Albany

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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Moss is upstate NY Sheriff
6:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

NY GOP nominates first African American for NY LT Governor

Its official, Chemung County, New York, Sheriff Chris Moss will be the first African American GOP candidate to run for lieutenant governor of the state. New York Republicans nominated Moss for the post at their party convention on Thursday.   

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NY politics
5:59 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

NY Lt. Gov. Duffy won't seek re-election

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

New York Governor  Andrew Cuomo will soon be announcing a new running mate for the fall elections, now that Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, has confirmed he will not seek the post for a second time.

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Casino expansion in NY
11:28 am
Thu April 10, 2014

NY Gaming Commission hears testimony on problem gambling

File photo- Visitors play the slot machines at the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Jamaica, New York. Resorts World Casino was New York City's first legalized gambling "racino" at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

The New York State Gaming Commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York over the next several years.

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Theoretical votes available for key bills
4:34 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Reformers fault Cuomo for not holding elections

Then gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo campaigning in 2010 where he vowed to pass a public campaign finance law
Credit AP Photo/Mike Grol

New York's short-lived public campaign finance program came to a halt Monday when the program's test participant, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, said he would not participate in the pilot program because it was unjust. Reformers are blaming New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for not holding special elections that might have provided the votes. 

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