Bob Freeman on 'open government'

With four decades of experience, Bob Freeman of the New York State Committee on Open Government, lends his insight into issues like how the FOIL law has changed with improving technology and which administrations were most transparent. Watch the complete interview above.

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Politics & Elections
8:33 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Cuomo enlists a Rockefeller Republican to support his re-election campaign

Governor Cuomo is reaching out to moderate  Republicans to try to win over their vote in next month’s elections, his efforts have been bolstered by a new ad featuring Larry Rockefeller.

Rockefeller, the nephew of former Governor Nelson Rockefeller, says  in the spot that GOP candidate Rob Astorino is too conservative for New York, and that he favors “mainstream” Governor Cuomo in the election.

“I’m a lifelong Republican, “says Rockefeller in the ad. “But I cannot support the ultra-conservative Rob Astorino.”

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Legislation & Policy
10:11 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Cuomo faces deadline to choose high court nominee

Governor Cuomo has until the end of this week to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. His choices include the reappointment of a Republican woman judge who currently holds the seat,  and several Democratic alternatives. 

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Politics & Elections
2:23 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Debates still in flux

Governor Cuomo has accepted two debate offers from media outlets, but neither format includes a one on one televised contest between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent, and GOP candidate Rob Astorino is objecting.

One of the debates would take place in Buffalo, sponsored by the Buffalo News and public television and radio stations WNED, and WBFO.  It would include Governor Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.

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Politics & Elections
8:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Governor Cuomo visits Afghanistan

Governor Cuomo spent the weekend in Afghanistan, as part of a contingent of four US governors on a trip to learn about counter terrorism measures.

Cuomo and the other governors were invited by the Defense Department, to receive briefings on counter terrorism efforts and increasing global threats, and to meet with the troops, including 270 Members of the New York National Guard and 900 Members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.

Cuomo held a conference call from the country.

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Politics & Elections
8:54 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Cuomo agrees to two debates

Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s agreed to two debates, both on public broadcasting, with his opponents, but his GOP challenger is angered because the formats do not include a televised contest between the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Cuomo says he’s accepted an invitation to debate on television in Buffalo, along with GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott.

The governor has also agreed to a radio debate in New York City. It will be a one on one between Cuomo and Astorino.  

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