Politics

11:24am

Tue August 26, 2014
Politics

Syracuse Common Council considers Ban the Box legislation

Syracuse lawmakers are making more changes to the proposed Ban the Box legislation. A scheduled vote has been put off until after another committee meeting, to discuss the latest iteration of the civil rights legislation.

Ban the Box legislation is meant to get rid of the check box on a hiring application that asks if applicants have a criminal history. For Brian Johnson of Syracuse, that box is keeping him from getting a job, even though it’s been seven years since his encounter with the law.

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8:10am

Fri August 22, 2014
Politics

Cuomo won't say whether he'll debate Teachout, Astorino

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits the New York State Fair in Syracuse Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

Cuomo, who spoke after an early morning stop at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, would not say whether he’ll debate Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, or Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout.

“I’ll leave that to the campaigns to talk through,” Cuomo said.

The governor was asked what he meant by the statement.

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5:35am

Fri August 22, 2014
Politics

Challenger in New York's attorney general race focuses on corruption commission

John Cahill says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman can discuss some aspects of the now defunct Moreland Commission. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Republican challenger in the race for New York attorney general has begun airing TV ads, and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

John Cahill, the Republican candidate for attorney general, has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Act Commission on corruption.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was with the commission. The commissions’s actions are now under federal investigation.

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5:30am

Thu August 21, 2014
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Poll shows Cuomo still popular, but shows weakness on corruption issue

Diana Robinson Flickr

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for governor is virtually unchanged since the spring, with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his Republican and Democratic challengers. 

The favorable ratings for Cuomo come after weeks of negative news stories about the governor’s alleged interference in an ethics panel and an ongoing federal investigation.

The Quinnipiac poll is the third in recent weeks that show the governor’s race in New York remains stagnant, with Cuomo ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino by nearly 25 percentage points.

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4:13pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Politics

Maffei says Katko crossed the line by talking about Democrat's wife, child

Dan Maffei and his wife, Abby, hold hands while walking to where Maffei held his press conference Wednesday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The issue of central New York Congressman Dan Maffei's connections to Washington, D.C. has once again come up as a campaign issue. But it's the mention of his wife and newborn daughter that has the Democrat steaming.

Maffei called a news conference Wednesday, telling reporters that Republican candidate John Katko crossed the line when mentioning the fact that Maffei’s wife works in Washington, D.C, and his baby was born in a Washington, D.C. area hospital earlier this summer

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5:40pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Politics

Utica councilman calls for public safety review

At least one member of Utica's Common Council is calling for the city's public safety commissioner to perform a top-down review of the city's safety policies, saying a rise in gun crime and the heroic actions of two residents are a call for change.

Councilman Joe Marino presented his request during a meeting last week and is calling on Mayor Robert Palmieri, who also serves as the city's public safety commissioner, to provide the council with a full review.

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8:11am

Wed August 13, 2014
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GOP candidates file for new "Stop Common Core" ballot line

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP candidate for governor.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Republican candidate for governor and other state-wide conservative candidates have submitted their names for a new “Stop Common Core” party ballot line.

The campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says they collected about four-times as many signatures as the 15,000 needed to apply to create a new ballot line.

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, who is running for state comptroller as a Republican, is also applying for the line. He says they hope to win votes on the line from liberals and conservatives.

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4:26pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Politics

North Country Democratic congressional candidate launches first TV ad

Aaron Woolf (file photo)
NYS Democratic Party

Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate in the North Country's 21st Congressional District, released his first television ad today.

Woolf, a documentary filmmaker, is running against Republican Elise Stefanik and Green Party candidate Matt Funicello to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. Woolf's television commercial says that if elected, he would be willing to work with Republicans to get legislation passed.

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10:24am

Tue August 12, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's poll numbers still high, despite Moreland Commission controversy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a recent visit to Syracuse (file photo)
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo/Flickr

Election Day is less than three months away, and despite a recent scandal that gained national media attention, Gov. Andrew Cuomo still is leading the race. That's according to the latest Siena college poll. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with pollster Steven Greenberg, who explained why. 

Catherine Loper: What are the main findings in this latest Siena poll about the governor’s race?

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5:06pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Politics

Judge rules Teachout eligible to run in Democratic primary against Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout.
Michael Johnson Flickr

An attempt by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's supporters to get his Democratic primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, off of next month's ballot has been thwarted.

Teachout has been declared eligible to run on the ballot next month. A Brooklyn judge issued the decision Monday afternoon, quashing arguments made by Cuomo supporters who say Teachout did not met New York's five-year residency requirement. They argued that she had a Vermont driver's license until this spring and spent the majority of her time there.

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6:41am

Thu August 7, 2014
Politics

Katko wins a disputed labor endorsement

John Katko, the Republican candidate for New York's 24th Congressional District.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Republican candidate for the Syracuse-area's congressional seat has won the endorsement of one labor union leader, but other area labor unions are saying they're still strongly behind the Democrat in the race.

Tim Hogan, the former president of the now dissolved Teamsters 182 says he endorsed long-time friend John Katko's effort to unseat Rep. Dan Maffei back in April, before his union chapter merged with a Teamsters chapter based in Albany.

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6:39am

Thu August 7, 2014
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State's sole participant in public campaign finance program admits it's a challenge

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci is running for the state comptroller position against Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The only statewide candidate participating in the pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going. But Republican comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state's matching funds.

Antonacci has to convince 2,000 people to donate small amounts of money to his campaign by September 10, and raise $200,000 from them, in order to qualify for a grant that will give him six times the amount of money he raises by that date.

“It has been tedious at times,” Antonacci admits. “It’s been a lot of work.”

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4:27pm

Fri August 1, 2014
Politics

Proposed changes to Cooperstown accommodation law target nuisance B&Bs

Ken Curtis Flickr

The village of Cooperstown is floating the idea of changing its tourism accommodation law, targeting nine businesses that it says were grandfathered into the village's current rule.

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz says the law requires people renting out their homes to visitors to stay on site so that the property is monitored. But the nine businesses don't have to follow the law.

Recently, Katz says disturbances at several of those non-conforming businesses have caused year-round residents to complain.

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5:35am

Wed July 30, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's GOP challenger gains from ethics commission controversy

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during an Albany press conference.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

The little known and underfunded Republican challenger for New York governor has been getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep the controversy, first reported in an in-depth story in the New York Times, alive.

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6:45am

Tue July 29, 2014
Politics

Oswego, Oneida counties receive additional family court judges

Brian Turner Flickr

Twenty-five family court judges will be added statewide by the end of 2015 to help reduce a backlog of cases and streamline the family court process. It's the first major addition of judges in New York in more than three decades.

Last year, there were more than 7,200 family court petitions filed in Oswego County, resulting in nearly 3,500 cases that needed to be handled by a judge. That equates to about 20 to 40 cases each day that are handled by either the county's elected family court judge, or another county judge as needed.

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3:23pm

Mon July 28, 2014
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Astorino likens Cuomo to mob boss over Moreland Commission

Rob Astorino, the Republican nominee for governor, holds a can of Lysol, saying Albany needs to disinfected.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rob Astorino is working to keep heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over reporting the governor interfered with an Albany ethics panel.

Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, made several stops across upstate New York Monday, as Cuomo made his first public comments since The New York Times reported Cuomo and his office tried to influence an independent commission set up by the governor to investigate corruption.

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1:45pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Green Party gubernatorial candidate wants to debate Cuomo, Astorino

Howie Hawkins speaks to the press in front of the Jerry's Rescue statue in downtown Syracuse.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, called for a series of debates with Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and  Republican candidate Rob Astorino on a range of issues Wednesday, including job creation. Hawkins was critical of both Republican and Democratic economic policies.

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8:02am

Thu July 24, 2014
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Onondaga County executive discusses role in Cuomo's Moreland Commission

Joanie Mahoney served as one of the members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A New York Times report alleges that a senior aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo interfered with the work of the Moreland Commission, the group the governor appointed to investigate corruption in Albany. The Times story also accuses Cuomo's office of trying to stop the commission from investigating groups tied to him. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney was a member of the commission and Grant Reeher, host of WRVO's Campbell Conversations, interviewed Mahoney after the Times report came out.

GR: With this report, are you surprised by anything in it?

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7:07am

Thu July 24, 2014
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In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns

Republican candidate for the 128th Assembly District John Sharon during an event on Wednesday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

For the third time in six years, Republican John Sharon will challenge Democrat Sam Roberts for the 128th Assembly District seat.

Sharon admits going into a race in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans overwhelmingly, it doesn’t look promising.

“Just do that red-blue math, the numbers are not good," Sharon said. "But I’m not concerned about that, because I’m trying to reach out to the people who live here. And say, look, I’ll work for you, I will listen to you, I’ll be accessible, I’ll be visible, I’ll give you everything I’ve got every day.”

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8:00am

Wed July 23, 2014
Politics

Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse), left, and John Katko, GOP candidate for the 24th Congressional District.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Some supporters of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) are pushing back on recent comments made his Republican challenger, John Katko.

Katko, a former federal prosecutor, has recently said he doesn’t support a law aimed at equalizing pay for women and men. And he says his Catholic faith guides his views on abortion.

Those comments to The Post-Standard have upset female supporters of Maffei, a Democrat.

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4:31pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Politics

Siena Poll finds Cuomo far ahead in governor's race, Common Core unpopular

Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads his Republican opponent by more than 35 points, with less than four months until Election Day.
Zack Seward WXXI

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

According to a recent Siena Research Institute poll, Cuomo is 37 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino.  The Democrat also has a high favorability rating, while 60 percent of voters have never heard of Astorino.

Candidates’ financial statements were released earlier this month, and Cuomo reported having $35 million, compared to Astorino’s $2.4 million in the bank.

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5:44pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Politics

GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political

John Cahill, who is running for state attorney general as a Republican.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Republican candidate for state attorney general says the man who holds the office now, and those who served before him, have treated it has a political stepping stone.

A.G. doesn't stand for "aspiring governor," John Cahill said.

Cahill was an aide and environmental conservation commissioner to former Gov. George Pataki, a Republican who ran the state from 1995 to 2006.

Cahill is now challenging Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for the role of New York's top lawyer.

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8:41am

Tue July 15, 2014
Politics

Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse), left, and John Katko, GOP candidate for the 24th Congressional District.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rep. Dan Maffei has picked up the endorsement of an informal group of central New York business and economic leaders.

About two dozen executives are backing the Syracuse Democrat in his bid for re-election against Republican John Katko.

Eric Mower, of the advertising firm Eric Mower and Associates, says he’s neither a Republican nor Democrat and he supported former Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican.

But he says has focused on the issues facing the region.

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3:02pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Politics

Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line

Common Core meetings held throughout the state last year brought out many disapproving citizens. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Republicans vying for statewide office continue pushing an anti-Common Core ballot line they’re trying to get in place for the November elections.

Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced this week that he’s trying to create a ballot line called “Stop the Common Core.” Now, other statewide GOP hopefuls are explaining why they like the idea.

Bob Antonocci, who's running for state comptroller, says Common Core was something forced on the state with the promise of federal dollars.

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6:12am

Fri July 11, 2014
Politics

Astorino challenges Cuomo to eight debates

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is calling for eight regional debates with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

The Republican challenger for governor, Rob Astorino, has proposed multiple debates in locations around the state with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor has so far not accepted any.

In a video, Astorino says the debates should be held in every region of the state between now and election day.

“I challenge Gov. Cuomo to a series of at least eight regional debates around New York state,” Astorino said.

Astorino says he agreed to five one-hour debates when he ran for his second term as Westchester County executive.

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4:06pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Politics

Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in New York state is spending part of today in the North Country.   

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss says his message is aimed at the area around Fort Drum, and that he and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino know how important that military base is to the local economy.

“Over $1 billion I think last year alone goes out to the community," Moss said. "So Fort Drum is very important to that part of the state. It’s important that we keep it open and keep jobs there.”

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3:59pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable

John Katko, the Republican Party candidate for the 24th Congressional District
Ryan Delaney WRVO

John Katko, the Republican candidate for the 24th Congressional District, outlined his five-point plan for veterans Wednesday.

Katko says most people don’t have a problem with the Veterans Affairs system in Syracuse, but emphasized that’s not the case nationwide. Katko said his experience as a federal prosecutor gives him the ability to hold accountable those responsible for falsifying VA records, as seen throughout the country. Katko also emphasized his willingness to reach across the aisle.

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6:25am

Thu July 3, 2014
Politics

Katko calls out Maffei on gas and energy policies

John Katko says the middle class is getting squeezed by high gas prices.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

As central New Yorkers hop in their cars to head off for the holiday weekend, the 24th Congressional District race is focusing on gas prices and energy policy.

The Republican candidate in the race, former federal prosecutor John Katko, is calling on incumbent Democrat Rep. Dan Maffei to say no to what Katko calls a growing effort in Washington to raise the federal gas tax.

He says central New Yorkers just can’t afford it.

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6:38am

Wed July 2, 2014
Politics

North Country baker turned Green Party candidate "angry in a nice way"

Matt Funiciello is a long-time business owner and founder of the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls.
Funiciello Campaign

It's just over four months before the November election and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is making his first campaign stops around the 21st Congressional District.

Funiciello says he's running to win the North Country's House of Representative seat, hoping to follow in the footsteps of other maverick members of Congress.

A long-time business-owner and founder of the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls, Funiciello says he hopes to peel away disgruntled voters who in the past might have backed Republican or Democratic candidates.

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5:34am

Mon June 30, 2014
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GOP senators say Democrats will neglect upstate

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the New York state Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about upstate and Long Island.

The five-member Independent Democratic Conference  announced it would break its nearly two-year-old  alliance in ruling the Senate with the Republicans, and plans to join the Democrats in a coalition government after the November elections.

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