links for 2011-06-02

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suspended the state's participation in an immigration enforcement program that calls on local police to share the fingerprints of people they arrest with the federal government.
  • Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less. The IRS is grappling with a nearly five-fold…
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are negotiating what could be a 5-percent increase in tuition for the State University of New York and more for its university centers.
  • The board of the state Association of Small City School Districts have joined the chorus of education groups opposed to the proposed property tax cap, while adding their own concern that the imposition of the cap would look in what the group describes as the current inequalities of wealthy districts with low rates and poor districts with higher rates
  • State police say an upstate New York businessman is dead after he jumped in front of a tractor trailer on an interstate highway
  • Shark sightings off a Hamptons beach on eastern Long Island have forced authorities to again close a county park to swimming until further notice.
  • Federal prosecutors are asking a jury to impose a death sentence on a flashy New York City gangster. His lawyers say a life term would be enough punishment.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo ran the table in today’s Quinnipiac Poll and his popularity may be helping individual members of the Legislature, spokesman Mickey Carroll said.
  • Dozens of animal advocates, along with their four-legged friends, are working their way through the Capitol today to lobby for several bills that would toughen animal cruelty laws in New York as part of the first-ever Animal Advocacy Day.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not give details on the progress of talks over a possible ethics bill agreement, but did say he was still prepared to unleash a Moreland Commission on state legislators if they failed to approve a measure.
  • Representatives from CSEA, PEF, NYSUT, SEIU, and others joined the Empire State Pride Agenda’s push to convince the legislature to pass a same-sex marriage bill by the end of the session.