2016 election

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Voters in Utica supported the common council's plan to pave every road in the city in a referendum on Election Day with 60 percent of the vote. Now, Utica leaders are preparing to embark on the ambitious 15-year project, which is expected to cost $75 million. Tuesday's referendum asked voters to increase how much Utica is obligated to spend annually on its roads, from $2 million to $5 million. Councilman Joe Marino, who has led the effort, said the city will pay for the increased pending with...

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Scriba's residents have resoundingly defeated a referendum that would have allowed the town's officials to replace the highway superintendent. The proposed law would have changed the job from an elected position to an appointed one. The campaign was an effort by some town officials to fire highway superintendent Michael Barry, who was elected in 2015 after being arrested for drunk driving. Scriba Supervisor Ken Burdick had argued that the town's voters were duped because they did not find out...

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Unofficial election results show a slight increase in turnout among New Yorkers this year as compared to 2012, but turnout in many northern and central New York counties decreased.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward President-elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un-New York” in the final days of the campaign. Cuomo, in the final days of the campaign, stumped for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in New York state, and heavily criticized Donald Trump. “In truth, Trump is un-New York,” Cuomo said. “Everything the man stands for is the exact opposite that this state stands for.” Trump, like Cuomo is a Queens native. Cuomo, speaking in...

NPR Politics Podcast radio special

Nov 9, 2016

This Sunday, join WRVO for a special one-hour edition of the NPR Politics Podcast, on-air. We'll wrap up the week's events and talk about where things go from here. The central questions: "What just happened?" and "Now what?" Political reporter Sam Sanders will be joined by senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving, political editor Domenico Montenaro, White House correspondent Scott Horsley and Tamara Keith, along with political reporters Sarah McCammon, Scott Detrow, Asma Khalid and more....

Brian Mann / NCPR

Rep. Elise Stefanik stormed her way to a second term last night. The Republican from Willsboro won the North Country’s congressional seat by more than 90,000 votes in unofficial returns. The Democrat and the Green in the race were both handed stinging defeats. Jubilation in Glens Falls It was a jubilant and confident night in a packed ballroom at the Queensbury Hotel as a beaming Elise Stefanik greeted volunteers and supporters after winning every single North Country county – often by...

New York State Senate

Democrats had hoped to make inroads into the New York State Senate. But preliminary results show the Republicans gaining one seat to hold a razor-thin 32-seat majority. Despite a corruption scandal among Republicans on Long Island, incumbent GOP senators apparently kept their seats, and won an open seat formerly held by a Republican. In close races in the Hudson Valley, GOP candidates also held on, and in a western New York swing district that includes portions of the Buffalo area,...

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Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell overcame a rematch challenge from Republican John Byrne to hold on to her seat in the 116th Assembly District. She defeated Byrne 53 percent to 47 percent, or by roughly 2,500 votes, in unofficial returns. The district runs from Cape Vincent to Massena along the St. Lawrence River. Russell was seen as vulnerable after having nearly lost to Byrne two years ago. Russell's supporters gathered inside a new business in downtown Watertown -- and indoor...

Thanks for joining WRVO online for election coverage. Current election returns and final results will be available on this page throughout the night. The races we're covering include: U.S. Senate; 21st , 22nd , 23rd, and 24th Congressional districts; 51st and 54th Senate district races; the 101st, 116th , 125th, 126th and 127th Assembly districts; and the race for the City of Syracuse Councilor-at-Large.

It was Nov. 4, 2008. My birthday. Election Day. I made my way uptown to Harlem, where my friend Rakia was going to be watching the election returns with friends. I almost never wanted to go uptown — from Brooklyn, it may as well have been a trip to Guam — but that night I felt that I really, really needed to be in Harlem. There were about eight of us, all brown, posted up in Rakia's living room, eating pizza and tweeting and watching the news coverage. When CNN called the presidential race...

Democratic nominee Colleen Deacon finishes up campaign on Election Day

Nov 8, 2016
Curtis Driscoll / Democracy in Action

For many voters going to the ballot box, choosing a candidate can be tough. With different candidates and issues on the ballot, it can be hard to figure out who would be the best representative for the district. But for 24th Congressional District Democratic nominee Colleen Deacon, the choice was easy.

Naturalized citizens become first-time voters

Nov 8, 2016
Samantha Mendoza / Democracy in Action

The only thing brighter than Miriam Gillett-Kunnath’s multicolored scarf was the smile on her face as she exited the polling station at North Central Church on Buckley Road this morning. This was her first time voting in a presidential election -- a moment that was particularly special for her as a Belize-born woman who gained U.S. citizenship two years ago. “I think I wanted to cry,” Gillett-Kunnath said. “I was just overwhelmed.” Gillett-Kunnath moved to Syracuse 12 years ago to earn a...

Voters, not all happy, still turnout to the polls

Nov 8, 2016
Nicole DeMentri / Democracy in Action

Faith Heritage School, located on Midland Ave, opened its doors for voters as students got the day off. Voters and their families started to show up in greater numbers as the day went on, but many expressed they could not wait to put this election cycle behind them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m94HTMnffi0 “It’s my duty to do this. I don’t like either of the options we have, but lesser of two evils,” stated Syracuse resident Carol Minor. Minor was just one of several residents who...

Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with local station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

Skaneateles voters hope issues, not candidates, are focus

Nov 8, 2016
Rachel George / Democracy in Action

Residents walked in and out the Skaneateles Fire Department casting their vote for the 2016 presidential election, with feelings of optimism and concern. Tom Fernandez, 34, and Ali Rogness, residents of Skaneateles, brought their three-year-old son Jack to the polling site to show him how voting could affect his life and how he grows up in the future. “He needs to be here and see this,” Fernandez said. “I’m optimistic that one day my son will be president, but I’m not sure of this country. We...

97-year-old voter proves everyone can make a difference

Nov 8, 2016

The first Tuesday of November means Election Day and one Marcellus man is proving you’re never too old to make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x39LPAW4F9w Robert Gang grew up on Syracuse’s Northside and over the course of his 97 years he has seen just how drastically the community around him has changed. “It looks different to me, when I drive in town now, things are different,” said Gang. For the past 30 years, Gang and his wife have raised their eight children in the Syracuse...

Katko's neighbors show support in Camillus

Nov 8, 2016
Robin Katko taking photo of supporters
Elliot Williams / Democracy in Action

Across the street from the Camillus Volunteer Fire Department, a group of seven enthusiastic friends and neighbors of U.S. Rep. John Katko waved American flags and posters in support of the Republican candidate for the 24th Congressional District. The group was surprised when Katko’s wife, Robin, showed up with donuts and motivation for the supporters. She said this is just one stop along the way as she goes to other Camillus polling locations in support of her husband. Lori Ciarla, one of...

Parents teach kids importance of voting in DeWitt

Nov 8, 2016
Kathryn Shafsky / Democracy in Action

As teachers made their way into Tecumseh Elementary School this morning, Caitlin Seamans was juggling an infant in one arm and an excited 2-year-old son on the other. Seamans brought them along to the polls this morning because she’s a stay-at-home mom but said that her son understands that something important is happening. “It’s good to bring them,” Seamans said. “I don’t know if he knows what it means, but he’s been saying ‘vote’ all morning.” Kara Williams and her husband brought their two...

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New York is poised to elect Hillary Clinton for president and give Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) a fourth term, but down-ballot races for Congress and state Senate are less certain.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

The Onondaga County Board of Elections is unveiling some new software for Election Day that will allow website visitors to look at vote totals as they come in by geographic location. Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says it’s something voters have never had access to before on election night. "The voters will know how their neighborhoods have voted and they can see how their individual vote matters," Czarny said. Up until now, if you wanted to know election results on election...

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Two years ago, Democrat Addie Russell nearly lost her seat in the Assembly. She represents the 116th District along the St. Lawrence River, from Cape Vincent to Massena. Russell came back from a deficit on election night to win by just about 100 votes. Now, Russell is fighting to save her political skin in a rematch with Republican challenger John Byrne. Republicans see a chance to pick up that seat by highlighting a new blemish on Russell’s record, her longstanding support for Sheldon Silver...

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One of the most active Trump groups in central New York was out in full force this weekend, stumping for their candidate. Oneida County Trump supporters carrying signs, wearing bumper stickers and waving flags got a lot of attention from passing motorists during their final rally in Rome before Election Day. It’s a group of like-minded citizens, that’s been growing organically, meeting twice a week for months. And supporters like Joseph Rezendes, who says he’s sick of career politicians,...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Syracuse Common Councilor Joe Nicoletti is running to retain his seat after being appointed last year when former Councilor Pamela Hunter was elected to the Assembly. Nicoletti, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Norm Snyder, who said Nicoletti is using his position to further his own political career. Nicoletti has not said if he will or will not run for mayor of Syracuse next year when current Mayor Stephanie Miner’s term ends. But Snyder said he thinks Nicoletti’s intentions for...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Democrats across central New York are making their final push for votes before Election Day. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) rallied volunteers in Syracuse to support congressional candidate Colleen Deacon in the 24th Congressional District. Deacon worked as Gillibrand’s regional director for central New York. At the get out the vote rally Friday in Syracuse, Deacon shared more of her personal story of being a single mother on Medicaid to supporters. Gillibrand gave Deacon a rousing...

Payne Horning / WRVO News

Over the last month, the race to represent the 116th Assembly District has gone from heated to scorching. In the so-called River District in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, mailboxes are overflowing with political ads from Republican John Byrne and the Democratic incumbent, Addie Russell. One of the big issues? Russell has accused Byrne of inflating his credentials as a business owner in New York state. Byrne doubled down during a recent debate moderated by WWNY-TV's Jeff Cole. "I have...

No matter who wins the presidential election on Tuesday, it's nearly certain Congress will be more narrowly divided come January. And with no clear mandate likely coming out of 2016, there is little reason to be overly optimistic that the next Congress can escape the cycle of unproductivity and polarization that has gripped Washington in recent years. The 115th Congress: Political Dynamics With little chance of a Democratic House takeover in the 2016 election, the two likeliest scenarios are:...

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There’s a good chance you’ll be voting at a school on Tuesday. Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says they’re just good places to hold elections.

It's no surprise: Taxpayers living in New York state are subject to some of the highest rates in the country. No one pays more state and local income taxes out of a paycheck than New Yorkers do, according to recent data from the Tax Foundation . The state also ranks fourth overall in property tax collections. With that, one might be quick to think that complaining about the state's tax burden is a given. But not always.

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State Assemblywoman Addie Russell is still untangling herself from ties with disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez resigned from the state legislature in May 2013 in the midst of allegations that he sexually harassed female staffers. Lopez was also a big fundraiser for Democrats, including Russell. Russell represents the 116th District, more commonly known as the River District, in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Lopez gave $2,500 to Russell’s election campaign between 2008 and...

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If the state Senate is controlled by Democrats after the election, taxing and spending policies could see some differences. Many Democrats favor extending an income tax surcharge on millionaires when it expires next spring. New York currently has a temporary income tax surcharge on the wealthy. The additional taxes affect those making more than $300,000 a year, with the rates growing higher for incomes over $1 million, and the highest rate for $2 million or more. The tax was first imposed...

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