Politics and Government

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

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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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4:56pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo makes remarks on same-sex marriage legislation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he didn't discuss the effort to legalize gay marriage during his private conversations with President Barack Obama Monday, and doesn't intent to push the issue.

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11:12am

Tue May 8, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo announces reform package to protect those with special needs

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a major reform package aimed at ending the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in state care.

The governor was joined by legislative leaders, district attorneys, and people with disabilities at the state Capitol on Monday.

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3:05pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle talks vets, seniors' healthcare at town hall

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) reads an attack flyer before being introduced at a town hall event Friday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

After opening with acknowledgement of the veterans present and the work she's done for them, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) turned her focus to a flyer that was being distributed outside.

Buerkle held her 17th town hall since taking office in Cicero Friday morning. The flyer being handed out by the political advocacy group Citizens Action of New York discussed her "dangerous record" on social security and Medicare.

Buerkle told the crowd of mostly senior citizens that it wasn't true.

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9:49am

Fri May 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo: Minimum wage hike is dubious

The Catholic Church is weighing in on raising the state’s minimum wage, but Governor Andrew Cuomo says the chances of an increase becoming law are "dubious."

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2:20pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor says infrastructure panel will end a "bizarre" and "wasteful" situation

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed his second blue ribbon panel of the week - this time to oversee infrastructure and capital projects including road and bridge repairs for the state.

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10:35am

Wed May 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Parties squabble over campaign finance reform

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Democrats and Republicans in the State Senate engaged in partisan squabbling over reform of the state’s campaign finance system.

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8:14am

Wed May 2, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senate votes to give more money to schools in Republican represented districts

Republicans in the state Senate Tuesday night brought up a bill that would give $10 million in extra aid to schools. 

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2:39pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Report: NYRA illegally pocketed $8.5 million extra in winnings

The Cuomo administration has accused the New York Racing Authority of taking more than its fair share for more than a year.
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The New York Racing Association (NYRA) is under fire for skimming $8.5 million from bettors.

In a new report, the Cuomo administration says NYRA pocketed a larger-than-allowed "takeout" percentage on "exotic bets" - special wagers on multiple horses or races.

The report alleges that NYRA then tried to cover up the wrongdoing.

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9:49am

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo shifts to new phase of government

Governor Cuomo cast further doubt on issues like campaign finance reform and increasing the states minimum wage to become law this year, and says he’s “shifting” to a new phase of governing instead.

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12:24pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo casts doubt on success of remaining session issues

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has some goals for the rest of the legislative session, including reforming the campaign finance system and possibly raising the state’s minimum wage.

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10:00am

Wed April 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly introduces public campaign financing bill

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The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit voluntary public financing of some election campaigns for the first time in New York State.

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9:21am

Wed April 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Romney rolls in New York, despite low voter turnout

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Mitt Romney won New York’s presidential primary Tuesday without much difficulty. Romney won 62.4% of the vote statewide. Ron Paul finished second, picking up 15.7%. Newt Gingrich finished third, with 12.9% and Rick Santorum picked up 9% of the vote, despite dropping out of the race earlier this month.

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9:50am

Tue April 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Long lines and inspiration accompany Hillary Clinton at SU

Students wait in line to enter SU's Hendrick's Chapel for a policy discussion with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday.
Durrie

Even before the doors opened for students to find a seat to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak at Syracuse University Monday morning, a line began to form. Over the next couple of hours, it kept growing as a sturdy column of students, faculty, and community members stretched through campus in the cold rain.

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10:21am

Mon April 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Will multiple primaries lead to voter confusion?

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Republican Presidential primary politics comes to New York state Tuesday. It's the first of three different primary days across the state this year. Election officials worry that all these primary days will end up confusing voters.

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11:57am

Fri April 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Presidential candidates skip state GOP dinner

The state Republican Party held it's annual dinner in New York City five days before the state's presidential primary. Only one of the remaining candidates was scheduled to speak at the dinner, and it wasn't Mitt Romney.

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11:40am

Fri April 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Ron Paul campaigns at Cornell University

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Ron Paul's presidential campaign came to Cornell University Thursday ahead of next week's all-but- decided Republican primary. Congressman Paul's speech was half lecture and half rally-cry.

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4:19pm

Thu April 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Groups spend $1.5 million to push for campaign finance reform

With just two months left in the legislative session, advocates of campaign finance reform are pressing Governor Cuomo and the legislature to adopt a New York City style public financing system for the state.

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10:21am

Thu April 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Senate Democrats press minimum wage hike

Democrats in the State Senate held a forum promoting a hike in the state’s minimum wage, while a conservative group says there’s already a government program in place that  boosts the earnings of low wage workers well above the current minimum standard.

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3:28pm

Wed April 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Al Stirpe announces his intent to run

It’ll be election deja-vu for some Onondaga County voters this year when it comes to the 127th Assembly District seat. An incumbent who lost two years ago is jumping back into the ring.

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