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Government
3:29 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Poll: Cuomo's approval rating at its lowest since taking office

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday finds Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is at its lowest since taking office in 2010.

Cuomo’s job approval rating stands at 50 percent, down 8 points just from last December, before the legislative session began and the governor began a more public feud with the state’s teachers unions, said Quinnipiac University spokesman Mickey Carroll.

“It’s not very good,” said Carroll. “A governor should do better than 50 percent."

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Government
1:51 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Cuomo Gets Blowback On 90 Day Email Deletion Policy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been getting some bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers over an email policy that erases all electronic correspondence of state employees after 90 days.

The policy to delete the emails of state employees after three months has been in place for some time, but is only now being enforced. It was revealed during a recent budget hearing, where Governor Cuomo’s chief Information Officer Maggie Miller testified before skeptical state lawmakers .

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Government
8:27 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Women's Rights Bills Stalled for Third Year in Albany

The New York state Senate convenes on the opening day of the 2015 legislative session at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women's rights in the workplace and housing but excluded a ninth measure to codify abortion rights that the Democrat-controlled Assembly supports.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Women’s rights bills were once again debated in the legislature, but ended in a political stalemate, with none of the provisions coming any closer to passage by both houses.

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Government
5:12 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Begins Second Term With Funeral of His Father

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, second from left, celebrates with his father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, at Democratic election headquarters in New York, November 4, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Willen / APImages

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away just two hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, finished  giving his second inauguration speeches in New York City and Buffalo.

So in the next several days, in addition to attending his father’s funeral,  Andrew Cuomo will also be preparing for a State of the State address.

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Analysis of Albany in 2014
3:34 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Albany more in agreement... kind of

Lawmakers continued their trend of passing fewer bills than in years past
Credit NYPIRG handout

A good government group issued an analysis of New York's legislative accomplishments this year and reports that Albany moved a little bit closer toward limiting public debate on major issues.

The New York Public Interest Research Group found that the total number of bills passed by state lawmakers stayed at historically low levels, but at the same time the size of the budget document increased.

New York's budget is notoriously brokered in secret by the governor and legislative leaders.

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