March 24, 2017 - N.Y. lawmakers cheer as GOP health overhaul bill pulled before voteFor the Democratic governor, its death is cause for celebration after a week of feverish lobbying against the plan, which he contended would blow massive holes in the state's budget and could either leave Medicaid beneficiaries without coverage or force the state to raise income taxes on all residents to fill in the gaps. The governor's opposition was driven in part by an amendment tacked onto the AHCA on Monday that would have required the state to pick up the counties' share of Medicaid costs — $2.3 billion — beginning in 2020. [...] though, the bill's demise was spurred by much more than just Cuomo's smoldering rhetoric. Where Obamacare provided tax credits for health insurance on the basis of income, the GOP plan called for similar credits based on age. The Republican proposal also took Obamacare's Medicaid expansion — which New York fully embraced — from an open-ended entitlement and turned it into a benefit capped after 2019 at 2016 levels. The neutral Congressional Budget Office estimated 24 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2026 than if Obamacare had continued in place. Early Friday, she announced she and three other Republican members had succeeded in getting the GOP leadership to include in the bill $15 billion for maternity care, drug treatment and mental health to the states via the bill's Patient and State Stability Fund "while the nation transitions to the new health care system." A second term representative from a North Country swing district — which includes parts or all of Saratoga, Warren, Washington and Fulton counties — Stefanik played her cards conservatively, not wanting to jeopardize a close working relationship with Ryan and the potential of a rapid rise in House leadership.
March 24, 2017 - Gloversville man accused of distributing child porn
March 24, 2017 - Area land banks to get $3.4 millionThree area land banks that target vacant and abandoned homes for demolition or resurrection will get $3.4 million in funds, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday. The Albany County Land Bank, Troy Community Land Bank, and the Capital Region Land Bank that serves Schenectady and Amsterdam will get the money, part of $21 million being distributed statewide from legal settlements Schneiderman reached with banks. "When the foreclosure and housing crisis hit a decade ago, it devastated communities," Schneiderman said at a news conference at the Albany County Office Building, surrounded by state and local officials, housing advocates and affected families. Abandoned houses swiftly fell into disrepair, lowering the values of neighboring properties, he said. In Troy, the land bank has acquired 24 vacant properties in the city's poorest census tract, with 16 of them being rehabilitated for local owners.
March 24, 2017 - Family mourns death of Troy homicide victimA 24-year-old Brooklyn man walked out of a friend's Sixth Avenue apartment Thursday morning to catch a waiting cab only to be gunned down by two men waiting for him, police and his family said Friday. Banks was in Troy following Smith's death contacting people who knew him. Banks said young people shouldn't embrace the violent lifestyle promoted in music and popular culture. Smith worked in maintenance at St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn after leaving state prison in December after serving a three-year sentence for an attempted drug sale conviction in 2014 in Albany County. City detectives continue to seek additional video recordings from the area as they search for the two men seen running from the shooting scene.
Local News 3/24/2017
N.Y. lawmakers cheer as GOP health overhaul bill pulled before vote
For the Democratic governor, its death is cause for celebration after a week of feverish lobbying against the plan, which he contended would blow massive holes in the state's budget and could either leave Medicaid beneficiaries without coverage or fo...Read More