Up Close: New York State budget

Diana Williams talks with the secretary to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Larry Schwartz
January 26, 2014 9:06:45 AM PST
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out the final budget of his first term, with heavy emphasis on tax cuts, stressing that the state is now in good shape and set to show a surplus.

He's also promising to set aside $1.5 billion to fund full day pre-kindergarten statewide.

But New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio still wants a tax increase on the rich to pay for universal pre-K in the city.

Cuomo is indicating any talk of a tax hike is a non-starter.

Joining us to discuss it is one of his top aides: Larry Schwartz, secretary to the Governor.

Another topic this week is Cuomo's plan to issue an executive order to allow up to 20 hospitals in the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana.

We're joined by Democratic State Senator Diana Savino, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, and Gabriel Sayegh, director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

As the Super Bowl approaches, the most coveted item is a ticket to the big game, but it's also creating opportunities for scammers.

Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs for the NFL, Anastasia Danias, joins us to talk about counterfeit tickets and how to stop other Super Bowl fakes.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.