Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver en Astorino favors term limits but not public campaign finance <p>The Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino, is &nbsp;pressing for term limits for state officials. &nbsp;He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>“That gives you eight years to accomplish things,” Astorino said.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:32:02 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31079 at 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