Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Steve McLaughlin, R-Schaghticoke, are expected to announce an initiative to seek a state program to repair and maintain vital local water and sewer infrastructure this morning.
The scene in the state Capitol last week bore all the hallmarks of democracy at work: advocates and lobbyists pushing their causes, earnest interns scurrying about, and protesters making insistent pleas for funds for everything from housing to hepatitis C.
U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in exploring a run for governor in 2018, will seek to sway independent and Democratic voters alienated by what he called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s divisive leadership style.
While emotions have cooled on New York’s hot-button education issues, state lawmakers remain concerned about annual state tests and teacher evaluations and advocates remain concerned about funding levels.
JESSE McKINLEY/The New York Times
January 27, 2016
In its nearly five years in existence, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has often battled a poor public image, a problem rooted in its odd voting rules and perceived lack of activity, something recently exemplified by its continuing six-month search for a new executive director.
Chris Weidman was at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday morning to stand by lawmakers pushing for the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state, but the UFC middleweight champion spent most of his time signing autographs and taking photos with fans.
Money owed to school districts from cuts made during the economic downturn has turned into a political football at the beginning of the legislative session and is causing heartburn for superintendents entering their budget season.
The state Attorney General’s Office this week is joining a handful of environmental groups in opposing a request by the Constitution Pipeline Company to begin clearing trees along the proposed route before obtaining the final state permits for the project.
“While the governor suggested many laudable programs in our public schools, his funding proposal for enacting those programs falls short,” New York State School Board Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a statement following the speech.