Politics & Elections
11:23 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Drones in Central New York

New York NOW travels to Central New York, a site chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research on how best to safely fly drones in public airspace. 

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Legislation & Policy
8:50 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts

Governor Cuomo released his state budget Tuesday. The $137.2 billion dollar spending plan includes more money for schools , including a phase in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.

The governor’s budget ,which includes a 3.1% increase in school aid, a two year property tax freeze and phased in business tax cuts ,offers something for everyone in a year where Cuomo and all 213 members of the legislature are up for re election .

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Politics
8:43 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Legislators React to Cuomo's Budget Address

Governor Cuomo delivered his 4th Executive Budget Address at the Egg, in the Empire State Plaza. Two weeks after his State of the State speech, Cuomo said this is where ideas become reality.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

Legislation & Policy
8:52 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Cuomo to include public campaign finance in budget proposal

A Cuomo Administration official says the Governor will ask for funding in his budget plan for a matching donor public campaign finance system for statewide elections. He’ll also seek $4 million dollars to create an independent unit in the State Board of Elections to enforce existing laws.

The Board of Elections has not had any investigators to probe campaign reporting violations in several years.

Karen Scharff, with Citizen Action, one of thirty groups to write a letter to the Governor urging action in the budget, is pleased.

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Politics
10:59 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Watch Governor Cuomo's Budget Address Today at 2pm

You can watch and listen to  Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Budget Address tomorrow at 2pm on your local PBS and New York State Public Radio stations.   New York NOW's Matt Ryan will anchor live coverage of the broadcast from the New York NOW studios. 

Business & Economy
2:02 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Cuomo set to release budget January 21

Governor Cuomo releases his state budget proposal next Tuesday, and many will be watching to see what it contains and how the numbers will add up.

The governor is expected to detail a more than $2 billion dollar tax cut plan that includes business tax reductions and a multi stepped plan to freeze property taxes for two years. Cuomo will also reveal how much money he wants to spend on education. He’s said he’ll recommend an increase in school aid, by perhaps as much as 5% over last year. But he’s promised to not raise overall spending in the state budget above 2%.

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Legislation & Policy
9:27 am
Fri January 17, 2014

30 groups ask Cuomo to include funding for reform in budget

The groups are asking Governor Cuomo to essentially, put his money where his mouth is when it comes to campaign donations reform ideas like public financing, and a new agency to police violations.

Karen Scharff , with Citizen Action, says the governor has been talking about these proposals for over a year now, and the Moreland Act Commission chaired by some of the state’s District Attorneys has also endorsed them. She says it’s time for Cuomo to show he’s still serious by providing some funding in the state budget.    

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Education & History
9:24 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Lawmakers differ over Common Core fix

There’s continued dissatisfaction over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core standards, which parents, students and teachers have complained has led to too much testing. There’s disagreement, though, in the state legislature over how to fix it.

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