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No Matter What Happens, Paterson Gets His Pension

by Ryan KnutsonGov. David Paterson of New York insisted this week that he wouldn't heed calls for his resignation, despite his administration's being roiled by two scandals. But no matter what he does, he is still entitled to his full pension once he retires. In fact, there is nothing any New York state employee can do that would cause them to lose a pension; not even a corruption conviction, being fired for embezzlement or a prison sentence.

March 10, 2010
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Wine Can Help Budget Woes

By Liz Krueger and Keith WrightAs New York State faces another devastating budget deficit, we need new solutions that raise revenue so that we can prevent deeper budget cuts to our schools and healthcare system—without raising taxes.

March 10, 2010
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EDITORIAL: Albany lawmakers need to focus on the budget

With the governor's office twisting in chaos over a domestic violence scandal, you could say things are far from business-as-usual in Albany. But that may be good.In the past, business-as-usual has brought New York dysfunction, high taxes and government spending sprees. This time last year, the economic fallout from banking failures was perfectly plain to read in foreclosure and jobless numbers. Yet how did state government react? It raised spending by nearly 9 percent, including $7 billion in new taxes and fees, only to return midyear to make painful cuts.

March 3, 2010
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March 3, 2010
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Senate passes health care proxy bill

By Cara MatthewsSenators approved a bill this week that sets up a legal mechanism for designating a surrogate to act on an incapacitated person's behalf, legislation supporters say is long overdue and will reduce additional stress placed on friends and families during crises.Passage of the bill is a "monumental achievement that should be celebrated by all New Yorkers," Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. He pledged to sign the legislation, which was previously approved by the Assembly.

March 3, 2010
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Sen. Krueger wants an on-time budget handled by Ravitch

by James M. OdatoSenator Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said she isn’t taking a shot at Gov. David Paterson but wants the beleaguered chief executive to delegate budget duties to Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch.

March 2, 2010
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Lawmakers say budget crisis is worse than Paterson letting on

By Kaitlyn RossWhile the Governor is presenting a dire picture of New York's economic crisis, the Senate and Assembly are saying the state's budget crisis is even worse than Paterson is letting on. As Capital Tonight's Kaitlyn Ross explains, with both chambers presenting different numbers for the state's burgeoning financial gap, 2011 could be an embattled budget year.Read more: http://news10now.com/watertown-north-news-1052-content/politics/497023/l...

March 2, 2010
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Pedro Espada Jr.: No One's More Loyal -- to Landlords

By Sara GatesSenate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. defected from the Democrats and then defected from the Republicans during last year's Albany madness, but he'll always be loyal to his landlord pals.

March 2, 2010
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Less money for government groups

By Erin BillupsAfter decades of dysfunction, more light is being shed on how lawmakers spend taxpayer dollars. Good government groups have criticized several legislators for how they spent member items and some of even suggested they should have the money for pet projects in their districts pulled all together. Now, facing a multibillion dollar budget gap, advocates for change could get their wish. Our Erin Billups has more on why the tough economic times may mean there's less pork to go around anyway.

March 2, 2010
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KRUEGER DUMPS SENATOR

By Dan RivoliFebruary 17, 2010State Sen. Liz Krueger said it was unfortunate that her erstwhile colleague Hiram Monserrate did not resign after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.Instead, a bipartisan panel was formed and recommended his expulsion from the Legislature. Krueger voted with most of her colleagues in support of the measure that passed, 53 to eight.Read more: http://ourtownny.com/2010/02/17/krueger-dumps-senator/

March 2, 2010
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The Capitol Connection #1006

ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senator Liz Krueger. They discuss Governor Paterson's proposed budget, ethics reform in the legislature, and the possible Ford-Gillibrand Senate primary.  © Copyright 2010, WAMCTo listen: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/654/0/16085...

March 2, 2010
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Pols reject Clinton School move, creating rift among ’rents

By Jefferson Siegel As parents continue to challenge a plan that would shuffle students among several Chelsea schools, a half-dozen local politicians have joined in calling for the Department of Education to withdraw its proposal to relocate the Clinton School for Writers and Artists from its current home at PS 11 to PS 33.

February 25, 2010
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New York Traffic Experiment Gets Permanent Run

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUMNew York’s ambitious experiment that closed parts of Broadway to vehicles last spring will become permanent, city officials said on Thursday, even though it fell short of achieving its chief objective: improving traffic flow.

February 25, 2010
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Cervical cancer vaccine debate heading to the Legislature

Bill would allow giving vaccine to minors without parental consentBy  RICK KARLINALBANY -- The debate over making cervical cancer vaccines available to young women is coming to the state Legislature today.A group of anti-vaccine activists plans to attend this morning's Senate Codes Committee hearing to protest a bill that would let health care professionals give the vaccine to women younger than 18 without parental consent.

February 25, 2010
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Push to Force Monserrate Expulsion Vote in the Senate

By JEREMY W. PETERSA group of Senate Democrats, concerned about efforts within their party to block the removal of a senator convicted of domestic violence, say they will attempt to force a vote to expel him this week even if they cannot win the support of State Senate leaders.The senators are trying to head off an effort by other Democrats who are pushing for a vote to censure, but not expel, Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Democrat who was found guilty last fall of assaulting his companion.Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/nyregion/08hiram.html

February 25, 2010
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Deficit Grows Even Larger

By Karen DeWitt ALBANY, NEW YORK (WXXI) - The state's budget deficit has grown yet again, and has now reached $8.2 billion dollars, says Governor Paterson, who says another $750 million dollar hole has opened up in the past couple of weeks.Paterson, saying "January was a difficult month", says a decline in personal income tax collections, due to uncertainty over Wall Street bonuses, and higher than anticipated Medicaid costs, contributed to the new deficit.

February 25, 2010
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Addressing the Budget Crisis: What Do You think? Take the Survey

Below are some broad budget options as well as some specific proposals from the Governors budget. Please indicate what your general priorities are by checking the appropriate circles.

February 24, 2010
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June 1 start to N.Y. fiscal year urged

By CARA MATTHEWSThere is a push from some lawmakers to change the state's fiscal year from April 1 to June 1.Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, chairperson of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, says the change would make a big difference. Having a fiscal year that begins before the April 15 filing deadline for income-tax returns means the governor and lawmakers put together the budget without the most complete information on state revenues, she said.

January 30, 2010
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Albany Democrats want to move start of budget year to June 1

By Cara MatthewsALBANY -- New York has not always had the distinction of being the only state with a fiscal year that begins April 1. The start date was changed from Oct. 1 to July 1 in 1916. It has been April 1 since 1943, but now there is a push from some lawmakers to change it to June 1. What difference does it make? A big one, says the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan.

January 29, 2010
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Mike: Gov budget is city nightmare

By DAVID SEIFMAN, City Hall Bureau ChiefALBANY -- Facing the possible loss of $1.3 billion in state aid, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday played the doomsday card -- warning that if the money isn't restored, he'd have to make sweeping cuts and layoffs that would impact everything from the size of the police force to the number of garbage pickups."The consequences would be appalling," the mayor testified before a joint legislative budget hearing.

January 26, 2010
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