Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returns to the Capitol Monday to preside over the scheduled legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million dollars. Karen DeWitt reports on what the Speaker is likely to find when he arrives.
Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.
Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.
2014 was a bit of a mixed bag for the Republican Party in New York.
Nationwide the GOP picked up huge wins in races for governor, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, where they took over the majority. Here in The Empire State, though, Republicans did poorly in statewide races, losing big in the races for governor, attorney general and comptroller.