posted on March 20, 2013 11:35
A new poll finds Republicans disapprove of Governor Cuomo's job performance for the first time since he took office two years ago.
The QuinnipiacUniversity survey shows 49 percent of Republicans disapprove while 38 percent approve. Cuomo still has a 55 to 27 percent overall job approval rating in the state.
Governor Cuomo says there's no rush to get a budget deal done.
Lawmakers are due to leave Albany Thursday until April 15th, two weeks after an April 1st deadline for the budget.
Cuomo says he's not going on vacation and plans to keep negotiating in the days ahead to come to an agreement.
The state Assembly is no longer seeking to add penalties if the Buffalo Bills break their ten-year lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium and leave the region.
Some lawmakers had been pushing for protections to make sure the team doesn't flee after the state invests $55 million in stadium renovations. The money is included in the 2013 budget that is expected to be approved sometime this week.
Some lawmakers were seeking a provision that would have required the team to pay back the entire $55 million sum if they leave in the first seven years of the lease.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is getting the word out on how to avoid tax-preparation scams as April 15th creeps closer.
Schneiderman says residents should always use recognizable and established companies and check any tax preparer's qualifications and history through the Better Business Bureau.
Anyone who thinks they've been taken advantage of by tax preparers are urged to call the AG's office.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the topic of changes to New York's recent gun control law has crept into budget discussions.
Silver says discussions center around scaling back a few provisions of the NY SAFE Act that would allow magazines of ten rounds for personal use. Such a proposal has been floating around Albany since the SAFE Act was approved.