New York

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The leader of the Independent Democrats in the New York State Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer, and says he intends to remain as leader of the breakaway Democratic faction.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warns of a “problematic” budget season, as the state faces a structural deficit, changes to the federal tax code, and uncertainty over continued funding from Washington.

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Republicans in the State Senate say that, despite the over $4 billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.

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Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.

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Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State speech this week floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it’s not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

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