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5:16 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gov. Cuomo To Combine State Of The State & Budget Messages

Credit Executive Chamber

Governor Andrew Cuomo  announced on Monday that the 2015-16 Executive Budget will be released and presented together with the 2015 State of the State Address.

The 2015 New York State of Opportunity Agenda will be presented by Governor Cuomo on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. WXXI Radio & TV will carry the address live.

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4:07 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Cuomo Out With New Appointments For New Term

Governor Cuomo has  announced another round of top appointments for his new term.

He has nominated Buffalo area  developer Howard Zemsky to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development Corporation, New York State's primary economic development agency.

Zemsky would also serve as Cuomo's commissioner of economic development, if confirmed. 

Zemsky would replace Ken Adams in the role if confirmed. Adams will have a new job. He was named Commissioner of Taxation and Finance.

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Government
11:25 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Rochester Looks At Downtown Parking

Credit PBS.org

Rochester officials are looking for public input on the city's downtown parking situation. City administrators are trying to determine such things as: 

--Overall satisfaction with downtown parking.

--How much the availability of parking influences decisions to visit, work or live in the center city

-How factors such as location and cost affect parking choices.

A Downtown Parking Advisory Committee is hosting a two-session Downtown Parking Summit on Jan. 21 at the Penthouse at One East Avenue, 1 East Ave.

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Government
5:47 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Gillibrand Visits Rochester To Talk About Affordable Child Care

***THIS EVENT IN ROCHESTER MONDAY HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER ISSUES**

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a swing through upstate New York to talk about new bipartisan legislation aimed at making child care more affordable and accessible for working parents.

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Government
2:07 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Cuomo Makes Top Administration Appointments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Bill Mulrow, an investment banker who has held several state and federal political positions, to succeed Larry Schwartz as his top aide.

The appointment was one of 18 announced by Cuomo on Sunday. Others include Mary Beth Labate as budget director and Beth DeFalco, former political reporter for the New York Post and Associated Press, as communications director for transportation.

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Government
2:04 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

NYS Lawmakers Get Back To Work

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are returning to Albany for their first day of work since formally starting their 2015 session.

The Assembly and Senate are scheduled to meet for two days this week.

On Monday teachers unions and public education advocates plan to rally at the Capitol in opposition to efforts to increase the number of charter schools in New York City.

On Tuesday lawmakers in the Assembly will hold a hearing on a long-shot bill to create a single-payer health system in the state.

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Government
1:29 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

NY Fracking Ban Seen As Having Little Impact On Supply

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's recent decision to ban fracking is hardly seen as a big loss for the nation's production of natural gas.

That's because scientists say New York's available reserves of natural gas in the sprawling Marcellus Shale are minuscule compared to what can be extracted in other states.

Penn State University geologist Terry Engelder estimates that the entire Marcellus Shale region has 127 trillion cubic feet of commercially viable shale gas reserves, mostly in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Government
12:00 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Remembering Mario Cuomo: New York Speaks Out

Do you remember when Mario Cuomo held a monthly television call-in talk show? Public television stations across the state aired "New York Speaks Out" with Governor Cuomo with host Gary Walker, a former WXXI reporter. Here is an 1994 episode from the WNED studios in Buffalo.

Government
10:41 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Thruway Reopened To Pennsylvania

Credit NYSTA

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Thruway is open from Buffalo to  the Pennsylvania state line.

In a statement released to WXXI the Governor says heavy snow Friday night continued to impact communities along the closed roadways - at times coming down in increments of four inches per hour with high winds, resulting in white out conditions.

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Government
6:30 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Disability Rights Group Sues For Information

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to protect disabled New Yorkers has sued the state agency established to investigate abuse cases, alleging state officials are illegally denying access to information.

Disability Rights New York says the Justice Center established 18 months ago by the Cuomo administration has consistently refused full access to records and reports about the abuse of several individuals in state care. One of them died.

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