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WATCH - Mayor de Blasio comes to Albany

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made his annual trip to the capital city to testify at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing. He struck on a familiar theme when talking about the inequality that exists in his city. Our Matt Ryan was at the hearing and his press conference. He joins Casey Seiler, Ken Lovett of The Daily News and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio to discuss what happened and the rollercoaster-like relationship between the mayor and Governor Cuomo. Watch the full episode: />
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WATCH: Gibson, I-81 and LLC loophole

In this week's program, Congressman Chris Gibson (Hudson Valley/Catskills) joins us to talk about his decision to make his current congressional term his last. Is he the GOP's best chance at winning statewide office in 2018?
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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.

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.

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day  shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

The President of the state’s teachers’ union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York.  Magee ousted a three term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in Education Commissioner John King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.

In April, the New York State United Teachers union decided on new leadership for its 60,000 members.  Gone was longtime President Dick Ianuzzi and in was the first female to lead the powerful organization, Karen Magee. 

We'll sit down for our first interview with Magee where she'll discuss her leadership style, the Common Core and as you can see in the clip above, her thoughts on embattled Education Commissioner John King.

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But the meeting included accusations from a board member that Cuomo Administration officials are trying to hide bad news about future toll hikes on the bridge and the rest of the New York State Thruway.

Governor Cuomo is already ahead of his Republican challenger in name recognition, now, according to required campaign disclosure filings with the State Board of Elections, Cuomo is far ahead in fundraising as well.

Cuomo, who already had over $33 million dollars in his campaign war chest, took in an additional $8.4 million dollars during the first six months of the year, and spent around $6 and a half million dollars, leaving him with a balance of  $35,037,071.40.

GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino faces an uphill battle against the incumbent governor.

Governor Cuomo says he’s not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is considering authorizing four new gambling centers in the next few months.

Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo Administration to help finance the rebuilding of a major Thruway bridge with a fund designed for municipal clean water projects.  

Governor Cuomo’s administration wants to use money from a revolving loan fund, designed to help local governments keep their sewer and water treatment systems up to date and their drinking water clean, to instead help pay for the massive Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. Governor Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.

Currently, tipped workers in New York are not covered under a new law that allows the state’s minimum wage to increase to $9.00 an hour by 2016.  The minimum wage for workers like waiters and pizza deliverers who receive tips is still set at $5.00 an hour.

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