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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Legislation & Policy
5:03 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Senate will determine fate of medical marijuana

The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.

Advocates cheered as the New York State Assembly approved a medical marijuana bill that would  permit patients to possess small amounts of marijuana to treat approved medical conditions.

The legislation also sets up licensed dispensaries to grow and sell the drug to sick people.

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Politics & Elections
9:16 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Working Families Party endorsement going down to the wire

It’s coming down to the wire for a decision on whether the Working Families Party endorses Governor Cuomo for re-election or not.  Talks are ongoing as the Saturday convention approaches.

The left leaning minor party was angered when Cuomo failed to win a public campaign financing system for state wide offices in the budget. They were also annoyed by cuts to corporate taxes and for wealthy estate owners that the governor championed.

Cuomo has faced opposition from Republicans in the State Senate, who rule in a coalition with a group of break away Democrats.

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Politics & Elections
8:32 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Astorino favors term limits but not public campaign finance

The Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino, is  pressing for term limits for state officials.  He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform.

Astorino proposes limiting the terms of governors, state comptrollers and attorney generals, to two, four year terms and Senators and Assemblymembers to four, two year terms.

“That gives you eight years to accomplish things,” Astorino said.

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Legislation & Policy
3:13 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Senate leadership proposes bills to combat heroin epidemic

A Republican led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York.

The bills would require schools to carry supplies of Naloxone, the drug used to treat heroin overdoses and in many cases, prevent death. They would also require better management of patients treated for drug addiction, and  convert some recently closed state prisons to treatment centers.

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