Politics and Government

3:51pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

New York counties want state to take more action against bath salts

County governments want New York state to take a tougher stand on bath salts.  The Association of Counties, meeting this week in Syracuse, is calling for a state law to criminalize the synthetic drug.

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7:00am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Poll shows increased support for fracking

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking. A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstate New Yorkers, some who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

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7:41am

Tue September 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei promises to support federal spending on college loans

Democrat Dan Maffei is promising to try and help families struggling with the cost of college. The Congressional candidate says  a big part of that is keeping the grant and loan programs that help millions of students pay for an education.

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7:04am

Tue September 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Ethics panel launches probe

A unanimous state ethics board appears to launch a full investigation into the Assembly’s sexual harassment scandal.  The vote followed an acrimonious meeting, where commissioners appointed by the Assemblys peaker demanded a public discussion of the deliberations, and called the governor’s threats to open his own investigation “coercive.”  

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8:44am

Mon September 10, 2012
Politics and Government

"Super control board" idea to help struggling municipalities still possible

New York State continues looking for ways to help local governments on the edge of fiscal collapse.  And, the idea of a "super control board" is still a possibility.

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5:00pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Dan Lamb on the Campbell Conversations

Dan Lamb is running for Congress in New York's 22nd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Richard Hanna.

In this conversation with Grant Reeher, Lamb says Hanna's image as a moderate has been cultivated by positions taken at the margins. The Post-Standard once called him central New York's "man in the middle."

But Lamb says Hanna should be viewed as a member of the right wing Republican mainstream on the big issues and the big votes.

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10:02am

Fri September 7, 2012
Hydraulic Fracturing

Controversy still simmers over SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute

Weeks after its founding, the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) released a study that hydrofracking opponents called flawed and biased toward the natural gas industry. Above, a hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania.
Matt Richmond Innovation Trail/WSKG

Shortly after opening its doors at this spring, the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) ignited a controversy that persists several months later.

The newly-founded SUNY Buffalo institute issued a study which found a decline in accidents and environmental damage caused by hydrofracking – a drilling technique using high volumes of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas from shale far below the Earth’s surface.

Opponents call the study flawed and biased in favor of the oil and gas industry.

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9:56am

Fri September 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle fields complaints and questions at mobile office hours

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) met with Syracuse residents to discuss the future of Medicare and Social Security.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Opponents of the Romney/Ryan budget plan took their complaints to the congressional mobile office hours of Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) on Syracuse's south side yesterday.

They're worried about potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

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1:06pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics and Government

NY GOP use Democrats' words against them

The New York State Republican Party is turning a familiar Democratic Party accusation back against the Assembly Democrats, who are involved in a sexual harassment scandal. 

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9:56am

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Al Stirpe on the Campbell Conversations

There's more than one election rematch in Syracuse this fall.

Democrat Al Stirpe is trying to recapture the State Assembly seat he lost to Republican Don Miller in 2010.  Miller, a staunch conservative, won an upset victory over Stirpe despite being outspent by a large margin.

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9:01am

Thu September 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly holds hearing on Thruway Toll Hike Plan

The first of two Assembly hearings on the New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed truck toll increase was held in Albany Wednesday.

Several Assembly Republicans, who are in the minority party in that house, held a hearing on the 45 percent toll increase for trucks proposed by the Cuomo administration’s Thruway Authority.

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9:02am

Wed September 5, 2012
Politics and Government

JCOPE meets; won't confirm investigation

The state ethics board held a closed door meeting Tuesday. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, is believed to be discussing whether to investigate Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and possibly the Assembly Speaker, over a sexual harassment scandal.

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10:09am

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics and Government

Ethics panel calls special meeting

The state’s ethics board has called a special meeting immediately after Labor Day. The news comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo and others have called for an investigation of a sexual harassment scandal in the State Assembly.

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10:02am

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics and Government

State's finances deemed to be improving

401(K) 2012 Flickr

There are signs that the New York state’s finances are getting healthier, but local governments in New York continue to flounder.

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3:52pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle on election gender gap and the GOP

The gender gap looms large in the upcoming election.  Depending on the polls you look at, women support Democrats over Republicans by 10 to 20 percent but that does not necessarily mean the GOP is abandoning the women's vote, especially in the hotly contested 24th Congressional district race.

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12:51pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Syracuse "nuns on the bus" oppose Republican budget proposal

Members from various faith communities travel through Syracuse by school bus in solidarity with the Nuns on the Bus movement.
Ellen Abbot WRVO

The Republican federal budget proposal is being targeted by a Washington-based movement called Nuns on the Bus. Earlier this month, a group of nuns and others from local faith communities traveled around Syracuse in a school bus to spread their message in solidarity with the movement.

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9:06am

Thu August 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly Speaker Silver says he welcomes ethics probe

A rare apology from one of New York’s most powerful Democratic leaders regarding a payout to alleged victims of sexual harassment is raising even more questions at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he welcomes an impending ethics probe.  

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8:00am

Sat August 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Owens works the senior vote in the North Country

Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) campaigns in Massena.
David Sommerstein North Country Public Radio

Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) is making Medicare a big issue in his race with Republican Matt Doheny.

Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population.  So they’ll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country’s 21st Congressional district.  And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.

Owens’ campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Doheny on Medicare.

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4:28pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Owens enters contest of the airwaves

Congressman Bill Owens has released the first television advertisement of his re-election campaign --  a day after his Republican opponent Matt Doheny did.

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10:11am

Wed August 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Regional Congressional races take the contest to the airwaves

Two of the region's most hotly contested political races have taken to the airwaves with their first television commercials.

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10:12am

Mon August 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Gillibrand again pushing incentive package for small businesses

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is again stumping for incentives for woman-owned small businesses.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is again trying to push incentives for woman-owned small businesses through Congress.

The senator was at Cathedral Corporation in Rome Friday afternoon to push the SUCCESS Act.

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10:10am

Mon August 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Julie Cecile and Pat Kilmartin on the Campbell Conversations

Almost every November, voters are asked to make choices about judges, but they have almost no relevant information about how those judges will approach their jobs. Beyond knowing the candidates' party, citizens end up casting votes largely in the dark. And Family Court is perhaps the murkiest of all judicial positions.

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8:00am

Sun August 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo takes a back seat at National Convention

Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of many New York politicians who have chosen to scale back their participation in the national Democratic convention in North Carolina. While the others are Democrats seeking re-election in Congress, Cuomo is eschewing what could have been a prime time speaking slot.  

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5:01pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Ursula Rozum on the Campbell Conversations

Running in her first race for public office, Ursula Rozum is the Green Party candidate for Congress in New York's 24th district.  She's going up against the incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle and Democratic challenger Dan Maffei.

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4:55pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Politics and Government

State assemblymen push for legislation to help apple growers

msr Flickr

The cherished autumn tradition of apple picking is off to an early start in the Northeast as growers deal with aftershocks from bizarre spring weather that took a toll on fruit crops.

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9:59am

Fri August 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Task force investigates spending on infrastructure projects

The New York Works Task Force is touring the state explaining how it's trying to better spend taxpayer dollars on infrastructure programs, and looking for suggestions on how to do it. The Task Force Stopped in Syracuse this week during a spate of infrastructure woes.

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9:34am

Wed August 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Paul Ryan's impact on NY House races debated

Gage Skidmore Flickr

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will impact New York’s competitive House races. But whether the effect will be good or bad depends on who you talk to.

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4:59pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Politics and Government

Republican Senate candidate on the issues

Karen Dewitt WRVO

The Republican candidate for US Senate, Wendy Long, is describing herself as pro-hydrofracking, for entitlement reform and focused on beating her opponent. Long spoke with reporters in Albany Monday and talked about everything from Paul Ryan to tort reform.

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9:28am

Tue August 14, 2012
Politics and Government

State GOP chairman: Paul Ryan will "play well" in NY races

The head of the New York state Republican Party predicts that the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York state.

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10:00am

Mon August 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor Andrew Cuomo has chance to remake state's highest court

wadester16 Flickr

In the next couple of years, Governor Andrew Cuomo may have the chance to shape the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, as several judges reach the end of their terms or the mandatory retirement age. It’s an opportunity no New York governor has had in a generation.

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