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Health Insurance Rates For Individuals In NY To Increase

New Yorkers who sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchanges for individuals will see their premiums rise by an average of 14 percent, now that the Cuomo administration has approved rate increases for insurers in the exchanges. Part of the increase is due to worries and uncertainties over the future of the ACA, also known as Obamacare. The state’s Department of Financial Services approved the average rate increases of 13.9 percent for about 350,000 New Yorkers in the...

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Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo’s reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions. Pro choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator’s interpretation.

Senator Skelos first voiced his opposition to the Governor’s reproductive health act at the State’s Conservative party meeting, where some conservatives have been angered by the GOP leader’s vote on strict gun control measures earlier in January.

John Archie has owned the Full Belly Deli in Vestal for four years now. He has three employees that work at his store, and, like many New York small-business owners, he’s wondering exactly what the Affordable Care Act means for him and his restaurant.

“My biggest concern is just trying to find out what it exactly means for me in dollars and cents,” he says.

In Governor Cuomo's budget for 2013-2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation is looking at a budget cut of five and a half percent. What might this might mean if fracking comes to New York?

During an interview last week with public radio's Susan Arbetter, Governor Cuomo said money for additional staff at the DEC, before fracking is approved, isn't necessary.

"If we do it, we're going to have the money to pay the staff to do it right."

Governor Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money. That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

Governor Cuomo’s annual budget presentation is slated for today. It comes as the State’s Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds revenues are not coming to New York in quite the amount anticipated.

In the 2 PM presentation, the governor is expected to explain how’s he’s going to pay for programs announced earlier this month in his State of the State message, including an expanded school day and school year.

Arctic blast sends homeless into area shelters

Jan 22, 2013

The wind chill this evening is projected at about five below zero in Binghamton, and, on nights like these, homeless shelters like the one operated by the Volunteers of America of Western New York are over-capacity.

Barbara Rick is the program director at that shelter, which provides emergency housing for individuals 18 or older. She says hers and other area shelters operate under a no-freeze policy, meaning no one is turned away even if the shelter is technically full.

Governor Cuomo, facing his third lean fiscal year as governor, closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap by holding spending flat for state agencies, which he estimates will save $434 million dollars, and putting off a cost-of-living increase for health care providers, worth $412 million dollars. He wants to raid a fund for workers compensation, with the promise of reforming the entire system, and raise a small number of fees, including higher fines for texting or using a cell phone while driving.

Cuomo says it’s a “different mentality” than the old days.

New York State first responders have had plenty of opportunity to put their training to the test over the past two years during extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storms Lee and Irene. Now researchers are hoping to make their challenging job easier starting from the ground up.

"Ready, go..."

Tyler Hale is a 25-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. Wires connecting small plastic sensors snake up his arms and legs and down his back.

A new poll finds voters show overwhelming support for many of the items that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law. 

Steve Greenberg, with Siena College, says the poll asked voters whether they wanted New York to have the strongest anti gun laws in the nation, including banning assault weapons and outlawing magazine clips that hold more than seven bullets. Greenberg says the measures have broad support, at 73% to 26%.

The deadline for New York school districts to submit teacher evaluation plans is midnight tonight. While a few districts have yet to submit their plans, the thirteen districts in Broome County have all had their plans approved by the State Department of Education.

The Binghamton City School District submitted its Annual Professional Performance Review, or APPR, last July, and it was approved in August. Binghamton and Union-Endicott’s proposals were recognized as two of the state’s ten model plans.



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