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Oswego, New York – A task force aimed at monitoring the water levels at the Hinckley Reservoir is expected to meet for the first time.

The group, comprised of several state agencies...including the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, was formed in a response to the recent water crisis in Oneida County that lasted over two weeks.

The Water Authority's Executive Director, Patrick Becher, spoke with WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher.

Oswego, NY – The State Association of convenience stores is sharply critical today of Governor Spitzer's decision to drop plans to collect sales taxes on cigarettes and gasoline sold by Native American merchants to non-Indians.

The decision reneges on Spitzer's campaign promise last year and will result in the loss of an estimated 200 million dollars to the state.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the President of the Convenience Store Association....Jim Calvin.

Oswego, NY – Governor Spitzer's Assistant Secretary for Public Safety is making the rounds -- speaking out in favor of his newly revised plan to allow illegal immigrants obtain New York driver's licenses.
Denise O'Donnell spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.

Oswego, NY – In what might be the sharpest rebuke yet of Governor Spitzer's license plan for illegal immigrants, two Western New York county clerks say they will comply with the Governor's order. But illegal immigrants, who apply for a license at their DMV offices, face the risk of being arrested for violating US immigration law.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to one of the clerks, Erie County's Kathleen Hochul.

Oswego, NY – More county clerks across the state say they'll refuse to comply with Governor Spitzer's license plan, which will make it easier for undocumented workers to obtain driver's licenses.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the President of the State County Clerks Association, Kathleen Marchione, about the controversy.

Oswego, NY – Both sides on the death penalty believe the debate over the issue in New York is over now that the state court of appeals refused to consider its 2004 ruling that nullified New York's capital punishment law.

David Kaczynski is the Executive Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the death penalty opponent.

10/26/07 – Visitors to Oswego's Harbor will notice something unusual, huge piles of road salt on both sides of the Oswego River on property owned by the Port Authority of Oswego. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski filed this report.

10/24/07 – Peter Sagal's credits include being a playwright, actor, travel writer, essayist, screenwriter and he is most well-known for being host of NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me."

He's now also the author of a new book, "The Book of Vice. Very Naughty Things (And How To Do Them)." WRVO's Kate Percival had the opportunity to talk with Sagal, and asked him why he chose this particular subject.

Oswego, New York – A Civil rights organization is commending the state Senate for their efforts to prevent racist acts.

Khalid Bey is a spokesman for the Syracuse Chapter of the National Action Network...he spoke to WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher.

Oswego, NY – School aid in New York State could top more than $20 Billion for the first time.
The State Board of Regents is proposing a nearly $2 Billion increase in school aid for the 2008-09 fiscal year.
The Director of a conservative think-tank has some reservations about the spending. E-J McMahon of the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center for New York State Policy spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.

Oswego, New York – A proposed doctor ranking system is coming under fire from the state Attorney General and a statewide group of physicians.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher reports.

Syracuse, NY – Onondaga Lake had been labeled one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation.
But as the Onondaga Lake Partnership holds its annual meeting, officials are expected to report that significant progress has been made to clean up the lake from decades of municipal and industrial pollution.
25th District Congressman Jim Walsh spoke to Chris Ulanowski about the clean up progress.

Oswego, NY – Hunger advocates in New York State are gearing up for a busy month.
In recognition of World Food Day, events will raise awareness about hunger in the world and New York State. WRVO's Katherine Harrington reports.

Oswego, New York – Several state agencies are working to address water emergency management protocol in response to Oneida County's recent water crisis.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher reports.

Oswego, NY – New York State Assembly Republicans are stepping up their opposition to Governor Spitzer's executive order that will allow undocumented workers to obtain New York State driver's license.
They unveiled a "County Clerks' Protection Act." WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Assembly Minority leader James Tedisco about the latest development.

Oswego, New York – The agency that operates New York State's canal system is closing the navigation season a week earlier than planned because of dry conditions. WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher has more.

Oswego, NY – The Bush Administration's decision to designate New York as one of two locations for a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor is coming under fire from New York's elected officials.
The move would pave the way for New York Regional Interconnect's plan to build a high-voltage power line from Utica to the New York City region.
Community groups are also reacting. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Paul Miller -- a member of "Communities Against Regional Interconnect.

Oswego, New York – Presidential hopeful Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has gained the support of the American Federation of Teachers and the New York State United Teachers Union.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke to NYSUT President and an AFT Vice President, Richard Iannuzzi about the endorsement.

Oswego, NY – In a speech at Fordham University, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer accused Republicans of using what he calls "the politics of fear and selfishness" for criticizing his order to allow illegal immigrants and his support for a popular children's healthcare program.
Here's an excerpt.

Oswego, New York – A major upstate health insurer is working to reward its members for taking an active role in their health.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield spokesman, Mark Ruszczyk explains the new "HealthyBlue" plan to WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher.

Oswego, New York – A National policy debate is taking place over a popular healthcare program for children.

Many Democrats and Republicans alike are pitted against President Bush over funding for the State Children's Healthcare Program or SCHIP.

Northern New York Congressman John McHugh is a supporter is SCHIP...as he explains to WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher.

Syracuse, NY – Joanie Mahoney has declared victory in the Republican race for Onondaga County Executive.
A recount and a count of absentee and military ballots gave Mahoney a 21 vote advantage over fellow Republican Dale Sweetland.
WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the G-O-P
candidate about her win.

Oswego, New York – SUNY's Upstate Medical University is planning a major expansion.

Upstate officials are proposing a $510 million dollar project that would expand the academic medical center by increasing research facilities, academic space and student housing.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with Upstate's President, Dr. David Smith.

Oswego, New York – New Yorkers are being asked to show solidarity with the "Jena Six." They're the six African American teenagers charged with attacking a white classmate following a racial incident at their school in Lasalle...Parish louisiana.

Khalid Bey is a spokesman for the Syracuse Chapter of the National Action Network. He discussed the "Jena Six" case with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.

Oswego, New York – A State Senate Committee investigating the so-called "Troopergate scandal" is gearing up to meet for another public hearing.

Republican George Winner of Elmira is the committee's Chairman. He spoke to WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher about the widening probe.

The rundown for Monday's playhouse on the WRVO Stations

Oswego, NY – 1010 Chandu the Magician: In the Pyramid with Nadji, 7/15/48, MBS

1030 Suspense: Green Idol, Parker Fennelly, 9/17/61, CBS

1100 Mr. And Mrs. North: Operation Murder, 9/17/54, AFRS

1130 Line-Up: Bill Johnstone, 9/17/52, CBS

Oswego, New York – The New York State Bar Association is working to reform local municipal courts.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with State Bar Association President, Kathryn Madigan.

Madigan testified at a public hearing called by the Special Commission of the Future of the Courts last week, and explains her efforts.

Oswego, New York – About 500 people are expected to attend the "I Live NY" summit in Cortland...to discuss ways to keep young professionals from leaving the upstate region for better job opportunities elsewhere in the nation.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with New York's first lady...Silda Wall Spitzer...who is hosting the conference.

Wall Spitzer explains what she hopes to achieve from the summit.

Oswego, New York – An Upstate Congressman, previously in favor of the war, says he now supports a withdrawal of American troops.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with Congressman Jim Walsh, New York's 25th Congressional District Representative.

Oswego, New York – As the State Legislature gears up to return to session, a marijuana policy reform organization is stepping up efforts...urging state senators to pass a medical marijuana bill.

WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with the Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, Bruce Mirken.

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