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New York State Legislature

Members of the New York State Assembly join us to discuss what did – and did not – get done in the recent legislative session. We talk about jobs, marijuana, health care, climate, the Rochester City School District, and more.

Our guests are Assemblymember Harry Bronson and Assemblymember Mark Johns.

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When state lawmakers return later this month for a post-budget session, they hope to tackle several issues, including trying to curb the number of robocalls that New Yorkers receive.              

The call are annoying and becoming more frequent. According to the company You Mail, which makes call-blocking software, New York reported the third-highest volume of robocalls in the nation for the month of March.

You may have heard Governor Cuomo’s State of the State on Tuesday. Representatives from our area were in Albany for the address and the passing of the GENDA bill.

We hear from Assemblymembers Harry Bronson, Mark Johns, and Marjorie Byrnes about that news and about their priorities for this legislative session. We also discuss upstate economic development, the ban on conversion therapy, and the governor’s plan to legalize marijuana. Our guests:

State lawmakers to pick successor to attorney general

May 22, 2018

ALBANY — The state Legislature was poised to vote for the temporary successor to fill the attorney general's position Tuesday, two weeks after Erie Schneiderman suddenly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women he dated.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Republican-led Senate intend to cast a joint ballot starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Under state law, the full Legislature is required to vote on the attorney general's replacement should the job become vacant.

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Two legislative leaders in the State Assembly squared off on Connections with Evan Dawson on Wednesday, although “squared off “ might not be the appropriate phrase.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle of Irondequoit, who is a Democrat, and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, a Republican from Canandaigua, say they actually work quite well together.

One frustration expressed by Kolb is the fact that the Assembly or Senate minority leaders don’t often get to sit in on the governor’s budget negotiations.

(AP) ALBANY, N.Y.  — Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a two-month extension of the last state budget to prevent a government shutdown after he and state lawmakers on Sunday failed to reach agreement on a new spending plan.

Cuomo said the stopgap budget would give legislators time to resolve their differences while postponing the decision until after the release of the federal budget, which is expected to contain spending cuts that could drastically impact state finances.

Cuomo's Pledge to Clean up Albany Unfulfilled

Sep 23, 2016

The criminal charges against nine of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s associates is the latest incident in a wave of corruption that has enveloped the State Capitol for the past several years.

When Cuomo first became governor in 2011, he promised to do something about it. So far, he has not been particularly successful.

Cuomo, in his inaugural speech as governor on Jan. 1, 2011, promised that corruption at the Capitol would end and public trust would be restored during his tenure in office.