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With budget negotiations set to advance today, the politically split state Senate is divided over whether to include any campaign-finance proposals in its one-house budget, several sources said.
That’s because, in part, Senate co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and his breakaway Democrats who share power with Republicans are under pressure from the left to support election-law changes. But Republicans...Read more »
A high school teacher on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Common Core commission issued a statement Tuesday blasting the panel’s recommendations and process.
Todd Hathaway, a teacher in East Aurora, southeast of Buffalo, said the panel’s report was rushed and incomplete. The report was issued less than 24 hours before the State Legislature is set to elect state Regents, a process tangled up with Common...Read more »
Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg is organizing a rally Wednesday at the State Capitol to push for raises for “direct caregivers,” such as those who work in group homes for the developmentally disabled.
Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), whose son is disabled, said the workers “provide services to some of New York’s most vulnerable citizens.” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed keeping the workers’ pay flat...Read more »
ALBANY _ Republican Rob Astorino is planning his first major fundraiser in his campaign for governor, but his ticket price is a fraction of the usual rate for Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s events.
Astorino plans a March 26 fundraiser in Westchester County, where he is the second-term county executive. The top price is $5,000 to be in the “chairman’s club.” That buys four tickets,...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 -- 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 -- Defying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, state Assembly Democrats are drafting a bill that would delay teacher evaluations conducted under the new Common Core curriculum for two years.
The Democrats are expected to discuss the proposal in a closed-door conference Monday and perhaps vote on it later in the week, said a source who wished to remain anonymous.
Importantly, the introduction...Read more »
Underscoring the importance of Long Island in this year’s elections, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is making “robo” calls to Island residents to encourage them to participate in a “telephone town hall” Thursday in which he will tout his property-tax plans.
Paid for by campaign funds, the calls began going out Wednesday. In the message, Cuomo promises to take participants questions. But...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took a jab Tuesday at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s hand-picked ethics commission, saying it’s a taxpayer-funded “fishing expedition.”
Asked at a press conference about how much the Assembly has spent fighting subpoenas issued by Cuomo’s Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, Silver (D-Manhattan) sought to turn the focus to the commission itself and how much...Read more »