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Wednesday, March 2

Front page: City water and sewer rates rise, unions rally in Albany

Good morning!

The Saratoga Springs City Council voted last night to increase water and sewer rates 2 percent in 2011. Also, Mayor Scott Johnson has been speaking with city business leaders and the owners of the Broadway storefront soon to be vacated by Borders books to ensure the building will be filled quickly. [Srtgn]

Public union members descended on Albany yesterday for two rallies, vowing to continue the fight against cuts proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. [Record]

Cuomo's proposed 2 percent property tax cap got a cool reception from state Assembly Democrats during a day-long hearing on the measure. [TU]

Moments after a similar measure aimed at NYC was passed in the state Senate, Cuomo introduced a bill that would cease "last in, first out" firing policies for state teachers. [WXXI]

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver indicated the house will include an extension of a tax surcharge on the state's wealthiest residents in a budget bill, a move opposed by Gov. Cuomo. [NYT]

Cuomo's Mandate Relief Redesign Team has released a preliminary report. Not everyone is happy with the findings. [DN/DP, LoHud]

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick,

Any truth to the rumor that the mayor will not run and that a candidate is sought who will agree to keep the existing political appointments, Sutton and Scala?

Brian Hollowood's name keeps coming up.

March 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian, I thought your name was spelled "Brien." LOL

March 3, 2011 at 12:18 AM 

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