minorities http://wrvo.org en Syracuse joins federal government in motion to try to change civil service tests http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-joins-federal-government-motion-try-change-civil-service-tests <p>The city of Syracuse has joined the federal government in a legal motion that could end up changing the civil service tests that are the baseline for hiring police and firefighters across the state.<br> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:27:25 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44559 at http://wrvo.org New state Senate coalition defends itself http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-senate-coalition-defends-itself <p>The newly-formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats, who will run the New York state Senate for the new term starting in January, made their first public appearance. They responded to criticism that the new majority coalition leaves out blacks and Hispanics.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:45:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Karen 30368 at http://wrvo.org New state Senate co-leader says coalition is not exclusive http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-senate-co-leader-says-coalition-not-exclusive <p>The new governing coalition of the New York state Senate has received some criticism that it is leaving out minorities. But one of the two co-leaders of the Senate is defending the coalition, which includes five Independent Democrats and 30 Republicans. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30247 at http://wrvo.org