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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

by Natasha Scully April 3, 2014

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  After days of protests outside the New York State Capitol and behind-closed-doors negotiations inside, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders concluded a $138 billion budget deal. Outlined in the budget is a $1.1 billion—or 5.3 percent—increase ...

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Stop and Think

by Erin Pihlaja January 16, 2014

  It was hard to miss the anti-fracking rally at the Empire State Plaza concourse when Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his 2014 State of State address last Wednesday (Jan. 8). The thousands of people waving signs ...

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Governor, Take Care of Your People

by Molly Eadie January 16, 2014

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  “In the future days . . . we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. . . . The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings ...

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Into the Shallow Weeds

by Erin Pihlaja January 9, 2014

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    “Twenty states have already started to use it, let's now initiate a program allowing up to 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana and we will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility ...

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Taxing News?

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

On Tuesday (Dec. 10), a state tax commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a report outlining recommendations for ways to provide relief to homeowners and business by reducing property and business taxes in the ...

A Decision Will Have to Be Made

by Christina Dillon October 24, 2013

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  Saturday (Oct. 19) was an international day of action to ban hydrofracking. The event, called Global Frackdown, united the Capital Region’s residents alongside 200 other towns and cities across the world. Albany’s Townsend Park attracted ...

Don’t Frack on Me

by Erin Pihlaja June 19, 2013

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In the largest anti-fracking showing in Albany yet, several thousand people organized at the Capitol on Monday (June 17), in another attempt to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state. Whether ...

Count Us In

by Molly Eadie June 5, 2013

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On Tuesday (June 4), the Women's Equality Coalition, a group of more than 850 organizations including Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, League of Women Voters, Volunteers of America Greater New York and New York State United ...

Motor Donor

by Jason Bisnoff April 17, 2013

Almost 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Every 13 hours, another New Yorker dies while waiting. Still, only 20 percent of New Yorkers have enrolled in New York state’s Donate ...

Raising the Bottom Line

by Erin Pihlaja March 21, 2013

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  The big New York state budget reveal probably won’t happen until sometime this weekend, leaving many interested parties in the lurch as they eagerly wait to see if their concerns are addressed. In regard to the ...

Don’t Tread on Us

by Erin Pihlaja January 24, 2013

National Gun Appreciation Day was recognized by thousands in Albany’s West Capitol Park on Saturday (Jan. 19) at a rally organized by a group called Guns Across America. Demonstrators unfurled banners reading “Don't Tread on ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 29, 2012

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  THAT HOLIDAY FEELING As the late Andy Williams so memorably crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” The State of New York gets into the holiday act this Sunday (Dec. 2) with the ...

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About Geologic Time

by Erin Pihlaja August 30, 2012

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  As the crowd, which numbered over 1000 people, filed past New York State’s Capitol building in Albany, it seemed for a brief moment that Gov. Andrew Cuomo might hear the mob shouting his name and ...

Fracked Memory

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson August 30, 2012

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  Bradley J. Field has amnesia. Field is the director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources, the agency responsible for putting together the high-volume-fracking environmental-impact statement that's supposed to protect ...

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Success on Tap?

by Erin Pihlaja July 26, 2012

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Garth Ellms didn’t intend to return to the family farm. He went off to college and started working for a financial company before returning to the Ellms farm in Ballston Spa. His parents were open ...

Field of Distortions

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson June 29, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly stated that “science” will determine the fate of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state. Science? How about voodoo science? Scientists know that methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is a potent ...

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Frack No

by Amy Halloran January 26, 2012

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  On Monday, more than 600 New Yorkers came to Albany to address their legislators and call for a ban on hydrofracking. More than that number gathered in the Legislative Office Building for a rally before ...

Big Names, Big News

by The Staff December 30, 2011

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s victories on gay marriage, a property tax cap and an early budget—as well as his shrewd moves to get income-tax reform passed his way—made him the year’s big winner, politically . Marriage equality finally ...

Sign of the Times

by Taylor Morris June 8, 2011

The debate over same-sex marriage took a very public twist last week, when Bombers Burrito Bar owner Matt Baumgartner bought billboard space near Interstate 787, calling for Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) to support an impending ...

An End to Gerrymandering?

by Jason Chura February 23, 2011

Redistricting time is almost upon us; the time when the controlling party of state Senate and Legislature celebrates its majority rule through the act of adjusting district boundaries to reflect national census results. These borders ...

Taking Back Albany

by David King February 16, 2011

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This past summer, politicians across New York state, tired of being called bums, clowns, corrupt, incompetent and greedy, draped themselves in the flag of reform. Gov. Andrew Cuomo led the charge, saying that one of ...

Bad Joke

by David King February 9, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a real good act going during his budget speech on Feb. 1. As though it was his first time ever examining a state budget, he declared that he had found the ...

Here Comes the Pain

by Jason Chura February 2, 2011

For much of the past month, there has been an air of somber resignation as state government braced for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget. With Cuomo’s popularity soaring in the 70-percent range, most seemed prepared ...

Opening Government

by Jason Chura January 26, 2011

For some, the Capitol Building has become a grim metaphor for the current condition of the state’s government. Though for the past decade the edifice has been in various stages of renovation, both within and ...

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

by Kathryn Geurin January 12, 2011

Education What He Said “We’re number one in spending but thirty-four in terms of results, that has to change. The current education funding goes out by formula grants, meaning there are no performance incentives in the grant ...