ALBANY – Democrats who control the State Legislature offered a simple message to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday: Spend more state money on the state’s 700 public school districts, Medicaid, local governments, transportation and other initiatives. Considerably more. The Legislature unveiled its separate, one-house budget bills, which will be approved Wednesday and serve as a template for legislative priorities in fiscal negotiations that are now heating up between lawmakers and Cuomo. The new fiscal year starts April 1. Some of the legislative fiscal changes, like every year, were expected from lawmakers who, by the nature of their job, deal more directly with constituents than the governor. The Senate, for instance, wants to give public schools an overall education aid increase of 6 percent, or more than $600 million beyond the $1 billion Cuomo proposed in January. “We are very, very committed as a conference to education," said Senate Majority Leader Andrea … [Read more...] about State Legislature pushes alternatives to Cuomo’s budget plans
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SOUTH HADLEY -- The Selectboard on Tuesday welcomed state Rep.-elect Daniel Carey, who will represent the 2nd Hampshire District on Beacon Hill. Carey, an Easthampton city councilor, will replace John Scibak, D-South Hadley, who announced his retirement in February. Scibak held the seat for 16 years. Last month the board met with incoming state Sen. Jo Comerford, who will replace former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst. The board sent Carey and Comerford a list of questions regarding issues germane to South Hadley. Selectboard Meeting: 12-18-2018 from SHCTV15 on Vimeo. Chairman Ira Brezinsky, who congratulated Carey on his victory, said the board looked forward to working with him. Carey, a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, earned a law degree at Western New England University. He worked recently as a prosecutor for the Northwestern district attorney's office. He will relinquish his city council set Dec. 31 and then devote his full attention preparing for … [Read more...] about South Hadley Selectboard welcomes incoming state Rep. Daniel Carey
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Next up: the candidates for the Ward 15 City Council seat.Councilwoman Sabina Matos is facing a primary challenge against Democrat Oscar Vargas to represent parts of the Olneyville, Valley, West End, Silver Lake neighborhoods. The winner of the Sept. 12 primary will not have an opponent in the general election.So where do the candidates stand on Providence’s key issues? Eyewitness News asked them to answer 10 questions. (Previous surveys have included Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 5, Ward 8, Ward 12 and Ward 13.)1. Why should you be elected to the City Council?Matos: I am very passionate about and proud of the diverse tapestry in our Ward 15 neighborhoods. Representing the residents of Silver Lake, Valley and Olneyville on the Council is one of my proudest achievements. I am proud of the work I have helped lead to advance these neighborhoods’ economic outlook, vitality and infrastructure. Particularly, our partnership with One Neighborhood Builders in … [Read more...] about A voters’ guide to the City Council race in Ward 15
PORTLAND — Last summer, the city turned a parking lot into $3.3 million. Now city councilors could turn much of the proceeds from sale of the lot at the corner of Thames and Hancock streets into new housing, a rebuilt fire station and a joint study on sustainability and environmental health. “The City does not typically budget for significant amounts of property sale revenue, so this inflow of funding is above and beyond our (fiscal year 2018) budgeted revenues and will result in an increase in fund balance above our recommended level,” City Manager Jon Jennings said in a July 27 memo. The land is now being developed as the future corporate home of WEX, which had been based in South Portland. The company provides payment processing services and technical support for businesses. On Aug. 2, the City Council Finance Committee, led by Councilor Nick Mavodones, unanimously endorsed Jennings’ proposal to allocate $1 million each to the Housing Trust … [Read more...] about Portland property sale may pay for housing, fire station, more
Melissa Brown Montgomery Advertiser Published 12:43 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 This story is the second in a series on ways communities are addressing the rise of poverty-related tropical diseases related to poor sewage infrastructure in the rural South. Read the first here. HAYNEVILLE — There are times where you walk outside Hayneville’s Family Dollar and smell it, the stench hanging thick in the Black Belt air. Mary McDonald has seen schoolchildren steer their bikes through it, dark streams spider-webbing the cracked asphalt as rubber wheels splash through. Charlie Mae Holcombe has heard it, an ominous gurgle from her toilets and sinks after heavy spring rains. “It’s been so bad, it’s come up through my bathtub,” Holcombe said. “When it really storms, my yard is like a river. It’s terrible. You can smell it through the walls. It purely stinks." In the best case scenarios, Holcombe’s grandchildren play inside for a spell, … [Read more...] about Wastewater treatment is a problem in the rural South. Who is working to fix it?