Politics

4:22pm

Wed June 4, 2014
Politics

Doheny says attack ad launched againgst him crosses a line

The primary race between Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik to represent the North Country's 21st Congressional District continues to draw national attention. On Tuesday, GOP Super PAC American Crossroads joined the fray by running a television ad against Doheny in Albany, Watertown and Plattsburgh, which attacks the Watertown businessman's political and personal record.

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3:36pm

Wed June 4, 2014
Politics

Howie Hawkins says Green Party has a shot at victory

Howie Hawkins, from Syracuse, is running for governor again as a Green Party candidate.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Green Party politician Howie Hawkins says a third party candidate has a chance to win the governorship.

The left-leaning Working Families Party has endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat running for reelection, but some members of the party weren’t happy with the choice.

Hawkins, a perennial progressive candidate for office, sees that as an opportunity.

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7:08am

Mon June 2, 2014
Politics

Pelosi kicks off bus tour on women's issues in Seneca Falls

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a stop in Albany during her bus tour on women's issues.
Dave Lucas WAMC

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kicked off a multi-state bus tour in upstate New York in an appeal to women to vote for Democrats in November's election.

Pelosi was joined by various New York Democratic Congresswomen and female candidates for the house of representatives. The bus tour started Sunday in Seneca Falls, where Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Rochester) and the Democrat candidate from the 23rd district in the Finger Lakes area, Martha Robertson, joined the minority leader.

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6:14am

Mon June 2, 2014
Politics

Cuomo happy to gain Working Families Party endorsement

Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left-leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly midnight on Saturday night.

Some members of the party have been upset because they believe the governor has not been progressive enough and they're unhappy with Cuomo's support for business-friendly tax cuts and charter schools.

Cuomo did not attend the contentious meeting, but he did send a pre-produced video, and some of the party members booed when he later phoned in some comments.

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5:42am

Mon May 26, 2014
Politics

Cuomo quietly accepts Independence Party endorsement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quietly accepted the endorsement of the state’s Independence Party, after the party met with no public notice in Albany on Friday morning.

The Democrat governor did not attend the brief Independence Party meeting in Albany, but speaking in Buffalo later, acknowledged the endorsement.

“I’ve accepted the endorsement and I’ll be running on their line,” Cuomo said. “I’m pleased with their endorsement.”

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3:43pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Politics

Astorino claims Cuomo aide made him sit in the back during president's speech

GOP nominee for governor Rob Astorino speaks to reporters on the first night of the Republican convention in Westchester
Karen DeWitt/WRVO News

The Republican candidate for governor, Rob Astorino, claims an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo made him sit in the back during President Barack Obama’s visit to New York City's Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday, a charge Cuomo’s spokesman denies.

President Obama spoke near the bridge in Westchester County on the opening day of the state Republican Party convention, held just a few miles away nearby.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is also the GOP nominee for governor, attended the event, along with his opponent, incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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3:25pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Politics

DiNapoli says he's doing more than other comptrollers to fight graft

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli at a rally with the SEIU union in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's top fiscal watchdog says he has been directly involved in fighting political corruption in the state. His opponent for state comptroller in November's election says otherwise.

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6:17am

Wed May 14, 2014
Politics

GOP lieutenant governor choice is SAFE Act opponent

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss
Chemung County

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a lieutenant governor running mate will be Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

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5:56am

Wed May 14, 2014
Politics

Astorino the underdog in the governor's race

Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, faces a steep challenge. He’s 30 points behind the well-known incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls, and has only a fraction of Cuomo’s record $33 million campaign war chest.  

Astorino is a Republican in a state where Democrats now dominate and independents, not registered in either major party, are gaining ground. But the 47-year-old married father of three says he’s used to being a long shot.

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8:53am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

Democratic National Committee chairwoman stumps for Dan Maffei

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

One of the Democratic Party’s top women visited Syracuse to stump for Rep. Dan Maffei, who is running for re-election to Congress.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She spoke a Laci’s Tapas Bar Monday, a women-owned restaurant in the city's Hawley Green neighborhood.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Common Councilor Helen Hudson, and former Palmyra Mayor Vicky Daly all showered their praise as well.

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6:26am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

Major parties head to NYC suburbs for state conventions

The state’s Republican and Democratic Party conventions will be held over the next couple weeks. Both major parties have chosen to hold them in locations in the New York City suburbs.

The Republicans go first. They are meeting in Rye Brook in Westchester County May 14.  It makes sense for the GOP to hold their convention in a New York City suburb. There is still a small bastion of registered Republicans, and the Republican nominee for governor will be Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.  

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6:16am

Thu May 8, 2014
Politics

Onondaga County's Bob Antonacci running for NY comptroller

Onondaga County Republican Comptroller Bob Antonocci.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Onondaga County’s top financial officer will challenge his state-wide counterpart in the November election. Bob Antonacci says he can use the comptroller post to turn around New York.

Antonacci, the Republican Onondaga County comptroller, is a lawyer and certified public accountant. He says his background on the county level has prepared him for Albany.

He was asked last week by state GOP officials to challenge Democrat Thomas DiNapoli.

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6:38am

Wed May 7, 2014
Politics

Astorino: Binghamton could be Dallas of New York

Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for New York state governor, campaigned through the Southern Tier Tuesday.
WSKG

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino touted the benefits of hydrofracking during a series of stops in the Southern Tier yesterday. One of the stops was at a Vestal company that does roadwork for oil companies just across the border in Pennsylvania.

Astorino visited the Binghamton-area company Vestal Asphalt and linked upstate New York's declining population with a lack of jobs and high taxes. He pointed to fracking as a way to reverse that trend and transform the Southern Tier.

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4:31pm

Fri April 25, 2014
Politics

Maffei challenges Katko to "straightforward campaign"

Left: Rep. Dan Maffei (file photo); right: John Katko (provided photo).
Ryan Delaney/WRVO & Katko for Congress

Rep. Dan Maffei has called on his Republican challenger to sign a pledge vowing to run a "clean campaign." That challenger, John Katko, agrees with the notion, but has decided to raise Maffei's offer.

Maffei, D-Syracuse, sent the pledge to Katko this week, saying the two should reject campaign contributions from "shady" outside groups that hide their donors. They should run "an honest, straightforward campaign," Maffei wrote.

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3:59pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Politics

Miner says she's not involved in picking replacement for party co-chair

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she's not involved in picking a replacement to help run the state Democratic Party. She stepped down from her role as co-chair of the party last week.

Miner had the job for two years, but left to, as she puts it, give someone else a chance.

Since taking the post, though, she publicly disagreed and had a falling out with the state's most powerful Democrat and person who appointed her to the post: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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7:00am

Mon April 21, 2014
Politics

Gillibrand says she isn't giving up on military sexual assault bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks with reporters during a Watertown event in late January. (file photo)
Joanna Richards WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says in the next few months she is going to revive her military sexual assault bill, which changes how those types of crimes are prosecuted by the military. The legislation failed last month following a filibuster.

Gillibrand says her bill, which would allow military prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases instead of officers in the regular chain of command, still has the support of 55 senators, including Republicans.

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5:52am

Fri April 18, 2014
Politics

Rep. Hanna will not face a Democratic challenger this fall

Transportation for America/via flickr

Local Democrats failed to meet a filing deadline to run a candidate in this year’s race to represent the 22nd Congressional District, which covers an area from Binghamton to Utica and west to Pulaski. Republican incumbent Richard Hanna will only have to get past two Republican challengers in this June’s primary.

Jim Testani is the chairman for the Broome County Democrats. He says the fact there isn’t a Democratic challenger isn’t from a lack of effort. Testani says he met with several potential candidates but says the rising cost of campaigning scared them all away.

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7:15am

Fri April 11, 2014
Politics

Cuomo to local governments: Cut spending

The governor lauded four years of on-time budgets in Irondequoit Thursday.
MIchelle Faust WXXI

During a speech in Irondequoit Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets. 

Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era. He calls it his "grand slam" budget.

The governor highlighted state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.

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6:44am

Fri April 11, 2014
Politics

NY Legislature approves "National Popular Vote" bill

Credit National Popular Vote

New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.

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7:13am

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

New York State Gaming Commission hears testimony on problem gambling

Viri G Flickr

The New York State Gaming Commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in the state over the next several years.

Among those testifying was James Maney, the executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

Maney, who’s organization is neither for or against gambling, says there’s no doubt the new casinos will increase the number of problem gamblers in New York.   

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7:48am

Wed April 9, 2014
Politics

Howie Hawkins begins second run for governor

Howie Hawkins, from Syracuse, is running for governor again as a Green Party candidate.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Howie Hawkins, a longtime member of the Green Party, has kicked off another campaign for governor of New York, this time with a goal to win four times as many votes as he did four years ago.

Hawkins lives on Syracuse’s south side and works for UPS. Over the years, he’s run for everything from Common Council to Congress.

In 2010, he notched just shy of 60,000 votes and raised $45,000 in his bid for governor. That was more votes than any other third party candidate. He’s hoping to quadruple both those numbers in November.

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3:02pm

Mon March 31, 2014
Politics

Comptroller says public financing plan has serious flaws

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the public financing plan in the budget has serious flaws.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The state’s top accountant says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is seriously flawed, and might even be unworkable. 

The budget provision, which first surfaced late Friday, would enact a pilot public campaign finance program limited to the comptroller’s office.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a long time supporter of public finance, says this plan comes too late in the election cycle, and relies on the State Board of Elections, a board widely viewed as incompetent, to set up the program.

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5:35pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Politics

Duffy says he's "in sync" with Cuomo, not planning resignation

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney talks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (file photo).
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says there’s no truth to rumors he will not be campaigning with the governor this fall. 

Wait for the facts to come out about him and the governor’s (both Democrats) political plans, Duffy said Tuesday in Buffalo.

Last year Duffy interviewed to become leader of the Rochester Business Alliance – the city he was once mayor of. He withdrew about a week later.

He's not being asked to step aside, he said.

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6:19am

Mon March 17, 2014
Politics

New York GOP has sights set on winning four key Congressional contests

NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment

Republican party leaders are bullish when it comes to New York state's congressional elections this November.

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5:39am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer County earlier this year.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to double the tax write-off for child care expenses, saying it will benefit working mothers and families.

Right now 35 percent of a child’s daycare – or up to about $1,000 – can be written off on annual tax filings. Gillibrand’s bill would raise that to half of the expenses, or $3,000. She says making child care more affordable will allow more parents to work full time and bring home more money.

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8:08am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues

Aaron Woolf, Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District
NYS Democratic Party

The endorsed Democratic candidate for Bill Owens' seat in Congress finally broke his media silence Wednesday, speaking with several North Country media outlets. Aaron Woolf spoke with North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein on a range of issues, from gun control and health care to why a political rookie wants to represent the region. Democratic county chairs chose Woolf to run a month ago, but he had declined interviews until now.

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9:42pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Politics

Donald Trump rallies Republicans, saying party can win New York

Donald Trump speaking at a Republican Party fundraiser in Syracuse Tuesday night.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

In the words of the infamous Donald Trump, upstate New York has been "abandoned," the state's gun control laws were a "catastrophe" and its pro-business television campaign is "egregious."

Those were some of the colorful adjectives Trump, a real estate tycoon and reality TV star, used at a Republican Party fundraiser Tuesday night in Syracuse.

Trump has flirted with a run for governor of New York for a few months, but his speech in front of more than 300 people was to raise money for the party, not announce a bid for governor. He did say that decision is coming soon.

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3:51pm

Fri March 7, 2014
Politics

Republican Astorino takes new campaign for governor to Syracuse

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) visits Syracuse as part of his new campaign for governor.
Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

Two days  after becoming the first Republican to announce a campaign to run for governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino spent Friday crisscrossing upstate New York from Rochester and Syracuse to Albany, and his message was the same in each city. He believes he can beat a popular Democrat in an election where Democrats hold an overwhelming voter registration advantage.

Astorino says he did it in Westchester County, where he has twice won the office of county executive.  

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2:36pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Politics

North Country candidate Democrat Aaron Woolf says media silence is not inaction

Aaron Woolf, Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District
Martha Foley/NCPR

The elusive Democrat who's running for Bill Owens' seat is meeting privately with local leaders across the 21st Congressional District. Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf met with Warren County Democrats in Lake George Wednesday night after visiting the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in Canton.

It's been more than three weeks since party leaders endorsed Woolf. Even though he's barely spoken with the media, Woolf says he's been busy.

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8:14pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Politics

Astorino makes it official, via YouTube announcement

Rob Astorino
Karen DeWitt/WXXI

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced on YouTube his candidacy to run as a Republican against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Astorino, a Republican who has won the county executive seat twice in the Democratically dominated Westchester County, painted a grim picture of New York under Cuomo, saying the state is “dying” from the highest taxes in the nation and is one of the poorest business climates in the country.

“Is New York winning? Or are we losing?” Astorino asks.

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