Politics and Government

9:10am

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics and Government

State minimum wage increase faces hurdles

New York State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol Wednesday following a two-week break for the President’s Day holiday.  Lawmakers have plenty to work on in the next few weeks leading up to the start of the state’s fiscal year, including whether to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the state budget.

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8:58am

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics and Government

State Assembly proposes to ban fracking for another year

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of the sponsors of a bill to ban fracking in New York state at least until May of next year.

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5:11pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Budget watchdog group urges rejection of Cuomo's pension bailout plan

A leading budget watchdog group is urging rejection of a key component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan. It would allow cities and schools to put off some payments to their pension funds.

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5:20am

Sat February 23, 2013
Politics and Government

30-day amendments make several changes to Cuomo's budget plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made several changes to his budget plan in what are called 30-day amendments. These amendments range from imposing a teacher evaluation plan on schools in New York City, to cutting the cost of hunting licenses.

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3:38pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo reacts to IDA backlash on sales tax proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in western New York
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

During his visit to western New York on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacted to the backlash by Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) against his executive budget proposal that would remove their powers to grant state sales tax exemptions.

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3:48pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo to make budget changes with 30-day amendments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will make several changes to his budget using 30 day amendments, including imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, and cutting the cost of hunting licenses.

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1:40am

Wed February 20, 2013
Jobs

Union, advocates, push back on Canal Corporation layoffs

The Erie Canal's Lock 9 at Rotterdam Junction.
Dougtone via Flickr

The New York Thruway Authority's decision to layoff 234 staff as part of a strategy to address its financial predicament includes the loss of 42 canal workers who maintain 57 locks along the 524-mile length of the Erie Canal that connects the Hudson River to Lake Erie in the west.

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1:21pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Politics and Government

Ashley Bryant on the Campbell Conversations

Working in the key battleground state of Ohio, Ashley Bryant was an integral player in President Obama’s internet-based mobilization effort in the 2012 election.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Bryant—the Ohio digital director for the President’s campaign—recounts her experiences on the ground and in the trenches, explains how the campaign integrated the Internet into its strategy, and reflects on how marketing a political brand is both similar to and different from marketing a commercial brand.

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9:21am

Fri February 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Some upstate counties call for repeal of state gun control law

The Oswego County Legislature met Thursday and passed a resolution urging repeal of the NY SAFE Act.
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Oswego County is the latest local government to push for a repeal of New York state's new gun control laws. Both lawmakers and residents say they are hoping their voices make a difference in Albany.

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8:49am

Fri February 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Fracking delay could take weeks or much longer

New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation delayed its environmental review of fracking until the go-ahead is given by the Dept. of Health
Marie Cusick/Innovation Trail

On Tuesday, New York state officials announced another delay of their final decision on hydrofracking. The Department of Environmental Conservation will wait for a report on the health protections in its environmental review of fracking. Then the environmental review can be completed. The delay could be less than a month or it could be much longer. But one thing is clear - the delayed health review is now the key factor in deciding whether or not fracking will go ahead in New York.

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6:57am

Fri February 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Ethics panel report remains secret

A government reform group is calling for a state ethics panel report to be made public, one day after the panel investigating charges against Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) sent a report to the legislative ethics committee.

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3:45pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Politics and Government

Area Congressmen react to the State of the Union

Members of the New York congressional delegation, including Rep. Dan Maffei and Rep. Richard Hanna gathered before the State of the Union speech
Office of Cong. Dan Maffei

While there were many issues President Barack Obama talked about during last night’s State of the Union address, two in particular, the economy and gun control, were of interest of members of Congress representing upstate New York.

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5:14pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Politics and Government

New York delays fracking decision again

A February deadline on New York’s process to allow hydrofracking will be missed, with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Health Commissioner now saying he needs more time to complete an on-going health study.

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9:35am

Tue February 12, 2013
Politics and Government

After contentious debate, state Senate approves Cuomo's court choice

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Court of Appeals nominee was approved in the New York State Senate on a voice vote, after an unusually contentious process.

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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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4:42pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei answers questions on immigration, gun control

At a news conference in Auburn, central New York Cong. Dan Maffei commented on a couple of hot-button issues facing Congress currently.

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9:25am

Wed January 30, 2013
Politics and Government

State Senate coalition leaders disagree over abortion rights

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act, saying it would lead to too many late-term abortions. Pro-choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the senator’s interpretation.

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8:31am

Wed January 30, 2013
Politics and Government

Assembly Speaker Silver waiting for comptroller's view of pension plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pension stabilization plan could face some obstacles in the legislature.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants to know what the state comptroller thinks of the idea first.

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4:39am

Wed January 30, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna in favor of immigration reform

Utica-area Cong. Richard Hanna is one Republican who expects to be on board with any immigration reform that is being proposed in Washington currently. The 22nd district representative says it's an important issue in a region where agriculture is key.

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2:24pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Politics and Government

Local governments will be graded on fiscal health

Municipalities and school districts in New York state will soon get graded on their fiscal health. A fiscal monitoring system run by the state comptroller's office will publicly identify local governments that may be heading towards a fiscal cliff.

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9:23am

Tue January 29, 2013
Politics and Government

Miner and other mayors bring complaints about Cuomo's budget to Albany

Mayors from around the state came to complain about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, as the first day of legislative hearings on the spending plan kicked off in Albany. Upstate mayors, in particular, have concerns about ever growing pension payments.

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4:18pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Upstate tourism industry welcomes promotional funding in proposed state budget

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council

Tourism professionals in upstate New York are applauding Gov. Andrews Cuomo’s commitment to the region. In order to augment upstate economic growth, the governor has set aside $7 million in the budget for promotion and marketing initiatives.

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6:30pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Politics and Government

Scott Armstrong on the Campbell Conversations

This edition of the Campbell Conversations completes an extended consideration of gun control and the NY SAFE Act. In prior weeks Grant Reeher has spoken with SUNY-Cortland Professor Robert Spitzer and Onondaga District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick, both of whom saw a need for more regulation of gun ownership, while also noting possible problems with some of the approaches taken in the new state law.

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10:32am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Miner has some fun with home video before State of the City

Mayor Stephanie Miner poked some fun at her fellow central New York politicians in a video played before Thursday night's State of the City address. Check out the cameos by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney (R).

8:50am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo's "no drama" budget may still cause some theatrics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to have a no-drama budget this year, with a low-key presentation and a fiscally austere spending plan -- and no major cuts or new taxes. But, growing opposition from the teachers’ union and local governments may yet result in some sparks flying before the deal is settled in late March.

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9:03am

Thu January 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo's budget cuts DEC funding by $53 million

Marie Cusick/Innovation Trail

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2014 budget, the Department of Environmental Conservation is looking at a budget cut of 5.5 percent. What will this mean for the department if hydrofracking comes to New York?

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5:58am

Thu January 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Minimum Wage Hike Stands Better Chance in 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money.  That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

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7:31am

Wed January 23, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes third lean budget

Governor Cuomo unveiling the proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget and Management Plan.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $142 billion state budget, that includes federal aid for post Superstorm Sandy recovery, and closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap.

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4:41pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes budget with "no new taxes"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $137 billion state budget Tuesday afternoon. In a speech in Albany before state legislators, he presented his plan to increase spending by about two percent.

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6:22am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo to deliver budget address

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual budget presentation is slated for Tuesday afternoon. It comes as the state’s comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds revenues are not coming to New York in quite the amount anticipated.   

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