politics http://wrvo.org en 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 Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments http://wrvo.org/post/women-maffei-hit-back-some-katko-comments <p></p><p>Some supporters of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) are pushing back on recent comments made his Republican challenger, John Katko.</p><p>Katko, a former federal prosecutor, has recently said he doesn’t support a law aimed at equalizing pay for women and men. And he says his Catholic faith guides his views on abortion.</p><p><a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/race_for_congress_where_republican_john_katko_stands_on_the_issues.html" target="_blank">Those comments to The Post-Standard</a> have upset female supporters of Maffei, a Democrat.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59313 at http://wrvo.org Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political http://wrvo.org/post/gop-candidate-ny-attorney-general-says-office-isnt-political <p>The Republican candidate for state attorney general says the man who holds the office now, and those who served before him, have treated it has a political stepping stone.</p><p>A.G. doesn't stand for "aspiring governor," John Cahill said.</p><p>Cahill was an aide and environmental conservation commissioner to former Gov. George Pataki, a Republican who ran the state from 1995 to 2006.</p><p>Cahill is now challenging Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman&nbsp;for the role of New York's top lawyer.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:44:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58932 at http://wrvo.org GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-picks-endorsement-business-leaders <p>Rep. Dan Maffei has picked up the endorsement of an informal group of central New York business and economic leaders.</p><p>About two dozen executives are backing the Syracuse Democrat in his bid for re-election against Republican John Katko.</p><p>Eric Mower, of the advertising firm Eric Mower and Associates, says he’s neither a Republican nor Democrat and he supported former Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican.</p><p>But he says has focused on the issues facing the region.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:41:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58891 at http://wrvo.org Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-likely-drop-challenge-senator-valesky <p></p><p>Jean Kessner&nbsp;has gotten her wish and will likely drop her challenge of state Sen. Dave Valesky in Democratic Party primary.</p><p>Kessner, a Democrat herself and Syracuse Common Councilor, was circulating petitions to challenge Valesky (D-Oneida), unless he rejoined the mainstream Democrats in the state Senate.</p><p>Valesky has been a member of the Independent Democratic Caucus, which controls the Senate along with the minority Republicans, since 2011.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:49:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57977 at http://wrvo.org Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-defeats-tenney-gop-primary-22nd-district <p>Rep. Richard Hanna is all but guaranteed a third term in the House of Representatives after he beat back a challenge from the political right in Tuesday's Republican Party primary.</p><p>Hanna, R-Barneveld,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came out on top in a challenge from the more conservative Claudia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tenney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">assemblywoman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She said Hanna was too moderate.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Matt Richmond 57868 at http://wrvo.org Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District 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 Maffei still concerned over handling of Bergdahl release http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-still-concerned-over-handling-bergdahl-release <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) is still concerned over how the White House handled the release of Army Sgt. Bowe&nbsp;Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, saying some things were done right, but others wrong.</p><p>Bergdahl was freed from five years of imprisonment under the Taliban in Afghanistan about two weeks ago. In exchange, five Taliban prisoners in American custody were released.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:18:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57279 at http://wrvo.org Maffei still concerned over handling of Bergdahl release Maffei withholding judgment on Bergdahl prisoner swap http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-withholding-judgment-bergdahl-prisoner-swap <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei is taking a wait-and-see approach on his opinion over the release of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.</p><p>Bergdahl's freedom was negotiated in exchange for five suspected terrorists in American custody. It's drawn sharp criticism from members of Congress, particularly over their lack of prior knowledge. There are also questions over the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture and nearly five year detainment.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:31:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56871 at http://wrvo.org Maffei withholding judgment on Bergdahl prisoner swap Howie Hawkins says Green Party has a shot at victory http://wrvo.org/post/howie-hawkins-says-green-party-has-shot-victory <p></p><p>Green Party politician&nbsp;Howie Hawkins says a third party candidate has a chance to win the governorship.</p><p>The left-leaning <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-happy-gain-working-families-party-endorsement" target="_blank">Working Families Party has endorsed</a> Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat running for reelection, but some members of the party weren’t happy with the choice.</p><p>Hawkins, a perennial progressive candidate for office, sees that as an opportunity.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:36:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56785 at http://wrvo.org Howie Hawkins says Green Party has a shot at victory Democratic National Committee chairwoman stumps for Dan Maffei http://wrvo.org/post/democratic-national-committee-chairwoman-stumps-dan-maffei <p></p><p>One of the Democratic Party’s top women visited Syracuse to stump for Rep. Dan Maffei, who is running for re-election to Congress.</p><p>Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She spoke a Laci’s Tapas Bar Monday, a women-owned restaurant in the city's Hawley Green neighborhood.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Common Councilor Helen Hudson, and former Palmyra Mayor Vicky Daly all showered their praise as well.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:53:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55689 at http://wrvo.org Democratic National Committee chairwoman stumps for Dan Maffei Duffy's decision not to seek re-election no surprise http://wrvo.org/post/duffys-decision-not-seek-re-election-no-surprise <p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:06:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55503 at http://wrvo.org Duffy's decision not to seek re-election no surprise Duffy decides not to run again for lieutenant governor http://wrvo.org/post/duffy-decides-not-run-again-lieutenant-governor <div><p>New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has announced he won't seek a second term.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 16:16:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Associated Press 55457 at http://wrvo.org Duffy decides not to run again for lieutenant governor Greece town supervisor reacts to SCOTUS town prayer decision http://wrvo.org/post/greece-town-supervisor-reacts-scotus-town-prayer-decision <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xFGUiU53E-s" width="420"></iframe></p><p></p><p>It’s about freedom of speech.</p><p>That’s what Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich told reporters Monday after the Supreme Court decided the town council was not violating the constitution by opening town meetings with prayer.</p><p>The town kept the tradition of offering prayers before each meeting, even after two residents brought the case to court in 2008.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:46:26 +0000 Michelle Faust 55344 at http://wrvo.org Maffei challenges Katko to "straightforward campaign" http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-challenges-katko-straightforward-campaign <p>Rep. Dan Maffei&nbsp;has called on his Republican challenger to sign a pledge vowing to run a "clean campaign." That challenger, John Katko, agrees with the notion, but has decided to raise Maffei's offer.</p><p>Maffei, D-Syracuse, sent <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/220326059/Maffei-s-Clean-Campaign-Pledge#fullscreen=1" target="_blank">the pledge</a> to Katko this week, saying the two should reject campaign contributions from "shady" outside groups that hide their donors. They should run "an honest, straightforward campaign," Maffei wrote.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:31:33 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54859 at http://wrvo.org Maffei challenges Katko to "straightforward campaign" Miner says she's not involved in picking replacement for party co-chair http://wrvo.org/post/miner-says-shes-not-involved-picking-replacement-party-co-chair <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she's not involved in picking a replacement to help run the state Democratic Party. She stepped down from her role as co-chair of the party last week.</p><p>Miner had the job for two years, but left to, as she puts it, give someone else a chance.</p><p>Since taking the post, though, she publicly&nbsp;disagreed and had a falling out with the state's most powerful Democrat and person who appointed her to the post: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54701 at http://wrvo.org Miner says she's not involved in picking replacement for party co-chair NY Legislature approves "National Popular Vote" bill http://wrvo.org/post/ny-legislature-approves-national-popular-vote-bill <p></p><p>New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the <a href="http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/" target="_blank">National Popular Vote Interstate Compact</a>, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.</p><p>Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of&nbsp;the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:01 +0000 Dave Lucas 53577 at http://wrvo.org NY Legislature approves "National Popular Vote" bill Howie Hawkins begins second run for governor http://wrvo.org/post/howie-hawkins-begins-second-run-governor <p></p><p>Howie Hawkins, a longtime member of the Green Party, has kicked off another campaign for governor of New York, this time with a goal to win four times as many votes as he did four years ago.</p><p>Hawkins lives on Syracuse’s south side and works for UPS. Over the years, he’s run for everything from Common Council to Congress.</p><p>In 2010, he notched just shy of 60,000 votes and raised $45,000 in his bid for governor. That was more votes than any other third party candidate. He’s hoping to quadruple both those numbers in November.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:48:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53992 at http://wrvo.org Howie Hawkins begins second run for governor Duffy says he's "in sync" with Cuomo, not planning resignation http://wrvo.org/post/duffy-says-hes-sync-cuomo-not-planning-resignation <div><p></p><p>Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says there’s no truth to rumors he will not be campaigning with the governor this fall.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wait for the facts to come out about him and the governor’s (both Democrats) political plans, Duffy said Tuesday in Buffalo. </span></p><p>Last year Duffy interviewed to become leader of the Rochester Business Alliance – the city he was once mayor of. He withdrew about a week later.</p><p>He's not being asked to step aside, he said.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:35:42 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53267 at http://wrvo.org Duffy says he's "in sync" with Cuomo, not planning resignation Donald Trump coming to Syracuse for GOP fundraiser http://wrvo.org/post/donald-trump-coming-syracuse-gop-fundraiser <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Real estate developer, television personality and possible gubernatorial candidate Donald Trump will be in Syracuse next month as part of a fundraiser hosted by the Onondaga County Republican Committee.</p><p>Committee Chairman Tom Dadey says he hopes Trump's visit will provide a boost to local candidates, while raising money for local candidates and party operations.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:35:18 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51813 at http://wrvo.org Donald Trump coming to Syracuse for GOP fundraiser Syracuse professor building case against Syrian human rights abusers http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-professor-building-case-against-syrian-human-rights-abusers <p>A few weeks ago, David Crane got a call. The Syracuse University law professor was asked to join a team who would be examining a collection of tens of thousands of gruesome photographs. They appeared to show widespread torture and killings at detention facilities run by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days later, Crane was in the Middle East, with two other former war crimes prosecutors and forensics experts, poring over the images and interviewing the man who took them.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:16:40 +0000 Joanna Richards 50616 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse professor building case against Syrian human rights abusers Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-pitches-paid-family-and-medical-leave-watertown <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the nation’s workplace policies are out of date and don’t reflect increasing women’s employment – and their roles as family caregivers. Gillibrand was in Watertown yesterday to make the case for paid family and medical leave.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:07:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 50323 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown Group calls on New York state to formally oppose Citizens United http://wrvo.org/post/group-calls-new-york-state-formally-oppose-citizens-united <p>Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money on politics, a central New York group is calling on New York state to stand up to the ruling.</p><p>Members of Move to Amend are lobbying state officials to pass a resolution opposing the Citizens United case. Michael Messina-Yauchzy says a constitutional amendment is the ultimate solution.</p><p>"Corporations need to be limited," he said Tuesday. "It’s 'we the people,' the corporations need to be controlled by the people. We establish the legal framework."</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:14:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50229 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Biden meet on infrastructure rebuilding plans http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-biden-meet-infrastructure-rebuilding-plans <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden to talk about new ways of rebuilding infrastructure after damaging storms. The two are potential presidential contenders in 2016, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run. But they had nothing but praise for one another. &nbsp;</p><p>New York state received $6 billion in federal aid after Superstorm Sandy, and Cuomo Biden to the State Capitol, to show him how he’s spending the money.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49620 at http://wrvo.org Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate http://wrvo.org/post/governor-announces-45-million-boost-winter-tourism-upstate <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there’s new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49265 at http://wrvo.org Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate Comptroller says state probably can afford tax cuts, but just barely http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-says-state-probably-can-afford-tax-cuts-just-barely <p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether the state can afford $2 billion in new tax cuts that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is likely to propose.</p><p>Governor Cuomo says he thinks if state spending is held to a 2 percent growth rate next year, there will be enough money in the state budget to finance $2 billion worth of property and business tax cuts.</p><p>Comptroller DiNapoli says he’s not so sure it will all add up.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 48866 at http://wrvo.org Clayton supervisor fingered in Inspector General's report for misusing state vehicle http://wrvo.org/post/clayton-supervisor-fingered-inspector-generals-report-misusing-state-vehicle <p></p><p style="margin-top: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">An Inspector General's report finds that Clayton's town supervisor is among dozens of current and former state prison officials who misused their work-issued vehicles at taxpayer expense.&nbsp;</font></font></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 03:19:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 48043 at http://wrvo.org Clayton supervisor fingered in Inspector General's report for misusing state vehicle Republicans maintain 'super majority' in Onondaga County legislature http://wrvo.org/post/republicans-maintain-super-majority-onondaga-county-legislature <p>Absentee ballots still need to be counted, but Democrats appear to clawed back a seat on the Onondaga County Legislature. Republicans, though, are playing up the fact that they will maintain a 'super majority' in the body.</p><p>Republicans didn't have much else to celebrate Tuesday as they didn't put anyone up in the mayor's race and lost at <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/gop-hoping-edge-out-spot-syracuses-common-council" target="_blank">least one of the two Common Council races they were contesting</a>.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:45:29 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Gino Geruntino 46762 at http://wrvo.org Republicans maintain 'super majority' in Onondaga County legislature GOP hoping to edge out a spot on Syracuse's Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/gop-hoping-edge-out-spot-syracuses-common-council <p></p><p>Syracuse Republicans are just a few dozen votes shy of winning back a city office as a race for Common Council will come down to absentee ballots, but the rest of city hall remained solidly Democratic after Tuesday's election.</p><p>The two new faces we know of for sure on the Common Council are Chad Ryan in the Second District and Pamela Hunter in an at-large spot. Ryan won Pat Hogan’s old seat, who was term-limited, by beating Republican Alex Walsh with 59 percent of the unofficial vote.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:48:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46726 at http://wrvo.org GOP hoping to edge out a spot on Syracuse's Common Council Watertown council candidates get last word before election day http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-council-candidates-get-last-word-election-day <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">Watertown's City Council hopefuls got one final chance before tomorrow's election to make their case at a meet-the-candidates event last week. The four opponents advocate different roles for city government.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:40:35 +0000 Joanna Richards 46608 at http://wrvo.org Watertown council candidates get last word before election day