Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Published 7:23 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday sought to squeeze out a remedy to the statewide flap over the state Health Department shuttering a boy's lemonade stand because it didn't have a permit. Cuomo waded into the controversy after being asked about it by reporters. He said he would look into it. Soon after, he issued a statement saying he would direct the Health Department to find a resolution. And if a permit is needed, he would pay for it himself. It is $30 a year for a temporary food service establishment permit. "I will personally pay for any necessary fees," Cuomo, who is seeking re-election, said. "We support Brendan's entrepreneurial spirit and wish him the best of luck." Cuomo's intervention comes after Brendan Mulvaney, 7, and his family in Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, said they were told to shut down their lemonade stand last weekend outside the county fair near their home. They … [Read more...] about Boy’s lemonade stand closed: Gov. Andrew Cuomo steps in to reopen it
Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Published 9:30 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to hold a large lead over his Democratic foe Cynthia Nixon with about six weeks until primary day. Cuomo held a 60 percent to 29 percent lead over Nixon among likely Democratic primary voters, a Siena College Institute poll released Tuesday found. Cuomo had a 67 percent to 29 percent favorability rating, compared to Nixon’s 43 percent to 30 percent rating, the poll said. The primary is Thursday, Sept. 13. “Andrew Cuomo, viewed favorably by two-thirds of Democratic voters, has a commanding 31-point lead over Cynthia Nixon, who’s viewed favorably by a plurality of Democrats, with one-quarter not knowing enough about her to have an opinion,” Siena College poll spokesman Steven Greenberg said in a statement. Nixon, an actress and star of HBO's Sex and the City, has yet to close ground against Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, … [Read more...] about Andrew Cuomo vs. Cynthia Nixon: New poll, same results
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to visit Auburn this afternoon to make an announcement at the Auburn Public Theater. The governor's office declined to disclose the subject of his announcement. He is due to speak at 2 p.m. at an invitation-only event at the theater on Exchange Street in Auburn. Cuomo has visited other small cities in Central New York when he announced winning projects in the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The governor visited Oswego in July 2016 when the city's application beat Auburn, Fulton and Cortland in a competition for $10 million in grants through the initiative. Oswego's winning bid will provide state aid for 12 projects that include an indoor water park, and improvements to mixed-use buildings and pedestrian spots. Contact Mark Weiner: Email | Twitter | Facebook | 571-970-3751 … [Read more...] about Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans announcement Friday in Auburn
Jon Campbell Albany Bureau Published 1:59 p.m. UTC Jul 27, 2018 ALBANY — Six House Republicans from New York penned a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week, nudging him for information on the ongoing federal-state dispute over the I Love NY highway signs. The letter from the House GOP members, led by Rep. John Faso of Kinderhook, Columbia County, asks Cuomo, a Democrat, what steps his administration has taken to get back $14 million in federal funding withheld by the Federal Highway Administration earlier this year. The FHWA imposed the penalty in February after telling the state to take down the blue I Love NY signs for nearly three years. The state has until Sept. 30 to take them down and get its $14 million back. Otherwise, further penalties could be imposed. "We urge you to direct NYSDOT and (the New York State Thruway Authority ) to follow the law and not jeopardize the loss of badly needed federal funds for our highway and bridge repair programs," the … [Read more...] about I Love NY signs: House GOP presses Andrew Cuomo for answers on $14M fine
In New York, where Andrew Cuomo is the big boss, marijuana would probably be legalized if Andrew Cuomo wanted it to be. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images On July 13, the New York State Health Department published a 75-page report in which it declared that legalizing marijuana would raise money, reduce arrests and improve New Yorkers’ health.“The positive effects of regulating an adult marijuana market… outweigh the negative impacts,” the report’s authors wrote.In short, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s public-health experts, marijuana legalization is a good idea.Such a take is neither original nor surprising. A month earlier, Howard Zucker, Cuomo’s health commissioner, ruined any potential drama by telling reporters that his agency would release a pro-legalization argument. That fact that weed should be legal and sold in stores rather than a reason to jack someone up, put them in jail and jeopardize their ability to pursue employment and education … [Read more...] about How Many Times Does Andrew Cuomo Need to Be Told to Legalize Marijuana? An Inquiry.