Governor Cuomo repeated that ethics reform remains the top issue in relation to a new state budget, and that reports that there is a deal close at hand with the state senate republican leadership is premature. Cuomo said that the second major issue in the budget is education, & how to address and fix a broken education bureaucracy. The state budget is due April 1st, the governor said he would not sign a budget without ethics reforms; the State Assembly Leadership is in agreement with the Governor on that issue.
The General Clinton Canoe Regatta committee has announced who is being inducted into the Regatta Hall of Fame this year. Hall of fame committee member Greg Davie comments:
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The inductees will be honored during a special ceremony on Saturday May 23rd, during the General Clinton Canoe Regatta Memorial Day weekend.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced today his office approved 1,786 contracts valued at $2.1 billion and approved more than 2.5 million payments worth more than $8.8 billion in February. His office also rejected 204 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.1 billion and more than 4,000 payments valued at nearly $8.2 million due to fraud, waste or other improprieties.
Opportunities for Otsego will be getting 3 million dollars in federal funding, according to US Senators Charles Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand. The funding will be used for the county’s Head Start Program.
The “Take A Shot at Diabetes” fundraiser is being held Saturday in Norwich to raise money for those suffering with Diabetes locally. Terry Potter of Millennia Entertainment explains:
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Tickets are available at NBT Bank, Hummel’s office supplies in Norwich or at Brown paper tickets.com.
New York State get expand its power base in Washington, following the retirement of Harry Reed as leaders of US Senate Democrats. Reed announced that he will not seek re-election for the US Senate, & will retire at the end of 2016; Reed told reporters that his preference to succeed him would be New York senator Charles Schumer.