Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver en Anti-corruption panel ends <p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:40:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29172 at Budget deal near <p>Legislative leaders say they expect to have a deal on the state budget by the end of the day, but are revealing no details.</p><p></p><p>Emerging from a leaders meeting, the Senate and Assembly leaders say they are “moving toward a framework” for a budget deal, and expect to meet with some of their rank and file members, then gather for a final closed door session before making an announcement. Speaker Silver is optimistic,</p><p></p><p>“I expect we’ll have a deal today,” Silver said.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:26:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28942 at State lawmakers say delay of Common Core effects likely in state budget <p>State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.</p><p></p><p>The State Assembly has already passed a bill to delay the effects of the new Common Core tests on students and teachers, after widespread complaints that schools and the state education department were not adequately prepared to make the needed curriculum changes.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:03:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28913 at Lawmakers closer to budget agreement <p>Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Cuomo.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The legislative leaders, following a two hour closed door meeting with Governor Cuomo, seemed in high spirits. &nbsp;Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos gave his often times rival Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a hug.</p><p></p><p>“Look how much I love Shelly,” Senator Skelos said, with a laugh.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:05:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28891 at Education fights will dominate final weeks of budget talks <p>The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings on Monday, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.<br /><br />Sticking points include funding for Charter schools. Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by&nbsp; New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer&nbsp; have rent free space in existing public school buildings. Cuomo, speaking at a business lunch, says protecting charter schools will be one of his top priorities in the budget. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:43:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28485 at