Politics and Government

9:00am

Mon December 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Should Thruway Authority merge with transportation department?

The leader of the New York state Assembly Republicans is proposing to do away with the state’s Thruway Authority and merge it into the state Department of Transportation, in an attempt to avoid excessive toll hikes.

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8:54am

Mon December 3, 2012
Politics and Government

DEC: no fracking decision before health review is done

The Cuomo Administration says it will not be ruling on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York until an on-going health review is finished.  The delays have resulted in the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation having to open another public comment period, which begins December 12.

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5:08pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Lt. Governor says Senate should put aside partisanship

New York’s Lieutenant Governor weighed in on the leadership fight going on in the state Senate, saying the senators should put aside partisanship and try to work together.  

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9:13am

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats

Activists outside state Sen. Dave Valesky's office
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

While the balance of the New York State senate remains unclear, as votes continue to be counted in a pair of close Senate races, activists are calling on a breakaway political coalition to stick with the Democrats. A coalition of union and community groups believe some important issues depend on it.

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4:20am

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo changes insurance rules to help Sandy victims

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is taking steps to speed up insurance claims processing after Superstorm Sandy. Cuomo says 360,000 Sandy victims have filed insurance claims for damage to their homes, cars and other property.  And he says insurance companies have not been quick enough to respond.

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5:49am

Thu November 29, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo claims he's staying out of fight for state Senate control

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is staying out of the on-going battle for control of the New York state Senate, maintaining that he will work with whoever ultimately wins the struggle.

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5:36am

Thu November 29, 2012
Politics and Government

Legal experts say fracking decision delay could be smart move

A legal expert says that the Cuomo administration’s move to delay for another 90 days the decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York makes sense. Meanwhile, some health care professionals say a review underway on the health effects of fracking is a sham.

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4:42am

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo: State to miss fracking deadline on Thursday

The state’s environmental agency confirms it will miss a key deadline and delay approval of hydrofracking in New York once again. Anti-fracking forces see an opportunity in the new delay, while those waiting to benefit economically from the gas drilling process are feeling frustrated.

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1:38pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says fracking study will not be done by deadline

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a health study of hydrofracking will make it impossible to meet a looming deadline for regulations on the drilling process, which would pushing a much-delayed decision on the contentious issue into 2013.

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9:19am

Tue November 20, 2012
Government

Crouse Hospital agrees to pay service fee to Syracuse

Crouse Hospital will pay Syracuse $50,000 each of the next four years in a service agreement.
der_krampus via Flickr

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has notched another win in her efforts to get the city's major nonprofits to begin chipping in for the city services they use.

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9:09am

Tue November 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Drillers impatient with slow pace of fracking review

Gas drilling companies in New York state says they’re “exhausted” by a more than four-year long review process on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York, that they say they now fear will drag on into 2013.

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5:42am

Tue November 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Advocates urge minimum wage hike

Advocates rally at the state Capitol against hunger and for a minimum wage hike
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Advocates for a minimum wage hike rallied at the state Capitol Monday, amid growing signals that there might not be a special session to deal with the issue, or any items at all this year.

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3:30pm

Sat November 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Tara Sonenshine on the Campbell Conversations

The new frontier in international diplomacy is something called "public diplomacy"--it involves expanding the domain and practitioners of diplomacy beyond traditional government-to-government communication, and threatens the long-standing emphasis on controlling the message.  Tara Sonenshine, the State Department's Undersecretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, guides the United States' efforts in this area.

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1:48pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Leading Democratic state Senator says party should unite

A leading Democratic Senator says wayward Democrats should get in line with the others in their party, and form a majority to run the Senate when the new session starts in January. 

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6:02am

Thu November 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Progress slow on fracking health review

Hydrofracking could once again be delayed in New York, unless the state Health Commissioner is able to complete requirements to contract with outside health experts and conduct a health review by November 29.

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5:41am

Thu November 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Medicare advocates worried about possible costs to seniors

Medicare will look different a year from now, as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.  But, Medicare advocates are worried about some potential changes to the program that pays for health care for the elderly.

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4:14am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo launches probe of utilities companies

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a Moreland Act investigation into the state’s utilities companies, which he says he hopes will result in a complete overhaul of New York’s power distribution system.

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4:20pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Thruway authority pulls back on toll hike vote for now

After canceling two meetings where a proposed 45 percent toll hike on trucks was believed to be voted on, the New York State Thruway Authority now says it needs more time to consider options before going ahead with the controversial proposal.

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5:24am

Tue November 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer: compromise is key to avoiding fiscal cliff

The focus in Washington, D.C. is now on the so-called "fiscal cliff," which describes the automatic budget cuts and tax hikes that are scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year if Congress and the president don't come to an agreement to reduce the deficit.  Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those saying that the election was a mandate for compromise.

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4:01pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics and Government

Thruway Authority to meet after delay

The New York State Thruway Authority will hold a meeting Tuesday, after postponing a meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon. While there’s no official agenda, opponents of a toll hike on trucks believe the board will vote on the issue at the meeting.

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6:15am

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo allows storm victims to vote at any polling site

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to issue an executive order that will allow residents displace by superstorm Sandy to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling site in the state.

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9:49am

Fri November 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Area seniors worried about entitlement cuts

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Seniors in the 24th congressional district are worried about the future of Medicare and Social Security according to a poll conducted by the AARP. 

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6:01am

Thu November 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo: Helicopter survey of Sandy damage "disturbing"

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a helicopter tour of areas devastated from Hurricane Sandy, along with New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  The governor says the state faces significant challenges to rebuild, and will have to fundamentally rethink New York city’s infrastructure going forward.

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9:33am

Thu October 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo holds Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit

New York produced beer on display at the governor's mansion
Karen DeWitt WRVO

Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to invest more money into promoting the state’s growing wine, beer, and spirits industries, following a day long special summit at the state Capitol.

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4:00pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Politics and Government

New York state overhauls information technology services

In an effort to modernize the state’s IT services, New York is in the midst of consolidating staff and updating policies.

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9:01am

Tue October 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says local governments need to cope with tax cap

Governor Andrew Cuomo is telling local governments they are on their own when it comes to coping with a recently imposed property tax cap, saying it is up to county and city government leaders to make the hard choices, and to stop complaining.

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6:08am

Tue October 23, 2012
Government

Council supports decrease in use of Syracuse hiring practice

The Common Council's finance committee asked for answers about how the city pays the employees who are on SURA's payroll in a meeting on Monday.
Joseph A Flickr

A few days after a state audit criticized a long-used Syracuse hiring practice to get around civil service laws, the Common Council probed the issue, but councilors came down more on the side of the mayor's office than the auditors.

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9:07am

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Environmental commissioner offers fracking decision update

New York state’s environmental commissioner for the first time commented in-depth about a new health review that has once again delayed a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. But Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says there are still some unanswered questions.

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3:03pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says troopers' "troubled" history is in the past

New York’s first graduating class of New York State Police in three years received their diplomas in a ceremony Tuesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke at the event, says he hopes some of the recent controversies surrounding New York’s elite police unit is behind them.

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10:34am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo says do the "people's business" before pay raise

Governor Andrew Cuomo says if state lawmakers are looking for a pay raise in a post election session, they will have to accomplish some items on his agenda first.

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