Politics and Government

9:31am

Tue June 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Undocumented and fighting for immigration reform

Aly Wane is an illegal immigrant from Senegal
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Local immigration reform advocates are pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the loudest voices comes from a man who is in this country illegally.

Aly Wane was born in Senegal in 1976 and, because of a family dispute, came to live in this country in 1984. He went on to high school and college, but because of his family situation he was never naturalized.

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9:39am

Mon June 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Interview: Republican Michael Kicinski, candidate for 22nd Congressional district

Tomorrow is Congressional primary day in New York. In the newly redrawn 22nd district, which runs from the Mohawk Valley, south through Cortland to Binghamton, Republican incumbent Richard Hanna is running for re-election. He's facing a primary opponent, fellow Republican Michael Kicinski.

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9:55am

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Albany legislative session comes to an end

The state legislature ended their 2012 session Thursday evening as lawmakers had promised, but they did not manage to finish everything on their list before they left.

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9:49am

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Interview: Republican Kellie Greene, candidate for 21st Congressional district

kelliegreene4congress.com

June 26 is Congressional primary day in New York. In the newly redrawn 21st district in Northern New York,  Republican Kellie Greene is running against Matt Doheny. The winner of that race will face incumbent Democrat Congressman Bill Owens in November. Doheny lost a close race to Owens two years ago. This year Greene hopes to get the chance to take on Owens.  Greene spoke with WRVO's Catherine Loper.

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8:49am

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Interview: Republican Matt Doheny, candidate for 21st Congressional district

Doheny4Congress.com

June 26  is Congressional primary day in New York.  In the newly redrawn 21st district in northern New York.  Republican Matt Doheny is running against Kellie Greene. The winner of that race will face incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in November. Doheny lost a close race to Owens two years ago, and he's back for another run this year. Doheny recently he spoke with WRVO's Catherine Loper.

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4:22pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Politics and Government

DiNapoli wants Local Development Corporations held accountable

New York's fiscal watchdog wants lawmakers to give his office more power  over economic development organizations that he says are being misused in some cases, by local governments in New York state. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has his eye on Local Development Corporations.

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10:06am

Thu June 21, 2012
Politics and Government

Local governments struggle; tax cap presents new challenges

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli at a Local Government Leadership Institute meeting in Syracuse
Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

Local governments continue struggling in the wake of the recession. At a Local Government Leadership Institute meeting in Syracuse Wednesday, officials looked for answers to  some of the problems they still face following the Wall Street meltdown.

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9:42am

Thu June 21, 2012
Politics and Government

Some issues left hanging as session ends

The legislative session that’s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what’s not getting done than what is getting accomplished. Agreements were not reached on several key issues.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time last year was intensely lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. This year, he has taken a more hands-off approach to the end of the current legislative session.

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10:13am

Wed June 20, 2012
Politics and Government

End of session: No action on bill to decriminalize marijuana

A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana appears dead for the legislative session, now that Republicans in the Senate say they won’t be acting on the bill.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it’s “highly unlikely” that his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana will be taken up by the Senate before the legislative session ends on Thursday, and Senate Leader Dean Skelos confirms that.

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9:55am

Wed June 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo offers teacher evaluation bill with no compromises

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is telling the legislature to "take it or leave it" over a new bill he’s released outlining how to make teacher evaluations public.

Cuomo says he introduced  legislation on the publication of teacher evaluations just before his own self-imposed deadline of midnight Monday in order to clarify his position on the issue.  He says it’s up to the Assembly and Senate whether they want to pass it, exactly as is, or not.

“That’s the bill, the bill is not going to change,” said Cuomo. “They act on it or they don’t. But there’s not going to be changes and discussions at this time.”

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4:31pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Gillibrand talks election year politics

While visiting Syracuse today to promote a new bill to help small businesses, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand rebuffed the criticisms of her opponents that she has moved further to the left since taking office.

"I have the exact same values as I’ve always had, and that’s fighting for New Yorkers, fighting for small businesses, and helping get this economy back on track," said Gillibrand.

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3:56pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Senator says tax breaks for small businesses would help women

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Suzanne Kondra-DeFuria outside of Potter's Heating and Plumbing this afternoon.
Matt Porter WRVO

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Syracuse today at a local business promoting tax breaks for small businesses. The bill is particularly directed at companies owned by women.

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9:56am

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer wants to bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York

New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a new bill that he says would help bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York.

The bill would provide a 20 percent tax credit for businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the US as well as close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

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10:19am

Thu June 14, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senate forum questions status of big business advocacy group

A hearing by New York Senate Democrats explored the influence of the controversial lobby group known as ALEC in New York State. Those who testified say more light needs to shine on the secretive group and even urged the state ethics commission to start an investigation.

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3:28pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Politics and Government

Richard Ravitch on the Campbell Conversations

Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has been called a Renaissance Man, and Mr. Fix-It.

He was intimately involved in the fiscal turnaround for New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, and in 2009 Governor Paterson named him as Lieutenant Governor in the hopes that he could improve the state’s budget process.

Now, he’s chairing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s Municipal Financial Advisory Board, to advise the mayor on dealing with the city’s fiscal problems.

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10:34am

Fri June 8, 2012
Politics and Government

The Green Party's 'New Deal:' Rozum calls for public works program

Ursula Rozum sharing the details of her public works program in downtown Syracuse on Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Green Party candidate for congress in central New York says a massive public works program can create jobs and improve the environment.

Ursula Rozum called for a “New-Deal”-like $10 trillion, 10-year program to fund clean building, energy and transportation programs.

She says it would create needed jobs.

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7:12am

Wed June 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo puts gambling and convention center agreement on hold

Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed that a deal with a major gambling company to build a convention center in Queens has fallen through, Cuomo says he’s opening up the bids to more companies.

The governor’s change  of plans come amid reports that the gambling company Genting contributed over two million dollars to a lobbying group closely associated with the governor.

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10:02am

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo moves to further decriminalize marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches, to  fix what he  says is a “blatant inconsistency” in New York City’s controversial stop and frisk policy.

Governor Cuomo says New York City’s stop and frisk police procedure has unfairly led to the arrest of thousands of mainly young black and Hispanic men who were caught with possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The arrests often lead to criminal records with lifelong consequences that can prevent the young person from getting college aid, or living in public housing.

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2:02pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Minimum wage supporters won't quit

Supporters of raising New York’s minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed this session.

With just three weeks left in the legislative session, demonstrations and efforts to put the bill on the Senate floor continue.

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11:58am

Mon June 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Miner on becoming co-chair of New York's Democratic Party

Becoming co-chair of the Democratic Party in New York state will allow Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to do more of what she already does. Miner is expected to be elected co-chair of the party when members meet this week.

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10:15am

Fri June 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Ethics panel meets among controversy

The head of the state ethics commission, Janet DiFiore, says she has “done nothing wrong,” after allegations she used her influence as Westchester County DA to obtain welfare benefits for her maid.

DiFiore spoke after a lengthy closed door session of the ethics commission.

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4:24pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Politics and Government

Ann Marie Buerkle works to advance the agenda of women in the House

Gage Skidmore Flickr

Syracuse area Republican Ann Marie Buerkle is taking a leading role in a new caucus in the House of Representatives that focuses on women.

Buerkle will be a vice chair of the Women's Policy Committee, made up of female Republican representatives in the House.

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4:00pm

Fri May 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Onondaga County DA Bill Fitzpatrick on the Campbell Conversations

When the Manlius Swans had their eggs destroyed, there were numerous calls and letters demanding justice.

When 20-month-old Rashad Walker, Jr. was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related attack, there was silence.

What does this say about the state of gang violence in the Syracuse area, and the community's numbness - or fear - regarding it? Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick wrestles with this question, and also comments on some of the recent conflicts his office has had with other local public officials.

10:00am

Fri May 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo puts stamp on State Democratic Party

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a rousing speech at a meeting of the State Democratic Party, but stopped short of endorsing a democratic take over of the State Senate.

At the meeting, the new co-chairs of the party, chosen by Cuomo, were introduced.

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4:30pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Politics and Government

Gillibrand pushes for women and paycheck fairness

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The proposed legislation would hold employers accountable for pay inequity among women employees. It would also make it easier for workers to pursue back pay and help women negotiate for higher salaries.

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9:29am

Mon May 21, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei gets campaign to reclaim congressional seat underway

Dan Maffei, center, talks with supporters Saturday as he opened his campaign headquarters in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The lawn signs started popping up a few weeks ago, but Dan Maffei didn't officially launch his campaign for Congress until this weekend.

In fact, Maffei said, the signs are from his previous campaigns. He hasn't printed the new ones yet.

Maffei met with several dozen supporters at his newly opened campaign headquarters on East Washington Street in downtown Syracuse Saturday afternoon.

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4:00pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Bob Dougherty on the Campbell Conversations

Bob Dougherty is new to politics, but in his first year on the Syracuse Common Council, he's been drinking from a fire hose.

Given the current political climate- both national and local- why did he choose now to become involved?

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11:00am

Wed May 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Lawmakers agree to change September 11th primary date

The state’s September primary is going to be delayed by two days, now that the legislature has agreed to move the date from Tuesday, September 11 to Thursday, September 13.

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10:35am

Wed May 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly, Senate leaders disagree over moral high ground on minimum wage bill

Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage.

The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether.

Democrats in the Assembly approved a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has championed the measure, calls it a “moral imperative”.

“It is, I keep saying it, a moral issue,” said Silver.

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6:00am

Tue May 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Despite positive views of lawmakers, New Yorkers don't want to see a pay raise

A new Siena College poll finds that New Yorkers are starting to feel more positive about the state legislature- but they still don’t want to see Senators and Assembly members receive a pay raise.

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