Governor Andrew Cuomo

MEDICAL MARIJUANA
10:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Becomes Legal in New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the medical marijuana bill into law with help from Amanda Hauser. Her mother Mary Anne looks on from behind; to right is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Credit Gov. Cuomo's office

New York is now the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

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HIV/AIDS
6:05 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Cuomo Announces Plan to Help End AIDS Epidemic

Governor Cuomo joins demonstrators at New York City's PRIDE Parade
Credit governor.ny.gov

Central New York health agencies are praising Governor Cuomo’s efforts to put an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced his plan on Sunday, the same day as New York City’s PRIDE Parade. Cuomo’s goal is to reduce the number of HIV infections to 750 cases a year by the year 2020.

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2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
7:04 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Chooses WNYer, SU Alum, for Running Mate; Still Faces Potential Trouble from the Left

Democratic candidate for New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.
Credit wbfo.org

Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor via a video address to delegates at the Democratic State Party convention on Long Island.   The announcement of former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll Cuomo continues to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.

Governor Cuomo will not actually attend the convention until the day of his own nomination, but he did record a message announcing his choice of Hochul for a running mate.

Cuomo says Hochul is a person “who knows the needs of Upstate New York” and “the particular needs of Western New York”. In a scripted delivery Hochul talked up Buffalo and credited Cuomo. “In my home town of Buffalo, we have seen an economic recovery that many politicians promised, but only Governor Cuomo was able to deliver,”  Hochul said.  

Cuomo lost in the Buffalo region in 2010, so the choice of Hochul, who was also Erie County Clerk, can help him there, as well as appeal to women statewide.  Hochul, like Cuomo, is considered a moderate Democrat.

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Town of Tyre, NY
2:56 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Finger Lakes Group Trying to Stop State-Backed Casino Project

Some Finger Lakes Residents don't think this looks like a good place for a casino.
Credit casinofreetyre.com

  A Finger Lakes community is trying to fight back against a proposed casino development.  The Town of Tyre, just north of Seneca Falls, has passed a local law to rezone a parcel of farmland in hopes that one of the state’s newly approved gambling resorts might be built there.  

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STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
6:53 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Cuomo Campaigns Locally for Property Tax Reform

From left, DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko, Manlius resident Chris Haywood, Governor Cuomo, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, and county legislator Danny Liedka in East Syracuse Tuesday
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a last-minute campaign push in East Syracuse Tuesday, advocating for a property tax freeze plan that could benefit many Upstate home owners.  He’s been touring the state leading up to the April 1 budget deadline, encouraging residents and supporters to pressure state legislators to approve his proposal.

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