War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

OFFICIALS: Cuomo’s property tax payment plan would place heavy burden counties

A proposal within the the New York State budget could make accepting property tax payments much more complicated and expensive for taxing authorities. The goal of the provision is to simply give towns and school districts the ability to accept payments in varying amounts during the collection period. Essentially, it would give the taxpayer the ability to name the number... more

Skepticism of Gov. Cuomo’s plan to save FLGR running high

First, there was the announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that a plan to ‘save’ Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack would include a payment from del Lago Resort & Casino, which opened in Tyre this month. The exact amount of money is still being discussed and debated, but the proposal as Gov. Cuomo announced it would include a $440,000 payment... more

Gov. Cuomo announces $20M housing plan for West Middle School

It’s not a school anymore, but it will definitely have a purpose in the coming years. It could completely change the housing landscape in Auburn, depending on how the plan is executed. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $20.2 million project to convert the vacant West Middle School at 217 Genesee Street in Auburn into 59 affordable apartments for... more

Students, lawmakers remain skeptical of Gov. Cuomo’s ‘free tuition’ plan

As it turns out — free college doesn’t mean ‘free’ college. Whether it’s a discussion about the way New York would pay for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal — or the fact that the ‘free’ tuition concept leaves out an estimated 66 percent of total cost for a college degree. Covering the cost of tuition would be great for students eager... more

Gov. Cuomo’s budget calls for investment in the Finger Lakes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a number of regional highlights for the Finger Lakes as part of the proposed FY 2018 Executive Budget. The Budget builds on the state’s fiscal discipline over the last six years while strengthening the middle class, reducing taxes, and making smart investments in New York’s future. For the seventh consecutive year, the Budget is balanced... more

Cuomo’s $20 million plan to address parking woes at NYS Fair

The New York State Fair drew a record crowd in 2016, but with that came long lines of vehicles and not enough parking spaces to accommodate fairgoers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after receiving recommendations from a state fair task force, has a plan to address the parking woes. The Citizen: Read More more

Gov. Cuomo announces $70M for second phase of New York State Fair revitalization

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Phase Two of the historic redesign and transformation of the New York State Fairgrounds and endorsed the State Fair Task Force recommendation to expand the fair to 13 Days in 2017. Phase Two of the capital program to develop the fair into a year-round destination includes $50 million to develop an 80,000-square-foot, multi-use Exposition... more

Gov. Cuomo announces actions on reproductive health services in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of actions to firmly secure access to reproductive rights in New York State. Through regulatory action, the State will ensure that contraceptive drugs and devices are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles regardless of the future of the Affordable Care Act; contraceptives are available in amounts exceeding one... more

Cuomo seeks to balance budget with new plans

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to retain higher taxes on the wealthy to help balance the state’s books and increase spending on schools by about $1 billion. The Democratic governor unveiled his $152.3 billion state budget proposal Tuesday night, laying out a wide-ranging plan that would couple an income-tax cut for the middle class while extending a soon-to-expire higher tax rate... more

Private schools concerned over free SUNY tuition plan

Private colleges are warning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide free State University of New York tuition could put them at a major disadvantage. A statewide organization representing more than 100 private colleges and universities has emerged as a careful critic of Cuomo’s new plan, which would provide free SUNY tuition to students from families who make less than $125,000... more

STAYING HOME: Gov. Cuomo proposes plan to help grads plant roots

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to keep recent-graduates in New York State. In a proposal announced this week, the governor said that he wants to establish a program that will encourage recent-graduates to buy a home in Upstate New York. Particularly, he wants to see upstate’s cities retain their young people. He said that the program would be aimed at keeping... more

Sen. Helming asks for input on Gov. Cuomo’s SUNY tuition proposal

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) today announced she’s launching a survey for constituents to weigh in on the best methods to make college more affordable for middle-class families. The survey comes in the wake of Gov. Cuomo’s proposal for “free” college tuition at SUNY schools, and asks residents for their thoughts on this idea, as well as other ways to... more

Cuomo proposes $2 billion clean water infrastructure fund that could help Owasco Lake

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for record investment in the state’s water infrastructure — funding that could benefit Owasco Lake and its surrounding communities. Cuomo, who spoke in Buffalo Monday, unveiled the Clean Water Infrastructure Act as part of his 2017 State of the State agenda. He wants to provide $2 billion for water infrastructure throughout the state. The Citizen:... more