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Apr 2, 2014

Budget includes property tax relief plan

A state budget — and with it a controversial property tax freeze — may be in place, but the battle over mandate relief is expected to continue. A $1.5 billion property tax freeze program, which is given to residents who live in municipalities that adhere to the property tax cap and take steps toward consolidating […]

Jan 24, 2014

Schraver calls for civics education

New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver has asked Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to consider the critical need for civics education as he and the Legislature develop the state’s 2014-15 budget. In a letter sent Wednesday, he noted a recent report by the association’s Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship found civics education […]

Jan 22, 2013

Cuomo proposes $137B state budget

ALBANY — The $137 billion state budget that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Tuesday would increase spending about 2 percent without tax increases, but New Yorkers would feel some fee hikes. Cuomo’s budget proposal to the Legislature provides 4.4 percent more aid to schools and would fund his proposal to improve instruction, including longer […]

Apr 3, 2012

Ballistics identification gone, for now

The New York State Combined Ballistic Identification System effectively ended last Friday when the final state budget left out funding for the controversial anti-gun measure. The system, known as CoBIS, required licensed semiautomatic firearm dealers and gun manufacturers to file spent cartridge shells with regional New York State Police CoBIS storage centers within 10 days […]

Apr 2, 2012

SafeRx legislation passes as part of state budget

The final state budget passed last week included approval of SafeRx legislation designed to make prescription drug labels easier to understand for people with limited English, people with disabilities and seniors. The provision requires chain and mail order pharmacies outside of New York City to provide translation and interpretation services for limited English proficient patients. […]

Mar 15, 2012

Judicial pay raise expected to pass

ALBANY — The first salary increases for New York judges in 13 years appear headed for approval in the upcoming state budget, quietly ending one of Albany’s long political dramas that recurred annually, then wound through the courts after frustrated jurists sued. State Sen. Stephen Saland and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who co-chair the budget conference […]

Jan 18, 2012

Foreclosure aid left out of budget

The future of New York’s Foreclosure Prevention Services Program is in doubt today after funding for the program, administered by the state Division of Homes and Community Renewal, was left out of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Budget announcement. Over 130 nonprofit organizations and 350 attorneys and counselors across the state participated in the program […]

Jan 18, 2012

Judiciary off to ‘good start’ in state budget process

It is only the beginning, but the state Office of Court Administration heard some encouraging words Wednesday from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo regarding its proposed 2012-13 budget request. “I commend the judiciary for examining their operations and for continuing to seek to make the court system work better and smarter,” Cuomo wrote in his budget […]

Oct 17, 2011

NYSBA committee analyzes state budget

The recently released issue of the Government, Law and Policy Journal offers a comprehensive analysis of “New York State’s Budget: Conflicts and Challenges” through a variety of articles by legal scholars, government officials and nonprofit executives.

May 2, 2011

More cuts hit foreclosure prevention assistance

The news was bad for foreclosure assistance programs when funding was cut from the New York state budget in March. The news got worse on April 12, when the governor vetoed $1.5 million that Democrats had set aside to continue the program.

Mar 24, 2011

Legislature: On-time budget deal within days

ALBANY — Legislative leaders say a rare on-time New York state budget is just days away and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says it will restore some school aid. Silver wouldn't say how much of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed cut ...

Mar 17, 2011

Leaders to meet for state budget talks

ALBANY — The first five-way meeting over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's hard-times budget is scheduled in Albany. Thursday's meeting will include the Democratic governor, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

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