Politics and Government

9:31am

Fri May 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Senecas are remaining holdout to reach a casino deal with NY state

Seneca Casino, Niagara Falls
Daniel Robison/Innovation Trail

The governor is optimistic Oneida and Madison Counties will go along with the deal he struck last week with the Oneida Indian Nation over casino gambling. The state also reached a deal with St. Regis Mohawk leaders this week. The Seneca Nation is the remaining holdout tribe still in dispute with the state over gambling

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4:47pm

Wed May 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo and Miner together for first time since disagreement

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, left, listens to Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his first visit to Syracuse since October.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Today marks the first visit by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Syracuse since early October -- and the first public meeting between Cuomo and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner since a widely-publicized difference of opinion between the two.

The disagreement was over how the state should help cities like Syracuse deal with financial stress. Miner calls it nothing more than political soap opera, fueled by the media.

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5:34am

Wed May 22, 2013
Politics and Government

NY State Assembly Speaker Silver moves on from Lopez controversy

One day after the state’s powerful Assembly speaker admitted “glaring failures” in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with the usual round of press conferences, bill passage, and leaders meetings.

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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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9:31am

Mon May 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Campaign finance reform proposal making its way through Albany

In the wake of a series of political corruption cases out of Albany in recent weeks, campaign finance reform has become a popular issue in the state capitol.  Among the proposals for reforming the way money is used in political campaigns, is one from the Independent Democratic Conference. The group is wrapping up a set of statewide hearings on their plan today in Albany.

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9:09am

Fri May 17, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo says Lopez should be expelled, stops short of criticizing Speaker Silver

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled.

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8:58am

Thu May 16, 2013
Politics and Government

Lopez report details disturbing allegations of sexual harassment

The Legislative Ethics Commission released its report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.  It’s conclusions have New York City’s National Organization for Women calling for a vote of no confidence against the still-serving assemblyman, and the Republicans calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign.

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8:55am

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo details local government bailout plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposal for a new local government restructuring board to help financially distressed communities deal with long term budget problems.

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9:12am

Tue May 14, 2013
Politics and Government

State lawmakers carry on in face of scandal

Lawmakers in Albany tried to continue business as usual in the wake of one of the worst scandals in recent decades, that has overshadowed most other news coming out of the Capitol. Much of this week’s legislative session has been canceled, but politicians who were in town insisted that their agendas are not being derailed.

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9:05am

Fri May 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo details his plan for upstate casinos

The Seneca Niagara Casino is one of three casinos from which Indian nations are withholding revenues earmarked for local governments.
Daniel Robison/Innovation Trail

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos upstate Thursday. Cuomo, joined by union and business leaders, and representatives from county governments, offered more details of his plan to build three new gambling casinos. Cuomo says he wants to limit the locations to upstate regions for now, to prop up the failing economy. The governor says upstate needs jobs like it needs oxygen. And he says having a downstate location would devalue the upstate centers.

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1:38am

Thu May 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Names of officials secretly recorded released

Nine more names of state Senators and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted former Sen. Shirley Huntley to make public the names of her colleagues that she secretly recorded.

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9:16am

Wed May 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Central New York group pushing for Women's Equality Act

Cortland County women launch group to promote Women's Equality Act
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act are ramping up efforts to get support for the proposed legislation. The  Women's Equality Coalition just launched a statewide television ad to raise awareness about the agenda, and supporters in one small central New York County are also raising their voices.

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9:03am

Wed May 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Controversy over access overshadows state Senate hearing

A hearing by state Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.

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8:44am

Tue May 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Another state senator arrested

Former NY State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson
File photo/Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up.

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3:48pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Politics and Government

D.A. Fitzpatrick supports unsealing juvenile records involving sex crimes

Juvenile records are automatically sealed in New York state, so they don't prejudice a prosecutor or judge, but state Sen. John DeFrancisco is proposing an exception. He wants those records be available to court officials if they involve sex crimes.

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9:10am

Mon May 6, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate leader says he won't repeat mistakes made when passing gun control laws

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes what he now says was a mistake won't be repeated at the end of the session.

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8:57am

Mon May 6, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate GOP hearings will examine NYC's public campaign financing system

Republicans in the New York State Senate plan to hold hearings Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City’s public campaign finance system. 

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2:18pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Gun control

Schumer pushes for gun sale ban for those on terror watchlist

While universal background checks for gun buyers proved to be a death knell in the latest attempt to pass gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Charles Schumer is hoping a tightening up of current background checks is on the horizon.

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8:24am

Wed May 1, 2013
Politics and Government

Assembly, attorney general, press for early voting

Democrats in New York's legislature are pushing for for early voting.
Credit Columbia City Blog / via Flickr

The state’s attorney general and Assembly speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy.

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6:30pm

Sun April 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Gene Koo on the Campbell Conversations

Younger citizens may be more active in volunteer and service efforts than previous generations, but many remain profoundly uninterested and disengaged from anything they regard as political. One organization trying to combat that is ICivics, created by former Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, to provide online, interactive educational resources for middle school students. On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Gene Koo, executive director of ICivics, outlines the challenges to civic engagement and how the organization is trying to address them.

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8:56am

Fri April 26, 2013
Politics and Government

Governor to push for local government restructuring board

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he hopes to soon create a statewide board to help fiscally strapped local governments restructure.

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9:52am

Thu April 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Controversy causes fracking consultant to resign from industry lobby group

Opponents of hydrofracking are charging there’s a potential conflict of interest with a consultant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s environmental agency. They are asking that the years-long review of fracking in New York state be restarted. The controversy caused the consultant in question to sever all ties with a gas industry lobby group.

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1:57pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Politics and Government

State GOP leader not happy with potential abortion law reform

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to update New York’s antiquated abortion laws to reflect rights affirmed in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. But Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos says it goes to far.

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5:16am

Wed April 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Fracking overshadows other issues on Earth Day

On Earth Day lobby day at the state Capitol, whether or not to allow hydrofracking in New York continues to be the dominant issue.

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3:01pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Government

Cuomo will join talks on upstate cities' fiscal problems

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Credit City of Syracuse

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled he will join the discussion between the mayors of upstate New York's biggest cities on how to deal with their looming fiscal struggles.

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6:32am

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics and Government

Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany

Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York state legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assembly members will be arrested.

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6:32am

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics and Government

Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany

Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York State Legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more senators and Assembly members will be arrested.

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5:52am

Mon April 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Board of Elections reform discussed in Albany

Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high-profile bribery scandals. Some of them focus on the long-neglected New York State Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year.

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6:31am

Thu April 18, 2013
Politics and Government

Poll finds New Yorkers want more action against corruption

A poll finds New Yorkers are upset about recent corruption scandals in Albany, and think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should take the lead to clean things up.

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9:10am

Wed April 17, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas

The New York State Capitol.
Credit Wallyg / via Flickr

At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans to react to the recent twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a state Senator and Assemblyman. On Tuesday, it was the Assembly Democrats’ turn to weigh in. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also rolled out two more components of his own reform plan.

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