Browsing: governor andrew cuomo

Education
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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that he hopes to create an advisory board for the implementation of the controversial Common Core curriculum and stop standardized testing for children below third grade, drawing sighs of relief from local education activists who have been critical of the rollout. “Any progress is great progress,” said Heather Ann…

Opinion
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THE COMMUTE: Governor Andrew Cuomo, who I once said was “not a friend of public transit“ after he cut MTA funding, now has increased MTA funding by $358 million in the 2013/14 fiscal year budget. The question is what will the MTA do with this money? There are several alternatives. The MTA could: Return subway service…

News & Features
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to buy up your Sandy damaged home and sell them over to land developers, according to a report by WNYC. Following the lead of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wants to spend $400 million to buy up Sandy homes at pre-Sandy values, Bloomberg wants a similar plan for the city. The difference…

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As we’ve previously reported, Governor Cuomo has been pushing to legalize gambling statewide in recent months, but efforts to build casinos within the five boroughs has met stiff resistance, according to a report by Crains New York. A new poll, conducted by the Global Strategy Group and paid for by the massive Malaysian casino corporation Genting, concluded…

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Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial initiative to ban large sugary drinks sold at fast food joints, movie theaters and sporting events goes into effect March 12. Bloomberg is so certain that the ban will curb the epidemic of childhood obesity that he is calling for the state to enact the same measures he has set for the city, according to…

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In an exhaustive, and frankly depressing, report by the New York Times, the decision not to evacuate nursing homes in vulnerable flood zones by state and city officials, including the Sea Crest Health Care Facility on Coney Island, produced disastrous conditions for thousands of disable seniors across Zone A communities. Concluding that the approaching storm would…

Business
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After declaring New York a “fishery resource disaster,” the U.S. Department of Commerce is set to provide loans via the U.S. Small Business Administration to fishing businesses across New York. “Hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction to the fishing industry along New York’s heavily-impacted coastline,” wrote Governor Andrew Cuomo’s in a press release. “This federal declaration will…

News & Features
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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that strengthens laws against viewing and downloading child pornography from the internet. The bill has been on the table for some time and has been supported by Senator Martin Golden. Lawmakers discovered that a loophole existed in New York’s legislation for prosecuting those charged with viewing child pornography. The issue came…

Opinion
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“Politics are a labyrinth without a clue.” – John Adams BETWEEN THE LINES: More than a year ago, Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned after he admitted taking part in virtual trysts with other women over the course of several years. The stupidity of that incident — and numerous others that preceded it — has apparently not penetrated the minds of shameless…

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