Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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According to published reports, some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hiring practices are the subject of an FBI investigation .

The Albany Times Union first reported that the FBI is looking at Governor Cuomo’s longstanding practice of hiring employees for his office but paying them through other state agencies.

The custom dates back to at least the days of former Governor George Pataki, and is seen as a way to, on paper , keep down costs in the governor’s office while benefiting from more staff.

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The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s Congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

Speaking outside a suburban home in Albany County, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo called the federal plan to get rid of the state and local tax deductions “double taxation”. Schumer says middle class New Yorkers will pay more money in taxes each year if the proposal is approved.

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New York’s Democratic lawmakers are vowing to fight  President Trump’s  tax overhaul proposal, perhaps even in court.  Meanwhile, a think tank’s analysis finds some middle class New Yorkers could actually save a small amount of money under the income tax portion of the plan.  

Governor Cuomo said the tax overhaul plan and  the proposal to eliminate state and local tax deductions from federal income taxes would  be “devastating” to New York.

It is a tax increase plan,” Cuomo said on Long Island Thursday. “Period”.

Cuomo said he might sue.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race.  Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

Gov. Cuomo Takes on National Issues

Sep 21, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington State to discuss steps to slow climate change.In both cases, the governor says he’s addressing the matters because the actions or, in the case of climate change, inactions, in Washington have a harmful impact on New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in New York’s Congressional races. At a rally with House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he vowed to help defeat the state’s republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.

House Democratic Leader Pelosi introduced Governor Cuomo at the rally of union workers at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Legislature Changes Cuomo's Free Tuition Plan

Mar 16, 2017
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The legislature’s one house budgets make some changes to Governor Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle class students. 

Governor Cuomo’s plan would have the state pay for the tuition of students at public colleges and universities whose combined family income is up to $125,000 a year, when the plan is fully phased in in two years. 

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Governor Cuomo brought his regional state of the state message to Syracuse Wednesday, where his localized proposals ranged from transportation to the creation of high tech jobs. 

The governor says 7,700 jobs have been created in Central New York since 2010.  And now, 260 more are coming as a military defense and civil security company looks to expand its presence in the eastern suburbs.

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  Governor Cuomo’s doing something different with the State of the State this year. Instead of delivering a speech to lawmakers in Albany, who will have to approve his proposals, he’s giving six mini speeches in three days all around the state.  One of them will be given at the Civic Center in Syracuse Wednesday.  Legislative leaders will not be attending.

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A task force created in November to prioritize the next round of potential improvements to the state fairgrounds has less than a month to presents its recommendations to Governor Cuomo.

The State Fair brought in a record-breaking 1.1 million people this year thanks in part to a $50 million investment made last year.   The 21-member task force is considering expanding transportation options and addressing the configuration of the parking lots among other things.  Spokesperson Dave Bullard is looking forward to the possibilities.  

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