Bill Owens

5:35am

Tue July 29, 2014
Transportation

Area lawmakers say Congress is failing voters by avoiding long-term solution to highway funding

Doug Kerr via Flickr

Despite a bipartisan bill making its way through Congress to keep road and bridge projects funded, there’s still concerns about the long-term health of the highway fund. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives has passed short-term funding that was based on a budget gimmick. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. But several lawmakers in the region say Congress is failing voters by avoiding a long-term solution.

While more fuel-efficient cars and trucks may be good for your wallet and the environment, they may not be so good for roads.

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10:47pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Politics

Primary results: Stefanik victorious in 21st Congressional District; Hanna wins in 22nd

11:05 pm: Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) declares victory over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney in Republican primary in 22nd Congressional District. There is no Democrat running in the general election in November.

10:38 pm: Republican candidate Matt Doheny concedes to Elise Stefanik in the race to be the party's nominee for the 21st Congressional District in November.

The 21st district covers the North Country and is currently represented by Rep. Bill Owens (D), who announced his retirement earlier this year.

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6:16am

Tue June 24, 2014
Politics

Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters

Republicans Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny during a recent debate on WWNY in Watertown
WWNY-TV

For the past few months, North Country voters have heard a lot about the two Republican candidates running to represent the party in this fall's election for New York's 21st Congressional District. But the differences between Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny aren't really that vast.

Both Stefanik and Doheny oppose the Affordable Care Act and want better care for military veterans. But while their national policies tow the Republican line, they have sparred some on the local level. For example, the two disagree on the I-98 "Rooftop Highway" project.

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6:19am

Mon March 17, 2014
Politics

New York GOP has sights set on winning four key Congressional contests

NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment

Republican party leaders are bullish when it comes to New York state's congressional elections this November.

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8:08am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues

Aaron Woolf, Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District
NYS Democratic Party

The endorsed Democratic candidate for Bill Owens' seat in Congress finally broke his media silence Wednesday, speaking with several North Country media outlets. Aaron Woolf spoke with North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein on a range of issues, from gun control and health care to why a political rookie wants to represent the region. Democratic county chairs chose Woolf to run a month ago, but he had declined interviews until now.

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2:36pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Politics

North Country candidate Democrat Aaron Woolf says media silence is not inaction

Aaron Woolf, Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District
Martha Foley/NCPR

The elusive Democrat who's running for Bill Owens' seat is meeting privately with local leaders across the 21st Congressional District. Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf met with Warren County Democrats in Lake George Wednesday night after visiting the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in Canton.

It's been more than three weeks since party leaders endorsed Woolf. Even though he's barely spoken with the media, Woolf says he's been busy.

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12:47pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Jefferson County employer Hi-Lite to create new jobs with USDA loan

Hi-Lite Airfield Services began as a highway-striping company in 1989, according to its website.
Hi-Lite

A Jefferson County company is planning to expand with the help of a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Hi-Lite Airfield Services, in Adams Center, plans to create between eight and 10 new jobs, according to a news release from Rep. Bill Owens’s (D-Plattsburgh) office. The company also plans to buy new equipment with the $7.1 million loan from the USDA’s Rural Development program.

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5:30am

Mon February 3, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site

A 10th Mountain Division soldier trains at Fort Drum.
Credit Joanna Richards

The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility. 

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4:49pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Politics

Russell leaving door open on Congressional run; for now, focused on Assembly work

State Assemblywoman Addie Russell at a press conference at her office Friday morning. She said she's not "closing the door" on a Congressional run, but for now, she's focusing on her Assembly work.
Credit Joanna Richards / WRVO

State Assemblywoman Addie Russell’s name surfaced as a possible Democratic contender for the 21st Congressional District seat, after Rep. Bill Owens announced he won’t run again. 

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4:59pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Politics and Government

Owens will not seek reelection to Congress

Congressman Bill Owens

North Country Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in November -- surprising the political establishment and putting the seat for the 21st Congressional District up for grabs.

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7:54am

Thu September 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

New work space fills gap for small food producers

Christine Hoffman has just moved her jam and jelly business, The Spicy Wench, into the new shared-use commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor.
Joanna Richards

A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.

In a dining room full of chattering officials from local government, agriculture and economic development, people dug into the first products of the new kitchen: Christine Hoffman's pepper jelly and fruit jam.

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4:18pm

Thu September 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna, Owens support delaying vote on Syria

The ongoing civil war in Syria is dominating the discussion in Washington this week.  Rep. Richard Hanna, who represents an area from Utica to Binghamton, was one of many congressmen who received a classified briefing on Syria.

He said the U.S. should be looking at the Russian proposal for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, fairly, but also with some skepticism. Hanna, a Republican, said going to war again is not the best option.

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6:44am

Thu September 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote

Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

While Congress prepares to vote on whether or not to take military action against Syria, two local members of Congress are still considering all the facts. Syracuse-area Democrat Dan Maffei says he is looking at the big picture, but says he still has questions that need to be answered, including how it will impact American service members.

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8:18am

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote

As Congress begins to debate a resolution to authorize United States military action in Syria, members of the New York congressional delegation are expressing their opinion publicly about what should be done.

Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents parts of the Finger Lakes and Souther Tier regions, has been conducting a listening tour in his district to gather opinions from his constituents.

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9:26am

Mon September 2, 2013
Politics and Government

Local members of Congress offer comment on Obama's Syria decision

Barack Obama Flickr

Some area members of Congress say they support President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.

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3:42pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Politics and Government

Area congressional members condemn IRS targeting of conservative groups

Congressmen representing central and northern New York all agree that the recent IRS profiling of conservative organizations, including tea party groups, is wrong.

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4:03am

Wed January 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

Owens: Fort Drum “in good shape” as Army considers cutbacks

The U.S. military is in the process of cutting almost half a trillion dollars from its budget over ten years. The Pentagon says the cuts will lead to a more agile force with a new strategic mission. A new Army report weighs alternatives for restructuring that could affect Fort Drum. Under one scenario, the post could see an increase of 3,000 soldiers, but under another, it could lose up to 8,000 soldiers and 15 percent of its civilian workforce.

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4:26pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei hopes for bipartisan cooperation on the economy

Just a week after being sworn in a second time, Syracuse area Rep. Dan Maffei appeared back in the district in East Syracuse Friday afternoon. The Democrat from DeWitt said that he hopes Congress will be able to work through their differences by focusing on the economy.

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10:00am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Owens holds on to North Country congressional seat

Democrat Bill Owens survived one of the most costly and bitter political campaigns in North Country history last night. He defeated Republican businessman Matt Doheny by about 4,000 votes.

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4:15pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Politics

Poll shows Doheny-Owens race in statistical tie

Amanda Morrison Watertown Daily Times

The two candidates running for the North Country's congressional seat are in a statistical tie, according to the latest poll from Siena College. Republican Matt Doheny trailed incumbent Democrat Bill Owens by 13 points in Siena's last poll seven weeks ago. Owens now leads by just one point in the poll released today, which showed the Democrat receiving 44 percent support, to Doheny's 43 percent.

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4:51am

Sat October 27, 2012
Politics

Jobs were top issue for audience at Doheny-Owens debate

In northern New York, a large audience showed up for the debate televised on YNN was held in the contentious race between Democrat incumbent Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny. 

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10:37am

Fri October 26, 2012
Politics

Owens and Doheny face off in a televised debate

Amanda Morrison Watertown Daily Times

The two major party candidates met for the last debate in the North Country's Congressional race last night in Watertown. Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny sparred on well-trodden ground, like tax cuts, the deficit, and Medicare. They also differed, sharply at times, on a range of other issues.

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4:17pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics

Owens and Doheny debate agricultural issues

Democrat Congressman Bill Owens from Plattsburgh says passage of the federal farm bill that has stalled in Washington is one of his top priorities.

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8:00am

Sat August 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Owens works the senior vote in the North Country

Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) campaigns in Massena.
David Sommerstein North Country Public Radio

Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) is making Medicare a big issue in his race with Republican Matt Doheny.

Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population.  So they’ll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country’s 21st Congressional district.  And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.

Owens’ campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Doheny on Medicare.

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4:28pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Owens enters contest of the airwaves

Congressman Bill Owens has released the first television advertisement of his re-election campaign --  a day after his Republican opponent Matt Doheny did.

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10:11am

Wed August 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Regional Congressional races take the contest to the airwaves

Two of the region's most hotly contested political races have taken to the airwaves with their first television commercials.

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9:49am

Fri June 29, 2012
Politics and Government

Local members of Congress react to Supreme Court health care decision

After the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats alike have been trying to figure how to move forward in the fight over health care policy, including this regions's members of Congress.

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9:49am

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Interview: Republican Kellie Greene, candidate for 21st Congressional district

kelliegreene4congress.com

June 26 is Congressional primary day in New York. In the newly redrawn 21st district in Northern New York,  Republican Kellie Greene is running against Matt Doheny. The winner of that race will face incumbent Democrat Congressman Bill Owens in November. Doheny lost a close race to Owens two years ago. This year Greene hopes to get the chance to take on Owens.  Greene spoke with WRVO's Catherine Loper.

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8:49am

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Interview: Republican Matt Doheny, candidate for 21st Congressional district

Doheny4Congress.com

June 26  is Congressional primary day in New York.  In the newly redrawn 21st district in northern New York.  Republican Matt Doheny is running against Kellie Greene. The winner of that race will face incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in November. Doheny lost a close race to Owens two years ago, and he's back for another run this year. Doheny recently he spoke with WRVO's Catherine Loper.

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3:36pm

Fri May 25, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Bill Owens reaches out to Canadian companies

Representative Bill Owens is working to increase economic ties between the North Country and Canadian businesses.

The Democrat held a series of meetings in Canada this week in an effort to entice more Canadian companies to look to Northern New York for expansion.

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