Bill Owens http://wrvo.org en Area lawmakers say Congress is failing voters by avoiding long-term solution to highway funding http://wrvo.org/post/area-lawmakers-say-congress-failing-voters-avoiding-long-term-solution-highway-funding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a bipartisan bill making its way through Congress to keep road and bridge projects funded, there’s still concerns about the long-term health of the highway fund. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives has passed short-term funding that was based on a budget gimmick. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. But several lawmakers in the region say Congress is failing voters by avoiding a long-term solution.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 59439 at http://wrvo.org Area lawmakers say Congress is failing voters by avoiding long-term solution to highway funding Primary results: Stefanik victorious in 21st Congressional District; Hanna wins in 22nd http://wrvo.org/post/primary-results-stefanik-victorious-21st-congressional-district-hanna-wins-22nd <p><strong>11:05 pm:</strong> Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) declares victory over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney in Republican primary in 22nd Congressional District. There is no Democrat running in the general election in November.</p><p><strong>10:38 pm</strong>: Republican candidate Matt Doheny concedes to Elise Stefanik in the race to be the party's nominee for the 21st Congressional District in November.</p><p>The 21st district covers the North Country and is currently represented by Rep. Bill Owens (D), who announced his retirement earlier this year.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:47:01 +0000 WRVO News 57866 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-take-similar-platforms-north-country-voters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few months, North Country voters have heard a lot about the two Republican candidates running to represent the party in this fall's election for New York's </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District. But the differences between Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aren't really that vast.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:16:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57796 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters New York GOP has sights set on winning four key Congressional contests http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-gop-has-sights-set-winning-four-key-congressional-contests <p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:19:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52638 at http://wrvo.org New York GOP has sights set on winning four key Congressional contests North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-congressional-candidate-aaron-woolf-speaks-issues <p></p><p>The endorsed Democratic candidate for Bill Owens' seat in Congress finally broke his media silence Wednesday, speaking with several North Country media outlets. Aaron Woolf spoke with North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein on a range of issues, from gun control and health care to why a political rookie wants to represent the region. Democratic county chairs chose Woolf to run a month ago, but he had declined interviews until now.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:08:35 +0000 David Sommerstein 52626 at http://wrvo.org North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues North Country candidate Democrat Aaron Woolf says media silence is not inaction http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-candidate-democrat-aaron-woolf-says-media-silence-not-inaction <p></p><p>The elusive Democrat who's running for Bill Owens' seat is meeting privately with local leaders across the 21st Congressional District. Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf met with Warren County Democrats in Lake George Wednesday night after visiting the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in Canton.<br /><br />It's been more than three weeks since party leaders endorsed Woolf. Even though he's barely spoken with the media, Woolf says he's been busy.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:36:57 +0000 David Sommerstein 52302 at http://wrvo.org North Country candidate Democrat Aaron Woolf says media silence is not inaction Jefferson County employer Hi-Lite to create new jobs with USDA loan http://wrvo.org/post/jefferson-county-employer-hi-lite-create-new-jobs-usda-loan <p></p><p>A Jefferson County company is planning to expand with the help of a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.&nbsp;</p><p>Hi-Lite Airfield Services, in Adams Center, plans to create between eight and 10 new jobs, according to a news release from Rep. Bill Owens’s (D-Plattsburgh) office.&nbsp;The company also plans to buy new equipment with the $7.1 million loan from the USDA’s Rural Development program.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 51558 at http://wrvo.org Jefferson County employer Hi-Lite to create new jobs with USDA loan Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-among-four-locations-be-studied-east-coast-missile-defense-site <p></p><p>The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 50776 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site Russell leaving door open on Congressional run; for now, focused on Assembly work http://wrvo.org/post/russell-leaving-door-open-congressional-run-now-focused-assembly-work <p></p><p>State Assemblywoman Addie Russell’s name surfaced as a possible Democratic contender for the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Congressional District seat, after Rep. Bill Owens announced he won’t run again.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:49:53 +0000 Joanna Richards 50074 at http://wrvo.org Russell leaving door open on Congressional run; for now, focused on Assembly work Owens will not seek reelection to Congress http://wrvo.org/post/owens-will-not-seek-reelection-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 http://wrvo.org Owens will not seek reelection to Congress New work space fills gap for small food producers http://wrvo.org/post/new-work-space-fills-gap-small-food-producers-0 <p></p><p>A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a dining room full of chattering officials from local government, agriculture and economic development, people dug into the first products of the new kitchen: Christine Hoffman&#39;s pepper jelly and fruit jam.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:54:41 +0000 Joanna Richards 44727 at http://wrvo.org New work space fills gap for small food producers Hanna, Owens support delaying vote on Syria http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-owens-support-delaying-vote-syria <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:18:57 +0000 WRVO News 44070 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-owens-talk-about-upcoming-syria-vote <p>While Congress prepares to vote on whether or not to take military action against Syria, two local members of Congress are still considering all the facts. Syracuse-area Democrat Dan Maffei says he is looking at the big picture, but says he still has questions that need to be answered, including how it will impact American service members.<br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:44:34 +0000 Gino Geruntino 43687 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/area-lawmakers-weigh-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 http://wrvo.org Local members of Congress offer comment on Obama's Syria decision http://wrvo.org/post/local-members-congress-offer-comment-obamas-syria-decision <p>Some area members of Congress say they support President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.</p><p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:26:12 +0000 WRVO News 43542 at http://wrvo.org Local members of Congress offer comment on Obama's Syria decision Area congressional members condemn IRS targeting of conservative groups http://wrvo.org/post/area-congressional-members-condemn-irs-targeting-conservative-groups <p>Congressmen representing central and northern New York all agree that the recent IRS profiling of conservative organizations, including tea party groups, is wrong. Tue, 21 May 2013 19:42:28 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38210 at http://wrvo.org Owens: Fort Drum “in good shape” as Army considers cutbacks http://wrvo.org/post/owens-fort-drum-good-shape-army-considers-cutbacks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">The U.S. military is in the process of cutting almost half a trillion dollars from its budget over ten years. The Pentagon says the cuts will lead to a more agile force with a new strategic mission. </font></font></font>A new Army report weighs alternatives for restructuring that could affect Fort Drum. Under one scenario, the post could see an increase of 3,000 soldiers, but under another, it could lose up to 8,000 soldiers and 15 percent of its civilian workforce.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:03:53 +0000 Joanna Richards 32509 at http://wrvo.org Maffei hopes for bipartisan cooperation on the economy http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-hopes-bipartisan-cooperation-economy <p>Just a week after being sworn in a second time, Syracuse area Rep. Dan Maffei appeared back in the district in East Syracuse Friday afternoon. The Democrat from DeWitt said that he hopes Congress will be able to work through their differences by focusing on the economy. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:26:14 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 31764 at http://wrvo.org Owens holds on to North Country congressional seat http://wrvo.org/post/owens-holds-north-country-congressional-seat <p>Democrat Bill Owens survived one of the most costly and bitter political campaigns in North Country history last night. He defeated Republican businessman Matt Doheny by about 4,000 votes. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:00:02 +0000 Brian Mann & David Sommerstein 28758 at http://wrvo.org Poll shows Doheny-Owens race in statistical tie http://wrvo.org/post/poll-shows-doheny-owens-race-statistical-tie <p>The two candidates running for the North Country's congressional seat are in a statistical tie, according to the latest poll from Siena College. Republican Matt Doheny trailed incumbent Democrat Bill Owens by 13 points in Siena's last poll seven weeks ago. Owens now leads by just one point in the poll released today, which showed the Democrat receiving 44 percent support, to Doheny's 43 percent. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:15:01 +0000 Catherine Loper 28464 at http://wrvo.org Poll shows Doheny-Owens race in statistical tie Jobs were top issue for audience at Doheny-Owens debate http://wrvo.org/post/jobs-were-top-issue-audience-doheny-owens-debate-0 <p>In northern New York, a large audience showed up for the debate televised on YNN was held in the contentious race between Democrat incumbent Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny.&nbsp; Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:51:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 28167 at http://wrvo.org Owens and Doheny face off in a televised debate http://wrvo.org/post/owens-and-doheny-face-televised-debate <p>The two major party candidates met for the last debate in the North Country's Congressional race last night in Watertown. Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny sparred on well-trodden ground, like tax cuts, the deficit, and Medicare. They also differed, sharply at times, on a range of other issues.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:37:58 +0000 David Sommerstein 28150 at http://wrvo.org Owens and Doheny face off in a televised debate Owens and Doheny debate agricultural issues http://wrvo.org/post/owens-and-doheny-debate-agricultural-issues <p>Democrat Congressman Bill Owens from Plattsburgh says passage of the federal farm bill that has stalled in Washington is one of his top priorities. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:17:10 +0000 Brian Mann 25578 at http://wrvo.org Owens works the senior vote in the North Country http://wrvo.org/post/owens-works-senior-vote-north-country <p>Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) is making Medicare a big issue in his race with Republican Matt Doheny.<br><br>Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population.&nbsp; So they’ll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country’s 21st Congressional district.&nbsp; And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.</p><p>Owens’ campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Doheny on Medicare. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:00:01 +0000 David Sommerstein 24915 at http://wrvo.org Owens works the senior vote in the North Country Owens enters contest of the airwaves http://wrvo.org/post/owens-enters-contest-airwaves <p>Congressman Bill Owens has released the first television advertisement of his re-election campaign --&nbsp; a day after his Republican opponent Matt Doheny did.<br> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:28:48 +0000 Catherine Loper 24794 at http://wrvo.org Regional Congressional races take the contest to the airwaves http://wrvo.org/post/regional-congressional-races-take-contest-airwaves <p>Two of the region's most hotly contested political races have taken to the airwaves with their first television commercials.<br> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:11:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 24769 at http://wrvo.org Local members of Congress react to Supreme Court health care decision http://wrvo.org/post/local-members-congress-react-supreme-court-health-care-decision <p>After the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats alike have been trying to figure how to move forward in the fight over health care policy, including this regions&#39;s members of Congress.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:49:04 +0000 Catherine Loper 21783 at http://wrvo.org Interview: Republican Kellie Greene, candidate for 21st Congressional district http://wrvo.org/post/interview-republican-kellie-greene-candidate-21st-congressional-district <p>June 26 is Congressional primary day in New York. In the newly redrawn 21st district in Northern New York,&nbsp; Republican Kellie Greene is running against Matt Doheny. The winner of that race will face incumbent Democrat Congressman Bill Owens in November. Doheny lost a close race to Owens two years ago. This year Greene hopes to get the chance to take on Owens.&nbsp; Greene spoke with WRVO&#39;s Catherine Loper.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:49:44 +0000 Catherine Loper 21387 at http://wrvo.org Interview: Republican Kellie Greene, candidate for 21st Congressional district Interview: Republican Matt Doheny, candidate for 21st Congressional district http://wrvo.org/post/interview-republican-matt-doheny-candidate-21st-congressional-district <p>June 26&nbsp; is Congressional primary day in New York.&nbsp; In the newly redrawn 21st district in northern New York.&nbsp; Republican Matt Doheny is running against Kellie Greene. The winner of that race will face incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in November. Doheny lost a close race to Owens two years ago, and he&#39;s back for another run this year. Doheny recently he spoke with WRVO&#39;s Catherine Loper.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:49:11 +0000 Catherine Loper 21383 at http://wrvo.org Interview: Republican Matt Doheny, candidate for 21st Congressional district Bill Owens reaches out to Canadian companies http://wrvo.org/post/bill-owens-reaches-out-canadian-companies <p>Representative Bill Owens is working to increase economic ties between the North Country and Canadian businesses.</p><p>The Democrat held a series of meetings in Canada this week in an effort to entice more Canadian companies to look to Northern New York for expansion.</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 19:36:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 19901 at http://wrvo.org