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Mixed reaction in Legislature to Cuomo's tax fix plans

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the state Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

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Oswego, NY – In New York State, there were no major surprises or upsets last night.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has more on the story.

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Syracuse, NY – Syracuse area congressman James Walsh believes the slim majority Republicans will hold in the U.S. Senate will help get key legislation approved in congress next year.

He concedes that the Democratic loss diminishes any of the clout gained by New York two Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, but says they can turn to him to help benefit New York State.

The veteran house Republican plans to continue serving as the chair of a key subcommittee that allows him to bring millions to Central New York.

(New York State) – Governor Pataki was easily re-elected over Democrat Carl McCall and Independent Thomas Golisano.

As expected, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer kept his job, beating Dora Irizarry.

Democrat Alan Hevesi is the state's new comptroller. He replaces Carl McCall, who gave up the job to run for Governor.

Locally, Jim Walsh, John McHugh, and Sherwood Boehlert will all be re-elected to the House of Representatives.

Joan Christensen beat fellow incumbent Bill Sanford in the 119th District Assembly race.

Syracuse, NY – Economic uncertainty and job loss is taking a toll on the Salvation Army.

The organization is searching for volunteers to raise money for those in need.

Captain Kenneth Hayes says the Salvation Army is launching a major public relations campaign to find people to man the familiar red kettles.

Hayes says, unfortunately, there's also a greater need for funds this year thanks to an ailing upstate economy.

Oswego, NY – Two groups opposed to nuclear power say federal regulators failed to inform the public about all the risks associated with dry cask storage systems.

Click above to hear Chris Ulanowski's report.

NY – Democratic candidate for Governor Carl McCall was making a last minute whirlwind tour of the state last night to get more support.

But polls indicate that Governor Pataki, who ran from rally to rally with his son Owen, is still firmly in the lead.

Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano spent the evening in Schenectady talking with supporters about special interest funding, one of his major campaign themes this year.

10/30/02 – click on the "Listen" icon above to hear Amy Cavalier's feature report.

New York, NY – A group of conservative rabbis says Governor Pataki isn't as conservative as he's pretending to be.

Click above to hear Elizabeth Christensen's report.

Albany, NY – A coalition of parents, teachers, and children's advocacy groups has surveyed candidates about the issue of reforming New York's school aid formula.

"The Alliance for Quality Education" says most candidates want to change the way schools are awarded state money.

Most said wealthy suburban districts should have to give up some state aid so that poorer urban and rural districts could improve their curriculum.

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki has won praise from the Adirondack Council for protecting loons, supporting an adirondack museum, and agreeing on an environmental spending plan with the legislature.

The group released it's annual "State of the Park" report on issues affecting the Adirondacks.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was also cited by the group for his work on acid rain and his efforts to negotiate legislation increasing penalties for timber theft.

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