Albany

Kaminsky Bill Targets Albany Corruption

Jul 21, 2016
Mike Groll / AP

New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky, D-Long Beach, wants to make the state’s bribery laws stronger to combat corruption in Albany.  

Mike Groll / AP

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, this week said he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. Cuomo also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

Mike Groll / AP

Business leaders, particularly those in upstate New York, say the 2016 legislative session, which recently concluded, was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

Business owners say that a session that saw the minimum wage increase, to eventually $15 an hour in New York City and $12.50 upstate, along with a phased-in partial paid family leave, will be costly to smaller employers who operate on the edge in a shaky economy.

Hans Pennink / AP

What began in January as an ambitious reform package to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol, proposed by Governor Cuomo, dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. 

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