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Smart Schools NY

Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, the Smart Schools Commission will lead a research effort....

into best practices into technology-enabled education and broadband connectivity efforts. In preparation for the Commission’s final report that will be developed in Fall 2014, we will invite local and national experts to present best practices for the Commission’s consideration over the coming months at public symposiums and Commission meetings. Learn more



2014 End of Session Report

Governor Cuomo releases his fourth end of session report where he outlines the achievements made....

by the 2014 Legislative Session over the last six months – including combating the state’s growing heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic and the establishment of a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Read the report



Anti-Hunger Task Force

The Anti-Hunger task force will develop strategies to maximize resources to fight hunger and improve....

access to quality, healthy food. Learn more.



Office of the Chief Diversity Officer

The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer is tasked with examining issues related to workforce....

diversity and strengthening the State’s programs that encourage the growth of minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).



No Excuses Campaign to Cut Property Taxes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the “No Excuses” push, designed to help pass proposed property....

tax cuts for millions of New Yorkers. The initiative includes a new website, www.CutPropertyTaxes.ny.gov, featuring information on the Governor’s plan to cut property taxes, statements of support from elected officials and advocacy groups across the state and resources for visitors to contact their state legislators to make their voices heard.



The ‘State of New York’ Video Series

Watch “The State of New York”, a weekly video series that recaps the week’s news....

stories from across the state. The videos are released on Fridays and will feature footage from events that took place over the course of the week, as well as information on recent state initiatives. Click here to watch



Common Core Implementation Panel

The Common Core Implementation Panel will undertake an immediate and comprehensive review of the rollout....

of the Common Core standards in New York State.



NYS Lifetime Adventure License Series

Governor Cuomo introduced the New York State Adventure License Series, providing New Yorkers and visitors....

the opportunity to purchase lifetime licenses to fish, hunt and visit New York State Parks, as part of his efforts to enhance sporting and recreational opportunities, support outdoor enthusiasts and boost tourism throughout the state. Outdoor Adventure License Plates are available for free for those buying new lifetime licenses in 2014. Learn more at www.licensecenter.ny.gov.



Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program

Providing citizens with the tools they need to be ready and able to help their....

families and neighbors during Emergencies. Visit www.prepare.ny.gov



2014 Initiatives : Building on Success

Visit www.NYGetInvolved.com to learn more about the Governor's proposals introduced in the 2014 State of....

the State.



Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 Executive Budget

Governor Cuomo delivered his 2014 Executive Budget address, outlining a disciplined and innovative plan that....

allows for tax cuts that will create jobs, grow the economy and provide much-needed relief for struggling families.



Building on Success: 2014 State of the State

Governor Cuomo delivers his 2014 State of the State Address, outlining a sweeping agenda which....

transforms the economy, replaces government dysfunction with results, puts people above party, and restores New York as a national progressive leader.



2013 Year-End Report

Governor Cuomo today released the 2013 New York State year-end report. It has been three....

years since Governor Cuomo assumed office. His leadership has restored our State as a model for the nation and demonstrated the impact that an effective and responsive government can have on the lives of its people. Learn more



NY Green Bank

The NY Green Bank is a $1B initiative first announced in Governor Cuomo's 2013 State....

of the State Address. On September 9, 2013, NYSERDA filed a petition with the Public Service Commission seeking the first round of funding to capitalize the Green Bank.



NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has been established to provide additional rebuilding and....

revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. To facilitate community redevelopment planning and the resilience of communities, the State has established the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program and has allocated $25 million for planning in the most affected communities.



The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

On July 2, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed the “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption”....

under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State.



Start-Up NY

Start-Up NY will jumpstart our state's economy -- particularly upstate -- like never before by....

transforming public higher education through tax-free communities across the state to foster entrepreneurialism and job creation on a large scale.



Explore the Path Through History Website

Create your own Path Through History by searching through hundreds of New York's historical destinations.....

Search by region or by theme to find locations that interest you most, then add them to your own itinerary, get driving directions and share your trip on Facebook and Twitter! Visit PathThroughHistory.NY.gov to get started exploring New York's rich heritage!



Explore Open.NY.Gov

Governor Cuomo launches “open.ny.gov,” a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides –....

for the first time – user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government.



Recovery Resources Center

The State of New York and and local governments are now accepting registrations for housing....

and small business assistance for residents located in disaster-declared counties. These registrations will be used to determine potential program eligibility for each registrant.



Open Budget

OpenBudget.ny.gov provides unprecedented access and transparency to New York's budget. Open Budget's easy-to-use tools, charts,....

and information are available to the public in coordination with the Governor's Executive Budget address. Open Budget is a first step in Open New York, an initiative outlined in the Governor's 2013 State of the State address, which will use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement.



Governor Cuomo’s 2013-14 Executive Budget

Governor Cuomo unveils the proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two....

years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.



2013 Initiatives - New York Rising

Visit www.NYGetInvolved.com to learn more about the Governor's proposals introduced in the 2013 State of....

the State.



2013 State of the State Address

Visit www.NYGetInvolved.com where you can explore a 2012 interactive timeline and find out interesting facts....

about the State of the State. Watch LIVE this Wednesday.



Hall of New York

Explore the new exhibit – Hall of New York – featuring a sampling of paintings....

that capture New York’s beautiful natural and architectural wonders. Learn about NY’s diverse geography and the women and men whose talent preserved scenes of it.



Building a New NY: Two Year Progress Report

Twenty-four months ago, Andrew M. Cuomo was sworn in as the 56th Governor of New....

York. Read more about how the Governor, working together with the legislature, has reformed and transformed New York State.



Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response

The Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response is tasked with investigating New York’s....

power utilities’ preparation and response to the major storms that have devastated communities in the State of New York over the past two years, including Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.



Emergency Preparedness Commissions

Over the past two years, New York State has been hit by some of the....

most destructive storms in our state's history, causing untold damage and the tragic loss of many lives. Regardless of the cause of these storms, New York State must undertake major reforms to adapt to the reality that storms such as Sandy, Irene, and Lee can hit the state at any time. For this reason, I have charged these three commissions to seriously examine existing systems and present a comprehensive blueprint so we can bring our emergency preparedness and response capabilities into the 21st century and ensure our infrastructure is built to survive major weather incidents.



NY Education Reform Commission

There are serious issues facing our system of public education. New York State spends more....

money per student than any other state in the nation, but ranks 39th in high school graduation rates. Only 73 percent of New York's students graduate from high school and only 37 percent are college ready.



FreshConnect

Almost 1.5 million New Yorkers live in areas with limited supermarket access. Expanding access to....

fresh food in underserved communities has been shown to both improve nutrition and lower costs related to obesity and diet-related disease, while also fostering community and economic development. Governor Cuomo launched the FreshConnect program last year to create new farmers' markets and support existing markets that provided fresh produce to high-need areas.



New York’s Olmstead Plan

In its 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states, in....

accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), have an obligation to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.



The Promise of a New New York: Progress Report

The 235th Legislative Session has officially ended and, once again, the Governor and our state....

legislators have shown that by working together, we can make government work for the people.



Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

For too long our state has been inconsistent in how it addressed incidents of abuse....

against people with special needs, lacking any real consistent standards for tracking and investigating complaints or punishing those who commit abuse and neglect.



Reforming Government

Last June, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo passed the historic property tax cap. The law requires....

the local governments and school districts to raise taxes no more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. As important is that the tax cap is not a dictate from Albany. Communities may raise or lower property taxes according to the needs of the community. If the taxpayers want to pay more taxes they can, and they can override the cap with a 60 percent vote for schools and by a 60 percent vote of the governing body for local governments.



Mandate Relief Council

The Mandate Relief Council is an eleven-member Executive and Legislative council charged with reviewing and....

advancing proposals to reduce the statutory and regulatory burden on local governments and school districts. Governor Cuomo signed the law creating the Mandate Relief Council as part of a mandate relief package that will save local governments and school districts more than $125 million.



2012-13 Executive Budget

Dear New Yorkers,
Thanks to the tough choices and the historic reforms we achieved last....

year, we are able to propose a pro-growth budget without catastrophic cuts or new taxes, fees or borrowing. Our stronger fiscal position now allows us to tackle long overdue pension reform and mandate relief that will lower the cost of government, drive accountability in our schools to put students first, and leverage tens of billions of dollars of new private sector investment to create jobs without significant cost to the taxpayer.
Through fiscal discipline and working in partnership with the private sector, we are strengthening our economy to create jobs and secure our state’s future. This budget represents the next step in our plan to transform New York State.
-Governor Andrew M Cuomo



State of the State Address

Declaring New York State at a crucial crossroads, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlined during his....

first State of the State Address an action plan to fundamentally transform New York State’s government and economy by getting the state’s fiscal house in order, radically redesigning our governmental structures and operations, and restoring integrity and performance to state government



Hall of Governors

Welcome to the New York State Capitol!For more than 100 years, our state's history has....

been shaped in this building, and many great leaders have walked these hallways as they worked for the people of New York.History continues to be made, and the exhibits displayed here are designed to make the Capitol a living museum to educate visitors about New York's extraordinary legacy.The Capitol's architectural grandeur and historic significance serve as a fitting monument to the vast diversity and richness of the Empire State.Enjoy your visit!



Citizen Connects: An Electronic Town Hall

CitizenConnects empowers you with the information you need to actively participate in your state government.....

In the spirit of the old town green, CitizenConnects provides a way for you to participate in state government and share your thoughts, opinions and ideas for New York's future. Get involved in your community, come out and participate!Governor Cuomo believes that government works when the voice of the people rings strong and true. Democracy works best when people are most engaged. It’s your government: own it!Through CitizenConnects, Governor Cuomo encourages you to make your voice heard.



The Governor's Special Advisor on Vulnerable Persons

A message from Clarence J. Sundram: I am honored to have been asked to assist....

Governor Cuomo in strengthening the state’s systems of protection and safety for vulnerable New Yorkers in residential care settings. The Governor’s attention and commitment to this responsibility of the State offers an opportunity for all New Yorkers to collaborate in shaping an enduring and effective system of safeguards. The Governor defined this role broadly to evaluate and provide recommendations concerning State programs related to developmental disabilities, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, children and the elderly. A component of my duties will include evaluating the protection, safety, and quality of care of vulnerable persons, the conditions of related State operated and licensed facilities, and the fiscal performance of related programs. I will also coordinate with the Governor's Spending and Government Efficiency Commission (SAGE) to evaluate and provide recommendations concerning the management, design and structure of state agencies operating or overseeing programs or facilities for vulnerable persons. As part of this process, I invite your suggestions and recommendations. Please click on the Suggestions and Recommendations link to send them. Thank you. Clarence J. SundramSpecial Advisor to the Governor on Vulnerable Persons



Regional Economic Development Councils

The Regional Economic Development Councils represent the 10 regions across New York State including the....

Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York.



SAGE

The last major reorganization of New York State government occurred over eighty years ago. Since....

then, our government has grown into a sprawling and expensive bureaucracy. To rebuild an effective state government, Governor Cuomo has created the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission. This team of business leaders, management experts, and academics will help streamline the government and save taxpayers' money. Read more and submit your ideas on modernizing and right-sizing state government, improving performance, and increasing accountability.



Building a New New York

"New Yorkers can now look at Albany and see progress on historic initiatives, action on....

issues that have been left unresolved for decades, and a legislative session that delivered results. New Yorkers can have a renewed sense of pride and confidence in their state government. We must now seize this momentum and press forward to continue to make this government work for the people once again. I applaud the leadership of Senator Skelos and Speaker Silver and the members of the Legislature for passing these unprecedented reforms. I also thank the people of New York State for making their voices heard and being the driving force behind these actions." - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo



2012 State of the State: Building a New New York… with you

On January 4th 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his second State of the State....

address, continuing his commitment to make government work for the people again.Building on the successes of last year, Governor Cuomo’s bold new agenda includes plans to: - Create tens of thousands of new jobs across the state by investing state resources to leverage billions of dollars in private investment through public-private sector partnerships to drive economic growth.- Reimagining the state government to ensure it gets results for the people while protecting taxpayer dollars.- Strengthen New York’s legacy as the progressive capital of the nation.



People First

Governor Cuomo’s "People First" campaign is a statewide initiative aimed at building public support for....

key legislative priorities including a property tax cap, ethics reform and marriage equality. For real change to occur in New York, the people of our state must be directly involved. That is exactly what Governor Cuomo's "People First" campaign is all about.



2011 – 12 Executive Budget

On February 1, 2011, Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2011-12 Executive Budget. The budget outlines a....

broad effort to redesign and reinvent our state government with the goal of producing long term cost savings and better services to our people. It is a plan that reduces our state’s current year deficit without raising taxes. Read more



The Medicaid Redesign Team

“It is of compelling public importance that the State conduct a fundamental restructuring of its....

Medicaid program to achieve measurable improvement in health outcomes, sustainable cost control and a more efficient administrative structure” said Governor Cuomo in creating The Medicaid Redesign Team. The team has been tasked to find ways to reduce costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program for the upcoming 2011-12 Fiscal Year. As part of its work, the Team is seeking ideas from the public at large, as well as experts in health care delivery and insurance, the health care workforce, economics, business, consumer rights and other relevant areas. Read more and submit your ideas on reshaping New York’s Medicaid program.