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Lawmakers react to state budget negotiations, extender

An extended budget is the only thing that stands between New York State and a shutdown now that the budget deadline has come and gone. Sen. Pam Helming (R-C-I-54) voted to pass the extension, which provides temporary relief for facilities that would otherwise be hit hard by the failure by state legislators to pass a budget. Hospitals and nursing homes... more

Kolb: Reality check for economic development effort is long overdue

Despite mounting concerns, federal inquiries and underwhelming performance results, Gov. Cuomo and his staff continue to tell New Yorkers that the state’s economic development programs are strong and successful. It’s one thing to stay “on message,” but it’s quite another to be stuck in a fantasy. The administration’s continued denials of reality were on display this week in Albany. On... more