Gino Geruntino

Reporter/Morning Edition Producer, WRVO Public Media

Gino Geruntino serves as morning news producer and reporter for WRVO. He graduated in 2011 from Utica College with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Prior to coming to WRVO, Gino worked as an evening anchor and night-side reporter for WIBX in Utica, where he won two New York State Broadcasters Association awards for outstanding feature reporting.

When he isn’t producing newscasts or covering the region, Gino is an avid fan of baseball and football, and can often be found talking about sports.

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7:39am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

Voters to decide fate of Oswego's property tax cap proposal

Members of the Oswego Dept. of Public Works wait to see if the 2014 budget is passed. The department was prepared for major cuts to its staff, but the jobs were saved.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

On Tuesday the city of Oswego will decide whether it wants to bring back a five percent property tax cap, but many of the city's elected officials warn that it could come with some unintended consequences.

The proposed property tax cap would force Oswego to keep any tax increases to less than five percent. If the city raises taxes more than that, Oswego residents would have to vote to approve the budget. If that fails, the city must reduce the budget to keep the increase below the threshold.

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4:35pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Regional Coverage

Rock salt supplies are down, and prices are up

A scene from last winter in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Last year's long winter is still fresh in the minds of many upstate New Yorkers. But for local governments, the above average snowfall left behind a bigger problem than bad memories -- depleted supplies of road salt.

When Oswego County started looking for rock salt for this upcoming winter season, purchasing director Daniel Stevens says the county discovered it would have to pay more than normal in order to replenish its stockpile.

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7:01am

Wed October 29, 2014
Environment

Gillibrand wants plastic microbeads removed from personal care products

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) discusses the impact of microbeads on the environment. Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen (left) and Port of Oswego Board Chairman Terry Hammill (right) attended.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

They are in products people use every day to help get grime off their hands, keep their faces acne free and even make their teeth pearly white. But environmentalists and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) say plastic microbeads are polluting the country's lakes and streams.

While standing in front of Lake Ontario, Gillibrand announced her push to get companies to remove microbeads from personal care products like hand soap, facial scrubs and toothpaste, citing the harmful effects they have on the environment.

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9:15am

Tue October 28, 2014
Politics

Siena poll shows Republicans leading in 21st and 24th Congressional Districts

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With only a week left until Election Day, the Republicans running in two of upstate New York's historically more contested districts lead their Democratic opponents, according to newly released polls.

The 24th Congressional District showed the most dramatic shift in favor of the Republican. A Syracuse.com/Post-Standard/Siena College poll released early Tuesday, shows Republican John Katko with a ten point lead over Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei. Katko was down eight points when the last poll came out Sept. 21.

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3:08pm

Mon October 27, 2014

5:30am

Mon October 27, 2014
Politics

Maffei, Katko make last-minute efforts to get voters to the polls

Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei (left) and Republican John Katko (right) are running to represent the 24th Congressional District, which includes four counties.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The race to represent the 24th Congressional District has been marked largely by negative campaign ads, character attacks and a variety of powerful politicians coming to central New York. With eight days before Election Day, Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko are now making their final pushes to attract prospective voters.

The national political parties have invested money and sent party leaders to stump for their candidates in the district, which has flip-flopped between going Republican and Democrat in recent elections.

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6:27am

Fri October 24, 2014
Education

Utica City School District rejects state funding for extra classroom time

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The Utica City School District's Board of Education unanimously rejected $4.1 million in state funding to extend the school day in five city schools.

The grant would have allowed the the school district to increase classroom time by 25 percent. An additional hour and a half would have been tacked onto the end of the school day from Monday through Thursday, and summer classes would have been added. District officials hoped extra learning time would raise Common Core test scores.

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5:16am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Final debate held in race to fill open North Country congressional seat

From left, Matt Funiciello, Elise Stefanik, and Aaron Woolf at the WWNY-TV studios in Watertown.

Gun control was one of the topics the three candidates running for the North Country's open congressional seat discussed during their final debate of the election season, hosted by WWNY-TV in Watertown. Both Republican Elise Stefanik and Democrat Aaron Woolf agree the New York SAFE Act is flawed.

Woolf says there needs to be a discussion about sensible gun control, and that mental health should be looked at, starting in schools.

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5:56pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

Hochul touts Cuomo's economic record during upstate visit

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at a gathering of supporters in Oswego.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate this fall, former Buffalo-area Rep. Kathy Hochul, says the governor's initiatives, including Start-Up NY and the establishment of ten regional economic development councils, have helped spur additional growth in all areas, particularly upstate.

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6:06am

Tue October 21, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County Legislature enters budget season

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The Oswego County Legislature is trying to cut costs and raise revenues in an attempt to balance its budget and keep taxes from rising.

Oswego County Administrator Philip Church recently presented to legislators his proposed 2015 budget, which includes a nearly seven percent property tax hike.

According to Church, that means 50 cents extra per $1,000 of assessed home value, or about $47.25 for the average $94,500 home.

He says increased costs for county employee benefits have helped contribute to the tax increase.

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5:56pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Education

SUNY Oswego Media Summit brings industry leaders to campus to discuss digital revolution

Al Roker (left) answers questions before joining a Media Summit panel.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Digital platforms are revolutionizing today's media. That was the topic for today's annual SUNY Oswego Media Summit held by SUNY Oswego.

The university brought in several stars of the media world, including author Ken Auletta and public broadcasting host and PBS and CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose. The media summit is meant to give broadcasting students at the university exposure to leaders in the field, as well as discuss issues of the day.

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7:12am

Tue October 14, 2014
Education

Cayuga Community College rebuilds fund balance, outlines future

Cayuga Community College has several plans for its Fulton campus.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

This time last year, Cayuga Community College had serious financial issues. Now the college's bank accounts are increasing and CCC is set to grow in other ways.

During a recent Oswego County Legislature meeting, Cayuga Community College's Interim President Gregory DeCinque says the college has shown growth since he took over nine months ago.

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4:03pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Politics

Maffei, Katko battle for voters in tight congressional race

Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei (left) and Republican John Katko (right) are running to represent the 24th Congressional District, which includes four counties, including Onondaga County.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei and his Republican challenger John Katko are locked into a tight race that will determine who represents the Syracuse-area's 24th Congressional District in Congress.

Maffei says he knew the race would be close.

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6:40am

Mon October 13, 2014
Politics and Government

Oswego plans for much quieter tax season compared to 2013

Oswego Common Coucil members talk during a meeting. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Property owners in the city of Oswego were hammered last year with a 43 percent property tax increase. But this year, the city's mayor says he expects a much more pleasant result for the city's taxpayers, citing several positive changes in the city.

Nearly one year ago, Mayor Tom Gillen and the Oswego Common Council were heavily criticized for their passage of the massive tax hike.

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5:17pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Politics

Katko, Maffei tackle heroin, synthetic drug use in different ways

Republican congressional candidate John Katko stands with members of the Oswego County Legislature, Assemblyman Will Barclay, and Teresa Woolson, whose son died after using synthetic marijuana.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Both candidates running to represent the 24th Congressional District want to prevent heroin and synthetic drug use in New York, but have different ways of doing it.

Republican candidate John Katko says he has a twofold approach to address the issue.

"It's targeted enforcement, beefed up targeted enforcement about the heroin and synthetic drug problem, through the enhancement of task forces," Katko said. "So that's basically what this plan is about."

Katko proposes to increase law enforcement funding and manpower, and expand treatment options.

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5:42am

Thu October 9, 2014
Politics

Oswego city councilor changes parties, gives endorsement to Katko

Republican John Katko is running against Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei to represent New York's 24th Congressional District. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Oswego Common Council Vice President Eric Van Buren has switched parties, and is endorsing Republican congressional candidate John Katko in his race against incumbent Democrat Rep. Dan Maffei.

Van Buren, the former Oswego City Democratic Committee chairman, released a statement Wednesday morning saying he made the decision after much thought and consideration.

Katko says he's happy to receive Van Buren's support, and that it's a sign of ongoing change in the region.

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6:41am

Wed October 8, 2014
Politics

Mahoney throws support behind Cuomo in new political ad

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says Gov. Andrew Cuomo has helped upstate New York grow.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the support of several high profile Republicans, including Larry Rockefeller. But in a newly released campaign ad that started airing Tuesday, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is publicly giving the governor her endorsement for reelection.

"I'm a Republican and I'm supporting Gov. Cuomo," Mahoney said in the 30 second commercial. "We can't afford to go back to the way things were. Let's keep New York moving forward with Andrew Cuomo."

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4:26pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Politics

Woolf says he is in tune with North Country voters, but still trails Stefanik in polls

Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate running to represent the North Country's 21st Congressional District, says his focus is "laser sharp" and tailored to the North Country.
Julia Botero WRVO

Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate running to represent the North Country's 21st Congressional District, says he plans to show the divide between himself and his Republican opponent Elise Stefanik during Wednesday night's debate.

"The very fact that she has been less forthcoming with the press, to put it mildly, lately, means that this is really a very crucial opportunity for us to make sure she's on the record and being as specific as we've asked her to be," Woolf explained to reporters during a conference call Tuesday.

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6:02am

Tue October 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego Renaissance Association promotes both civic and neighborhood investments

Catharine Early sits in her new outdoor patio. The stone area was one of several projects Early completed this summer.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Residents living in the city of Oswego have been making small changes to the exteriors of their houses in an effort to beautify neighborhoods. The goal of the program isn't just to restore property values, but to restore pride as well.

Catharine Early has lived in her home on the corner of West Third St. for about eight years. But it wasn't until this summer that she took action to repair an old retaining wall near the side of her house.

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2:51pm

Fri October 3, 2014
Politics

Candidates for Onondaga County sheriff weigh in on inmate treatment, SAFE Act

The Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Since its passage in January 2013, the New York SAFE Act has been a topic of discussion for law enforcement officials across the state, including the two candidates running to replace outgoing Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

While speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO's Campbell Conversations, Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley expressed concerns with the gun control law, and neither threw their full support behind it.

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5:11pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Education

Cuomo announces new anti-sexual assault measures on SUNY campuses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (center) introduces his multi-pronged sexual assault program to the SUNY Board of Trustees. The policy must be put into action at each of the state's 64 college campuses within 60 days.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees to urge them to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campuses.

Cuomo convinced the board to adopt the new policy that helps prevent sexual assault. It includes a uniform definition of what it means to consent to sexual activity, amnesty for students who report an assault or rape, and a new sexual assault victims’ bill of rights.

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4:05pm

Wed October 1, 2014
Politics

Candidates for governor disagree on upstate New York economic recovery

Downtown Buffalo, NY.
Ken Lund Flickr

With less than five weeks to go until Election Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says upstate New York is much improved economically from when he came into office four years ago.

Cuomo said the impact of large-scale investments throughout upstate, including the famed "Buffalo Billion," designed to create thousands of jobs in the western portion of the state, are rejuvenating the economy.

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6:14am

Wed October 1, 2014
Education

SUNY Oswego receives $2.9 million to promote higher education

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SUNY Oswego is one of only 24 colleges and universities in the United States to receive a portion of $75 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Education that are meant to help make higher education possible for more students. The college plans to use its share of the grant to promote education throughout the region.

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8:08pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Hawkins open to all credible candidates debating, but wants criteria in place

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says every debate leading up to the fall election should be televised statewide and that he should be included.

During a teleconference with reporters Tuesday morning, Hawkins said his poll numbers make him a credible candidate.

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3:28pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Regional Coverage

Port of Oswego says expansion will not block access to shoreline

Lake Ontario seen from a small parking area on Oswego's eastern shoreline.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Port of Oswego has spent the summer replacing rail lines and creating a rail yard east of its main site in Oswego to help the facility continue its planned expansion. But the project has some Oswego residents worried that those changes could prevent them from visiting a stretch of shoreline along Lake Ontario that has been accessible for years.

Rocco Saya created a Facebook page to gather supporters of an openly accessible shoreline. He says the Port of Oswego has not fully communicated its intentions for the area with citizens.

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4:36pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo ahead in governor's race, but new poll shows weakness

The New York state Capitol building.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

A new poll finds that six weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent, but the governor’s job performance rating has hit an all-time low.

The Siena Research Institute poll finds Cuomo continues to be around 30 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, leading 56 to 27 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received seven percent.

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6:15am

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics

Picente elected president of statewide county organization

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente was elected president of te New York State Association of Counties. Maggie Brooks, Monroe County executive, was elected vice president.
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The New York State Association of Counties has a new president and he hails from the Mohawk Valley.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente was unanimously selected as the organization's next president, and will replace Steuben County Manager Mark Alger.

Picente says during his one-year tenure as president, he wants to address issues like unfunded mandates and help educate residents statewide about their county governments.

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3:48pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Politics

Oneida County Executive upset with Astorino comments on Nano Utica

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during a recent visit to Oswego. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has been traveling the state criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempts to invest money in parts of New York to spur economic development. During a recent interview with Utica radio station WIBX, Astorino called the Mohawk Valley's $1.5 billion Nano Utica project "smoke and mirrors." Astorino also said the Mohawk Valley is not really experiencing an economic recovery.

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5:02pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego revokes Brookfield's right to post warning signs along Oswego River

The Oswego Common Council removed Brookfield Renewable Power's right to post warning signs along a portion of the Oswego River.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The city of Oswego is taking the first step toward restoring peace and quiet to residents living near the Oswego River.

Last night, the Oswego Common Council voted unanimously to terminate an agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy allowing the company to post warning signs. Brookfield also uses an alert system with sirens meant to warn fisherman about rising water levels near a dam that the company operates. Homeowners say the sirens are too loud and go off too frequently, including one resident who said he can't open his windows because of the frequent noise.

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4:52pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Politics

Hawkins polling well in Syracuse, hampers Cuomo's lead over Astorino

Howie Hawkins is running for governor this fall as a Green Party candidate. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Green Party's Howie Hawkins might be lagging in the race for New York state governor, but in Syracuse he's getting much higher poll numbers than the rest of the state.

According to a recently released Syracuse.com/Post-Standard,/Siena College Research Institute poll, Hawkins is supported by nearly one out of every four voters in the city of Syracuse.

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