Governor Andrew Cuomo

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The chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" were earsplitting for those who lined streets in New York City Wednesday to celebrate the US Women’s National Soccer Team for their victory in the World Cup.  Fans, many of them families with young girls, kept streaming in to catch a glimpse of their heroes.  The Women’s Team won the final of the World Cup Sunday 2-0 over The Netherlands in France. 

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Onondaga County and other local governments are wondering how they’ll pay their bills if New York State follows through on a proposed budget cut.  Governor Cuomo is suggesting a new tax on internet purchases could take the place of some of the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities, which is an important chunk of local budgets that comes from Albany. 

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The Democratic-controlled State Legislature has passed a number of legislative items this week that are viewed as more progressive and now it has Republicans saying… not so fast.

Governor Cuomo presented what he called his “justice agenda” Tuesday, highlighting a series progressive issues in his state of the state and budget address.  We’ve already seen examples with voting reforms approved by lawmakers Monday, and protections for transgender people yesterday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo began his third term in office with a speech at the historic site of Ellis Island, where the ancestors of millions of Americans arrived as immigrants in the 19th and 20thcenturies. He focused much of his speech not on state issues, but instead on what he sees as the nation’s problems, and said New York will lead the fight against them.

Polls show the governor’s race in New York narrowing a bit as the candidates made their final pitch to voters.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lead over his nearest challenger, Republican Marc Molinaro, decreased  to 13 points, from 22 points last month. The Siena College poll found that Cuomo’s favorability rating was the lowest in his eight years as governor, with only 45 percent saying that he’s doing a good job in office.

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Governor Cuomo all but ignored his primary opponent during a campaign rally Monday in Syracuse, and instead continued to rail against the Trump administration.  It was part of a final swing across upstate New York ahead of Thursday's primary against actress and activist Cynthia Nixon. 

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  There are three weeks until primary day in New York, and the Democratic underdog for governor, Cynthia Nixon, is laying out her plans for the final stretch of campaigning, saying there is a potential path to victory.


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  Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.  Cuomo, a gun control advocate, is asking other states to join him in fighting what he says is an “extremist” organization. The NRA says it’s Cuomo who has a political “vendetta” against the group that could lead to its demise.

One local healthcare expert says New York State is doing a great job decreasing the H-I-V infection rate, but he believes the Governor’s new $5-million plan to eradicate Hepatitis-C won’t be enough.