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President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act — also known as Obamacare — and replace it with something else. While no one really knows what that means, one health care analyst with a prominent Albany think tank said New York could be billions of dollars in the hole as a result.

Governor Cuomo's office

A long-term energy plan by the Cuomo administration that includes a nearly $8 billion subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal.

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who’s holding three days of meetings at the Capitol with his Democratic members, says no date has been set yet for a December session. But he says Democrats are willing to come back if there are important time sensitive agenda items they can agree upon, including strengthening laws in light of increased racially biased attacks since Donald Trump was elected President.

The state’s attorney general has proposed a package of bills aimed at improving to what he said are “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential New York voters from casting ballots.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began a statewide inquiry after his office received a record number of complaints about lack of voter access during the April presidential primary.

“In New York, we have what amounts to legal voter suppression,” Schneiderman said Tuesday at a news conference in Albany.

New Yorkers are evenly split on whether a Donald Trump presidency will be good or bad for the state, according to a new poll.

According to a new poll by Siena College, 49 percent of New Yorkers are optimistic about the country’s future for the next four years, while 48 percent are not. Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said New Yorkers, like much of the nation, are sharply split.

“We are a divided nation,” Greenberg said.

Karen DeWitt

NY Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority.

But in the state Senate, it’s more complicated than that.

A hand count of the votes for a Senate race on Long Island finds that the Democrat, John Brooks, has beaten Republican incumbent Michael Venditto. Venditto’s father is under indictment on corruption charges. The Republicans have not yet formally conceded the race.

The result means Democrats now hold 32 seats, enough for a numerical majority in the 63-member Senate.

Matt Ryan New York Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued his first public comments since his former top aide and other former associates were indicted on corruption charges just before Thanksgiving.

Joe Percoco — regarded as a “third son” by the current governor’s father, Mario Cuomo — is charged with extortion and bribery, while the former head of SUNY Polytechnic, Alain Kaloyeros, is charged with bid-rigging in connection with major upstate economic development projects, including the Buffalo Billion.

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday took a number of steps that he says are in reaction to the divisiveness in the nation that has intensified since the presidential election.

Cuomo, without mentioning President-elect Donald Trump by name, said the “ugly discourse” has made him “soul sick” for America. And he says there have been several instances in New York, including swastikas painted on a subway train and in a Buffalo suburb, along with a KKK flier placed on cars on Long Island.

Will there be a special session of the legislature this December?  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is offering lawmakers an incentive to come back to meet — a possible pay raise, in exchange for ethics reforms.

Legislators have not received a salary increase since 1999. Attempts to hike their pay have been caught up in political repercussions. First, there were years of late budgets, and more recently, corruption scandals that led to the two former legislative leaders facing prison time. 

Matt Ryan New York Now

Governor Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward President elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un- New York” in the final days of the campaign.

Cuomo, in the final days of the campaign, stumped for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in New York, and heavily criticized Donald Trump.

“In truth, Trump is un New York,” Cuomo said. “Everything the man stands for is the exact opposite that this state stands for.”

Trump, like Cuomo, is a Queens native.

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