Catherine Loper en North Country Democratic congressional candidate launches first TV ad <p>Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate in the North Country's 21st Congressional District, released his first television ad today.<br /><br />Woolf, a documentary filmmaker, is running against Republican Elise Stefanik and Green Party candidate Matt Funicello to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. Woolf's television commercial says that if elected, he would be willing to work with Republicans to get legislation passed.<br /> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:26:22 +0000 Catherine Loper 60306 at North Country Democratic congressional candidate launches first TV ad Cuomo's poll numbers still high, despite Moreland Commission controversy <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Election Day is less than three months away, and despite a recent scandal that gained national media attention, Gov. Andrew Cuomo still is leading the race. That's according to the latest Siena college poll. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with pollster Steven Greenberg, who explained why.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Catherine Loper: What are the main findings in this latest Siena poll about the governor’s race?</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:24:37 +0000 Catherine Loper 60287 at Cuomo's poll numbers still high, despite Moreland Commission controversy Judge rules Teachout eligible to run in Democratic primary against Cuomo <p></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:06:38 +0000 Catherine Loper & Gino Geruntino 60255 at Judge rules Teachout eligible to run in Democratic primary against Cuomo New York organ donations lag far behind national average <p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:01:27 +0000 Catherine Loper 59707 at Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service officially declared that it was a tornado that struck the town of Smithfield in Madison County, killing four people, destroying four homes and severely damaging three others.</span></p><p>Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley announced that the victims include Kimberly Hillard, 35; her four-month-old baby, Paris Newman; Virginia Warner, 70; and Arnie A.D. Allen, 53.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 58591 at Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield Creating healthy habits for children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everyone from doctors to educators to first lady Michelle Obama seems to be concerned about the nutrition and physical activity children in this country are getting. A recent </span>WRVO<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> community health forum asked a panel of regional experts about what is being done and what should be done to improve the diet and fitness of the children in central and northern New York.</span></p><p>A startling statistic captures why there is such concern across the country about childhood obesity rates.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 57258 at Creating healthy habits for children Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo said today that there's still a chance the state legislature could pass a medical marijuana bill that he would sign.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:19:13 +0000 Catherine Loper 57235 at Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet Owens will not seek reelection to Congress <p></p><p>North Country Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in November -- surprising the political establishment and putting the seat for the 21<sup>st</sup> Congressional District up for grabs.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:59:10 +0000 Catherine Loper 49924 at Owens will not seek reelection to Congress Lake effect conditions shut down part of North Country <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:31:27 +0000 Catherine Loper & Ryan Delaney 49601 at Lake effect conditions shut down part of North Country Cuomo to push government consolidation; Onondaga County executive says it's already working <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:00:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott & Catherine Loper 49595 at Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote <p>As Congress begins to debate a resolution to authorize United States military action in Syria, members of the New York congressional delegation are expressing their opinion publicly about what should be done.</p><p>Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents parts of the Finger Lakes and Souther Tier regions, has been conducting a listening tour in his district to gather opinions from his constituents.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:18:48 +0000 Matt Richmond, Gino Geruntino & Catherine Loper 43629 at Musician Jay Nash discusses "Rock for the River" concert <p><em>In 2004, a musician with roots in central and northern New York came up with an idea for a fundraiser to help preserve the St. Lawrence River. Every Fourth of July weekend since then, singer-songwriter Jay Nash has led a group of musicians in the "Rock for the River" concert in Clayton, which benefits the non-profit group "Save the River." The events have been so popular, this year they've added another concert on Labor Day weekend. WRVO's Catherine Loper recently spoke with Nash about how his passions for the river and music intersect.</em></p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:57:05 +0000 Catherine Loper 43363 at Musician Jay Nash discusses "Rock for the River" concert I-STOP law poses opportunities, concerns about implementation <p></p><p>The tragedies caused by prescription drug abuse, addictions, overdoses and ruined lives are not unique to New York state, but Assemblyman Michael Cusick realized a couple years ago that Staten Island, where his district is located, could be considered the epicenter of the problem.</p><p>“We have numbers that are staggering of people overdosing from prescription drugs and the theft of prescription drugs," Cusick said. "The misuse is rampant here on Staten Island."</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:03:35 +0000 Catherine Loper 43114 at Auburn plant announces closure <p>A manufacturing company in Auburn, N.Y. has announced it will be closing its doors by the end of 2014. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:42:33 +0000 Catherine Loper & Bethany Palmer 33673 at Poll finds New Yorkers back new gun laws, but split on fracking <p>A new poll finds voters overwhelming support for many of the items that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law.&nbsp; Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:15:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Catherine Loper 32022 at Largest donation in SUNY Oswego history to name science building <p>SUNY Oswego has received the largest donation in its 150 year history. The gift comes from a couple who have already dedicated much of their life's work to the university. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:18:35 +0000 Catherine Loper 30667 at Cuomo says Sandy only adds to 2013 agenda <p>New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says preparations for his January State of the State address are "in good shape." Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:40:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 30653 at Are central & northern NY prepared for a storm like Sandy? <p>As life starts to get back to normal in the parts of New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, other areas of the country are asking themselves if they could have weathered that kind of storm. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:30:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 29849 at Hanna and Lamb crisscross the 22nd in a last push for votes <p>Congressman Richard Hanna and his opponent Dan Lamb spent election day crisscrossing the 22nd congressional district today asking constituents for their votes.</p><p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:50:21 +0000 Catherine Loper & Ryan Delaney 28703 at Cuomo to start campaigning on behalf of other candidates <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will soon be hitting the campaign trail... for other candidates. While the governor is not up for reelection himself until 2016, at a cabinet meeting Monday in Albany, Cuomo said that with this year's election just over two weeks away, endorsements and campaign events to get out the vote matter. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:26:09 +0000 Catherine Loper 27932 at Hanna-Lamb race takes to the TV airwaves <p>Congressman Richard Hanna has released his first television ad in his re-election bid. The Republican incumbent is running against Democrat Dan Lamb. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:00:44 +0000 Catherine Loper 27746 at Hanna re-election bid in full swing <p>Representative Richard Hanna marked what he called the official kick off to his re-election bid -- opening one of his campaign offices in Utica Wednesday. The one-term Republican has been running for re-election in the newly drawn 22nd congressional district, and in fact has already had one debate with his opponent, Democrat Dan Lamb. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:21:04 +0000 Catherine Loper 27018 at Representative Buerkle wants candidate town hall meetings <p>Representative Ann Marie Buerkle has challenged her two competitors to participate in a series of four joint town hall meetings before the November 6 election.</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:31:02 +0000 Catherine Loper 26498 at Buerkle-Maffei race heats up <p>Congressional races around the country are likely to heat up now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have recessed until after the election. In the Syracuse area, the re-match between Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Maffei is statistically a tie, according to the latest poll. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:45:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 26474 at Buerkle hopes for a farm bill extension <p>Central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is concerned that the House of Representatives has not yet passed a farm bill. The current one is scheduled to expire September 30, but Congress is scheduled to finish its work this week and passage of a farm bill does not look likely.</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:55:39 +0000 Catherine Loper 26267 at Agriculture officials say horses should be vaccinated for EEE <p>The New York State Department of&nbsp; Agriculture is urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the West Nile virus. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:43:04 +0000 Catherine Loper 26239 at Miner speaks out about close state Senate races <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing campaign rhetoric used during one of last week’s state Senate primaries.&nbsp; Three of the four Republican state senators who broke with the party to vote to legalize gay marriage last year faced tough primary battles September 13, and one of those contests turned particularly nasty in the closing days. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:17:37 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Catherine Loper 26164 at Democrat Dan Lamb is newcomer in 22nd congressional district <p>Dan Lamb is the Democrat candidate running against central New York Congressman Richard Hanna, and he has been introducing himself to voters in the new 22nd congressional district saying that he is just like them. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:57:07 +0000 Catherine Loper 25860 at New school year brings new anti-bullying law <p>As students settle into the new school year, the first phase of a new statewide anti-bullying law is already in place. More children will now be protected, and more will be required of school districts. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:08:04 +0000 Catherine Loper 25821 at New boating technology availible for the St. Lawrence River <p>A new global observation technology has been developed to help recreational boaters on the St. Lawrence River.</p><p>This new tool, developed by New York Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Observing System, allows recreational boaters to access information about the river's current as well as water depth. Dave White with New York Sea Grant explained how this technology works.</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 25656 at