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THE DEBRIEF: Albany puts pinch on small communities, and reviewing legislative proposals (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Albany puts pinch on small communities, and reviewing legislative proposals (podcast)
Josh Durso and Ted Baker discuss the latest news in the Finger Lakes – including a number of budget proposals at the state-level, which would have serious impact on local communities. Here are the headlines from the program: Single-use plastic bag ban could happen this year; Raising the age of tobacco purchase to 21 across NYS; Legalizing the purchase of... more

Cuomo says early voting will be paid for

Cuomo says early voting will be paid for
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in a statement Thursday sought to allay concerns local governments would not have the funding to pay for the cost of early voting, pointing to a provision that would collect sales taxes on internet purchases from out-of-state retailers and the plan to consolidate the state and federal primaries into one day. The primary consolidation is expected... more

Governor’s proposal would make harder for villages to operate in NY

Governor’s proposal would make harder for villages to operate in NY
Ontario County villages will see reductions in state aid, if Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposal goes through State funding of $16,219 would be just enough money to pay for laying 500 feet of sidewalk or planting about 20 trees in the village of Clifton Springs. If it was coming this way, which as of now, it won’t be. “It may not... more

Assemblyman Manktelow calls on Gov. Cuomo to restore $59M for municipalities

Assemblyman Manktelow calls on Gov. Cuomo to restore $59M for municipalities
Assemblyman Brian Manktelow (R-Lyons) is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore $59 million to the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities program in the state’s 2019-20 budget proposal. “I was concerned that the governor’s budget didn’t indicate anywhere he intended to cut spending,” Manktelow said. “But this is certainly not the place to do it. We don’t want to bankrupt... more

Local reaction to proposed plastic bag ban across New York

Local reaction to proposed plastic bag ban across New York
Plastic bags are carried out of Hegedorns Market by most of its customers. According to store manager Scott Herman, the store goes through about one million plastic bags each year. “It’s just an easier bag with handles to grab and go, and the customers are just used to it because almost all retailers have plastic bags,” Herman said. As part... more

Charter claims it is making progress in fight to stay in New York

Charter claims it is making progress in fight to stay in New York
An embattled cable company is getting another extension as it continues to fight to stay in New York. Charter claims it provided new information to the state about how it’s meeting the terms of it’s merger. This comes after Charter was given another extension to submit it’s plan to leave New York. The company now has until March 4th. This is the fifth... more

Upstate casinos likely to win sports betting as Cuomo makes push

Upstate casinos
New York appears to be taking another step toward regulated sports betting, but not the one the industry really wanted. In Tuesday’s State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that he’ll be pushing to get sports betting up and running in the state, a new revenue stream in a state that needs an infusion of cash to cover a $3.1 billion fiscal... more

Local reaction to Gov. Cuomo’s $178B spending plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed a $178 billion spending plan that seeks legalize adult use marijuana, hikes education spending by $956 million and seeks to codify aspects of the federal Affordable Care Act into state law while adhering to a 2 percent cap on year-over-year state spending. The budget also closes a $3.1 billion budget deficit. Cuomo is also... more

Cuomo proposes major change to STAR tax rebate program

Cuomo proposes major change to STAR tax rebate program
Homeowners earning between $250,000 to $500,000 a year would get a check back for their STAR rebates to help pay for school taxes rather than receiving the savings directly in their tax bill, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Tuesday. For homeowners who earn under less than $250,000 a year and have owned their houses prior to Aug. 1, 2015, they would... more

Marijuana: Towns could opt-out under Andrew Cuomo’s plan

Marijuana: Towns could opt-out under Andrew Cuomo’s plan
Cities and towns in New York would still be able to ban marijuana sales under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s soon-to-be-released plan to legalize the drug statewide. Cuomo, a Democrat, is expected to unveil his full recreational marijuana proposal Tuesday as part of his budget plan and State of the State address, which is set for 2 p.m. But he gave a... more

Gov. Cuomo proposes banning stretch limos

Gov. Cuomo proposes banning stretch limos
Governor Andrew Cuomo is behind a new push to ban certain limos following that deadly crash near Albany last year. The ban affects limos similar to the one that killed 20 people in Schoharie, NY back in October. According to the Albany Times Union, Governor Cuomo will detail all of this in his executive budget. The Governor wants to ban... more

Legislature passes early voting, other election reforms

Legislature passes early voting, other election reforms
After years of waiting, Democrats have finally advanced early voting and other election reforms in the state Legislature. With majority control of the state Assembly and Senate, Democrats passed seven bills to bolster New York’s election system. The legislative package includes a nine-day early voting period before Election Day, consolidating the federal, state and local primaries, and placing a cap... more

O’Mara, Palmesano call for greater state funding of local roads and bridges

O’Mara, Palmesano call for greater state funding of local roads and bridges
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I- Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) renewed their call for Governor Andrew Cuomo to “once and for all make New York State’s commitment to local roads and bridges the strongest state-level commitment in the nation.” The area legislators have been responding to Cuomo’s proposal to launch a new $150-billion infrastructure plan in 2019.  The... more

Cuomo starts with favorable numbers in first poll of 2019

Cuomo starts with favorable numbers in first poll of 2019
Governor Andrew Cuomo has a 51-43 percent favorability rating among registered voters, up from a negative 45-49 percent favorability rating in November among likely 2018 voters. The Assembly has a 48-32 percent favorability rating – its best ever – up from negative 40-43 percent in June with likely voters, while the State Senate has a 49-38 percent favorability rating, just... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Bringing solar to rural parts of the Finger Lakes

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Bringing solar to rural parts of the Finger Lakes
What kind of benefit can solar have in the Finger Lakes? That is one of the questions discussed in this week’s Sunday Conversation. In 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo invested a billion dollars to see a state initiative reach those who otherwise wouldn’t have access. Those with NYSERDA and Nexamp say solar can work; and officials have attached some aggressive goals... more

Cuomo backs banning plastic bags across NYS

Cuomo backs banning plastic bags across NYS
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 budget proposal will call for a ban on plastic bags in New York as well as an expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law. “While the federal government is taking our environmental progress backwards and selling out our communities to polluters and oil companies, in New York we are moving forward with the nation’s strongest environmental... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing possibilities in legislative session, and political engagement in 2019 (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing possibilities in legislative session, and political engagement in 2019 (podcast)
On a special edition of The Debrief Podcast, Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso will be joined by Leslie Danks Burke, founder of the Trailblazers PAC, to discuss a wide-range of political stories from the last month. They will also take a close look at the policy that could come out of the recently-started legislative session, and the impacts it could... more
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