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Education & History
3:23 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Schools say NY's surplus should fund nearly $2B in additional aid

The state’s Education Conference Board says now that the economy is improving and the state has a multi billion dollar surplus,  it’s time to end years of what they say is under spending on New York’s schools.

The board is made up of the state’s teachers, school boards, superintendents and the PTA, among others. They agree that school spending must increase significantly in the New Year. Chairman John Yagielski says the groups want $1.9 billion additional dollars for the 2015-16 school year.

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Business & Economy
5:15 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Watchdog groups urge prudence over state's $5.1B surplus

New York State will begin 2015 with the largest one time windfall budget surplus since the end of World War II,  due to settlements with major banks after the financial crisis. Fiscal watchdog groups are warning lawmakers not to go crazy with ideas for how to spend it.

The settlements from Bank of America, PriceWaterhouseCooper and other financial institutions have netted the state $5.1 billion dollars in settlements over alleged misconduct during the 2008 Wall Street melt down.

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Legislation & Policy
10:45 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Election over, will Cuomo decide on fracking?

Now that elections are over, supporters and opponents of hydrofracking are wondering what will be Governor Andrew Cuomo’s next move on the long stalled gas drilling process in New York State.

New York has had a defacto moratorium on fracking for several years. Most recently Governor Cuomo has said he’s awaiting results of an over two years long health review being conducted by his administration.

During a debate in October, Cuomo said the review would finally be completed by the end of the calendar year.

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Politics & Elections
1:36 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Supporters say yes vote on prop 1 conveys appetite for reform

All three propositions on the New York State ballot passed on Tuesday. Supporters of the measure to change the redistricting process say the vote shows New Yorkers are hungry for reform.

Voters approved a change in the state’s constitution that will require the legislature to appoint a commission redraw Senate, Assembly and congressional district lines after the 2020 census.

Dick Dadey, with Citizens Union, a group that supported the amendment, says the 57% percent of voters who said yes shows that the public craves reform of the present system.

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Legislation & Policy
2:02 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

NY ballot features 3 amendments

There are three amendments on Tuesday’s ballot, for New Yorkers to decide, including changing redistricting and whether to borrow $2 billion dollars for school technology.   

The number one ballot amendment changes the way redistricting is conducted in New York, and reform groups are split over whether it’s a good idea or not.

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