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New York is poised for a first step in reopening businesses, as Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that three regions of the state have met his criteria to begin a slow reopen, starting with some construction and manufacturing businesses as soon as this Friday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says some upstate regions in the state may be able to have a limited re-opening of some businesses when the current shutdown order expires May 15th, but it will come with many caveats. He says no region is ready to reopen right now amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York’s finances will suffer for some years to come, and there are likely to be big cuts to schools and local governments because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released over the weekend by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office. Meanwhile, a new poll finds record approval ratings for the Democratic governor, but most New Yorkers don’t expect life to return to normal anytime soon.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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A new poll from Siena College finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings are at a record high with a 77% approval rating and that New Yorkers by a three to one margin trust Cuomo over President Trump to get them through the pandemic.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will send absentee ballot applications to all eligible state voters for the June 23rd primary to give them the option of voting by mail if they don’t feel comfortable going to the polls in person due to the pandemic.

The panel consisted of (from left) Dave Wolfe, Neal Woodworth, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones with host Thom Hallock
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The importance of getting broadband service into underserved areas of the Adirondacks and North Country region was the focus of a recent forum in Plattsburgh.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York State lawmakers have the day off before they return to the Capitol to tackle a number of end-of-session issues, including renewing rent control laws and possibly legalizing marijuana for adults. A poll finds support among New Yorkers for many of the issues on the table.

 

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Residents of a mobile home park in Plattsburgh who were displaced by severe flooding in January moved back into new homes Tuesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces broadband funding in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York to be the first state to offer 100 percent broadband.  Phase Three to complete the goal is beginning, and the governor was in Plattsburgh Wednesday to announce that the North Country will receive substantial funding to fill in coverage gaps.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read (right) leads Governor Andrew Cuomo (center) on tour of flood damaged Underwood Mobile Home Park
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Governor Andrew Cuomo toured flood-damaged areas of Plattsburgh this morning and promised state aid to residents forced out of their homes.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid out his vision for the 2018 legislative session in Albany, lawmakers around the state are weighing in. New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones represents the 115th district in northern New York, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties and four towns in St. Lawrence County.  The first-term Democrat says he is still mulling over the speech and wants to see how the proposals mesh with the governor’s upcoming budget proposal, which is due in two weeks.

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New York faces fiscal challenges in 2018, but that has not stopped groups from asking for more money in the new state budget, including agencies that provide care to people with disabilities.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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Norsk Titanium is the only company that manufactures FAA-approved structural titanium components for the aerospace industry using a patented rapid plasma 3D printing technique.  Based in Norway, its global manufacturing facility is located in Plattsburgh.  On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the plant and officially dedicated the facility.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Cuomo now says he’s returning all of the money donated to his campaign from disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein.

Cuomo initially returned $50,000 donated from Weinstein to the governor’s 2018 re lection campaign. The governor said he’d already spent over $60,000 that the politically liberal movie mogul had donated to previous campaigns, and so could not give it back.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the Daily News about Governor Cuomo's petition for Donald Trump to denounce white supremacist groups, possible Democratic challengers to the Governor in 2018, and continuing issues with the Independent Democratic Conference splintering the NY state Senate.

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Tougher Penalties For Bomb Threats

Aug 14, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law new penalties for those who make bomb threats.

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The State Senate is likely to confirm New York Governor Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Governor Andrew Cuomo defends the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Lake Placid this morning to tout the benefits of the just-passed state budget for the North Country region.

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines North Country budget initaitives
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposed state spending plan to a North Country audience Monday, highlighting what he says are the plan’s benefits for the upstate region and announcing plans to enhance tourism venues in the Adirondacks.

Plattsburgh International Airport
Plattsburgh International Airport

During his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new funding to enhance and revitalize the Plattsburgh International Airport. The new funds will be used to enhance aerospace and general aviation facilities as a separate terminal upgrade is completed.

With most schools on winter break right now, certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about planning for college.

Cuomo Pushes For Democratic Takeover Of State Senate

Oct 26, 2016
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets crowd of union workers after speech on raising  the minimum wage at a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a step deeper into the partisan politics of the state Senate Tuesday night, telling two Democratic factions they’ll have to work together if the November elections go their way.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a visit to the Adirondacks today that he has not been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into two former aides. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the governor also tried to deflect any implication that he was directly aware of the staffers’ actions.

Budget Experts Say Not All Of Cuomo's Numbers Add Up

Jan 15, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been touting a massive infrastructure plan, but budget experts say much of the funding for the projects, estimated to cost $100 billion, remains unresolved, even with the release of Cuomo’s new budget plan. They also question what they say is a cost-shift from the state to New York City.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined numerous initiatives in his combined budget and State of the State speech on Wednesday. North Country officials for the most part are pleased with the governor’s plans.

The Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and central New York have each won $500 million in state funds as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's upstate economic development competition.

It was a dramatic end to a three-week manhunt Sunday when a police officer felled the remaining fugitive from the Clinton Correctional facility less than two miles from the Canadian border. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, both fugitives are accounted for and no civilians or law enforcement officers were hurt.

Escaped murderer Richard Matt is dead. Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Malone, a village about 30 miles west of the prison and 50 miles west of Plattsburgh,  with law enforcement officers Friday night to describe the events that led to the death of the convict that escaped the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility three weeks ago.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a state investigation into how two killers escaped from a maximum-security prison will look into whether reforms are needed.

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