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Matt Ryan New York Now

Add Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention. Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.

Cuomo initially supported holding a constitutional convention. He wanted to reform the delegate selection process and even included $1 million in his 2016 budget proposal to lay the groundwork for the event.

But the state Legislature failed to approve the money, and this year, the governor did not include the plan in his spending proposal.

The legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Both Democrats and Republicans condemned an end of session that included the governor calling an extraordinary session of the legislature to deal with expiring laws, private meetings between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders, and rank and file lawmakers kept in the dark about the details.

There was dramatic testimony Tuesday in the hearing on whether former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo school board.   Paladino took the stand, and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President and Mrs. Obama.

One week after the New York state legislature declared the 2017 session over, Governor Cuomo is commanding that lawmakers return for a special session at 1 pm Wednesday to deal with some unfinished business. 

First on the governors agenda is the extension of the New York City mayor’s control over the city's school system. It expires on June 30th. Lawmakers could not agree on a solution before they adjourned on June 21. 

Matt Ryan New York Now

When the legislative session ended on June 21st , lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals in light of an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration.    

Governor Cuomo says the state legislature fell down on the job by leaving town without passing an extension of mayoral control for the New York City schools, and he has not ruled out calling them back for a special session.

Cuomo says by not voting to extend the New York City mayor’s authority over the public schools, they essentially voted for a return to the dysfunction of the old system of multiple community school boards.  

“It is a dereliction of duty,” Cuomo said.

Karen DeWitt

A hearing on whether 2010 gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino should be thrown off his city’s school board began Thursday at the state education department in Albany.

Controversial comments that Paladino made about President Barack and Michelle Obama last December are not the subject of the hearing, but they nevertheless became an issue.

The hearing, convened by State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia, began with the attorney for the Buffalo school board explaining why the board is asking state officials to remove Paladino.

Matt Ryan New York Now

The New York State Assembly and Senate were preparing to adjourn for the year Wednesday afternoon, without any deals on extending control of the New York City Mayor’s authority over the public school system, or the continuation of sales taxes in Upstate and Long Island counties.

Assembly Democrats have tied the two issues together in one bill, and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle says they don’t have any intention of delinking the two items.

The state Senate is likely to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court.

Judge Paul Feinman would be the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeals. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Long Island native was generally praised by committee members.

Karen DeWitt

There was a flurry of activity — along with threats and ultimatums — on Monday at the State Capitol, but there were no agreements on major issues as the session draws to a scheduled close on Wednesday.

Victims of childhood sexual abuse remain hopeful that there could be a vote in the state Senate on a measure to extend the statute of limitations to age 28 for criminal proceedings and age 50 for civil proceedings.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins urged the majority coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats to allow the bill on the floor for a vote.

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