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Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said Monday he won't allow a vote on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to raise city taxes on the wealthy to pay for expanding prekindergarten programs.
Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) has opposed de Blasio's tax plan since it was first unveiled, saying the tax wasn't necessary because Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed using state funds for pre-K. On Monday, Skelos...Read more »
The top elected Republican in New York said Monday Rob Astorino likely will be the party’s gubernatorial candidate and cast doubt on the notion that Donald Trump was ever “totally serious” about running.
“I believe Rob will be the candidate,” Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said about the Westchester County executive. Astorino has been inching closer to announcing his candidacy,...Read more »
ALBANY – Rank-and-file legislators said Friday four incumbent Regents could be ousted if the state’s education policymaking board doesn’t act quickly to address the controversial Common Core academic standards, which has raised a furor across New York.
Normally, Regent elections are sleepy affairs, with incumbents reappointed as long as they want to continue serving on New York's education...Read more »
Stepping up previous warnings, leaders of the state Senate and Assembly called for a two-year delay Tuesday in using Common Core test results to make evaluations about teachers, principals and students.
The leaders also called for delaying the sharing of student information with a private “cloud-based” data firm until privacy and security concerns were "fully satisfied."
The announcement...Read more »
The City of Long Beach’s request to borrow millions of dollars to address its financial woes stalled temporarily Tuesday -- but it’s not linked to the controversy over New York City’s request to raise its own taxes, officials said.
The Nassau County community has been before the state Legislature twice in recent years seeking authority to issue up to $12 million in bonds to help cover superstorm...Read more »
Outspoken Conservative George Marlin is still a member of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority even though his term on the county’s financial control board expired at the end of December.
Marlin, who has often been at odds with Republican County Executive Edward Mangano's administration, can continue to serve and vote on issues until a replacement is appointed by Gov. Andrew M....Read more »