ALBANY, N.Y. -- State lawmakers will be at the Capitol
through Friday when they will get the first chance to vote on bills that were
introduced late Tuesday night.
After days of negotiations, the governor and legislative leaders
reached deals on three big economic development measures.
The first involves tax free communities which will give
incentives to businesses who partner with SUNY and CUNY. The bill would also authorize
four casinos in upstate New York -- two in the Catskills, another in the Capital
Region, and a fourth in the southern tier.
There was also a deal to create a financial restructuring
board to help cash strapped local governments. In a last minute maneuver, the
governor and women's groups also decided to separate their 10 point Women's
Equality Act into individual bills -- abortion remains the most controversial part.
There is still no agreement on anti-corruption measures
or campaign finance reform.
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