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New Yorkers making less than $64,000 a year can receive free help filing taxes electronically. The state tax department is holding some day-long events where trained assistants help people file online.

James Gazzale, a spokesperson for the New York State Tax Department, said 92 percent of residents file electronically, and this program offers help navigating the state’s website.

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Earlier this month, New York’s Public Service Commission changed how solar energy is valued in the state. Ahead of the decision, some solar advocates were worried a change in regulations would make solar panels less attractive for homeowners and small businesses.


It could cost billions more than the governor budgeted for to repair and re-do New York’s water systems, according a report from the state comptroller.

Water mains and pipes in New York are old. Many poor towns can’t afford to upgrade them, so State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says, they often postpone or cancel projects.

To help pay for the upgrades, Governor Cuomo devoted $2 billion to it in his budget proposal.

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A new poll finds that Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in the New York Presidential primary race, but Clinton leads in key voting regions.

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Tensions between upstate senators and the mayor of New York City were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany. Lawmakers questioned the mayor for over five hours on Tuesday.

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A budget watchdog group is giving Governor Andrew Cuomo a mixed grade on his budget proposals, saying he’s done a good job reigning in spending, but is making a mistake by shifting significant costs to New York City.

The New York State Senate held a hearing on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While Governor Cuomo and Assembly Democrats support the phase-in to a higher wage, many Senators remain uncommitted.

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 Governor Cuomo won’t be giving his State of the State speech for another week, but he has already begun laying out his 2016 agenda. Monday he held a rally to raise the minimum wage for all New York workers to $15 an hour.

Will State Government See Reform In 2016?

Dec 16, 2015
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Now that the two leaders of the legislature have been convicted on multiple counts of corruption, government reform groups are looking to the remaining politicians at the Capitol for reform.  Polls show that the public is with them.


Prisons around the state continue to face closer scrutiny following last summer's escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. State and federal probes are already underway. But a growing number of lawmakers now say violence behind bars and the breakdown in security mean more oversight is needed.