New York

Signals of legislative changes to Common Core
4:31 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Cuomo shifts on Common Core

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting on education in the Red Room at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP

Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools?  As Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. 

    

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middle class tax break or lower taxes for all?
6:37 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Progressive groups: income inequality should be focus of legislation

Taxes and tax reform are likely to be a major topic in the next legislative session in New York.  Progressive groups and Republicans in the State Senate are weighing in.

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Education
6:23 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

NY teacher of year complains about student testing at hearing

At a Senate hearing on New York state’s new Common Core educational standards Wednesday, teachers, principals and Senators themselves complained that the implementation has been dysfunctional. 

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3/4 of a million tickets in 2011
5:39 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Red light cameras reducing accidents 40%

Credit AP

A lot of Long Islanders have gotten tickets for ignoring red lights.   

There were nearly 740,000 citations in 2011, the last year for which data is available.  That's one in three drivers. 

The cameras have resulted in some $30 million dollars a year in revenue for both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Connecticut has flirted with the idea of installing red light cameras, but none so far.  

WSHU recently had a looked at the data behind the cameras on Long Island and reports that,  though people may resent paying the fine, they do make intersections safer.  

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How the sausage is made
8:57 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect

Islip Republican Tom Cilmi is one of the few critics of Suffolk's budget process which he calls secretive.
Credit Charles Lane

For the last several weeks Suffolk County lawmakers have been negotiating next year's budget.  The $2.8 billion spending package is expected to be unveiled Friday afternoon.  While there has been a quiet increase in criticism about how lawmakers get the budget done most still defend it.  

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