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The Assembly's Democratic majority has rejected Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed property tax freeze, but will try to roll back the estate tax to give a break to suburban families and small businesses, according to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Silver revealed the negotiating stances Tuesday, as the Assembly and Senate prepared to release their full 2014-15 budget proposals. The legislative...Read more »
Back on her agenda to help working women, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is touting her legislation to double tax credits for day care and allow some of the cost be deducted as business expenses.
In a news conference on the telephone today and another in her New York City office on Sunday, Gillibrand said New York has the second highest cost of day care in the country. That cost, she said,...Read more »
ALBANY - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his conference’s budget proposal will continue to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal for a New York City tax increase to pay for prekindergarten. But even Silver, de Blasio’s top advocate in Albany, says he’s open to state funding.
“I’m hoping for whatever gets the program going,” Silver (D-Manhattan) said Tuesday. He said he supported de...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 »
Since leaving public office in 1999, Bruce Blakeman and his consulting company, Madison Strategies, have combined to give more than $100,000 to political candidates and committees.
So why is one $250 check from 2009 of any note?
Because it went to a person Blakeman is running against this year in the 4th Congressional District.
The Republican Blakeman, a former presiding officer...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 »
How times have changed. By 1999, Nassau Republicans were running from then-GOP County Executive Thomas Gulotta after the county’s credit rating dropped near junk, an insurance scandal cost taxpayers millions of dollars and Democrats ousted Republican incumbents at all levels, from the county legislature through the towns and the courts.
Now, county Republicans are honoring Gulotta with the...Read more »
Lost amid comparisons to potential Republican challengers, recent polls showed a sharp decline in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s approval rating, which has dropped 10 percentage points since November to 42 percent of registered voters, according to the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll. That’s the lowest rating in the Marist poll since Cuomo took office in 2011.
Cuomo downplayed...Read more »
Get used to the new abnormal.
New York State is now on track to indefinitely spend tens of millions of dollars more every two years to hold two primary days -- one for federal office in June, another for state office in September.
This absurdity first arose in 2012 when the major parties failed to agree on a single primary date. The federal contests had to be moved forward because a...Read more »
New Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta, who retired as a police detective just before taking office, is receiving more than $200,000 for unused vacation and sick time that he accumulated during his nearly 25 year career.
County comptroller records show that Trotta is getting $47,187 for unused vacation time and $157,293 for unused sick time. Trotta was also paid $11,059 in pay unions agree to delay...Read more »