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  • Cuomo Wants To Bolster Police-Community Relations
    A proposal released Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is meant to bolster relations between local police agencies and the communities. The move would empower Attorney General Letitia James’s office to help improve police-community relations and provide…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:25pm -
  • Barclay Elected Assembly Republican Leader
    Republican Will Barclay on Tuesday was elected the leader of the state Assembly, taking the top post of the minority conference in the chamber. He was unanimously elected. “I am enormously proud of the work the Assembly Minority Conference has done…
    - 7 Jan 20, 3:25pm -
  • Advocates Push Back Against Rolling Back Bail Law
    Advocates for overhauling New York’s criminal justice laws are pushing back against the growing effort to alter the newly enacted cash bail law. Democratic state lawmakers over the last several weeks have been slammed by Republicans, law enforcemen…
    - 7 Jan 20, 12:25pm -
  • Fiscal Policy Institute Releases 2020 Proposals
    The progressive Fiscal Policy Institute on Tuesday released its economic plan that called for higher taxes on the rich and an expansion of family tax credits. The group also backed increasing aid to municipalities as a way of reducing property taxes…
    - 7 Jan 20, 10:53am -
  • Progressive Jewish Groups: Keep Bail Law In Place
    From the Morning Memo: Momentum to alter the state’s new cash bail law has sped up in recent weeks amid a spate of anti-Semitic hate crimes targeting Jews in the New York City metropolitan area. Democratic lawmakers are backing changes that would a…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:40am -
  • Upstate Business Group Releases 2020 Agenda
    From the Morning Memo: The business-aligned Unshackle Upstate on Tuesday released a 2020 agenda that focuses on opposing both the creation of single-payer health and expanding the prevailing wage while also backing more workforce development investme…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:40am -
  • Here And Now
    Good morning and happy Tuesday! Here’s the news. Happening today: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with nothing public planned. Mayor de Blasio is in New York City and has no public events scheduled. At 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver rem…
    - 7 Jan 20, 5:18am -
  • Paulin Backs Judicial Disrection For Bail Law
    Assemblywoman Amy Paulin became the latest Democrat in the state Legislature on Monday to back an alteration to the state’s newly enacted cash bail law by adding a judicial discretion component to the legislation. Paulin, a Westchester County lawma…
    - 6 Jan 20, 4:46pm -
  • Cuomo Calls Bail Law Changes ‘A Work In Progress’
    Potential adjustments could be made to the state’s newly enacted bail law changes, which end requiring cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felony charges, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said in New York City. His comments further cracked open t…
    - 6 Jan 20, 2:20pm -
  • New York Has A New Open Government Director
    Shoshanah Bewlay has been appointed the new executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, the state Department of State on Monday announced. Bewlay previously served as the general counsel and chief legal officer of the state Office o…
    - 6 Jan 20, 11:53am -

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  • A.M. Roundup: Cuomo hasn’t answered an in-person reporter question since December
    Just as he has dozens of times over the past few months, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo streamed a carefully produced speech on his website Tuesday, this one broadcast from a parking lot at Angry Orchard, the Orange County hard cider producer. Cuomo is o…
    - 23 hours ago 14 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Prom is back, but with restrictions on food, dancing
    Starting May 1, the state will allow commencement events for 2021, including ceremonies seating more than 500 guests. College students missed out on the rite of passage last year, as many commencement events were scheduled for May 2020, just two mon…
    - 2 days ago 13 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Cuomo staff coordinated with super PAC on policy polling
    Staff for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo edited a poll conducted by a super PAC prior to that poll’s release, in another example of the governor using public resources to further personal or political goals. Super PACs are traditionally not allowed to…
    - 3 days ago 12 Apr 21, 9:00am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Was staff work on Cuomo’s $4 million book really voluntary?
    When news broke that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo used government staff to help produce a for-profit book, his spokesman asserted that the arrangement was legal: The work was performed voluntarily, he said, and was not a misuse of taxpayer-funded resour…
    - 6 days ago 9 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Sixth Cuomo accuser shares her story
    The woman who says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo groped her in his mansion shared the details of her story with the Times Union. She says Cuomo groomed her for months. (TU) The most contentious and late-breaking policy debate within this week’s $217…
    - 7 days ago 8 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: The budget is (finally) a done deal
    It’s a done deal. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Assembly and Senate (finally) reached a three-way agreement over how to spend the state’s money over the next year. The plan includes $212 billion in spending. (TU) New York’s cannabis legali…
    - 8 days ago 7 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: We have a budget deal, Cuomo says, but details remain fuzzy
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he and the leaders of the state Legislature have reached “a conceptual agreement on all issues” related to the budget, but questions remain about how mobile sports betting will be implemented as well as a fund to pr…
    - 9 days ago 6 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Budget votes expected early this week, but issues remain
    The Executive Chamber and the state Legislature resolved the thorny issue of tax hikes on the wealthy in their quest to pass next year’s state budget, but discussions over a $2 billion fund for “excluded workers” continue and are mucking up n…
    - 10 days ago 5 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • A.M. Roundup: Cuomo broke JCOPE’s rules by using staff to write his memoir
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo broke the rules set by JCOPE in allowing staffers to volunteer their time to help him write his memoir on the COVID-19 pandemic. (TU) Cuomo signed the HALT Solitary Confinement Act into law late Wednesday night, which plac…
    - 13 days ago 2 Apr 21, 6:30am -
  • Cuomo staff ‘volunteered’ for work on his book, in apparent violation of ethics rule
    When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sought approval to publish a book last July, his government counsel wrote a letter to New York’s ethics oversight agency. In that letter, Cuomo’s special counsel, Judith Mogul, noted past state ethics opinions laying out…
    - 14 days ago 1 Apr 21, 12:17pm -

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  • REISMAN COLUMN: Who Won the Debate And Why
    Before the first verbal punches were thrown in the 95-minute presidential debate Monday night, I asked a cross-section of 11 political observers to judge the candidates’ performances and assign them an overall letter grade. The grades are in. Read…
    - 27 Sep 16, 4:57pm -
  • Pay Hikes For Pols?
    Few things will incite riot in the taxpaying populace faster than a plan to raise the salaries of its elected leaders. It taps that peculiar American vein of boiling resentment against the political class, which in this surly Trumpian Age is often an…
    - 12 Sep 16, 10:38am -
  • REISMAN: Ethics… What’s That?
    A funny thing happened on the way to a new and improved ethics law in Westchester County. The law was hijacked and held hostage by political opportunists, people who, for whatever selfish reasons, have put themselves ahead of the principle of good go…
    - 1 Aug 16, 10:44am -

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