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Sen. Dean Skelos

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

Lawmakers Hammering Out Deal On Pre-K Funding For N.Y. State Budget

New York state legislative leaders said Wednesday they were closing in on a deal to fund pre-kindergarten, and discussing a delay to Common Core academic standards as they tried to finalize budget bills this week.

03/26/2014

The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

Cuomo, Lawmakers Negotiate On Pre-K, Property Tax Relief For State Budget

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated over property tax relief, charter schools and prekindergarten funding Monday – with a budget deadline looming in a week.

03/24/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with students at P.S. 130 after making announcement about universal pre-K, Feb. 25, 2014 (credit: Twitter/Bill de Blasio)

Battle Lines Drawn As Wild Day Of Universal Pre-K Debate In Albany Looms

Supporters of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to tax the rich to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs demonstrated outside the Department of Education on Monday, giving a taste of what they plan to do Tuesday in Albany.

03/03/2014

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos  (credit: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images, FILE)

Skelos Confirms Proposal To Bring Casino Gambling To Long Island

New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) confirmed a proposal Tuesday to bring video slot machines to Long Island as part of negotiations to expand casinos.

05/21/2013

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

State Senate GOP Calls Proposed Abortion Rights Expansion Extreme

Republicans in the New York State Senate have slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to expand abortion rights as an extreme measure from what they call the radical left.

01/29/2013

New York State Senate (credit: CBS 2)

GOP, Independent Democrats Unite For State Senate Majority

Furious Democrats who won a majority of seats in the New York State Senate have called a deal among Republicans and five Democrats to control the chamber a “coup.”

12/04/2012