Politics and Government

4:30pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Local congressman ventures guess in VP-stakes

Guessing who Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might pick to be his running mate is one of the most popular parlor games among political wonks at the moment.

While many politicians won't venture to guess who the GOP vice presidential nominee will be, one central New York office holder was willing to make a prediction.

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9:21am

Thu August 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Taxes debated in 24th Congressional district race

The debate over extending the Bush-era tax cuts is very much an issue in the race for the 24th Congressional district.   Democrat Dan Maffei is criticizing incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle's support for keeping the tax cuts in place for everyone.

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10:07am

Tue August 7, 2012
Politics and Government

State says Medicaid waiver will "transform" New York's health care

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aides announced Monday they are asking the federal government for a Medicaid waiver that they say will help make the state a “national model” for health care.

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9:43am

Tue August 7, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senator to introduce new gun laws

francesandrew Flickr

In the wake of increased gun violence in New York and two mass shootings in the nation in the last few weeks, a State Senator is proposing stricter gun laws that he says could give New York the toughest gun laws in the country.

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4:10pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo defends transparency record

Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his administration against criticisms that he has not been transparent enough, saying he’s trying to do more.

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10:23am

Fri August 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Local Congresswoman weighs in on tax debate

Congress took up more than one controversial measure this week before it goes on August recess today. One is the debate over extending the Bush-era tax rates. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle about the controversial policy.

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9:17am

Fri August 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo defends ethics panel decision on retroactivity

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defend a decision by a state ethics board to keep secret the names of donors to a lobbying group that is a key ally of the governor. 

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9:37am

Thu August 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Comptroller: Local governments face grim fiscal reality

A report from the state comptroller finds local governments in New York are struggling financially. Around 10 percent are running deficits or suffering from cash flow problems, and there is no end in sight.

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9:51am

Wed August 1, 2012
Politics and Government

New disclosure rules won't include past donors

A New York state ethics board has ruled that lobby groups, including one closely allied with Governor Andrew Cuomo, will not have to retroactively disclose their donors. The proposed new regulations will require that in the future, contributions of over $5000 for the Committee to Save New York and other groups will have to be made public.
 

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11:49am

Tue July 31, 2012
Politics and Government

Promise of transparency plagues Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo began his term in office promising that he would run one of the most transparent and open governments in New York state history. But, eighteen months into his term, news stories relating to Cuomo's perceived lack of transparency in government have proliferated.

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10:28am

Tue July 31, 2012
Politics and Government

Part II: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

Last week on the Campbell Conversations, we heard Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner talk about the city's deep financial challenges, and also reflect on the Destiny USA saga.

In this week's continuation of the conversation, she discusses suburban and rural views of the city, the Say Yes program, and her relations with the city council. She also talks about her recent experiences as co-chair of the State Democratic Party, and the political futures of Andrew Cuomo, as well as herself.

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4:02pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei shows his support for Medicare

Democrat Dan Maffei is using the 47th anniversary of Medicare to emphasize his support for the program that provides medical care for older Americans. 

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4:03pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Central New York state Senator running unopposed

One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.  Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.

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3:16pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Republican John Sharon will run again for state Assembly

Republican John Sharon will challenge democratic Assemblyman Sam Roberts for the 128th district.
Ryan Delaney WRVO
  • Republican John Sharon will run again for state Assembly

John Sharon thinks a one-on-one race will give him a better shot at winning a seat in the New York State Assembly.

Two years ago, Sharon was one of four candidates vying for the 119th Assembly District. Democrat Sam Roberts emerged the winner.

But this year Sharon, a Republican, will try again -- though in a slightly different district. After redistricting, the 119th has become the 128th, but still encompasses the eastern part of Syracuse and its eastern suburbs. That includes Dewitt, where Sharon lives.

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11:00am

Mon July 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Part I: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

In recent months Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been an evangelist for fiscal sustainability and a clear-eyed look at the financial challenges facing the city. Before that she was a town crier regarding the Destiny project.

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6:08pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Politics and Government

NY Senate Democrats hopeful for November

A recent poll offers some hope to Senate Democrats who are trying retake the Senate after losing to Republicans two years ago, but the GOP says they are far from worried.
 

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3:39pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Wendy Long challenges Sen. Gillibrand's fiscal record

Wendy Long, the republican candidate for U.S. Senate, stands next to State Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) during a press conference Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long is challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) fiscal record.

Long stopped in Syracuse this afternoon on an upstate New York campaign swing.

Taxpayers in New York are sending too much money to Washington, Long contends.

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8:53am

Fri July 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo's endorsements of state senators remain up in the air

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will not necessarily endorse Democrats for election to the closely divided New York state Senate, even though he’s a Democrat. He says he’ll consider candidates on a case by case basis. That stance gives the politically savvy governor a number of options.

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9:51am

Thu July 12, 2012
Politics and Government

Business coalition opposes proposed Thruway toll hike

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A coalition of business groups is opposing a proposed 50 percent toll hike for trucks on the New York State Thruway, saying it will have a drastic impact on manufacturing, farming, and many other industries.    

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8:56am

Thu July 12, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo on campaign finance reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is starting a new effort to push campaign finance reform in New York’s elections.

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4:18pm

Wed July 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer fights for a provision to the farm bill

Doug Kerr Flickr

New York Senator Charles Schumer called on the House of Representatives to pass a provision of the farm bill that he says would allow more grants and loans for more than 60 rural upstate New York communities.

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9:29am

Wed July 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo offers some support for limited fracking

Governor Andrew Cuomo offered some support to a plan to permit hydrofracking in New York in communities that welcome the gas drilling process.

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4:40pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Politics and Government

Green Party candidate for Senate introduces herself

Colia Clark coliaclark.org

Not many New Yorkers likely know that three women are running for U.S. Senate in November.

Colia Clark is a veteran of the civil rights movement, and a former Democrat. Now she is a Green Party candidate running for Senate against incumbent Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Wendy Long.

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7:56am

Tue July 10, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo signs anti-cyber bullying law

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-cyber bullying bill into law Monday. It requires schools to be more vigilant about cyber bullying of students, and to take steps to prevent it.

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9:26am

Mon July 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Syracuse poised to award second 30-year tax break

The Syracuse Common Council will vote on a proposed tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center this afternoon.
Cameron Group, LLC

Syracuse appears ready to give out its second 30-year tax exemption after months of debate. The decision comes at a time when many in the city are skeptical of public backing for development.

The Common Council has called a special session for later today to vote on the property tax exemption for a developer planning to build a Syracuse University bookstore and fitness center in the University Hill neighborhood.

The vote was supposed to happen back in March, but it was pulled at the last minute because it faced certain defeat. In the months since, councilors have negotiated with the developer and university.

On Friday, councilors confirmed the deal will finally proceed because it has gained the needed five votes.

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10:22am

Sat July 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Weekly political addresses feature local congresswoman

Every week, President Barack Obama and a designated Republican office-holder deliver a weekly address to the American public.

This week, central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle was chosen to give the Republican's address.

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3:57pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Politics and Government

Ann Marie Buerkle, Fast and Furious, and the 24th district

The debate over Operation Fast and Furious is squeezing its way into the race for Congress in the new 24th Congressional District in central New York.

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9:05am

Tue July 3, 2012
Politics and Government

State legislature approves historically low number of bills

According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the New York state legislature.  

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4:54pm

Mon July 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle town hall

Ellen Abbott WRVO

A bit of bickering broke out among citizens at Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle's town hall meeting in DeWitt Monday. But it wasn't even the big issues that caused disagreement.

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10:09am

Mon July 2, 2012
Politics and Government

The future of the health care law

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was the subject of a symposium in Buffalo Friday. Panelists agreed the high court's ruling does not guarantee the law's future.

During oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court, attorneys spent just 50 words on whether or not the health care law is a tax. That ended up being the crux of Justice John Roberts opinion to uphold the law.

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