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News and EventGovernor Cuomo Announces Details of Final Agreement on Major PriPlorities for End of 2015-16 Legislative Session

Governor Cuomo announces proposals for 2017 State of the State. Specific details for each proposal can be found here.

Governor Cuomo Announces 3rd Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Making Child Care More Affordable for Middle Class Families

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled a new Enhanced Middle Class Child Care Tax Credit that will help more than 200,000 middle class families make their child care more affordable. The Enhanced Middle Class Child Care Tax Credit would supplement the current New York State Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and more than double the benefit for families earning between $60,000 and $150,000. 

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Speaker Heastie Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2017-2018 Legislative Session 

Complete list can be found here.

Governor Cuomo Presents 2nd Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Transforming JFK International Airport for the 21st Century

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today presented a vision plan to transform JFK International Airport into an airport equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century and worthy of the State of New York. 

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Governor Cuomo Presents 1st Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Making College Tuition-Free for New York’s Middle Class Families

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, today unveiled the 1st signature proposal of his 2017 agenda: making college tuition-free for New York’s middle class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges. New York’s tuition-free college degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, is the first of its kind in the nation and will help alleviate the crushing burden of student debt while enabling thousands of bright young students to realize their dream of higher education.

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The 2017 Legislative Calendar can be found here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Landmark Legislation to Test Drinking Water in New York Schools for Lead Contamination

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed landmark legislation (S.8158/A.10740) mandating that schools across the state test drinking water for lead contamination. Lead is a toxic material that is extremely harmful to young children and can result in lowered IQ, behavioral problems and brain damage. The state Department of Health also issued emergency regulations pursuant to the new legislation, requiring that school districts test their water for lead contamination by Oct. 31, 2016 and report results to parents, the state Department of Health and local government officials. These new regulations will reduce the risk for exposure to this dangerous substance and ensure all New York’s students have access to clean, drinkable water. 

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