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ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) publication. The cover story is about their toolkit for influencing the state budget process.
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) publication. The cover story is about their toolkit for influencing the state budget process.

Is ALEC a lobbying group? Senate dems try to work it out

A hearing by Senate Democrats explored the influence of the controversial lobby group known as ALEC in New York State. Those who testified say more light needs to shine on the secretive group and even urged the state ethics commission to start an investigation.  Go to full article

Lake Ontario lawmakers ask Cuomo to halt IJC water levels plan

State lawmakers representing communities along the south shore of Lake Ontario are lining up against a plan to regulate water levels in the Lake, and in the St. Lawrence River system.

The opposition is frustrating to environmental groups, and many in riverfront communities. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

With few days left in NY state legislative session, many issues still unresolved

State lawmakers are due to end the 2012 legislative session in about a week and a half. While Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are downplaying any hope of major agreements on some key issues, a survey of New Yorkers find that voters want action. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the story.  Go to full article

Even after ethical questions, most New Yorkers still like Cuomo

Despite some negative publicity over donations from a gambling conglomerate, a recent poll from Siena College says Governor Andrew Cuomo remains popular among New Yorkers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
We need to stop talking about a divide between campaign money and lobbying money and start to talk about political money.

Lobby group associated with Cuomo Overshadows Ethics Hearing

A lobby group closely associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo was the elephant in the room during a hearing by the state ethics commission on new rules for donor disclosure.  Go to full article
Students during Feburary lobbying effort in Albany.  (Photo: Carol Pynchon)
Students during Feburary lobbying effort in Albany. (Photo: Carol Pynchon)

Canton students reflect on advocacy effort, as they prepare to graduate

High school seniors are getting ready to graduate. For students in the A-P Government class at Canton Central, it's been a year of learning firsthand how government works. They got riled up when they learned that their school might need to eliminate things like sports and theatre, as well as jobs because of decisions in the state budget. So, they took action.

Along with a few hundred parents and school officials, they took a bus trip to Albany in February to lobby lawmakers. In the end, the state restored some money to Canton Central and other rural schools. However, the district still plans to cut programs, and more than 24 jobs.

Now that it's graduation time, the seniors have had a few months to reflect on their lobbying effort. We spoke with Susannah Sudborough and Pat McGaw who were both touched by the experience but came away with opposite conclusions about what it will mean for their own futures.

Our story was produced by Julie Grant and Natasha Haverty.  Go to full article
It seems as if the price of getting the governors ear is a campaign contribution.

Ethics committee questions lobby group associated with Gov. Cuomo

One day before the state ethics commission is to hold hearings on new rules for lobbying disclosures, there are more revelations about a multi-million dollar advocacy group associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Go to full article
If the state is going to mandate, why don't they just do it?... just tell us where they want us to be, and let us work on getting there.

Strapped schools consider joining forces

Some North Country schools looking for ways to save money have started talking about merging or creating regional high schools.

Parents and school officials from Canton Central, Potsdam Central and other districts met with a representative from Governor Cuomo's office yesterday. They wanted to know what role the state would play in district mergers. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo would shop city casino plan to other developers

Governor Andrew Cuomo's planned deal to build a casino and convention center in Queens has fallen through, and now the governor says he's opening up the bids to more companies.

Cuomo's change of plans comes amid reports that the gambling company Genting contributed over $2 million to a lobby group closely associated with the governor.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo moves to ease penalties for small amounts of marijuana

Governor Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches. He says the change, which will apply throughout the state, will fix what he says is a "blatant inconsistency" in New York City's controversial stop and frisk policy. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

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