Governor Andrew Cuomo

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  Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a framework budget agreement late Sunday night and say they hope to work out remaining details and begin passing bills today to meet the midnight Tuesday deadline.

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Syracuse was one of 20 locations statewide Friday where members of Governor Cuomo’s cabinet delivered the his state of the state message and budget agenda.  Commissioner of the state’s department of civil service Jerry Boone made his presentation at the SUNY Educational Opportunity Center.    He echoed much of Cuomo’s message on education reform, including some staggering numbers about failing schools.  He says average statewide graduation rate is just over 76%; but it’s only around 47% in failing schools…

SUNY EOC Director  Penix applauds the governor’s efforts to improve graduation rates.  Still, he says they’re ready to serve as a pipeline for graduates and drop-outs who need workforce or college readiness.

Commissioner Boone says the governor takes pride in sharp rise in the hiring of minority and women owned businesses over the past few years…from 10 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2014…

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  Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.

Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.

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Education will be a big issue in 2015, with lines already drawn between teachers at public schools, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the charter school movement.

Before the New Year even began, the state’s largest teachers union was already making its displeasure with Governor Andrew Cuomo known, by protesting outside the governor’s mansion.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee says teachers are angry over what they see as Governor Cuomo’s increasingly negative view of their union, and the public education system in general.

  Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on New Year’s Day, just hours after his son , Governor Andrew Cuomo, gave his inaugural address for his second term in office.

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New York’s Attorney General is seeking broader powers to investigate when a police officer ends up killing an unarmed civilian.    Eric Schneiderman had plenty of support when he asked for the governor to act.

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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.

governor shaking hands with bystanders at the pride parade
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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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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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  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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