politics

10:02am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Proposed border crossing fee faces bipartisan opposition

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s is proposing a border crossing fee for those traveling into the country from Canada. So far the idea is drawing opposition from representatives across New York state.

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9:06am

Tue April 16, 2013
Politics and Government

State lawmakers return to confront scandals

New York state lawmakers returned to work after a two-week spring break. It’s their first meeting since two lawmakers have been charged with bribery in separate corruption scandals.

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9:25am

Thu April 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Malcolm Smith scandal reverberates through state's political circles

The scandal around state Sen. Malcolm Smith is continuing to have repercussions in both political parties and in every level of the state’s government. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on an upstate tour to promote the recently passed state budget, has been dogged by questions about the scandal instead.

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2:51am

Fri March 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Watertown City Council tries to ban roommates – but planning officials say measure is unenforceable

Watertown mayor Jeff Graham voted against making changes to the city's zoning code that essentially aimed to ban roommates.
Credit City of Watertown

The Watertown City Council has received a lot of pushback and even ridicule in the media recently for passing what's being referred to as a “roommate ban.” Last month, in response to a neighbor dispute, the City Council removed language from the zoning code that allowed the renting out of rooms in single-family homes. But city planning officials say the regulatory change is completely unenforceable.

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8:47am

Thu February 28, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Federal sequester means deep cuts at Fort Drum, impact on regional economy

U.S. Army

The federal government's across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are set to kick in Friday, barring an agreement between Congress and the president. That means a big impact for defense spending, including for Fort Drum, an important regional economic driver.  

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10:06am

Fri February 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Village of Dresden without a candidate for mayor for March election

Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

In March, many places in central and northern New York will hold local elections. Among them is the village of Dresden on Seneca Lake, where residents will vote in a new mayor.  But, there’s just one problem: no one’s running.

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9:21am

Tue February 12, 2013
Regional Coverage

Same-sex military couples “elated” by news of some spousal benefits, say full equality is needed

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, some spousal benefits will be given to same-sex service members and their partners. The federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits many of the major spousal benefits, like housing and health care, from being extended to same-sex couples. But Panetta's announcement still had advocates for gay service members cheering.   

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11:41am

Mon February 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

This edition of the Campbell Conversations offers a wide-ranging discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner that covers both local and national political issues, and which includes discussions of the pension problem, ideas voiced in her recent state of the city address, and reflections on the conflicts within the city’s criminal justice system.

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11:27pm

Sun February 3, 2013
Education

Russell legislation would redistribute school aid to help poorer districts

Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken, benefiting wealthier districts at the expense of poorer ones. She says legislation she's introduced would make the formula more equitable.

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9:40am

Mon December 17, 2012
Government

Cuomo says Sandy only adds to 2013 agenda

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says preparations for his January State of the State address are "in good shape."

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10:43am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Democrats appear to have taken control of State Senate

Wallyg via Flickr

Democrats appear to have taken over the State Senate, by a narrow margin. Some races were still being tallied, and others may be headed to a recount.

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10:17am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Stirpe reclaims Assembly seat from Miller

Democrat Al Stirpe is once again a New York State Assemblyman after defeating Republican Don Miller for a seat that was once Stirpe's.

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1:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Technology

Senate's "innovation banks" would help commercialize research

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seen here this summer, is promoting a bill to create "innovation banks".
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, is hoping to build a better bridge between academic research and the commercial market. On Wednesday, Gillibrand stopped in Buffalo and Syracuse to continue stumping for the America Innovates Act. The bill would put $200 million into "innovation banks" that could be then given to researchers to help further develop their inventions.

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1:39pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on the Campbell Conversations

This year’s presidential election has brought up a host of perplexing questions about the relationship between religion and politics, and the importance of a candidate’s faith. In this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher probes those questions with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.

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10:18am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics

More people may use Google to make their political choices

A new survey suggests more young people are taking to Google internet searches to help them make up their minds before they cast a vote.

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10:12am

Tue October 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Patty Ritchie on cost of housing state parole violators in county jails

State Senator Patty Ritchie held a meeting Monday in Watertown with law enforcement and elected officials.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Right now, county jails – and ultimately, local property taxpayers – are footing the bill for housing state parole violators while they wait for the state to pick them up. State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) has proposed a solution to the problem. 

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2:50pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Evolution & Religion

Reverend Michael Dowd on the Campbell Conversations

Evolution has been at the front lines of some of our most heated political and cultural conflicts. Speaking with Grant Reeher, Reverend Michael Dowd, the author of "Thank God for Evolution," has staked his claim on the proposition that evolution and science need to be married to our religion- and he's an evangelist about that idea.

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9:54am

Mon August 6, 2012
Station Announcement

Campbell Debate: Is Religion Hurting Our Politics?

John Vachon, 1914-1975, Flickr Commons

The Campbell Institute of Public Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University presents the second in a series of debates on timely issues of public importance, with a fresh, provocative format.

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10:39am

Wed July 25, 2012
Politics

Parties shy away from challenging incumbent lawmakers

It can be tough to unseat an incumbent lawmaker in New York.

That's why both parties are having a tough time this year finding people to run for the state Legislature.

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8:27am

Mon July 9, 2012
Business

Local labor unions rally to bring jobs back home

Richard Knowles of the United Steel Workers talks to a rally of local labor supporters.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Local labor unions are calling for politicians to do more to stop jobs from going overseas and encourage companies to bring jobs home.

Local chapters of the United Steelworkers (USW) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a rally Friday afternoon outside the shuttered M&K Candle factory on Syracuse's Northside.

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8:26am

Fri June 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

Congressman Owens says Cuomo administration “noncommittal” on new water levels plan

Jamie Henderson Flickr

The new water levels proposal for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario has garnered some criticism from a group of state lawmakers along the lake's southern shore. This week they asked the governor to oppose the plan.

Last week, Congressman Bill Owens came out in favor of the proposal and said he'd ask for Governor Andrew Cuomo's support. Both Owens and environmental advocates say the opposition's arguments aren't based on the facts of the new plan.

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11:56am

Fri June 1, 2012
Politics

A Special Conversation with Ken Rudin, NPR's Political Junkie

Ken Rudin is known as NPR's Political Junkie and has provided coverage of major elections, national conventions and debates for most of the past 20 years. WRVO's News Director, Catherine Loper, spent an hour speaking with Ken Rudin, along with SUNY Oswego Political Science Professor Bruce Altschuler, during a live broadcast on Thursday.

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9:28am

Fri May 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Village of Chaumont ponders pros, cons of dissolution

Faced with increasing costs, aging equipment and the prospect of big tax savings for residents, the village of Chaumont is considering dissolution.

But the issue isn't that clear-cut and has become a contentious subject, pitting neighbors and friends against each other in this small community.

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10:00pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Regional Coverage

Jefferson County officials oppose offshore wind in Lake Ontario

A group of Jefferson County legislators has for the second time in two years expressed opposition to offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario. Almost two years ago, the New York Power Authority proposed an offshore wind turbine project, which Jefferson County rejected. Now the county may move to oppose federal overtures in that direction. 

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