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Cuomo administration resists sharing records of its vaccine review

BY BILL HAMMOND After second-guessing the FDA with its own vaccine task force, the Cuomo administration is declining to share even basic information about that panel’s approval process until mid-February. Replying to a Freedom of Information Law request from the


Cuomo operatives: “It’s not Gay if you’re Italian”

Sources familiar with Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s thinking explain to The Chronicle that — if he were to come out as ‘openly bisexual’ as many Albany politicos have been rumoring for weeks — it would be a more nuanced announcement.  “Italian-Americans don’t


Cuomo administration ducks important questions on nursing homes

BY BILL HAMMOND A new report from the state Health Department tries to deflect blame for thousands of coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes—but undermines its own case by withholding data and engaging in tendentious analysis. Most glaringly, it


Cuomo vetoes bill to regulate pharmacy benefit managers

Bill would have added accountability, increased fiscal disclosure, and addressed deceptive and anti-competitive practices Governor Andrew Cuomo this evening vetoed legislation to increase oversight, transparency, and accountability of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are companies that manage prescription drug benefits for


Feds are reviewing Cuomo’s Fidelis deal

BY BILL HAMMOND Federal officials are reviewing the state’s expropriation of $2 billion from the sale of Fidelis Care health plan, potentially throwing a wrench into the plans of administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo for using the money. An Aug. 21 letter


Cuomo is secretly planning his own ‘Green Deal’ ahead of 2020

Political operatives with close ties to the Governor’s office tell The Chronicle that Andrew Cuomo is planning to roll out signature energy and environmental legislation. In recent weeks, it has been rumored that Cuomo plans to enter the Democratic Presidential


Taxpayer-funded propaganda gets very expensive under Cuomo

BY MIKE MADIGAN Governor Andrew Cuomo has been accused of using taxpayer dollars to fund propaganda that promotes his administration, perhaps most infamously, in the form of hundreds of millions of dollars in StartUp NY advertising buys at friendly media


With DOI approving off-Rez casinos, will Cuomo deal with the Cayugas?

President Donald J. Trump‘s Department of the Interior is issuing approvals for new off-reservation casino projects.  Despite an increasingly competitive gaming industry, some Tribes are advancing new projects — but not here in New York State, where Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s


Cuomo raises his salary to $250,000

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Cuomo pointed to the provision in the pay commission’s report released Monday that tied future phased-in pay boosts to performance. In this case, performance is considered a state budget that is approved before April