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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Legislation & Policy
11:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Report shows record lobbying in NYS

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s  ethics commission. It finds over $200 million dollars was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government  and policy in Albany.

The report, by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, finds $210 million dollars was spent by lobbyists to mostly influence state and local governments. That’s nearly $1 million dollars for each of the 213 Senators and Assemblymembers.

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Legislation & Policy
8:40 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Anti-corruption panel ends

The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Governor Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Donald Trump speaks at pro-gun rally in Albany

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who flirted with the idea of running for governor this winter, spoke to a group of around a thousand  at a rally just across the way from the State Capitol. 

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Legislation & Policy
3:32 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cuomo, leaders admit some unfinished budget issues

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

Governor Cuomo says one of the most important accomplishments achieved by him and the legislative leaders, is that the budget was passed on time, for the fourth year in a row. And he used a baseball metaphor, complete with baseballs and bats for props, to describe  the feat.

“This is the grand slam budget,” said Cuomo. “I’m pleased and proud.”

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Legislation & Policy
9:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Lawmakers in marathon budget voting session

Lawmakers hurried to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy.

Legislators held a marathon voting session on several budget bills, in an attempt to beat the April 1 deadline. Some of the legislation was not technically printed until the small hours of Saturday morning, and Governor Cuomo sent an emergency message to waive the three day waiting period required by law.

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