Politics & Elections
4:35 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Mayors testify at annual Tin Cup Day

Mayors from around the state testified before the state legislative fiscal committees. In what’s traditionally known as Tin Cup day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.
First up was New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, who came armed with a new report that he says shows how he could enact universal access to  pre kindergarten at a “rapid pace”, in an expansion that he calls one of the largest in the nation’s history.
“We’re ready to begin right away,” deBlasio said.

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Politics & Elections
4:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Bill de Blasio's Whirlwind Day in Albany

Legislation & Policy
9:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Budget Director Megna on NY's Spending Plan

Bob Megna is a veteran when it comes to putting together the state's budget.  He's been in charge of doing just that under two governors. Andrew Cuomo asked him to stay on after David Paterson's tenure was over and this year marks Megna's fourth executive budget with the current governor. 

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Business & Economy
3:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Governor Cuomo's 2014 Budget Address

Watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo's full 2014 Budget Address above.

Politics & Elections
3:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Cuomo's budget reads like re-election agenda

Governor Cuomo faces the voters in November, and his  budget plan, with many of the major initiatives phased in over the next few years, can be viewed as a blueprint for the governor’s own re election.  

Many of the major components in Governor Cuomo’s budget, including universal pre kindergarten and business tax cuts, take three to four years to be fully phased in. Even the property tax freeze is a multi- year proposal.

Implicit in the plan’s success is that Cuomo remains governor for the next few years to carry out all of the proposals.

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Politics & Elections
10:11 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Range of reaction to Cuomo's budget

Reactions are pouring in to Governor Cuomo’s budget plan . They range from praise to criticism.
Business groups are among the happiest so far with Governor Cuomo’s budget. The State’s Business Council, reacting to Cuomo’s calls for a corporate tax cut, a faster phase out of an energy tax, and a reduction in the estate tax and property taxes , say they “applaud the Governor’s continued commitment to improve the state’s business climate.”

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