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
9:44 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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Politics & Elections
9:08 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of Attorney General

The fall out continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that the state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations, and whether any actual crimes were committed.

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Politics & Elections
8:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Fall out for Cuomo over report his aids interfered with ethics probes

One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

Cuomo created the ethics commission under the state’s  Moreland Act a little over a year ago amidst rampant corruption rampant in the legislature, that included a string of indictments, resignations and jailings of lawmakers.

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