By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jun. 14, 2010 - 5:13 pm
... and it's getting weird. Kaitlyn Ross, a reporter for Capitol Tonight, tweeted about this strange scene in the Senate chambers a few minutes ago: Senators just came back into chambers- said Happy Birthday to Senator Bonacic... recessed... WHAT?!
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Jun. 14, 2010 - 9:24 am
The short answer: probably. Another budget-extending bill is up for a vote today at noon in the state Senate, and last-minute weekend manuevering seemed to point in the direction of passing it, according to the Times-Union. If the bill fails today,... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Jun. 11, 2010 - 3:28 pm
The Shawangunk Journal has printed a series of threatening emails that were sent to a Rondout Valley teacher, Elizabeth Harrington, after she wrote a letter to the Daily Freeman about the rising anger at local teachers over budget cuts. Here's the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Jun. 11, 2010 - 1:50 pm
In an editorial printed in the Times-Union today, Catskill Heritage Alliance chairman Richard Schaedle points out an interesting coincidence: the cost of keeping the state parks open this summer is exactly the same as the price that developer Dean Gitter... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Jun. 1, 2010 - 10:55 am
And you thought that a federal judge blocking Gov. David Paterson's plan to furlough 100,000 state workers was good news. Nope, reports the New York Times. Now that he can't save money with furloughs, the governor has to outright lay off 10,000: Days... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Friday, May. 28, 2010 - 11:30 am
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn just ruled that 100,000 state workers can't be furloughed and will get their raises, budget issues be damned. From the AP. 
By WP Newsroom on Friday, May. 28, 2010 - 10:23 am
You know it's a political hot potato when legislators stay up all night. The New York State Assembly passed Gov. Paterson's keep-the-state-parks-open bill around 3am last night, according to WPTZ. The Senate is reportedly considering the bill right now.... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Thursday, May. 27, 2010 - 5:47 pm
All week, there's been talk of a hail-Mary agreement that would manage to re-open the parks for Memorial Day. Now the AP reports that Gov. David Paterson says that there really is a deal: Paterson said negotiations that ended early Thursday morning would... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, May. 19, 2010 - 8:26 am
Despite much controversy over school budgets this year -- prompting a massive campaign by the state teachers' union -- yesterday's school election results aren't too revolutionary. (See the Daily Freeman's results chart here, and the Times Herald-Record's... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, May. 18, 2010 - 10:12 am
This may be the most contentious school budget year in recent memory for many districts around the Catskills region. Today's the day for voting on school budgets and school board members, across the state. Here are a few links for more information on... Read more


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