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Siena poll: Majority of voters think Speaker Silver should step down

Cuomo Favorability/Job Performance Lowest Since He’s Been Governor

More than half of New York voters feel Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “should step down as ‘Speaker,'” according to Siena Research Institute’s latest survey. And while voters favor passage of all ten points of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, they seem to be having some reservations about his overall job performance.

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Politico: Cuomo report sparks NYC tabloid war

Politico reporter Mackenzie Weinger reports for the Dylan Byers on Media Blog that a War of Words has erupted between The New York Post and The Daily News over what is going on in Albany.  Fred Dicker reported in The New York Post that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants assembly speaker Sheldon Silver to step down after latest scandals in Albany.  The Daily News’ Ken Lovett quotes sources close to the Governor denying this claim.

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Gov. Cuomo insiders deny he is looking to take down Sheldon Silver

Contrary to what was reported in Fred Dicker’s New York Post column this morning, Ken Lovett at The Daily News reports that sources close to Gov. Cuomo are “vehemently denying a report this morning that the governor is considering making a move on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of the latest corruption scandals to grip the Capitol.”

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A deal on minimum wage: Tax credits for small business

In this morning’s Times Union, Jimmy Vielkind reports on what appears to be a tentative agreement on a new $136.5 billion budget, the centerpiece of which would be an increase of the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour. Vielkind wrote that the GOP agreed to the increase in exchange for $700 million in tax credits for individuals and small businesses.

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State budget could be completed this weekend

twitter-logoJimmy Vielkind, reporter for the Times Union, lays out the final negotiations taking place on New York’s $136.5 billion spending plan. He also details some of the agreements which have already been made. The Business Council is keeping an eye on several issues, including the proposed hike in the minimum wage, which it opposes and the so-called 18-utility assessment. The Business Council and many lawmakers oppose Governor Cuomo’s proposal to extend the surcharge for another two years. New Yorkers already pay the highest utility taxes in the U.S.Click here to read Vielkind’s report.

Click here to see the list of lawmakers who oppose the measure.

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Buffalo News: Assembly Democrats seek tougher penalties if Bills break lease

Buffalo News Capitol Bureau Chief, Tom Precious, reports that the Assembly Democrats have proposed a law instituting a “clawback” provision against the  Buffalo Bills  should the team break their new lease deal and leave Western New York.  The team would incur financial penalties if they left during the first seven years of their contract and would have to pay the costs associated with renovating the Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Assembly passes bill raising minimum wage to $9

Bill Dead on Arrival in Senate

Last night, the Assembly passed a bill raising New York’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour from its current $7.25.  As Jimmy Vielkind writes in this morning’s Times Union, the move “was interpreted more as a political statement by [Assembly Speaker Sheldon] Silver than anything else. Buffalo Business First quotes Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who said the hike in the minimum wage would be counterproductive. ““We estimate that increasing the minimum wage to $9 would negatively impact New York businesses to the tune of $480 million, causing them to shed jobs to protect their bottom line,” Skelos said in a statement. “Under this proposal, businesses would be forced to incur an additional $2,800 per full-time employee and an additional $1,330 per part-time employee. In this fragile economy, businesses cannot afford those new costs.”

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Following the vote, Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council, released a statement saying the hike would cost jobs and hinder economic growth in New York: “We need to improve New York’s economy and create good-paying private sector jobs. Raising the minimum wage will not do that,” said Briccetti.

“The bill passed by the Assembly tonight would add an additional direct cost of nearly $4000 for each full-time minimum wage employee, plus indirect costs caused by ‘wage compression,’ as wages are adjusted for higher earning employees.

Raising the minimum wage will impact retailers, tourism, small businesses, farms and not-for-profits and reduce job opportunities. To meet these costs, employers will have to eliminate jobs or reduce workers’ hours, raise prices, defer investments or reduce profits – none of which promotes economic growth.”

Click here to read The Business Council’s bill memo in opposition to A.38-A (Wright)


Ethics watchdog sends study for possible sanctions in Assembly

Panels Get Sex Harass Report

Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union writes about the ethics probe of the Assembly’s handling of the sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez:

The state ethics watchdog has forwarded a report of its findings to two legislative panels for possible sanctions after ending its probe of the Assembly’s handling of sexual harassment allegations involving a senior member.

The announcement on Wednesday means the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has found a “substantial basis” that violations of state law have occurred. The report is private, but should eventually become public.

The JCOPE report goes to the Legislative Ethics Commission, a bipartisan panel charged with weighing violations of legislative law and issuing penalties, as well as the Assembly Ethics Committee “which has jurisdiction over Assembly rules and policies,” according to a news release from JCOPE.

“Subject to limited exceptions, the LEC must make the report public within 45 days,” the release said. “Given the nature of this matter, the Joint Commission urges the LEC to act expeditiously.”

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