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Speaker pushes minimum wage hike, expresses doubts about Cuomo pension plan

January 31, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to push for his bill to increase the state’s minimum wage. In an interview with public radio, the Speaker also expressed reservations about Governor Cuomo’s plan to offer an option of 401 k retirement plans for future state workers. Assembly Speaker Silver has made increasing the state’s […]

Lawmakers hold first public hearing on new redistricting maps

January 30, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY The Legislative task force on redistricting held its first meeting since new proposed maps were released. Lawmakers heard numerous accusations that the new lines were “gerrymandered” and say the proposed maps are not set in stone. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany: The task force held the first of a round of several […]

Albany considering minimum wage increase

January 30, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced his bill to increase the state’s minimum wage from the present $7.25 an hour to $8.50, saying its “absurd” to think that anyone can make a living on the current amount. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports: Speaker Silver, saying that no one who works hard and plays […]

Lawmakers worry budget clause will mean power struggle

January 27, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY A one paragraph clause in Governor Cuomo’s budget has caused some concern among state lawmakers over the separation of powers between the governor and the legislature. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany: It’s one short paragraph in the hundreds of pages in Governor Cuomo’s budget plan, and it’s repeated in several different places. […]

Legislature releases new district lines, senate dems cry foul

January 26, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY The New York State legislature’s proposed redistricted lines have been finally been released to the public. The plans for Senate districts are drawing the most fire,  for the addition of a newly created 63rd district and configurations that pit some incumbent minority party Democrats against one another. Karen DeWitt reports:  The GOP […]

Mayors testify at budget hearing

January 24, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY Mayors from across the state came to the Capitol to testify to a joint legislative fiscal committee on Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget. While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went out of his way to offer support to the governor and for his budget plan. And as Karen DeWitt reports, mayors of […]

Anti fracking rally draws hundreds to Albany

January 23, 2012 by

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Karen DeWitt, ALBANY Actor Debra Winger and Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox were among hundreds of anti fracking protesters who descended upon the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports: Hundreds of protesters, many holding signs directed against Governor Cuomo, came […]