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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all.  The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday.  Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. 

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Governor Cuomo says the anti sexual harassment  policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.

Cuomo, in his speech at last month’s state Democratic Party convention, contrasted New York’s newest policy to prevent sexual harassment to the lack of action in Washington, where he says “the silence is deafening”.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.

Cuomo railed against President Donald Trump and his administration, saying they are “anti-American” and opposed to everything that Dr. King preached about. But he said the Democratic Party got it wrong in 2016.

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Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon outlined her plans for legalizing marijuana in New York in a video, saying the state lags far behind some other states. Governor Cuomo says he’s studying the issue.

Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary, says New York should follow the lead of eight other states and end a “key front” in what she says is the  “racist” war on drugs.

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Actor and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign for governor of New York  Monday. She wants to run in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Nixon made her announcement in a video that shows her with her wife and children in her home, and on the streets of New York, taking her child to school and riding the subway. 

New York is my home,” Nixon said in the video, saying she grew up with her mom, a single mother, in a fifth floor walkup.

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On Thursday, Governor Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

Cuomo’s budget director previewed the plans, on Monday which will be released as part of the 30 day amendments to the governor’s state budget proposal. Robert Mujica says if changes aren’t made to mitigate the cap on state and local taxes income and property deductions , then higher income New Yorkers will move out of state.

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A report by Governor Cuomo’s tax department lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new law.  But all of them come with complications.

When the federal tax overhaul law was signed by President Trump last December, Americans lost their ability to deduct much of their state and local taxes from their federal tax forms. As Governor Cuomo has said repeatedly, the loss of what’s known as the SALT deductions harms taxpayers the most in relatively high tax states like New York.

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Governor Cuomo released a $168 billion budget proposal Tuesday that he says is more of an economic transformation plan aimed at ensuring the state’s viability in light of the federal tax law.  He followed through on an idea presented in his state of the state address to restructure New York’s tax code.  Cuomo says instead of taxing income received by employees, the state would tax wages paid by employers to counter the loss of income deductibility.

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New York is coming off a year of what Governor Andrew Cuomo calls great economic growth and social progress. 

"Crime is down statewide, we have a cleaner environment, we have a fairer criminal justice system, we have more high school graduates who are attending colleges, we have preserved more land than ever before, enacted a more progressive tax code, launched the most ambitious building program in the country."

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Governor Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re- election races.

Cuomo begins his eighth year in office facing the largest budget deficit since 2011. New York is short $4.4 billion, and there’s uncertainty over federal policies, including the overhaul of the tax code, that could leave the state with even a bigger budget hole in the future.

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