Karen DeWitt

ConventionCast | DNC Reporter Roundup

It's all reporters on the final installment of our ConventionCast. Casey Seiler of the Albany Times Union and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio talk with Politico's Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind and WNYC's City Hall and Political Reporter Brigid Bergin about the Governor Cuomo/Mayor deBlasio frenemy subplot at the convention, and Hillary Clinton's big speech.
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Karen DeWitt

ConventionCast | Bernie Sanders Delegates React

How are the Bernie Sanders delegates feeling after Monday's tumultuous day at the DNC revolving around Hillary Clinton's primary challenger? Casey Seiler of the Times Union and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio talk to two Bernie delegates from New York, Assemblyman Phil Steck and working mother Josephine Moore, to find out.
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Governor Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion dollar budget spending plan, including $1 billion more dollars for schools next year , and ethics reforms.

Cuomo saved his plans for education and ethics reform for his speech, after already rolling out a massive infrastructure project that he says will make the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller “jealous”, calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and numerous other proposals.

“There is no doubt that this is an ambitious agenda,” Cuomo said.  “What else did you think that I was going to give to you?”

Matt Ryan

A longtime critic of Andrew Cuomo, Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron interrupted the governor's presentation today at the annual State of the State.  

Matt Ryan

One day before Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, where he is expected to address ethics issues after the criminal convictions of the two legislative leaders, some state legislators are already demanding reforms that would break up the power of the leadership.

Governor Cuomo received a bit of good news just two days before he’s to give his State of the State address-  the governor and his office have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the premature closing of an ethics commission.

Matt Ryan

  Governor Cuomo is scheduled to give his State of the State speech on Wednesday. The governor has already spent the past week rolling out a lengthy agenda for the New Year.

Matt Ryan

Governor Cuomo has some big ideas for rebuilding the state’s neglected infrastructure. But will it come with a big price tag?

Cuomo began the week with an ambitious proposal to add a third track to the Long Island Railroad, to cost around a billion dollars. The governor also wants to spend $5 million dollars on a feasibility study for a tunnel under Long Island Sound to either Connecticut or the Bronx or Westchester in New York.

Matt Ryan

Judith Kaye, the first woman to serve on the state's highest court and the first to become Chief Judge, died Thursday at the age of 77.

Matt Ryan

The opening day of the legislative session featured talk of ethics reform, but Governor Cuomo chose to be elsewhere, putting off his traditional State of the State message for another week, and giving speeches in Syracuse and New York City instead.

The Senate and Assembly convened  for the first time since both leaders of the legislature were convicted of multiple corruption charges in late 2015 and now face potentially decades in prison.

  Governor Cuomo says he’ll increase funding to environmental projects as well as state parks, in his 2016 budget. The news was applauded by environmentalists, as well as some business leaders.

Governor Cuomo is releasing parts of his 2016 agenda in the days leading up to his speech. In a speech on Long Island, he said that he’ll increase the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, which languished during the long recession and slow economic recovery.

Governor Cuomo won’t be giving his State of the State speech for another week, but he has already begun laying out his 2016 agenda. Monday he held a rally to raise the minimum wage for all New York workers to $15 an hour.

Cuomo has already begun a piecemeal attempt to increase the minimum wage, through  executive actions to phase in an increase for state workers and fast food workers to $15 an hour over the next several years.

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