Government

The Governor’s 2013 State of the State speech will spend some time on what was perhaps the biggest event of 2012, Superstorm Sandy. Cuomo, in the days leading up to his speech, has heard reports from three post-storm related commissions that he appointed.  He says he’ll incorporate some of their ideas, like better standardized training for emergency response workers, privatizing the Long Island Power Authority, which had a poor track record restoring power after the storm, and stricter regulation of the other electric utilities.

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.

The term 'income inequality' is everywhere and is shaping up to be a significant factor in this year's presidential election. What is income inequality? Can it be fixed? 

2011 has been called 'the year of the protest.' Time Magazine's Person of the Year was 'the protester.' Across the world, people are fed up and taking their frustrations to the street. 

On June 24th, New York became the sixth state in the country to legalize gay marriage. While many view the Marriage Equality Act as a significant victory, many others are quick to point out that the fight for same-sex civil rights is far from over.

Redistricting

May 31, 2011

New York's redistricting process often inspires bitter partisan battles, and critics say the process is in dire need of reform. Some lawmakers have introduced a plan to take the redistricting process away from the state legislature and put it into the hands of an independent commission, a plan favored by a number of non-profit groups across the state.

The Census

Feb 23, 2010

The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding. Some states or local jurisdictions also conduct local censuses.

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