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Still no arrangement for Comptroller to audit state contracts

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A handshake deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s comptroller to reinstate the comptroller’s powers to audit contracts in the wake of corruption scandals has stalled.

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Bill to legalize gestational surrogacy passes State Senate

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The New York State Senate passed a bill to legalize paid gestational surrogacy for couples who are unable to have their own children.

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Immigrant drivers license bill advances in the Assembly

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Democrats in the State Assembly say they plan to move ahead with a bill to grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York. But the Assembly Speaker says he wants to educate people about the benefits of the measure first.

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Advocates see new hope for publicly financed election campaigns in New York

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Over 200 groups are pushing for New York State to enact a public campaign finance system for statewide candidates. And they say they’ve never been closer to achieving their goal.

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Tensions flare between Cuomo and the Catholic Church

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A feud has been growing between Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the Catholic Church, over an abortion rights bill the governor signed last week. The governor has been fueling the flames of the disagreement.

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Supporters of women's reproductive rights in New York look to January

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When Governor Cuomo laid out his 2019 agenda earlier this week, he promised that a bill protecting abortion rights for New York’s women would become law by the end of January. Supporters say they are pleased that the measure may finally move, but they say it’s not time to be complacent.

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Lawsuit filed over pay raises for lawmakers

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A government reform group has filed a lawsuit to stop a pay raise granted to state lawmakers by a compensation commission. The conservative-leaning Government Justice Center, says the salary increase is unconstitutional because it also “radically changes the rules surrounding serving in the state Legislature”. The group filed papers in State Supreme Court in Albany on Friday morning.

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Pay Commission issues final report

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he backs a pay commission’s recommendation that he and the legislature receive a more than 60% pay increase over the next three years, which would make Cuomo the highest paid governor in the nation.

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Legal marijuana law should include reparations, supporters say

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People who support legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in New York say 2019 may be the year that it happens. At a conference to explore the best way to craft legislation, participants said it needs to include reparative justice for communities most adversely affected by the decades-long marijuana prohibition in New York.

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Advocates applaud Regents school aid increase request

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The state Board of Regents recommends that an additional $2.1 billion dollars be spent on schools next year and that a 12-year-old court order to fully fund schools be phased in over the next three years. The proposal is being applauded by school funding advocacy groups.

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Inequities in ethics panel one more reason to scrap it, say advocates

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Democrats are poised to lead the state Senate starting next month, but they will still lack power on the state’s ethics panel. But a law implemented several years ago will allow Republicans in the chamber to hold the majority of seats.

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Commission recommends substantial pay hike for governor, state lawmakers

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A pay commission for New York’s statewide elected officials recommends a hefty increase to the salaries of the governor, state Senators, and Assemblymembers, but there are some strings attached.

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Advocates push for early voting in New York

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Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.

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Democrats sweep statewide races

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was awarded a third term in office by voters, who chose him by a wide margin over his opponents.

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Poll shows Cuomo far ahead of challengers

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A new Siena College poll finds Governor Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that a failed primary challenger is still taking points away from the governor’s lead.

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