Politics and Government

5:42pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Politics and Government

New York has toughest gun control law in nation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control bill into law Tuesday
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo swiftly signed New York’s new sweeping anti-gun measures into law, just minutes after the Assembly finished an over four-hour long debate and voted for the bills.  

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4:59pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Robert Spitzer on the Campbell Conversations

In the wake of the Newtown killings, the nation and the state are reconsidering gun control. Governor Cuomo recently made restrictions on guns a featured element in his State of the State address. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with gun control expert Robert Spitzer about what kinds of approaches are most likely to help address the problem of gun violence, and what proposed changes are most likely to actually get passed.

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4:49pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer may play key role in Hagel nomination

New York's Senator Charles Schumer is emerging as a key player in the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the Obama administration's next defense secretary.

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1:32pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Gun control deal close in Albany

New details are emerging on gun control legislation that lawmakers say could be passed as early as today.

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12:53pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Assembly hearing on fracking paints a dark picture

Opponents of hydrofracking are pushing the state to delay the permitting process until a health impact study is performed.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Public commenting on the state’s revised hydrofracking regulations closed on Friday. Final regulations are due to be released at the end of February. The Democratic-controlled state assembly held a public hearing on Thursday that included some heated exchanges.

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9:08am

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Area members of Congress push for funding of weatherization program

Rep. Dan Maffei in East Syracuse discussing funding for weatherization program
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

Members of Congress are asking the president to include a federal program to help low-income families insulate their homes in next year's budget. Rep. Dan Maffei says this is especially important in upstate New York, where heating a home can cost hundreds of dollars each year.

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4:26pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei hopes for bipartisan cooperation on the economy

Just a week after being sworn in a second time, Syracuse area Rep. Dan Maffei appeared back in the district in East Syracuse Friday afternoon. The Democrat from DeWitt said that he hopes Congress will be able to work through their differences by focusing on the economy.

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3:39pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna talks gun control, small business and term limits

Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barnevald, at a Remmington Arms factory in Ilion, N.Y.
Richard Hanna for Congress

Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, is taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach to new gun control legislation, but he has gotten the opinion of at least one high school class in his district.

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9:12am

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Governor proposes creating "innovation hot spots"

In his third State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a new initiative to create ten "Innovation Hot Spots" - areas where startup businesses can receive support, access venture capital and possibly tax breaks.

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8:50am

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo denies he's tacking left

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State message, was widely perceived to have taken a leftward turn, with a priority list that includes gun control, abortion rights, and raising the minimum wage. The governor, though, says he hasn’t changed his ideology a bit.

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4:48am

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo dampens expectations on gun control agreement

Governor Cuomo Andrew dampened expectations for a quick settlement on a package of gun control bills, saying he does not have a timeline for agreement with the legislature.

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9:22am

Thu January 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Legislative leaders praise Cuomo speech, say close to gun control deal

Legislative leaders praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech, and say they are close to an agreement on one of the governor’s top priorities -- gun control legislation.

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9:01am

Thu January 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Gun control highlighted in lengthy State of the State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his third State of the State message Wednesday asked lawmakers to help him “stop the madness,” and pass tough new anti gun legislation. Cuomo also focused on changes to better prepare for future "superstorms" and to approve a new women’s equality act.

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4:08pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

State of the State brings initiatives for women's equality, building casinos & more

Governor Cuomo delivering his 2013 State of the State Address in Albany.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Upstate New York's struggling economy will get a boost if plans proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech in Albany Wednesday move ahead.

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9:11am

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

"People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage

Members of labor, faith and community groups gather in Albany
Matt Ryan/WMHT

In anticipation of the annual State of the State address, a coalition of progressive groups held their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany.

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9:03am

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Gun control talks on-going in Albany

Talks on gun control proposals between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature continued Tuesday night, on the eve of the governor’s annual State of the State speech.

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1:33am

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo delivers 3rd State of the State speech Wednesday

Credit governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message at 1:30 pm Wednesday, he says he plans to pursue a “robust” agenda.

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4:22pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Senator urges middle ground on gun control

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in Syracuse
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Gun control legislation is on the lips of many politicians in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  But New York's senior senator says that while he supports some gun control, he doesn't want any legislation to go too far.

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11:51am

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Local officials challenge latest fracking deadline

A group called Elected Officials to Protect New York is pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend a 30-day public comment period that ends Friday. The comment period is for revised hydrofracking regulations released by the Department of Environmental Conservation in November.

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8:48am

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo to crack down on utility regulation in State of the State

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message on Wednesday, it will include proposals for greater oversight of New York state’s electric utilities.

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1:31am

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Impasse between Cuomo and state Senate on gun measures

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the Senate remain at an impasse over gun control legislation -- just days before the governor's State of the State address. Meanwhile, the state comptroller says he’s thinking of divesting the state’s pension fund from investments in gun manufacturers.

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9:23am

Mon January 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Rep. Buerkle says serving in Congress was an honor

Ann Marie Buerkle speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Last week, the Syracuse area saw returning Democrat Congressman Dan Maffei sworn-in and Republican Representative Ann Marie Buerkle leave office. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Buerkle about the ups and downs of her time in Washington, D.C.

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8:04am

Fri January 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo will include disaster preparedness plans in State of the State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to propose in his State of the State message several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future.

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4:37pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo skeptical about House vote on Sandy aid

After facing intense pressure from both parties for failing to pass a $60 billion federal relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims, Republicans in the House of Representatives now say they will vote on part of the flood insurance program Friday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo still has doubts they will follow through.

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9:48am

Thu January 3, 2013
Politics and Government

Report from state Health Department says fracking could be done safely

New York state has been reviewing whether to allowing hydrofracking for about four years.
Matt Richmond WSKG

A document from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration assessing the health impacts of hydrofracking, written less than a year ago, says the gas drilling process is likely safe if proper precautions are taken by the governor’s environmental agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). 

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4:16pm

Wed January 2, 2013
Government

Syracuse reducing use of criticized hiring practice

The city of Syracuse has reduced the number of city workers it has on the rolls of a non-city run agency as a way of skirting civil service rules.

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5:45am

Mon December 31, 2012
Politics and Government

"Redshirt sophomore" Maffei ready to return to Congress

Third Way Flickr

Members of the 113th Congress will be sworn in January 3 -- and part of the new Congress will be a familiar face returning to Washington to represent the Syracuse area in a redistricted seat.

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10:37am

Wed December 26, 2012
Politics and Government

DeFrancisco and Valesky on the Independent Democratic Conference

The new iteration of the New York state Senate will look different in 2013 with the new power sharing agreement in place between Republicans and breakaway Democrats, and two central New York lawmakers will be in the thick of it.

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7:51am

Fri December 21, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo, legislature talk about gun control legislation

Credit Wallyg / via Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders on a gun control package that he could introduce as part of his State of the State message on January 9.

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2:08pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Gambling

Cuomo: let market forces determine best gambling locations

In 2013, New Yorkers may get a chance to vote on whether they want to expand gambling in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the ballot proposal is unlikely to name which cities may build new casinos, though.

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