Oswego, NY – The feud between Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno and Governor Spitzer has escalated. Bruno is calling for an investigation into whether the freshman governor engaged in political espionage over use of state aircraft. Bruno issued this statement to reporters on Thursday. ( Spitzer's office denies there was any spying but is also calling for an investigation to settle the conflict)
Oswego, New York – A candidate running for Onondaga County Executive has announced a nine-point plan aimed at returning money to taxpayers and providing fiscal stability to county government.
WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with Chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature Dale Sweetland.
Sweetland is being challenged by Joanie Mahoney for the County Executive position. Democratic candidates, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Ed Ryan are also seeking to succeed Nicholas Pirro who retires at the end of the year.
Syracuse, NY – The M-&-T Syracuse Jazz Fest takes place June 29 to July 1st. The annual event is now 25-years old. Frank Malfitanto is the festival founder and executive producer. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – Prayer vigils and prayer patrols are returning to the streets of Syracuse to help stem the bloodshed that appears to be getting worse among some of the city's young people. The Reverend Larry, Pastor of God's Way Church of Jesus, is the organizer of the annual event. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to him about causes and what can be done to break the cycle of violence.
Oswego, NY – An environmental group is urging the New York State to prohibit the burning of garbage in barrels or refuse heaps. The practice is common in rural areas. The group says "opening burning" is contaminating the food supply with dioxin and other toxic particles. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Cancer Action's Donald Hassig about the issue.
Oswego, New York – Advocates for pay equity in New York have delivered over 2,000 petition signatures to Governor Spitzer and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno in an effort to protect women and minorities from pay discrimination.
WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with New York State Pay Equity Coalition's Education Coordinator, Barbara Smith about the legislation she is pushing for.
Oswego. NY – Expand,explore,experience and express are the watchwords for a new program in Oswego County that is reaching out to 13-to-16-year olds. Dubbed "Project X" by its founders, Matt Wood and Gina Holsopple, the program invites its participants to a retreat-like setting to produce an audible work of their own creation as a personal growth experience. WRVO's Mark Lavonier met with members of "Project X" and prepared this report.
Syracuse, NY – A peace demonstration against the Iraq war takes place this afternoon in downtown Syracuse. The event is much different than other anti-war demonstrations -- this one involves children who are part of the Syracuse Community Choir. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to one of the participants - 13-year old Leyana Dessauer.
Oswego, NY – The Central New York Food Bank is distributing "Bucket Gardens" to help encourage healthy eating. The buckets consist of a bucket filled with soil planted with a tomato seedling. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked the food bank's Jessica Garay to explain the program.
Oswego, New York – Much focus has been given this year to the deplorable healthcare treatment soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were receiving. Most disturbing were the stories of soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Oswego County-area had its own personal story with the struggle faced by Joe Godfrey jr., a 24-year-old who suffered from PTSD when he returned from Iraq, only to be murdered months later as he struggled to get the help he needed from the US military.
Oswego, New York – It's that time of year when Central New Yorkers start to see tent caterpillars invading trees and eating leaves.
WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with Senior Forester with the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation's Forest Health Program Jason Denim about the forest pests...how they are affecting trees and what people can do about them.
Syracuse, NY – 12 of Central New York's top artists and art educators gathered recently at Syracuse University to lead lessons and workshops on figurative drawing. For many older artists, the genre remains popular, but for the younger generation, it's a much different story. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski reports.
Syracuse, NY – Nuclear power critics say the U-S Energy Department is developing plans to ship high-level nuclear waste through Syracuse. The Green Party of New York, the Syracuse Peace Council and the Central New York Citizens Awareness Network raised the issue today. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the Green Party's Howie Hawkins about the issue.
Hamilton, NY – Former ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff survived serious brain injuries that he suffered less than a year-and-a-half ago when a roadside bomb nearly killed him while reporting in Iraq. Woodruff and his wife, Lee, were the commencement speakers at Colgate University where both graduated more than two decades ago. The tow urged Colgate graduates to open to life's surprises. WRVO has this sampling of what they said.
(Visit Colgate University's website www.colgate.edu for the entire speech)
Syracuse, NY – The State Senate Republican Majority wants to tap into a special state fund to help revive Upstate New York's struggling economy. State Senator John Defrancisco is among the co-sponsors. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, New York – New yorkers head to the polls today to vote on local school district budgets. The voting comes after state officials directed hundreds of millions of dollars in additional spending to schools. That has left some questioning whether schools have done enough to control spending and reduce taxes. WRVO's Richard Annal has more.....