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Comptroller DiNapoli Revokes SUNY Quick Pay Priviliges

Comptroller DiNapoli Revokes SUNY Quick Pay Priviliges

From a statement by the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli:

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today ordered payment requests from the State University of New York (SUNY) to undergo additional scrutiny following SUNY’s decision to award a $270,000 consultant contract without competitively bidding the study or justifying a single-source award.

“New York’s procurement laws exist to make sure taxpayers get the most for their money,” DiNapoli said. “SUNY circumvented those laws at the same time it was lobbying for greater procurement flexibility.  My office will put SUNY’s future payment requests under an even sharper microscope to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“This procurement produced a good report that will help SUNY repair some serious problems.  But the end product doesn’t justify the means.  SUNY went down the wrong road on this procurement.”

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

 

By CARA MATTHEWS

   Gannett Albany Bureau

   ALBANY -- Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they have a tentative deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a bill that would allow State University of New York campuses to increase tuition $300 annually for five years.

   The hikes would raise annual undergraduate tuition a total of 30 percent over five years, from $4,970 to $6,470.

   "They need money, but we have to keep it (tuition) affordable," said Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Albany County, the chamber's second-in-command. "I think this is a good compromise."

   The agreement would permit a 10 percent a year tuition increase for out-of-state students, who currently pay $13,380 to attend SUNY.

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Tea Party Coalition Calls for Republican Chairman to Resign

Tea Party Coalition Calls for Republican Chairman to Resign

A Statement by Allen Coniglio of the Tea Party Coalition of WNY

What Was Turnout Like at Your Polling Place?

What Was Turnout Like at Your Polling Place?

The special election for the 26th Congressional District is under way and WGRZ-2 On Your Side wants to know:

If you voted today, what was turnout like at your polling place?

Use the Comments section below for your response.

 

For complete coverage of the election, tune into WGRZ-2 On Your Side at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. tonight.

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Hochul Holds Lead in Polls

FAA Opposes Repub. Backed Amendment That Endangers Airline Passengers & Insults Flight 3407 Families

FAA Opposes Repub. Backed Amendment That Endangers Airline Passengers & Insults Flight 3407 Families

Hochul again calls on Corwin to rescind fundraising invitation to Speaker Boehner

ERIE COUNTY – Kathy Hochul, candidate for New York’s 26th Congressional District, today reiterated her opposition to the Shuster amendment after the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday announced their opposition to the Republican-backed amendment that would unravel two years of work to reform the airline industry.  

In a statement yesterday, the FAA said they had “concerns” that the Shuster amendment protects “a set of procedural hoops that could have the effect of slowing down rulemaking projects under way and in the future.”

Jane Corwin Follows Republicans to Decimate Medicare

Jane Corwin Follows Republicans to Decimate Medicare

The following is a statement from Fabien Levy, Director of Communications for Kathy Hochul for Congress:

“On April 15, after a week of prodding, Assemblymember Jane Corwin finally admitted she supports the Republican’s 2012 budget that would end Medicare as we know it and give massive tax breaks to America’s corporate giants – the same corporate giants that paid absolutely nothing in income taxes last year. 

“Jane Corwin talks a lot about cutting spending, closing corporate loopholes, coming up with alternative energy plans, and protecting our seniors, but the truth is Jane Corwin is all talk and no action.  She says she has a ‘plan’ that would ‘fight to begin getting our national addiction to spending under control.’  Well that plan is a point-by-point copy of the Republican budget, which does none of those things. 

“Assemblymember Corwin has publicly supported a budget that cuts taxes on majo