Politics and Government

10:41am

Fri March 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Some Southern Tier air traffic towers facing closure

The regional airports in Ithaca and Binghamton would both lose their air traffic controllers if federal budget cuts known as sequestration take full effect. The first round of closures begins April 7.

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9:41am

Fri March 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Families of disabled ask state government not to cut money for services

A sign at the front desk in the Enable offices asks people to help fight cuts to state aid for the disabled.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Advocates for the disabled will be out in force in Syracuse Friday, rallying against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed cuts to the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The six percent across-the-board budget proposal would mean major cuts to the agencies across the state that provide support and services for the developmentally disabled. Many families are afraid of what will happen if those services go away.

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8:58am

Fri March 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Mental health advocates protest some provisions of gun law

Second Amendment rights advocates, who have held rallies in Albany recently, are not the only group upset with portions of the state’s recently enacted gun law.  Some people with mental illnesses believe the law unfairly stigmatizes them.

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8:53am

Thu March 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Onondaga County takes measures to shorten wait for pistol permits

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department has received the go-ahead to do whatever necessary to ease the pistol permit backlog that's mushroomed in central New York, because of the dramatic increase of the number of permit applications coming into the Syracuse office.

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1:22am

Thu March 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Assembly passes ban on fracking for two more years; Senate unlikely to do same

The New York State Assembly has approved, by a 95 to 40 vote, a two-year moratorium on hydrofracking in New York. While it’s unlikely to be passed in the Senate, the action reflects state lawmakers' growing worries about potential health impacts from the natural gas drilling process. 

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3:11pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

State of Onondaga County is financially sound

Unlike many other local governments in New York state, Onondaga County has weathered the recent fiscal crisis, and come out on firm financial footing. In her State of the County address Tuesday night, County Executive Joanie Mahoney credits recent budget cutting tactics for the difference.

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9:14am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

Onondaga County is latest to call for repeal of gun control law

A resident addresses the Onondaga County Legislature before it voted on a resolution on the NY SAFE Act
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Onondaga County is the latest county government in New York state to call on Albany to repeal the SAFE Act.  The county legislature voted Tuesday to ask the state to scrap the new state law, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called the toughest gun control law in the country.

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7:04am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

State Assembly approves minimum wage

The New York State Assembly voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour, but the measure is stalled in the state Senate.

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3:12pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse's council accused of delaying Comprehensive Plan

Syracuse's Director of Planning and Sustainability Andrew Maxwell accused the Syracuse Common Council Monday of "moving the goalposts" on enacting the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which would be a guide to future zoning and land-use policies in the city.

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5:41am

Tue March 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Lawmakers seek ban of dangerous supplement

Former MLB player Jose Canseco at the state Capitol.
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

A push to ban the fitness supplement DMAA brought a sports hero and parents who say they lost their son to the substance to the state Capitol.

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12:22pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Politics and Government

NY celebrates renewal of Violence Against Women Act

Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman speaks to survivors of violence at a Vera House event taking note of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Cheers are coming from all corners of central New York following the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act last week in Washington. The renewal of the law had been stalled for almost two years in the midst of House and Senate gridlock.

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9:14am

Mon March 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo faces difficult choice on fracking

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a tough choice as he continues to ponder the decision on whether to allow hydro fracking in New York, and it seems there’s no easy way to win for the governor.

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4:31pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei says central New Yorkers won't feel impact of sequester right away

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-DeWitt) speaking earlier this year.
Credit Durrie Lawrence / WRVO

Most central New Yorkers won't notice the impact of federal budget cuts caused by sequestration right away, according to Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei. But Maffei, who was in Syracuse today to tout the bipartisan passage of the Violence Against Women Act, says everyone will feel it eventually.

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10:22pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Thousands join anti-gun control rally

Gun rights advocates rallied at the state Capitol in Albany
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

A rally against New York’s newly-enacted gun control laws drew one of the largest crowds to the state Capitol in recent decades.

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4:44am

Thu February 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo, lawmakers meet on budget

With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal.

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9:27am

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics and Government

Area congressman discusses sequestration with constitutents

With the federal budget sequestration deadline only days away, Syracuse-area Cong. Dan Maffei opened the phone lines for a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday night.  Callers were concerned about the how these funding cuts will impact central New York if sequestration goes into effect March 1.

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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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