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Governor Andrew Cuomo ends over three months of continuous daily coronavirus briefings Friday. The briefings became a cultural phenomenon and made the governor nationally famous, as New Yorkers and many across  America, staying home to try to stop the spread of the virus, tuned in to what became a daily ritual.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed Central New York’s Coronavirus infection rate and its economy in his briefing from Syracuse Tuesday.  Cuomo realizes Upstate is very different than New York City.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is mandating in a an executive order that private labs in New York State work together to develop testing for the corona virus. He says he needs the federal government to coordinate and scale up testing to allow the economy to re open sooner, but so far that is not occurring.

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Projects that impact Central New York made it into Governor Cuomo’s 2020 budget address Tuesday.   He teased some of them in his state of the state speech earlier in the month, but including them in his $178 billion budget proposal is a good sign they’ll be funded. 

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There was a somber tone to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10th State of the State message Wednesday, in a year where the state is facing a $6 billion deficit, and reeling from a recent spate of hate crimes, including a stabbing incident at a Rabbi’s house outside New York City.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his State of the State message on Wednesday, at a time when New York faces its worst budget deficit in a decade.  Cuomo has already given a number of hints about what might be on his agenda.

New York begins the New Year facing a $6 billion budget gap, and closing the deficit is likely to dominate the session.

Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, and a long time Albany observer, says lawmakers are facing a big challenge.

Two Syracuse Companies to Add 400 Jobs as Part of Major Expansions

Oct 10, 2019
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More than 400 new jobs will be created in Syracuse as two industry leading companies plan major expansions of their operations.  Bankers Healthcare Group will add 330 employees to its payroll, and JMA Wireless will hire 100 new workers.  

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A handshake deal has stalled between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s comptroller to reinstate the comptroller’s powers to audit contracts in the wake of corruption scandals. Reform advocates are accusing Cuomo of reneging on the deal, something the governor’s office denies.

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Founders of the Time’s Up anti-harassment and abuse movement joined Governor Cuomo today in calling for passage of laws that would make it easier to bring rape and sexual abuse cases to court.  Supporters see the measures helping victims get justice.

Gov. Cuomo Signs Plastic Bag Ban Into Law

Apr 23, 2019
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As Earth Day was celebrated Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that bans single use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail shops in New York State.