Politics and Government http://wrvo.org en Fall0ut for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes http://wrvo.org/post/fall0ut-cuomo-over-report-his-aides-interfered-ethics-probes <p>One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and&nbsp; another is demanding that the governor to resign after an in-depth account in The New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.<br /><br />Cuomo created the ethics commission under the state’s Moreland Act a little over a year ago amidst rampant corruption rampant in the legislature, that included a string of indictments, resignations and jailings of lawmakers.<br /> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:12:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59357 at http://wrvo.org Fall0ut for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission http://wrvo.org/post/duffy-will-keep-thoughts-himself-moreland-commission <p>Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says he had no direct knowledge of alleged meddling by his boss into an ethics commission the governor set up.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59339 at http://wrvo.org Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission Teachers union not ready to reverse no confidence vote in education commissioner http://wrvo.org/post/teachers-union-not-ready-reverse-no-confidence-vote-education-commissioner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The president of the state’s teachers’ union says members are not yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59091 at http://wrvo.org Teachers union not ready to reverse no confidence vote in education commissioner Hochul explains past anti-immigration views http://wrvo.org/post/hochul-explains-past-anti-immigration-views <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy </span>Hochul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is explaining why she now feels differently about undocumented immigrants. </span>Hochul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the former Erie County clerk, once wanted to turn immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally over to federal authorities.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:54:28 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59060 at http://wrvo.org Hochul explains past anti-immigration views Cuomo creates fourth ballot line for reelection http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-creates-fourth-ballot-line-reelection <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo is creating another ballot line for the November elections -- the Women’s Equality line.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59051 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo creates fourth ballot line for reelection Oversight board approves Cuomo's loan request for Tappan Zee Bridge http://wrvo.org/post/oversight-board-approves-cuomos-loan-request-tappan-zee-bridge <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A key oversight board approved half of the amount </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the </span>Tappan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Zee Bridge. But the meeting included accusations from a board member that Cuomo administration officials are trying to hide bad news about future toll hikes on the bridge and the rest of the New York State Thruway.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58993 at http://wrvo.org Oversight board approves Cuomo's loan request for Tappan Zee Bridge Cuomo says private market will decide future of NY's casino industry http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-private-market-will-decide-future-nys-casino-industry <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo says he’s not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is considering authorizing four new gambling centers in the next few months.</span></p><p>One third of Atlantic City’s casinos, including one run by Donald Trump, have announced plans to close, and Moody’s investor rating services has downgraded the casino industry from stable to negative citing “declines in comparable monthly gaming revenue.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58917 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says private market will decide future of NY's casino industry Cuomo far outraises GOP gubernatorial opponent http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-far-outraises-gop-gubernatorial-opponent <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo is already ahead of his Republican challenger in name recognition. Now, according to required campaign disclosure filings with the state Board of Elections, Cuomo is far ahead in fundraising as well.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58934 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo far outraises GOP gubernatorial opponent Groups urge no vote on Tappan Zee Bridge loan http://wrvo.org/post/groups-urge-no-vote-tappan-zee-bridge-loan <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Environmentalists are urging a key review board to vote no on a request from the Cuomo administration to help finance the rebuilding of a major Thruway bridge with a fund designed for municipal clean water projects. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:26:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58881 at http://wrvo.org Groups urge no vote on Tappan Zee Bridge loan Tipped workers seek pay increase from Cuomo wage board http://wrvo.org/post/tipped-workers-seek-pay-increase-cuomo-wage-board <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:25:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58742 at http://wrvo.org Tipped workers seek pay increase from Cuomo wage board Cuomo primary challenger predicts she'll have 45,000 petition signatures by Thursday deadline http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-primary-challenger-predicts-shell-have-45000-petition-signatures-thursday-deadline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Zephyr </span>Teachout<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Democratic primary challenger to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot for the September primary voting.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:13:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58625 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo primary challenger predicts she'll have 45,000 petition signatures by Thursday deadline Lieutenant governor candidate Hochul keeps a low profile http://wrvo.org/post/lieutenant-governor-candidate-hochul-keeps-low-profile <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, lieutenant governor nominee Kathy </span>Hochul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by </span>Hochul<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is starting to raise some questions.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58624 at http://wrvo.org Lieutenant governor candidate Hochul keeps a low profile GOP candidate for governor will also run on anti-Common Core ballot line http://wrvo.org/post/gop-candidate-governor-will-also-run-anti-common-core-ballot-line <p>The Republican candidate for governor in New York is petitioning to run on a new ballot line that capitalizes on public opposition to the new Common Core learning standards.</p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is gathering signatures to run on a third ballot line in November. In addition to the GOP and Conservative party slots, Astorino has begun a new ballot line called Stop Common Core. He admits it could give Democrats and others who are reluctant to vote for the Republican Party another option.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58547 at http://wrvo.org GOP candidate for governor will also run on anti-Common Core ballot line Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-becomes-legal-new-york <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York is now the </span>23<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> state to allow medical marijuana, now that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58483 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York Senate IDC leader says group will maintain independence http://wrvo.org/post/senate-idc-leader-says-group-will-maintain-independence <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein says even though his group now plans to realign with the Democrats in the Senate, he won’t rule out working with Republicans in the future.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:23:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57997 at http://wrvo.org Senate IDC leader says group will maintain independence Two state Senate factions will form Democratic coalition http://wrvo.org/post/two-state-senate-factions-will-form-democratic-coalition <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Two Democratic factions in the New York State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:25:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57946 at http://wrvo.org Two state Senate factions will form Democratic coalition Reform groups urge no vote on redistricting ballot amendment http://wrvo.org/post/reform-groups-urge-no-vote-redistricting-ballot-amendment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting that will be on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes it promises.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:15:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57798 at http://wrvo.org Reform groups urge no vote on redistricting ballot amendment Hanna, Tenney to face off in Congressional primary Tuesday http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-tenney-face-congressional-primary-tuesday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some national conservative political pundits are comparing the Republican primary in the </span>22nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District in New York state tomorrow to the Virginia primary race that saw a Tea Party candidate beat an established Republican Party leader.</span></p><p>The race has some of the same themes as that Virginia primary, with a moderate main street Republican looking to keep his seat, in the wake of a challenge from a more conservative Tea Party Republican.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:17:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57757 at http://wrvo.org Hanna, Tenney to face off in Congressional primary Tuesday Senate sponsor of medical marijuana bill gratified by large number of 'yes' votes http://wrvo.org/post/senate-sponsor-medical-marijuana-bill-gratified-large-number-yes-votes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the Senate , and now goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sponsor Diane </span>Savino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she’s “gratified” by the larger than expected number of yes votes, including some surprise votes from traditionally conservative Senators.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:27:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57754 at http://wrvo.org David Holwerk on The Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/david-holwerk-campbell-conversations <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with the David Holwerk, Director of Communications for the Kettering Foundation and a long-time print journalist, about the problems with American democracy and constructive citizen engagement, and what the Foundation is doing to try to address them.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:16:58 +0000 Grant Reeher 57821 at http://wrvo.org David Holwerk on The Campbell Conversations State Senate passes medical marijuana bill http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-bill <p><strong>Updated, 3:50 p.m.:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the state Senate, and now goes to the desk of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sponsor Sen. Diane Savino says she’s "gratified" by the larger than expected number of yes votes, including some surprise votes from traditionally conservative senators.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:29:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57666 at http://wrvo.org State Senate passes medical marijuana bill More federal money sought for rural bridges http://wrvo.org/post/more-federal-money-sought-rural-bridges <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer wants to add about $50 million to funding that comes to New York for upkeep and repair of rural bridges.</p><p>The federal government provides the state with $71 million a year right now to maintain the thousands of bridges that don’t fall under federal purview. That number is tied to a 2009 transportation bill.</p><p>There are efforts in Congress to continue to cap that amount through 2020.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat says continuing to cap the fund will lead to further deterioration of rural bridges.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:20:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57571 at http://wrvo.org More federal money sought for rural bridges Cuomo, legislative leaders agree on heroin bills, still discussing medical marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-agree-heroin-bills-still-discussing-medical-marijuana <p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:15:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57562 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, legislative leaders agree on heroin bills, still discussing medical marijuana Medical marijuana bill sponsors hold private meeting with Cuomo http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-bill-sponsors-hold-private-meeting-cuomo <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:26:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57486 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana bill sponsors hold private meeting with Cuomo Cuomo could get a primary challenger http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-could-get-primary-challenger <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo might have a primary challenger. Zephyr </span>Teachout<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Fordham University law professor and activist, announced she’s collecting signatures to be on the September Democratic primary ballot.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:17:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57436 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo could get a primary challenger Legislative session could end with a whimper http://wrvo.org/post/legislative-session-could-end-whimper <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislative session is scheduled to end </span><span data-term="goog_876058924" style="line-height: 1.5;" tabindex="0">on Thursday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low-key end of session might not matter much to New York’s top political figures.</span></p><p>The chances of passage for several key issues promoted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including a Women’s Equality Act and public campaign finance appear dim, due to opposition from Senate Republicans.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57424 at http://wrvo.org Legislative session could end with a whimper David Cobb of 'Move to Amend' on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/david-cobb-move-amend-campbell-conversations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">One of the fallouts of the Supreme Court’s&nbsp;</span><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Citizen</i><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">s</i><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;United</i><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;decision has been the e Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:23:51 +0000 Grant Reeher 57391 at http://wrvo.org David Cobb of 'Move to Amend' on the Campbell Conversations Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-police-union-reaches-5-year-contract-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse police officers have reached a new labor contract with the city, more than three years after the old one expired.</span></p><p>It's not uncommon for police union contracts to lapse, but this one stretched on for a while, mostly over health care costs and coverage.</p><p>The new contract is for five years, but it applies retroactively to when the old one expired at the end of 2010. The 428 Syracuse police officers will have to pay about twice as much for health insurance, but will get two percent raises for 2013, 2014 and 2015.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:56:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57236 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city Syracuse nixes smoking in parks; approves alarm fee http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-nixes-smoking-parks-approves-alarm-fee <p>The Syracuse Common Council has snuffed out the right to smoke in city parks and publicly-owned downtown gathering areas, like Clinton Square.</p><p>The council also formally added the dropping of cigarette butts on sidewalks to its anti-littering ordinance, punishable by a $50 fine.</p><p><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-moves-ban-smoking-city-parks" target="_blank">The laws were written by</a> councilor Bob Dougherty and Khalid Bey, who said they will shift the habits of smokers and protect people in public who don't want to be near second-hand smoke.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:24:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57068 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse nixes smoking in parks; approves alarm fee Cuomo downplays chances of end-of-session agreements http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-downplays-chances-end-session-agreements <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying the chances of any major agreements before the legislative session ends later this month.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57070 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo downplays chances of end-of-session agreements