What to do with 'zombie properties?'

One of the biggest challenges for small upstate cities like Schenectady or Troy can be the abundance of "zombie properties" or residences that have long since been abandoned.  Four of these municipalities in the greater Capital Region are hoping the Center for Technology in Government can help them fight this urban blight and make their communities come alive again. 

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Politics & Elections
9:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Cuomo's opponents up the ante in Moreland Commission criticisms

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s opponents in the November races are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal, and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor’s aides.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu, who along with Zephyr Teachout is challenging Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the state Democratic primary, teaches New York State criminal law at Columbia University.

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Politics & Elections
10:06 am
Wed July 30, 2014

GOP challenger to Cuomo gains from Ethics Commission controversy

The little known and underfunded Republican challenger for Governor in New York has been getting a boost from incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo’s troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep the controversy, first reported in an in depth story in the New York Times, alive.

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Politics & Elections
9:44 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Cuomo offers first comments on Ethics Commission controversy

Governor Cuomo, in his first public appearance since a potentially damaging news about his staff’s tampering with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development.  But the story continues to dog the governor.

Governor Cuomo, in his first appearance since the controversy over his disbanded ethics commission was detailed in the New York Times,  delivered a spirited  speech in Buffalo, touting the work he’s done to help the city’s troubled economy, calling it an  “unbelievable turn around,” and announcing the creation of over 600 new jobs.

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Politics & Elections
9:53 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Long term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. The governor began the week with rosy poll numbers, and he still has a large advantage over his nearest competitor.  

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Education & History
9:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

NYSUT on teacher tenure lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of seven families challenging New York's teacher tenure laws.  The group is led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown.

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