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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo opened the door Monday to delaying a decision on natural gas drilling even further. The governor signaled he might not make a decision on whether to allow a high-volume, horizontal drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") until after Election Day.
This would be the latest in a series of postponements by the Democrat, whom the New York...Read more »
[From the Cuomo Watch column in today's Spin Cycle page]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has until midnight Wednesday to sign or veto a controversial bill determining the future of the former Freeport Armory.
The bill, championed by Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), would transfer ownership of the old military facility to Cedarmore Corp., a non-profit that shares space with the Zion Cathedral...Read more »
Senate Republicans say they are weighing an investigation about the slow processing of superstorm Sandy aid requests.
Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) recently sent a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery asking for a briefing about the delays. Newsday recently reported that just 4 of 4,000 Long Island homeowners who qualified for rebuilding aid have received checks so...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be at SUNY Old Westbury Tuesday to talk about tax cuts he might propose in 2014, when the governor and state legislators are up for re-election.
Cuomo will be on campus to unveil the recommendations of his hand-picked “Tax Relief Commission.”
The Democrat has previously signaled he wants to propose some sort of property-tax reduction; the governor frequently...Read more »
The guy who ran Carl Paladino’s ill-fated gubernatorial campaign in 2010 took to Twitter Wednesday to post photos of his meeting with Donald Trump.
“You’ll never know who you run into in NYC,” political consultant Michael Caputo teasingly wrote, accompanying the photo of him and Trump at what appears to be a conference table.
Trump aides have said previously he’s not interested in running...Read more »
State Republican Chairman Ed Cox has been bashing a special corruption commission Wednesday as nothing more than vehicle to drive Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s agenda.
That he did so again Wednesday wasn’t surprising. But in a slight change-up, Cox also criticized two Long Islanders at the hub of the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption: Nassau County District Attorney...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to set the table for some sort of tax-cut proposal for 2014, when he's up for re-election.
Though the state faces a $1.7 billion deficit by the March 31 end of the fiscal year, Cuomo contended there will be a surplus "in essence" if he holds the line on spending for the next few months.
"We do have funds to do a tax cut," Cuomo said...Read more »
With a reporting deadline less than a week away, bickering over the tactics and likely proposals of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s corruption commission continued Monday.
Cuomo sought to fight back against legislators’ criticisms that subpoenas issued by his Commission to Investigate Public Corruption violated the state’s separation-of-powers guarantees. But, in a brief conference call with reporters,...Read more »
Apparently, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo thought reports about a possible Republican challenger next year were significant enough that he had a conversation with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about them.
To recap, after handily winning re-election earlier this month, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has become a rising star in Republican circles. He visited Somos el Futuro, the annual conference...Read more »
[UPDATED below with Skelos sending similar message to Republicans]
Using a special commission to investigate state legislators to achieve a political goal is “an abuse of process,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in an e-mail to lawmakers Friday.
Although Silver (D-Manhattan), didn’t specifically criticize Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, he made clear he thinks the governor’s Moreland Commission...Read more »