Politics and Government

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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10:41am

Mon April 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Second half of legislative session overshadowed by new scandals

The second half of New York’s legislative session begins today and it’s likely to be dominated by the response to on going bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break.

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6:40am

Fri April 12, 2013
Politics and Government

New York state still awaiting fracking decision

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner is expected to release a health report on hydraulic fracturing soon, at least according to a timetable announced in late February. But the Cuomo administration has already missed several deadlines on fracking.

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9:09am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Reform groups say Cuomo's plan to empower DAs is a good first step

Government reform groups say they are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now proposed step one in his plan to clean up corruption in state government, following two high profile arrests of state lawmakers.

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5:50am

Wed April 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes empowering DAs to help fight political corruption

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.

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2:12pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Government

Council gets earful on proposed closure of Fire Station 7

Syracuse firefighter union representative Lonnie Johnson, left, speaks to the Common Council.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse lawmakers Tuesday got an earful about the pros and cons of closing down a fire station as the Common Council held a hearing on the future of Station 7 on the city's east side.

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6:09am

Tue April 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Proposed Syracuse budget includes cuts, consolidations

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's proposed election year budget includes no increases in taxes or fees; there are also no proposed layoffs. But despite spending cuts and consolidations, the city's fund balance takes a big hit, in order to fill a multi-million dollar budget hole.

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5:10am

Tue April 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Comptroller warns local governments that fixing fiscal crises won't be easy

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks with reporters after an address at SUNY's Rockefeller Institute on the financial plight of local governments
Credit Karen DeWitt/NY State Public Radio

New York state’s comptroller kicked off a week long forum at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute to examine the plight of economically stressed local governments and school districts across the state. 

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7:52pm

Sun April 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo's budget victory tour overshadowed by scandals in the legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been touring statewide to promote the newly passed state budget, saying it shows that New York state is functional again. But not everyone is completely convinced.

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9:11am

Fri April 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Second state legislator accused of corruption

Two days after a state senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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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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9:40pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Politics and Government

State Senator, others indicted in wide-ranging corruption scandal

State Sen. Malcolm Smith, a former New York Senate majority leader, has been arrested and indicted in a far reaching bribery and corruption scandal.

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4:40pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Government

Syracuse council approves "booting," wants more fiscal input

Syracuse will contract out some parking enforcement to crack down on drivers with several unpaid tickets.
quinn.anya via Flickr

Syracuse will begin going after the roughly 19,000 drivers with multiple unpaid parking tickets in a few months thanks to a new deal to ramp up "booting."

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5:07pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Politics and Government

Comptroller sees pros and cons of newly passed state budget

New York's Comptroller says the passage of the state's third on-time budget shows "an improved, more efficient process between the governor and the legislature." But the state official who deals with the numbers has a few concerns about the $141.3 billion dollar spending plan.

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4:23pm

Fri March 29, 2013

8:58am

Fri March 29, 2013
Politics and Government

New York state legislature passes budget

The state legislature is finished voting on a $141.3 billion state budget, with the Assembly completing it's work shortly before midnight on Thursday. The final passage occurred one week past lawmakers’ s self-imposed deadline, but three days before the spending plan was actually due to be finished. 

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4:27pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Politics and Government

State budget includes more tax credits for film industry

The state budget includes a provision aimed at boosting the film industry in upstate New York. The new tax credit creates a two-tiered system that includes a 10 percent credit for productions using particular upstate locations.

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2:00pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Politics and Government

State budget calls for distracted driving penalties to go up

The New York state budget calls for distracted drivers to pay a higher price for texting while driving or talking on the phone without a hands-free set.

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11:02am

Thu March 28, 2013
Politics and Government

This year's state budget negotiations follow closed-door tradition

It's known as the “three men in a room” style of decision making. For decades now, the governor and the two party's legislative leaders meet behind closed doors in the governor’s offices and decide key issues, like the contents of the state budget.

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4:08am

Wed March 27, 2013
Politics and Government

Despite early expectations, budget includes tax increase extensions

The new state budget that lawmakers are enacting this week contains a tax package that includes both tax breaks and tax increases. The spending plan comes just two months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo  said there would not be any new taxes in the budget.

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9:29am

Tue March 26, 2013
Politics and Government

10-bullet magazine ban to be postponed

State Senate Republicans are confirming that a key provision of New York's recently approved gun control law, the New York SAFE Act, will be postponed.

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12:37am

Tue March 26, 2013
Politics and Government

Legislature on track to finish budget this week

The state budget is on track to be finished on time, and before the March 31 deadline, now that all of the spending bills were finally printed shortly before midnight on Monday.

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3:09pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Alan Rosenthal on the Campbell Conversations

For the past 30 years, the nation has been on an incarceration spree. While some associate that change with lower crime rates, Alan Rosenthal from the Center for Community Alternatives challenges that view, and in this edition of the Campbell Conversations, discusses the harms to society, and to those trying to rebuild their lives, that have been brought about by what he terms “massive incarceration” and its race-based effects.

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9:11am

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse rally protests NY SAFE Act

Lots of American flags were on display at Saturday's rally protesting the NY SAFE Act
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Hundreds of people from across the state turned out to Syracuse's Inner Harbor Saturday with one thing on their mind - the New York SAFE Act. The rally is the latest of several calling on the state to repeal the SAFE Act, which was the first gun control act passed after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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8:49am

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate passes some budget bills, Assembly waits until Thursday

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

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4:13pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Politics and Government

22-year-old to run for Syracuse Common Council

Joe Carni announces his campaign for Syracuse Common Council
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The son of a former Syracuse Common Councilor has announced plans to run for the Syracuse 1st District councilor seat. Joe Carni is the latest of a crop of young candidates Republicans are hoping will revitalize their party in the City of Syracuse.

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8:52am

Fri March 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Despite agreement, budget talks go on

Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend.

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11:05pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics and Government

Assmbly speaker says gun law provision could be postponed

The speaker of the New York State Assembly says a portion of New York’s gun control laws, scheduled to take effect April 15, may be postponed while talks continue on how to amend the provision.

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9:04am

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics and Government

Budget accord reached; lawmakers still filling in details

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget Wednesday evening, but say they are still working out many of the details.

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9:30pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Magazine provision of gun law may be overturned

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms that he and legislative leaders are talking about changing the state’s newly enacted gun laws to rescind a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines.

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