Cuomo declares six priorities for the end of session
Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has revealed his list of six priorities for the end of the current legislative session in a letter to members of the Legislature. One of those items -- increasing access to breast cancer screening and treatment -- can already be crossed off the list after an agreement was struck Sun., Jun. 12, to expand breast cancer screening services. The items still pending: Combating the heroin epidemic; passing comprehensive ethics reform; combating Citizens United; improving safety at rail crossings; and updating the Alcohol Beverage Control law. Asked about closing the LLC loophole, a Cuomo spokesman said that falls under comprehensive ethics reform. Updating the state liquor law refers to the governor's wide-ranging proposal that deals with everything from legalizing alcohol service on Sunday mornings, to a variety of changes that would benefit the state's breweries, ciders and distilleries. Read the full letter to the Legislature at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.