Archive for August, 2011

Silver Says He Will Follow Inmate Counting Law
August 3rd, 2011

The Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment has come under fire as of late for seemingly not abiding by a recently passed law that dictates inmates be counted in the communities they come from instead of where they are incarcerated. Good government groups have laid into LATFOR to pressure them to follow the rule. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver issued a statement today indicating that he and Assembly Democrats intend to follow the rule. Here is the statement:

“Last year, the Legislature passed a law requiring that prison inmates be counted in their home communities rather than their incarceration address for the purpose of redistricting. The Assembly Majority believes that complying with the law as written is not only the prudent thing to do, it is also the right thing to do. In order to comply with the law, Assembly staff have been working with the original inmate records provided by Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to ensure inmates are counted properly. Our work is nearly complete and the results will be made public in the near future.

We urge our task force members to join with us, ensuring compliance with both the letter and intent of the law. This is the responsible action for the Legislature to take. Regardless of any personal political stance on the prison count issue, we encourage all task force members to join us in our effort to fully comply with the law as it is written.”

LATFOR is meeting tomorrow in Albany at 10 a.m.

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Dicker Harumphs at Possibility of Gillibrand 2016
August 3rd, 2011

Fred Dicker of the NY Post had Maggier Habberman of Politico on his radio show this morning and everything seemed to be going fine until Haberman indicated that perhaps Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted against the debt ceiling in preparation for a run for the presidency in 2016.

Youre suggesting she might have pretensions for the presidency and I find it hard to believe she might want to be Andrew Cuomos running mate for vice president, Dicker said.

The Post scribe has an chummy relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is a regular guest on Dicker’s show. Cuomo aides even refer journalists from other outlets to Cuomo’s appearances on Dicker’s shows when they have questions about the administration’s policy points.

Twitter is often clogged with complaints by Albany journalists who are troubled by the toughness of Dicker’s questions for Cuomo when he is a guest on the show.

Anyhow, Habberman rebuffed Dicker’s attempts to dismiss a Gillibrand run as ludicrous but Dicker implied only Gillibrand and her inner circle could possibly think she could be a candidate for president. Thats like talking about George Pataki for president, Dicker said.

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Budget Division Tamps Down Expectations
August 3rd, 2011

Tax revenue may be better than expected so far this year but the State Division of Budget doesn’t want anyone to get to excited. The just-released quarterly budget update predicts that tax receipts will be much lower in coming months.

However, the state expects to end the budget year with a $1.7 billion surplus. That bad news? A $2.4 billion deficit is expected for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. In fact the budget division expects major deficits in the next three budget cycles–$2.8 billion in 2013-2014 and $4.6 billion om 2014-2015.

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Regents Relief
August 3rd, 2011

High school students disappointed they could no longer take Regents exams in January will get a reprieve this year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this morning that Bloomberg Philanthropies and five anonymous donors have each agreed to pony up $250,000 to privately fund the creation and giving of the subject tests in January 2012.

The state announced last spring it would eliminate the January test date to save money. High school students need to pass five of the exams to get a Regents diploma. Some 150,000 Regents exams were give last January in the city.

Not having the opportunity to take the exam midyear, Bloomberg said, “put thousands of prospective graduates in a bad spot and even puts their graduation in jeopardy.”

The donations, though, will only pay for one year; after that, Bloomberg said, the state will have to figure out how to pay for this service.

What was a good news announcement, though, turned prickly as reporters pressed Bloomberg to disclose the names of the donors. He refused, though did own up their being individuals who he had approached, not in government and without young children.

As to their names, “I dont think its anyone’s business,” Bloomberg said. “They dont want to be dragged through the press.”

He continued, “They dont want their name out there. … They just want to help, not give you a story.”

Bloomberg said he had revealed his own name only because he’s a public official. Once he no longer is, he said his largesse will remain anonymous as well.

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