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8:02am

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Onondaga County executive discusses role in Cuomo's Moreland Commission

Joanie Mahoney served as one of the members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A New York Times report alleges that a senior aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo interfered with the work of the Moreland Commission, the group the governor appointed to investigate corruption in Albany. The Times story also accuses Cuomo's office of trying to stop the commission from investigating groups tied to him. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney was a member of the commission and Grant Reeher, host of WRVO's Campbell Conversations, interviewed Mahoney after the Times report came out.

GR: With this report, are you surprised by anything in it?

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7:22am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Community job training program will expand

Participants in Northside UP's Green Train job program in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A minority workforce training program on Syracuse’s North Side is being expanded with the help of several local agencies.

Northside UP, a community group targeting the immigrant population in the northern sections of Syracuse, has been running training programs called Green Train and Health Train. The second has placed a few dozen people on the payroll on St. Joseph’s Hospital, also on the North Side resident.

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7:07am

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns

Republican candidate for the 128th Assembly District John Sharon during an event on Wednesday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

For the third time in six years, Republican John Sharon will challenge Democrat Sam Roberts for the 128th Assembly District seat.

Sharon admits going into a race in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans overwhelmingly, it doesn’t look promising.

“Just do that red-blue math, the numbers are not good," Sharon said. "But I’m not concerned about that, because I’m trying to reach out to the people who live here. And say, look, I’ll work for you, I will listen to you, I’ll be accessible, I’ll be visible, I’ll give you everything I’ve got every day.”

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6:34am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

Public hearing for Solvay amphitheater draws criticism

Members of the Onondaga County Legislature listen to public comments regarding Solvay's $100 million amphitheater project.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The only scheduled public hearing on the proposed amphitheater project on Onondaga Lake drew mostly criticism Wednesday. The project, which has been fast-tracked by the state legislature, would put the concert venue on land that was used as a dumping place for industrial waste for years.

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9:12pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Politics and Government

Fallout for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo named the Moreland Commission on public corruption in July 2013
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  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.

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.

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3:54pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Politics and Government

Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy Wednesday in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says he had no direct knowledge of alleged meddling by his boss into an ethics commission the governor set up.

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3:25pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Energy

New York's senators applaud safety proposals for transporting crude by rail

Sen. Charles Schumer called for better safety standards of DOT 111 rail cars in Syracuse in August 2013
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO (file photo)

Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are welcoming the announcement today by the federal Department of Transportation for increased safety measures for rail cars that carry crude oil.

With more oil being shipped via train from the Bakken region in North Dakota and adjacent Canada to the East Coast, and more accidents involving those tanker cars, safety concerns have been growing.

Schumer told reporters today that he hopes the rules will be implemented as soon as possible

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12:47pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Station Announcement

Tell Me More will leave WRVO's midday schedule; Q with Jian Ghomeshi moves in

Earlier this year, NPR announced it would end production of Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Currently heard each Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. on WRVO, the last episode of Tell Me More will air on Friday, August 1.

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8:00am

Wed July 23, 2014
Politics

Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse), left, and John Katko, GOP candidate for the 24th Congressional District.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Some supporters of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) are pushing back on recent comments made his Republican challenger, John Katko.

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.

Those comments to The Post-Standard have upset female supporters of Maffei, a Democrat.

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7:15am

Wed July 23, 2014
Health

Blue-green algae blooms cause closure at beach in Constantia

A blue-green algae bloom at the David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach in Constantia.
Oswego County Health Department

The David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach on Oneida Lake in Constantia is closed until further notice because of a blue-green algae bloom. According to the Oswego County Health Department, the beach will stay closed until the blooms have cleared and they say it's safe to reopen.

The Constantia Children's Summer Recreation Program will also suspend all swimming activities at the park.

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6:33am

Wed July 23, 2014
Business

Empire Brewing Company says new brewery will create distinctive craft beers

A wide variety of beers are already produced at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse. The company says it plans to expand with the Farmhouse Brewery in Cazenovia.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse's Empire Brewing Company will become one of the top five brewers in New York state, if all goes well with the creation of Farmstead Brewery in Cazenovia. Empire wants everybody to get in on the craft brew party, even people who aren’t craft beer connoisseurs.

The owner of the Empire Brewing Company says he wants to turn more people into beer snobs.

"The longer they are surrounded by craft beer, the more they’ll let their barriers down and try new things," says Empire founder David Katleski.

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5:53am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Upstate Economy

The Film House moves forward with plans for first and second movies

President Ryan Johnson says the Film House is working on two projects, with two more coming.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A film production company that’s moved to central New York is scouting locations across the region for movies it plans on filming by the end of the year.

The Film House, which will be the first tenant in the new Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Dewitt, plans on starting to film the sci-fi picture “The Opium Wars” in September. The company's president Ryan Johnson says right now they’re scouting for places like exterior farms, a run-down bar, and a big hangar with a "Mad Max" feel. At the same time, Johnson says they’re also working on their next movie.

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5:41am

Wed July 23, 2014
Education

OCC joins forces with Cazenovia College with "2+2" program

OCC President Casey Craybill (left) and Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno say the "2+2" program will benefit both colleges.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Onondaga Community College is tapping another central New York College to join it’s "2+2" partnership stable.

Cazenovia College is the latest institution to sign this kind of partnership agreement with OCC. What it does is allow students to take two years of directed coursework at the community college, then transfer to Cazenovia, to get a bachelor's degree.

OCC President Casey Craybill says one of the major pluses to these deals is that academic advisement comes from both schools.

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4:30pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest

Takashi Nishimura Flickr

Harborfest, an annual four-day event that brings more than 100,000 people to the city of Oswego, begins Thursday.

The Oswego Police Department says they are beefing up patrols to prepare for the influx of people and to try to keep everyone safe, but Police Chief Tory DeCaire says they always need extra help.

"We rely heavily on outside agencies and the law enforcement assistance that they provide," DeCaire explained. "We are going to have officers on foot, on bike, on ATVs, as well as marked police cars, and officers detailed at specific venues."

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7:19am

Tue July 22, 2014
Recreation

Residents along Erie Canal are rediscovering it via bike

Doug Kerr via Flickr

Many New Yorkers who live along the Erie Canal are rediscovering the waterway via long-distance bicycle trips.

The recreational trail along the canal is becoming a well-used resource by people living in towns that were built by the canal. And they’re spending money too.

A survey by Parks and Trails New York finds a million and a half people take to the Erie Canal Trail every year. A large majority, nearly 90 percent, of those are bikers.

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6:24am

Tue July 22, 2014
Technology

Syracuse's Tech Garden receives needed upgrade

Seth Mulligan, Tech Garden Innovation Services vice president, loading websites in an instant with the facility's new fiberoptic capacity.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Technological times have changed since the Tech Garden set up shop on Warren Street in Syracuse almost ten years ago.

Six months ago, the technical infrastructure at the Tech Garden was sadly lacking.

"The projection wasn’t widescreen, it wasn’t high-definition," said Seth Mulligan, Tech Garden Innovation Services vice president. "The Internet was crashing and it was slow.”

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6:24am

Tue July 22, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Preservation League announces new plans for old buildings

Rodgers Liquor Building in Albany
Jenna Flanagan Innovation Trail

Everything old is new again, so the saying goes. With that in mind, the Preservation League of New York State announced a plan to repurpose five vacant industrial buildings in the Capital region with the hopes of attracting young professionals and revitalizing communities.

The Industrial Heritage Reuse Project, or "trendy hipster bait," launched on Thursday in hopes of breathing new live into old buildings.

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6:23am

Tue July 22, 2014
Business

Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote

Novelis, an aluminum manufacturer, rolls the aluminum used in many vehicle models.
Gino Geruntino WRVO/file photo

Novelis Inc. is in federal court in Syracuse to defend itself against charges by the National Labor Relations Board. The case stems from allegations by the United Steelworkers Union that the Oswego aluminum manufacturer interfered with a vote by its workers to unionize.

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4:31pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Politics

Siena Poll finds Cuomo far ahead in governor's race, Common Core unpopular

Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads his Republican opponent by more than 35 points, with less than four months until Election Day.
Zack Seward WXXI

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

According to a recent Siena Research Institute poll, Cuomo is 37 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino.  The Democrat also has a high favorability rating, while 60 percent of voters have never heard of Astorino.

Candidates’ financial statements were released earlier this month, and Cuomo reported having $35 million, compared to Astorino’s $2.4 million in the bank.

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10:29am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Despite construction and ribbon cuttings, Syracuse lags in job creation

The recent groudbreaking of DeWitt's new nanotech center
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The sight of cranes in the air, and shovels in the ground abound in central New York this summer.  That doesn’t jive though, with the latest job figures from New York state that the Syracuse area continues to lose jobs at an alarming rate.

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7:48am

Mon July 21, 2014
Environment

A next step in Onondaga Lake restoration

Onondaga Lake.
borisvolodnikov Flickr

As the removal and capping of industrial pollutants in Onondaga Lake continues, planning for the next phase of restoration is beginning.

Honeywell’s dredging of the lake shore and wetlands restoration is meant to remediate and prevent further damage from chemicals dumped in and near the water. Now environmentalists are eyeing how to make Onondaga Lake useable again. 

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5:25am

Mon July 21, 2014
Education

Teachers union not ready to reverse no confidence vote in education commissioner

New York State Education Commissioner John King
Ryan Delaney WRVO/file photo

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.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York.  Magee ousted a three-term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.

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7:01pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Health

Ticks, mosquitoes, and hamburgers? Staying healthy during the summer

John Tann Flickr

You may have had your last cold a few months ago, but did you know that there are many ways you can get sick during the summer? Taking some time to familiarize yourself with summer illnesses before stepping outside can go a long way towards staying healthy this season.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Cynthia Morrow discusses summertime diseases in our area and how to avoid them.  Morrow is a public health physician and teaches public health and preventive medicine at Upstate Medical University.

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7:00pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Health

Make the negative positive, one step at a time

jmawork Flickr

Do you dwell on mistakes you’ve made throughout the day? Alternatively, maybe you forgive yourself quickly. Both of those tendencies are learned and trained behaviors, according to our guest this week.

This week on "Take Care," we spoke to Linnea Duvall. Duvall is a marriage and family therapist based in Santa Monica, California. She works to shift her patients' destructive self-talk from negative to positive.

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8:34am

Sat July 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

No bones about it, Utica College students learn more than anthropology in Albania

Students take an anthropology field course in Butrint National Park, Albania
Tom Crist WRVO

The shade of a palm tree is an unusual place for students from Utica College to take a class, but that’s where Tom Crist teaches his summer course in osteology -- the  study of bones.  

Standing at the head of a concrete picnic table recently, Crist carefully lifted a cranium—a human skull—from a plastic Ziploc bag.

“So you are meeting your first Butrint individual,” Crist told the students.  “This is from burial 1250 from area 19. You can see some of the orbital bone is broken away here. That is post-mortem loss."

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4:08pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Health

Cancer center in Syracuse opens, bringing new technology to the region

The exterior of Upstate Medical University's new cancer center.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A ceremony in Syracuse Friday launched the new face of cancer treatment in central New York. The Upstate Cancer Center is ready for patients, and assistant director Dick Kilburg says its innovative design merges nature and advanced cancer-fighting technology.  
 

"Basically what we’re doing with this facility is bringing all the services under one roof, and being able to offer patients what they deserve in this community," Kilburg said. "All the extra services that a cancer center should be offering.”

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9:43am

Fri July 18, 2014
Health

Why heroin is back

WRVO's recent forum on heroin included: Catherine Loper, WRVO News Director; Dr. Laura Martin, addiction specialist; Brad Finn, executive director of Prevention Network; and Ashley, a forum heroin addict and certified drug counselor
Lorraine Rapp WRVO

Heroin is the latest drug that is wreaking havoc in central and northern New York, and around the country. At a recent WRVO community health forum, WRVO a panel of regional experts discussed why so many people are becoming addicted to heroin and other opiates and what can be done about it.

As Brad Finn, the executive director of the Prevention Network in Syracuse says, heroin has always been around.

“Heroin when it came back recently is much more pure and it’s much less expensive than ever before.”

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5:55am

Fri July 18, 2014
Education

Brindisi continues push for new high school diploma

In an attempt to increase the number of New York high school graduates who are work ready, one state assemblyman is pushing for the approval of a new high-tech and manufacturing-based diploma. The goal is to help employers fill jobs with qualified graduates.

Although the state legislature won't return to Albany until January, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is getting an early start by promoting his bill to create a Career and Technical Education, or CTE, diploma.

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5:54am

Fri July 18, 2014
Regional Coverage

Syracuse could become temporary home for immigrant children

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse could be a potential landing spot for unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve been crossing the Mexican border in droves in recent months. Mayor Stephanie Miner is hoping a letter to the president can bring those kids to central New York sooner rather than later.

Miner is asking President Barack Obama to consider forming a partnership between Syracuse and the federal government to help with the humanitarian needs of the kids, who are waiting for deportation hearings.

She says dealing with immigrants in the past, and in the present, is in Syracuse’s blood.

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5:54am

Fri July 18, 2014
Politics and Government

Hochul explains past anti-immigration views

Kathy Hochul/Facebook

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul, is explaining why she now feels differently about undocumented immigrants. Hochul, the former Erie County clerk, once wanted to turn immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally over to federal authorities.

Hochul has been meeting privately with key Latino leaders since her nomination in May. She says it was a different time and place back in 2006, when she was Erie County clerk and opposed to then Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

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