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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Generally cloudy. High 72. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 57. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus will be at Cunningham Park through June 15. Times vary. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police release video of driver wanted in Astoria hit-and-run

Cops are looking for the driver involved in an Astoria hit-and-run on Saturday that left a 21-year-old man injured. Read more: The Queens Courier

Queens man in LIRR skimming case gets 2-6 years in prison

A Queens man who pleaded guilty to his involvement in a credit card skimming scheme at several Long Island Rail Road stations was sentenced Tuesday. Read more: CBS New York

After a year’s absence, Fleet Week returns to NYC

Fleet Week is returning to New York City after a year’s absence, officials announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

Bus countdown clocks see influx of cash from lawmakers

Countdown clocks at bus stops are so popular, two City Council members have allocated $420,000 of their own funds to get more installed. Read more: am New York

Cuomo’s lead over Astorino will shrink if Working Families runs candidate

Gov. Cuomo’s huge lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino would drop to 13 percentage points if the Working Families Party puts up its own candidate in the governor’s race, a polls shows. Read more: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Cloudy early, then off and on rain showers for the afternoon. High around 65. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday night: Becoming partly cloudy after some evening light rain. Low 47. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Earth Day Festival

Develop your green thumb, learn about bee-keeping and the importance of clean waterways while making sculptures, jewelry and art out of recycled materials. Free at Flushing Town Hall at 1 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Judge weeps during Queens pedophile sentencing

A Queens Supreme Court judge broke down and cried — and said he had never presided over a more troubling case — as he sentenced Kerbet (Kirby) Dixon to at least 25 1/3 years in prison for sexually abusing two young members of his family in his Queens home in 2008 and 2009. Read more: New York Daily News

Officials probe whether EMTs were delayed to fire that killed 2 kids

Mayor de Blasio said the city is investigating whether there was a delay in getting EMTs to a fire where two 4-year-old children died Sunday after one of them may have been playing with a lighter. Read more: NBC New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio: FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano in ‘interim role’

Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed Monday that FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano is serving in an “interim role.” Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo holds huge lead over GOP challenger – for now

Gov. Cuomo holds an enormous 30-point lead over GOP challenger Rob Astorino — but that margin would be cut in half if a ” more liberal” third party candidate entered the race, according to a poll released Tuesday. Read more: New York Post

Report: Sandy’s fallout affecting small business in tri-state area

When Long Beach delicatessen owner P.J. Whelan heard the findings of a Federal Reserve Bank of New York poll released Monday on Superstorm Sandy’s effect on small businesses, he began nodding in agreement. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Sunny. High 62. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: A few passing clouds. Low 44. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Restaurant letter-grade and fine system changes forum

State Sen. Jose Peralta, in conjunction with the 82nd Street Partnership, is hosting a forum for restaurateurs and small business owners to learn about proposed changes to the restaurant letter-grade and fine system and the new paid sick leave law. Officials from the city’s Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Consumer Affairs will detail the proposed changes and respond to questions. Representatives from the Department of Small Business Services will be on hand to talk about small business access to capital and offer help in navigating city agencies. Monday, April 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Langston Hughes Library, 100th Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents

“Just Do It” has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York’s Common Core standardized English tests. Read more: Fox New York

Flight from JFK makes emergency landing with cracked windshield

A cracked windshield is blamed for forcing a United Airlines flight from JFK to make an emergency landing Saturday. Read more: ABC New York

Two-thirds of city’s Airbnb rentals are illegal sublets: state

Nearly two-thirds of the city apartments recently listed on Airbnb were being offered in violation of the law, an analysis by state authorities has found. Read more: New York Post

EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Cuomo builds reelection campaign team that includes ad whiz behind Dante de Blasio video

Gov. Cuomo has hired the media firm that made a star last year of young Dante de Blasio and his Afro. Read more: New York Daily News 

Kraft recalls 96K pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

Kraft Foods Group, Inc., a Columbia, Mo., establishment is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages.  Read more: NBC News

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Generally cloudy. High 69. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Periods of rain. Low 47. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a half an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Farewell Extravaganza for the Holocenter

Celebrate with the Holocenter before it leaves the Clock Tower. Music, holograms, projections, performers, interactive installations, food, and drinks. Free. Must RSVP. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD institutes new fire response guidelines for officers

The NYPD has instituted new protocols for officers responding to fires after a veteran cop died days after being overcome by smoke inside a Coney Island building where a fire raged and on the same day two other officers were hurt while rushing into a burning building in Williamsburg. Read more: NBC New York

Some council members want exterior doors in elementary, special ed schools to have alarms

Some City Council members want to make sure all exterior doors in elementary and special education schools have alarms on them. Read more: NY1

Family of narcotics overdose victim testifies at Queens doctor’s manslaughter trial

The family of one of Dr. Stan Li’s patients who died from an oxycodone overdose testified at the Queens doctor’s manslaughter trial Thursday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Crackdown on distracted driving begins around New York State

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that state and local police have stepped up patrols statewide to crack down on mobile phone use while driving. Read more: CBS New York

Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Read more: AP

Gov. announces measures to address Queens plane noise


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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will double its sound monitors and create an office to address soaring noise complaints, under a string of new orders announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday.

“Airport noise is rightly an important concern for residents of Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County,” Cuomo said. “We will listen to local residents and ensure their input is used to make both JFK and LaGuardia airports better neighbors.”

Gripes have been pouring in since the Federal Aviation Administration approved a new flight pattern in 2012 that brought on a barrage of low-flying planes over parts of northeast Queens.

“There have been days I felt so hopeless,” said Susan Carroll, of Flushing. “I get the takeoff. I get the landing. Flushing never gets a break from the airplane noise. We never get any peace.”

Carroll said she lodges so many complaints with the Port Authority’s hotline — at least one a day, since last summer — operators mistake her for an aviation expert.

“I actually cried tears of joy when I heard the news,” she said. “This is tremendous for all of us.”

Within the next few months, the Port Authority will implement a series of new measures that include monitoring flight tracks online, establishing regular roundtables with elected and federal officials, and conducting extensive noise studies.

More portable noise monitors will be placed in communities currently without one, the governor said. And the new noise office’s seven-member staff will collect and review data while responding to community complaints.

“We are committed to working with all communities we operate in to address their concerns, while bringing JFK and LaGuardia airports into the 21st century and maintaining the viability of our airports as major economic engines for the metropolitan region,” Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Cloudy. High around 40. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Periods of light snow. Low 31. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Homeless man found dead on tracks of Queens subway station

A homeless man was found dead on the tracks of a Queens subway station early Tuesday, police said. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo, lawmakers negotiate on pre-k, property tax relief for state budget

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated over property tax relief, charter schools and prekindergarten funding Monday – with a budget deadline looming in a week. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Unsanctioned subway buskers, vendors feel NYPD’s wrath

The NYPD is putting the heat on churro sellers, subway acrobats, and other underground peddlers and panhandlers. Read more: New York Post

Majority of New York voters oppose having DREAM Act in state budget: poll

A new Siena College poll is a nightmare for DREAM Act supporters. Read more: New York Daily News 

9/11 Memorial Museum to open in May

The long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21, officials announced Monday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Cloudy skies. High around 35. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 27. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Astoria St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl 

It’s time to get shamrocked! Come out to Astoria for a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Guinness withdraws St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsorship

The makers of Guinness, the popular Irish beer, announced Sunday that they have withdrawn sponsorship of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, citing the event’s “policy of exclusion.” Read more: NBC New York

More NY drivers lose licenses in state tax payback scheme

Licenses of 8,900 New York motorists have been suspended for failing to pay back taxes, Gov. Cuomo said. Read more: New York Post 

Schumer: Deny visas for countries who don’t check for stolen passports

If Sen. Charles Schumer gets his way, countries who don’t check an Interpol database for missing or stolen passports can forget about having their citizens obtain visas in the United States. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD spends $200K to upgrade bomb-squad robots

The NYPD is shelling out $200,000 to upgrade two of its bomb-squad robots to make them even better than the ones used in the Oscar-winning movie “The Hurt Locker.’’ Read more: New York Post

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai wins 2014 NYC Half

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, the defending New York City Marathon champion, was the winner of Sunday’s NYC Half. Read more: ABC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High around 45. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Cloudy skies. Low 39. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Trumpeters of Queens Part II

Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry were all masters of the trumpet who lived in Queens. This series at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m., continues with Ron Horton’s Sextet and Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police: No more missing in rubble of explosion, death toll stands at 8

Police said early Friday that no one else is missing in the smoldering rubble of two buildings that were leveled by a gas explosion in upper Manhattan two days ago, killing eight people and injuring more than 70 others. Read more: NBC New York

MTA workers’ personal information found on CD that was sold

he Social Security numbers and other personal information of about 15,000 New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers has appeared on a CD inside a refurbished CD drive sold by a retailer, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Charter schools are here to stay: Cuomo

The war over charter schools shifted from City Hall to Albany Thursday as Gov. Cuomo pledged to protect the besieged schools and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blasted charters as tools of “Wall Street billionaires.” Read more: New York Post

Dems hit back after House Speaker Boehner accuses N.Y. and other states of ‘cheating’ food stamp rules

New York Democrats lashed out at House Speaker John Boehner Thursday after he accused New York and four other states of “cheating” and “fraud” for sidestepping billions of dollars in federal food stamp cuts. Read more: New York Daily News

Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Considerable cloudiness. High 58. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Cloudy. Low 41. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Cops arrest Brooklyn man in connection with string of Ridgewood knifepoint robberies

Ridgewood can rest a little bit easier now, but cops are still telling residents to be aware. Read more: The Queens Courier

Common Core panel says limit time teaching to test

A panel created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to look into New York’s rollout of the controversial Common Core curriculum is recommending capping the amount of instructional time that can be used for standardized tests and test prep. Read more: NBC New York

Unions beg Mayor de Blasio to keep horse carriages

Leaders of the city’s most powerful unions — including many of Mayor de Blasio’s staunchest allies — are balking at his plans to banish horse carriages from city streets. Read more: New York Daily News

Housing becoming more expensive for NYers: comptroller

Housing is becoming unaffordable for millions of New Yorkers amid declining incomes and increasing costs for rent and home ownership, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday. Read more: New York Post 

New ad campaign urges a ban on calling girls ‘bossy’

What goes through your mind when you hear the word “bossy?” Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast. High near 50. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: A few clouds. Low 39. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Council on the Arts Presents Senses Transport

Queens Council on the Arts mixes up dance and food in the second Moveable Feast Artist Dinner Series which will raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio faces three new charter-school lawsuits

Mayor de Blasio is getting hit on Monday with three new lawsuits by charter-school supporters, his traditional enemies — just as his pals who despise the popular institutions are threatening him with legal action for offering a compromise. Read more: New York Post

Assembly Dems will seek to block Cuomo from taking MTA funds to pay debts

As state budget talks prepare to heat up, state Assembly Democrats say they will seek to block Gov. Cuomo’s proposed raid of $40 million from mass transit funds. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo to define opponent with $10M ad campaign

Gov. Cuomo is expected to unleash a $10 million package of TV attack ads designed to “define’’ his newly announced Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, as a “right-wing nut,” Democratic and Republican insiders say. Read more: New York Post

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand pushes for lower child care costs

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to lessen the financial load of child care, which she says is unaffordable. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Daylight saving time means more traffic accidents

Turning the clocks forward not only wreaks havoc with our internal body clocks, it causes a spike in traffic accidents. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 31. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 24. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Art of Science – Princeton University Photo Exhibit

View photographs from Princeton University’s annual competition, Art of Science at this new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. The featured works were submitted as part of a competition that began in 2005, organized to judge the most aesthetically pleasing images produced during scientific research at the university. March 6 through September 14. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rare skin infection outbreak tied to Chinatown seafood markets

The Health Department is warning customers of Chinatown seafood markets in Queens and other parts of the city about an outbreak of a rare skin infection. Read more: The Queens Courier

Facebook cracks down on posts for illegal gun sales

Go on Facebook or Instagram and you can find hundreds of guns to buy, from assault rifles like the AR-15, the weapon used to murder little kids in Newtown, to gun accessories like 30-shot clips illegal in New York and Connecticut. Read more: Fox New York

De Blasio ignores pledge to restore school vouchers

Mayor de Blasio is ignoring a campaign pledge to restore millions of dollars for some after-school programs — pulling the exact same move he excoriated his predecessor over. Read  more: New York Post

New SAT: Essay optional, no extra penalties for wrong answers

The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Gov. Cuomo’s approval sags, but he maintains large re-election lead: NBCNY poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has slipped, but he remains popular and enjoys a comfortable advantage in his quest for re-election, according to a new poll. Read more: NBC New York

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces GOP run for governor


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Video via YouTube/Rob Astorino

Rob Astorino is asking voters whether New York is winning or losing.

The Westchester County Executive, in a video challenging Andrew Cuomo’s economic successes in leading the state, has announced he is running on the Republican ticket for governor.

“I’m tired of listening to the fairy tale that everything is just great when it’s just the opposite. I’m tired of watching New York’s decline,” he said, declaring his candidacy Wednesday.

If the state is winning, Astorino, 46, proclaimed, then re-elect Cuomo, but the evidence, he added, shows it is not.

New York has the highest taxes in the country, worst business climate, most corrupt government and second highest electric rates, Astorino claimed.

The video also attacked the governor for raising taxes and for his plan to fund college classes in prisons.

Astorino called Cuomo’s handling of Common Core a “disaster,” and promised to replace it with better standards, teaching and testing, all set and controlled at the local level. He additionally said New York needs more charter schools, not fewer.

He promised bipartisan, inclusive governing that he said helped get “Westchester back on the winning path again.”

Before he was elected to his first term as County Executive in 2009, Astorino served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and was a Mount Pleasant councilmember for 12 years.

Though he won re-election last year in a 2-1 Democratic county, he has an uphill battle if he faces Cuomo in the general election.

Cuomo, a popular incumbent, already has more than $33 million in campaign funds, according to the New York State Board of Elections.

A Feb. 13 Quinnipiac University poll showed Cuomo, with a 63 percent job approval rating, would beat Astorino 58 to 24 percent.

It also found he would easily defeat another potential challenger, Donald Trump.

The 2010 GOP candidate for governor, Carl Paladino, could reportedly run as a third party candidate.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High near 25. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Cloudy with periods of snow after midnight. Low 23 with temps rising to near freezing. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90%. About one inch of snow expected.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Forgotten Queens

Author Kevin Walsh and Rich Melnick of the Greater Astoria Historical Society discuss their new book of local history, Forgotten Queens. 7 p.m. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio called police boss about arrested pastor

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the commanding officer of the police department’s press office to ask about the arrest of a politically connected pastor who endorsed him and served as a member of his transition team, but the pastor had already been released, police and administration officials said Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

Cuomo discourages allowing city to set own minimum wage

Barely 24 hours after the mayor said New York City would lobby Albany for the right to set its own minimum wage, Gov. Cuomo shot down the idea as economically damaging to the entire state. Read more: New York Post

NY cabbies call for penalties against drivers who don’t clear snow, ice off cars

The brutal winter has made for some tough driving conditions. Read more: CBS New York

FBI to offer bounty program for laser attacks

The FBI is launching a reward program in New York and other cities to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft. Read more: Fox New York

Nearly 3.8M Graco child car seats recalled

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Periods of snow. Snow will be heavy at times especially this morning. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches. Monday night: Scattered snow flurries and snow showers possible this evening. Becoming mostly clear later. Low 24. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing. Submit an event of your own

Winter storm warning issued; 5 to 8 inches expected

More snow is on its way for New York City, just as Staten Island Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter. Read more: The Queens Courier 

32-year-old man arrested in Sunnyside hit-and-run of four pedestrians

A 32-year-old Jackson Heights man was arrested Sunday in connection to a hit-and-run in Sunnyside Saturday night that left five people in the hospital. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cuomo may have Senate votes to block de Blasio’s pre-K tax hike

Gov. Cuomo, aided by a coalition of Senate Republicans and upstate Democrats, will defeat Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to raise taxes to fund universal pre-K this year, a leading legislative Democrat has told The Post. Read more: New York Post 

Transit woes, mild temperatures mark Super Bowl XLVIII

The first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in the nation’s most congested region confounded skeptics on the first count, as unseasonably warm temperatures served as a pleasant backdrop for Sunday’s NFL title game. Read more: NBC New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in Manhattan apartment

He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world’s greatest actors. Read more: AP

Cuomo gives budget address, proposes pre-k plan


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Photo via Governor Cuomo's Flickr

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his 2014-2015 Executive Budget address Tuesday, highlighting economic investments in education, including universal, full-day pre-k, while promising to deliver a fourth, consecutive on time budget.

“If government works right the budget is an easy process,” the governor said.

The $137.2 billion proposed budget provides for tax relief measures the governor outlined in his State of the State address earlier this month, including a renters tax credit.

But “the budget is more than just a budget. It’s more than just dollar and cents,” said Cuomo.

“The best long term economic development strategy is to have the best economic system,” according to the governor.

Cuomo is proposing universal, full-day pre-k statewide, with an estimated cost of $1.5 billion over the next five years. The state would fully fund the program.

“The state will pay for it and the state will be proud to pay for it,” Cuomo said.

A plan proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio for universal, full-day pre-k in the city would be funded by taxing the wealthy.

The budget puts aside money for a plan the governor outlined earlier this month for the state’s ongoing storm mitigation and recovery efforts.

It includes five billion dollars for the most massive reconstruction of the subway system in 110 years, according to Cuomo.

Additional investments discussed at the budget presentation were $100 million to restore and build 300 affordable housing units and $1.2 billion of capital funding for hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities.

Cuomo concluded his address by emphasizing the importance of ethics reform, which is included in the budget.

“We’re going to put a system in place that make sure if and when these things happen again there will be a system to take care of it,” he said.

For more details on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, visit www.budget.ny.gov.

 

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