You’re Lights May Be Flickering!

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In Boston, a large Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) barge is docked to provide a supplemental source of energy to help keep the lights on. Originating in Russia, that supply is badly needed because activists in Massachusetts and New Hampshire successfully halted pipe line projects they felt would lock them into “fossil fuel dependence for decades.”    A bizarre solution given …

New York’s Fiscal Slide Down a Slippery Slope!

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The Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “watchdog group” with a mission to achieve constructive changes in the finances and services of the city and state, just issued a study titled “A $10 Billion Dollar Reason to Rethink Economic Development in New York.”     This is an interesting study with all of the numbers going in the wrong direction. The …

Lawmakers Push for Social Justice in Cannabis Legalization Efforts

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As New Jersey’s legalization bill heads for a vote in the legislature with robust racial and social equity provisions this Monday, New York also considers the best path forward. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a plan to legalize, tax and regulate adult-use of recreational cannabis in the state’s budget, but some lawmakers are raising concerns that his proposal lacks what New …

Lawsuit aims to block legislator’s pay raises.

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ALBANY — The constitutionality of a special committee that awarded state legislators their first salary increase in two decades is being challenged in court. A lawsuit filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Albany County by the conservative Government Justice Center argues that the process, which resulted in a 64 percent raise to lawmakers that will be phased in over three years, was …

New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unveils his 2019 Justice Agenda

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Governor Cuomo, in a speech hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, urged the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next year, on the following agenda: Ensure a Progressive Tax System:While the federal government prioritizes tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Governor Cuomo believes in a just, progressive tax system that taxes its citizens based on their …

A Conversation about NY politics, from the web site of Capital Tonight.

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Cuomo: Amazon Deal – “It costs us nothing, nada, niente, goose egg.” The initial $1.5 billion in incentives for Amazon to bring up to 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens ultimately won’t cost New York anything, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted at a news conference on Tuesday. The tax breaks over 10 years are tied to job creation, but …

Who really lost the election!

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By: Washington Post Reporter Robert Samuelson Do you really know who lost the mid-term election? We all did. Both parties made the midterms a referendum on President Trump, at the expense of “anything resembling rational debate” on the serious, politically explosive problems facing the country. Take the federal deficit, which ballooned to $782 billion this year and is expected to …

New York State Gets Even Bluer

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Recently, on television, Governor Cuomo made the following comment. “We’re not Democrats and Republicans, really, we’re Americans; we can’t be divided.” Really! Unfortunately, his memory must be questioned. Why? Back in January of 2014 he also said that “those who are pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, anti-gay and pro-gun are extreme conservatives who have no place in his state.” (juxtapose our state). …

Governor Andrew Cuomo: Failed Ethics Reform

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When Governor Cuomo came into office in 2011, he inherited a legacy of state scandals and a history of attempts at legislating public ethics. Shortly thereafter, with legislative support, a new “Joint Commission on Public Ethics” (JCOPE) was established to wrestle these concerns to the ground. JCOPE was granted jurisdiction over the executive branch and the legislature, and all officers …

Should Governor Cuomo be Reelected? Not if I have a say!

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Governor Andrews just fired his first shot across the bow of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s campaign ship. A hard-hitting 30- second TV spot bellowing “You can’t clean up corruption with dirty hands.” The specifics, a local Industrial Development Agency gave a management and consulting service business (that Marc’s wife was working for) $227,000 in tax breaks. The ad further …