links for 2011-02-03

  • College students who turn to the state won't be expecting any extra help next year, and will have to keep their grades up to maintain the assistance they're already getting.
  • Jeff Graham wrote on his blog Wednesday that the term pain is relative… He thinks the previous budgets have been filled with just as much pain for many New Yorkers.
  • The proposal, included by Gov. David Paterson in his executive budget proposals for the last two years was missing from Cuomo's draft spending plan, unveiled Tuesday. Expanding venues for wine sales is among several revenue boosting ideas that have been kicked around in recent years
  • Here's Gov. Cuomo's new video address about the slash-and-burn budget he unveiled yesterday. It's basically a recap of what he said in his budget address — that Albany is regulated more by special interests than responsible budgeting.
  • Although no one was escorted out of Wednesday’s Jordan-Elbridge school board meeting, two Onondaga County Sheriff officers patrolled the hallway outside the high school cafeteria
  • Like governors before him, Andrew Cuomo is taking aim at empty beds in the New York state correctional system.
  • A unusually divided City Council has passed a total ban on smoking in parks, beaches and public plazas.