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Legislation & Policy
6:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo proposes criminal justice reforms

Governor Cuomo laid out a series of proposals for reforming the state’s criminal justice system, after heightened tensions over the death of an unarmed Staten Island resident after an encounter with police, as well as the recent murder of two police officers.

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Education & History
5:25 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo challenges teachers, lawmakers, in budget proposal

Governor Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.

The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are “baloney,” because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.

“98% of the teachers rated effective,” Cuomo said. “Who are we kidding, my friends?”

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Legislation & Policy
2:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Cuomo outlines infrastructure plans, says he'll take on state's 'education industry'

Governor Cuomo continued the roll out of his 2015 agenda Tuesday with details of an infrastructure plan that includes upgrading New York City region airports to providing broadband for upstate rural areas. The governor also offered clues to another key item- education, where he seems determined to take on the status quo.

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Legislation & Policy
4:52 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cuomo wants pay raise commission, with strings attached

Governor Cuomo wants to appoint a commission to consider raising the pay of state lawmaker’s, who have not seen a raise in 15 years, but there’s some strings attached.

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Legislation & Policy
4:20 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cuomo's minimum wage hike plan draws mixed reviews

Governor Cuomo has spent the days leading up to this joint State of the State and budget message rolling out a number of new programs and proposals, including an anti-poverty agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, and tax cuts for small businesses.

Cuomo says as part of his budget, he’ll include a new phased in increase of the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by the end of 2016. In New York City, the rate would rise to $11.50 an hour. The governor says New York City is arguably “the most expensive market” in the U.S.

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