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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7:47am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

Astorino says policy changes, hydrofracking can help upstate New York economy thrive

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego to talk about his policies.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego Tuesday to meet with supporters, including Assemblyman Will Barclay, to discuss his plans for office if elected. One of the many topics he covered was the need to regrow the upstate economy, including leveraging the region's residents and location to help spur economic development.

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4:55pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Politics

Gillibrand says she supports action against ISIS, wants reform in NFL

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Senate Democrats Flickr

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says she supports President Barack Obama's call for airstrikes in Syria. During a weekend appearance on CBS "Face the Nation," Gillibrand said the United States needs to take action against the militant group known as ISIS in Syria, but the U.S. needs to make intelligent decisions about how to do that.

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4:08pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Education

Schumer pushes for education grant to help train manufacturing employees

Sen. Charles Schumer.
Senate Democrats Flickr

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says New York has a lack of residents with the skills needed to fill jobs in the state's growing advanced manufacturing industry. That's why he says he's pushing for a $15 million federal grant to help 30 SUNY schools train people to fill those positions.

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8:55am

Mon September 8, 2014
Business

Schumer wants federal government to continue buying goods from non-profit employers

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants the federal General Services Administration to continue buying goods from non-profits that employ people with disabilities.
Ellen Abbott WRVO/file photo

The Central New York Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or CABVI, is one of many non-profits across the country losing revenues because the federal government is not fully complying with the law. The 1971 Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act requires the federal government to purchase certain products from non-profits that employ the blind and those with other disabilities.

Steve Gannon, the association’s director of development, says although the losses have an impact on some of the products the facility makes, there are large shortfalls nationwide.

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5:38am

Mon September 8, 2014
Business

Injunction filed against Novelis overturned in federal court

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

An injunction filed against Novelis Aluminum in Oswego to allow the United Steelworkers Union to represent the plant’s employees immediately and force the plant to bargain was denied by a federal court judge, who also ruled for the union in some respects.

In February, a vote on whether or not to unionize the plant failed by 14 votes. But the USW claimed Novelis had interfered with the vote.

Plant Manager Chris Smith says the ruling confirms what the company has been saying all along.

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5:48pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Regional Coverage

Rochester police officer killed; mayor, governor offer condolences

Daryl Pierson
Rochester Police Department

The name of a Rochester police officer who was shot and killed last night while pursuing a suspect has been released.

Daryl Pierson, 32, served with the Rochester Police Department for eight years and was an Army National Guard veteran who served in Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife and two young children. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said last night that the city will not forget Pierson's sacrifice.

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5:48am

Thu September 4, 2014
Education

Utica school district faces record number of students per classroom

woodleywonderworks Flickr

Students in the Utica City School District headed back to the classroom Thursday. In recent years, the city's school district has made several decisions to help close budget gaps, including cutting about 200 staff positions. The result has been an incremental increase of the number of students in each classroom, which has now reached an all-time high.

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7:43am

Mon September 1, 2014
Politics

Cahill calls on Schneiderman to return contributions tied to Moreland probe

John Cahill says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman should return some of the contributions given to himby donors who were targeted by the Moreland Comission's subpoenas.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

John Cahill, the Republican candidate for New York state attorney general was in Syracuse Thursday to call on current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to discuss his role in the now-defunct Moreland Act Commission and to return contributions he received from people and groups that were subpoenaed by the commission.

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6:40am

Mon September 1, 2014
Education

DiNapoli says SUNY schools still need to do more to comply with Clery Act

New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says SUNY's 29 state-operated colleges are doing a better job of reporting crimes on and around their campuses, but there is still more work to do. DiNapoli's office recently released an audit regarding the Clery Act, which he says was a follow up to an audit performed in 2008.
 

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7:00am

Sat August 30, 2014
Arts

Utica art museum brings Golden Age artists to central New York

Gino Geruntino WRVO

This summer, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is hosting an exhibition featuring some of the world's greatest European painters, from Rembrandt to Rubens, called The "Golden Age of European Painting."

It isn't long after stepping foot into the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute that one sees why the city of Utica is excited to show off its most recent art exhibit, including the "Portrait of Madame Adelaide."
 

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7:16am

Thu August 28, 2014
Business

State pension funds hits another all-time high

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state's estimated pension fund value has reached an all-time high, thanks to several factors.

"We've been benefiting obviously from the strong public markets, the stock market's been doing well and that's a significant part of our portfolio," DiNapoli said.

"So at the end of our first quarter -- and our fiscal year starts April 1 -- so at the end of the first quarter, which ended June 30, we were up to $180.7 billion. That is an historic high for us, so we're very, very pleased about the continued growth of the fund."

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3:35pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

Visitors to state fair could find lost money thanks to comptroller

Those visiting the New York State Fair might stumble into some money, thanks to the state comptroller and the Office of Unclaimed Funds.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says there's about $13 billion in lost money throughout the state.

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8:18am

Wed August 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

North Country lawmaker, group, working to save Fort Drum jobs

Soldiers participate in a homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. (file photo)
WRVO

Supporters of Fort Drum are coming out in full force to prevent the North Country installation from losing more soldiers. The fears come from the United States Army's proposal to reduce troop levels to pre-World War II numbers.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie's office has been working with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization to gather more than 9,000 signatures in support of keeping jobs at the base, which she says pumped about $1.4 billion into the local economy last year.

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6:57am

Mon August 25, 2014
Education

Beginning of college marks transition period for students and parents

Students leave their belongings on the sidewalk while they wait for help moving into their dorm rooms.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

As summer vacation comes to a close, many students will be heading back to school for the year. But for some parents, their children are leaving home for college. Parents and their kids both have their own worries about that day.

Jolie Cotner recently graduated from high school and is attending SUNY Oswego for her freshman year. Her family lives several hours away in Rockland County, but Cotner says being away from home isn't going to be an issue.

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12:18pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum hosts open-house to discuss proposed missile defense site

A small crowd gathered at Carthage High School to learn more about a proposed missile site that could be built at Fort Drum.
Gino Geruntino

Fort Drum near Watertown is one of a handful of sites being considered as an East Coast missile defense site. A meeting was held Tuesday at Carthage High School to gauge the community's interest on the potential project.

Lt. Col. Chris Snipes, with the Missile Defense Agency, says the study being performed right now looks at a variety of factors when it comes to where the prospective site might go.

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6:45am

Tue August 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Central, northern New York getting access to 211 phone service

Aiden Flickr

In January, all of New York state will be involved with the 211 call service. The plan is to reduce the number of calls to 911, while helping those who need assistance get help.

Brenda Episcopo, executive director of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, says the service is a mix of 911 and 411.

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5:40pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Politics

Utica councilman calls for public safety review

At least one member of Utica's Common Council is calling for the city's public safety commissioner to perform a top-down review of the city's safety policies, saying a rise in gun crime and the heroic actions of two residents are a call for change.

Councilman Joe Marino presented his request during a meeting last week and is calling on Mayor Robert Palmieri, who also serves as the city's public safety commissioner, to provide the council with a full review.

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11:55am

Mon August 18, 2014
Business

Port of Oswego says increase in aluminum shipments puts it on pace for record season

The Port of Oswego says its seeing huge gains this season. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO File

The Port of Oswego says its working toward a record year, thanks to an increase in shipments of aluminum coming in through the St. Lawrence Seaway for use at Oswego's Novelis aluminum plant.

Port Director Zelko Kirincich says it's been a great year, and that the facility is expecting to receive about 20 barges of aluminum from facilities in Quebec and Ontario.

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5:19pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Regional Coverage

Law enforcement agencies perform security exercise on Lake Ontario

A U.S. Coast Guard boat pulls into the Oswego Coast Guard station.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Members from about 20 different federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and Canada were on Lake Ontario today to take part in a full-scale security and preparedness exercise.

Dale Currier, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, says today's exercise dealt with the loss of a commercial radiation source being brought in from Canada, and could have been used in a dirty bomb if it fell into the wrong hands.
 

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6:45am

Fri August 15, 2014
Health

SUNY Oswego prepares for Tobacco Free 2015

Fried Dough Flickr

SUNY Oswego is joining a growing number of colleges in the United States going smoke free on campus.

The college will be completely tobacco-free starting Jan. 1, according to Jerald Woolfolk with SUNY Oswego.

She says the plan allows for students and faculty to police themselves like they would at other smoke-free places, like hospitals and shopping centers.

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4:18pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Education

Utica school district receives delay for extended school day program

xMizLitx Flickr

The Utica City School District is delaying a plan to make the school day longer in order to gather more input from teachers, parents and students.

The district was supposed to extend the school day in five schools this fall, stretching the average student's day by about 25 percent. But Superintendent Bruce Karam says the district only had about seven weeks to come up with a plan and needed more time.

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7:44am

Thu August 14, 2014
Health

SUNY throws support behind proposed campus sexual assault bill

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The State University of New York system is the first to support a proposed bill that would strengthen rules to protect students from sexual assault.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Manhattan Wednesday to announce SUNY's support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Gillibrand has been a lead backer of the bill, which would ensure minimum training standards for campus employees and would require colleges and universities to perform annual surveys to keep records of sexual assault cases.

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5:06pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Politics

Judge rules Teachout eligible to run in Democratic primary against Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout.
Michael Johnson Flickr

An attempt by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's supporters to get his Democratic primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, off of next month's ballot has been thwarted.

Teachout has been declared eligible to run on the ballot next month. A Brooklyn judge issued the decision Monday afternoon, quashing arguments made by Cuomo supporters who say Teachout did not met New York's five-year residency requirement. They argued that she had a Vermont driver's license until this spring and spent the majority of her time there.

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6:46am

Mon August 11, 2014
Education

SUNY Oswego receives state approval for Start-Up NY program

SUNY Oswego will soon begin accepting plans from prospective companies who would like to partner with the campus.
SUNY Oswego/Facebook

Eight months after submitting its first draft proposal for the Start-Up NY Program, SUNY Oswego can finally start approving prospective businesses that would like to create jobs on its campus.

Pam Caraccioli, with SUNY Oswego, says the college is targeting technology-based companies, including those working in robotics, computers and high-tech manufacturing.

“That’s been our goal from the beginning,” Caraccioli said. “To really, really try to tie into the industry sectors that are also being targeted by the economic development leaders in our entire region.”

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4:19pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Health

Volney gets federal funding to build new water main

Joe Shlabotnik Flickr

The Oswego County town of Volney will receive about $2 million in federal grants and loans to help build new water lines for about 100 homes and get them on the public water system.

Town Supervisor Dennis Lockwood says right now those residents are using wells, which don't always provide the cleanest water.

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5:56am

Fri August 8, 2014
Environment

USGS commissions, christens new research vessel

The newly commissioned R/V Kaho will be used for research on Lake Ontario.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The United States Geological Survey has added a new research vessel to its Great Lakes fleet, which will help monitor the health of Lake Ontario.

The new boat replaces a boat that was in use for fifty years and was finally decommissioned a couple years ago. The Research Vessel Kaho, which means searcher or hunter in Ojibwe, was commissioned and christened in Oswego Wednesday morning, even though it's been in use since last year.

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10:11am

Tue August 5, 2014
Regional Coverage

Former Altmar clerk-treasurer sentenced to prison time

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli talks about Margaret Bailey's theft and sentencing during a visit to Oswego County.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The former clerk and treasurer of the dissolved village of Altmar was able to get away with theft for five years, mainly because there was no system of internal controls within the village board, according to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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6:47am

Tue August 5, 2014
Regional Coverage

Rally held in Oswego to support Gary Thibodeau

Amanda Crawford speaks during a rally to raise awareness for her uncle, Gary Thibodeau.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

A small crowd gathered near downtown Oswego Monday morning in support of Gary Thibodeau, who they believe was wrongly convicted of kidnapping 18-year-old Heidi Allen from a convenience store 20 years ago.

More than two dozen people held signs along Route 104 in Oswego, urging motorists to honk if they believe Gary Thibodeau should be free. Thibodeau's brother, Richard, and niece Amanda Crawford organized Monday's "Gary the Innocent" rally to make people aware of what Crawford calls an injustice.
 

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4:39pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Environment

Two-hour course teaches people emergency survival

A member of the New York National Guard speaks to a large crowd at SUNY Oswego.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Sheldon Ballroom at SUNY Oswego was packed to capacity recently, as residents learned how to survive on their own in the case of an emergency.

As visitors watched a PowerPoint presentation, a member of the New York National Guard explained to them the types of disasters that could devastate a community like Oswego. It's this kind of preparation that Master Sgt. Peter Towse, with the National Guard, says can help someone in the case of an emergency.
 

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4:27pm

Fri August 1, 2014
Politics

Proposed changes to Cooperstown accommodation law target nuisance B&Bs

Ken Curtis Flickr

The village of Cooperstown is floating the idea of changing its tourism accommodation law, targeting nine businesses that it says were grandfathered into the village's current rule.

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz says the law requires people renting out their homes to visitors to stay on site so that the property is monitored. But the nine businesses don't have to follow the law.

Recently, Katz says disturbances at several of those non-conforming businesses have caused year-round residents to complain.

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