A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.
The Siena poll finds Cuomo’s decision to end the Moreland Commission in the midst of a corruption probe doesn’t sit well with voters. Since the budget was settled, US Attorney Preet Bharara has said he’ll continue with the investigations, and has asked for and received all of the paperwork on the probes.
The state gaming commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York State over the next several years.
Among those testifying, James Maney, the executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.
Maney, who’s organization is neither for or against gambling, says there’s no doubt that the new casinos will increase the number of problem gamblers in New York.
Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana might be dead for the year, saying he does not think “it has a future” in the 2014 session.