
Astorino has been hinting for weeks...Read more »
The prospect of a rate increase for PSEG Long Island customers in 2016 has energized the state AARP and local seniors to demand establishment of an independent utility advocate for consumers to push back in rate cases and other matters.
Seniors and AARP leaders are scheduled to rally Wednesday morning at the Rockville Centre offices of State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to demand...Read more »
ALBANY -- Thousands of demonstrators descended on Albany Tuesday to hold rallies and demonstrations on several public education issues, including pre-kindergarten and charter schools.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio headlined a rally to bolster his flagging priority of expanding pre-kindergarten in the city by increasing income taxes on wealthy residents of the five boroughs.
Cuomo...Read more »
ALBANY -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Tuesday opened the door to considering Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s insistence on state funding, rather than raising a city tax, to pay for expansion of prekindergarten.
“I’m open to significant, recurring, sustainable funding, however you do it,” Silver said in an interview after a raucous rally in Albany with de Blasio....Read more »
The Smithtown fiasco that led Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and board member Lynne Nowick to see their elected terms essentially nullified would be fixed under legislation submitted to both houses of the state legislature. But while the GOP has the clout to push the bill through in the Senate, Republican Michael Fitzpatrick is the Assembly sponsor, and he's in a small party minority there. Presumably,...Read more »
ALBANY -- Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said Monday that he won't rule out joining the Assembly in a bill that would delay teacher evaluations for two years under the Common Core curriculum, setting up a possible legislative fight with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the heated issue.
Cuomo refuses to delay the teacher evaluations. He has created a commission with members of the Senate and Assembly...Read more »
ALBANY - State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos is rushing to the defense of charter schools he said are threatened by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said Monday he will defend charter schools in New York City against de Blasio by wielding the powerful state budget process.
And as an exclamation point, Skelos said de Blasio’s proposal to raise a city income...Read more »
ALBANY -- Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said Monday that his chamber wants to expand a proposed manufacturing tax break to downstate companies including those on Long Island.
Skelos said the expansion is expected to be part of the Senate’s budget proposal to be released next week.
In his $142.1 billion budget proposal, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed to reduce the income...Read more »
If comedian-activist Randy Credico goes through with his threat to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a Democrat primary, Cuomo will benefit handsomely.
Why? Because of the state’s campaign-finance laws.
State law limits an individual to contributing no more than $41,100 to a gubernatorial candidate in a general election. But donors can add $19,700 if the candidate has to compete in an...Read more »
So far, policy clashes between Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seem to suit the public-relations goals of both. De Blasio pursues his campaign vows by pushing a pre-K tax on top earners and a higher minimum wage for the city while curbing charter schools. By resisting these, fellow Democrat Cuomo -- whose only serious election challenge would come from a Republican -- takes the opportunity...Read more »