Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

Reed Confronts Jeers At Town Hall Meetings

NORTH HARMONY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican Rep. Tom Reed was greeted by scores of boisterous protesters at town hall meetings in western New York.

Read More

Subscribe to the WSKG News eNewsletter

In-depth reports from WSKG News, direct to your inbox!

Governor Cuomo and Republicans in the Senate remain at an impasse over gun control legislation - just two days before the State of the State.

Meanwhile, the State Comptroller says he’s thinking of  divesting the state’s pension fund from investments in gun manufacturers.

Governor Cuomo has been negotiating  with the legislature to try to come up with a package of gun control measures to be put into law this month. But in recent days, Cuomo and Senate Republicans have been trading press releases that reveal the depth of the impasse.

Governor Cuomo says he intends to propose in his State of the State message several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future.

Governor Cuomo, who has had to cope with the aftermath of two major storms in his two years in office, Irene in 2011, and now Sandy, says the state could be better prepared for climate change that the governor believes could be the new normal.

Governor Cuomo's education commission has recommendations for some education reforms. Commission chair and former Citigroup executive Dick Parsons says school days and the school year should be longer, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds should begin their education with all day pre-kindergarten.

Parson summed up the report’s underlying premise as: “Get them sooner, keep them longer and do more with them when you’ve got them”.

Governor Cuomo says the ideas are “bold” and “exciting”, but he cautions that there might not be enough money right now.

Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand.

The survey finds the 560 food pantries and soup kitchens in New York are being squeezed by growing demand, dwindling donations, and even an aging out of available volunteers to distribute the food.

Pages