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Wednesday, March 23

Front page: VLT aid proposed to be restored in state budget, state leaders remain optimistic a budget will pass on time

Good morning!

As you may have heard yesterday, state budget negotiations have resulted in a deal to restore about $2 million in video lottery terminal host municipality aid to Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. [Srtgn]

Check back here and at for updates on this story.

NYRA plans upgraded luxury boxes, drainage, and wiring improvements at Saratoga Race Course. [TU]

Also in Albany; up to 2,000 protesters swarmed the capital yesterday to protest proposed cuts to education funding. [Record]

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver remain hopeful a state budget will pass on time, perhaps even early. Cuomo also mentions extenders as a way to avoid the previously seen "Groundhog Day" scenario of leadership gridlock. [Cap Con, Lo Hud]

Opponents of Cuomo's proposed deep cuts are balking at the idea of a government shutdown in lieu of a passed budget, which Cuomo said he will allow to happen. [CH]

Cuomo repeated his stance yesterday that the Indian Point nuclear plant should be shut down at a press conference yesterday after a meeting with federal nuclear regulators. [DN]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was the governor who proposed restoring a portion of the VLT revenue in his original proposed budget.

Now all the Republicans claim credit. They had no influence on this decision. Andrew Cuomo is primarily responsible.

The mayor never raised a finger.

March 23, 2011 at 8:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYRA needs to fix the horse crossings on Nelson and Union Aves to eliminate vehicles from idling while horses cross.

March 23, 2011 at 8:17 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone will take credit for it.

I hope it comes, but I will believe it when I see it.

Fortunatly most of the current council will not be here to spend it. Bye Bye Boys
November can not come fast enough.

March 23, 2011 at 3:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ib his original budget the Governor wanted to eliminate all VLT funds to host commentities. All you loon generate comments based on no fact. All of the VLT funds should have been restored. After all they are receivign record amounts of dollars on a yearly basis form VLT rvenue. I sure will be one who votes against approving Casinos in NYS. They should straighten out their won corruptive house. I find it very unusual that Cuomo let Patterson do his dirty work and after election all thses corruption charges ctart coming to the surface. He hs a goolden toungue but he will bow down and to you unions eventually. Just like when he was at HUD and was part of the home for everyone project. He and Barney Frank should be buried in the same tomb. The bottom line is to give more to people who refuse to meet their responsibilites and place that burden on the back of the taxpayers. Pure progressive thinking which will destroy this country.

March 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see a balance of positive and negative blogs on this topic. For you negative bloggers, you seem to forget Ken led the charge to restore VLT funding, calling the governor out for his unfair practice. And Ken was the only one to stand up and make the hard decisions to keep our taxes low.

All of the spend crazy departments claimed he was cutting too deep, yet they always seem to find money from somewhere to get the job done.

Now he asks for the voters opinion, which I appreciate, and all of the hateful enemies have to find something to complain about. My guess, is those that want to remove Ken from office are disgruntled DPW workers that don't like Ken's fiscally conservative approach to running his office.

Ken, my advice, if we can put some in the reserve somehow, that would be a good thing, and I agree with those that say, do something that will lower our taxes.

Don't get reliant on this revenue source for fixing roads, etc.

April 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM 

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