Politics

7:57am

Tue December 18, 2012
Politics

Maffei ready to deal with fiscal cliff if need be

Maffei (right), seen here earlier this year with former President Bill Clinton, says he's ready to handle the fiscal cliff.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

He won't be sworn in until January, but congressman-elect Dan Maffei is carefully watching the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington.

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10:14am

Mon December 17, 2012
Politics

Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations

Senator Valesky with IDC members Senators Klein, Savino and Carlucci.
nysenate.gov

A potentially significant new chapter in New York's political history will be written in January, as the State Senate's Independent Democratic Caucus joins with the Republican Caucus to form a coalition majority.  On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, State Senator Dave Valesky, a founding member of the Independent Democratic group, discusses how this new arrangement will work, and why joining with the Republicans may actually bring more progressive pieces of legislation to the Senate floor.

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1:34am

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Senate forms unprecedented new governing coalition

The leadership fight in the New York state Senate has been resolved, with a break-away Democratic faction joining with Republicans to form a new governing coalition that involves sharing the title of Temporary President of the Senate. 

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9:19am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics

NY Senate Republicans gain new recruit

Senate Republicans have gained one more member in the fight for control of the chamber. Newly elected Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder says he’ll sit with the GOP.

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1:43pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics

Matt Bennett on the Campbell Conversations

After the barrage of negative campaign ads, nightly robo calls, and daily mailers, most central New Yorkers are probably thinking, Whew!  Glad that’s over.  But the time after “the day after” has just begun.

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3:59pm

Fri November 9, 2012
Politics

Buerkle concedes 24th District race to Maffei

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) gave a brief concession speech Friday afternoon.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle stepped out of the federal office building in downtown Syracuse this afternoon, gave county party chair Tom Dadey a hug, and conceded the race for New York's 24th Congressional District to Democrat Dan Maffei.

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5:25am

Fri November 9, 2012
Politics

Thruway board expected to vote on truck toll hike

Jacob Enos Flickr

The New York State Thruway Authority has scheduled a board meeting for Friday afternoon.  There is no public agenda yet, but it is believed that the board will consider a 45 percent increase in truck tolls.

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4:29pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Politics

Anti-fracking candidates didn't fare well

Anti-fracking sentiment in the Southern Tier was felt at the polls when candidates opposed to drilling were beaten up and down the ballot Tuesday.

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1:37am

Thu November 8, 2012

11:30am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Maffei claims victory, Buerkle not conceding 24th District race

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle indicated she is still not conceding her race to represent central New York's 24th congressional district, despite trailing by about 4 percent to Democrat Dan Maffei.

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10:43am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Democrats appear to have taken control of State Senate

Wallyg via Flickr

Democrats appear to have taken over the State Senate, by a narrow margin. Some races were still being tallied, and others may be headed to a recount.

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10:17am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Stirpe reclaims Assembly seat from Miller

Democrat Al Stirpe is once again a New York State Assemblyman after defeating Republican Don Miller for a seat that was once Stirpe's.

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10:00am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Owens holds on to North Country congressional seat

Democrat Bill Owens survived one of the most costly and bitter political campaigns in North Country history last night. He defeated Republican businessman Matt Doheny by about 4,000 votes.

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8:45am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Ritchie defeats Tresidder in 48th state Senate district

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie celebrates her reelection Tuesday night.
Credit Natasha Haverty

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie easily won reelection in the 48th district, covering Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. She beat Democrat Amy Tresidder by a more than two-to-one margin. Now, Ritchie looks ahead to tackling the economic issues facing the state.  

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3:33am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Buerkle-Maffei race disputed

Dan Maffei addresses supporters shortly after midnight. The Associated Press reports the Democrat will be returning to Congress in New York's 24th Congressional District.
Olivia Fecteau WRVO

The candidates in the 24th congressional district contest were prepared for the race to go down to the wire, since polls predicted that democrat Dan Maffei and Ann Marie Buerkle were locked in a statistical tie, with Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum trailing behind. But it looks like former Congressman Maffei will be returning to Washington to represent central New York in Congress.

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3:15am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Regional Election Returns

We have compiled the latest on results for closely contested area campaigns. This page offers returns for the candidates competing for the 21st, 22nd, and 24th Congressional District seats, the 48th state senate seat and the 127th Assembly seat.

Last updated: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7

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1:41am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Hanna victorious in 22nd congressional district

Congressman Richard Hanna (R) - Barneveld
house.gov

After a final day of intense campaigning, Republican incumbent Richard Hanna won his second term as a New York state congressman last night, beating Democrat challenger Dan Lamb for the seat in the newly redrawn 22nd congressional district.

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4:50pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Hanna and Lamb crisscross the 22nd in a last push for votes

Congressman Richard Hanna and his opponent Dan Lamb spent election day crisscrossing the 22nd congressional district today asking constituents for their votes.

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1:10pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Buerkle & Maffei ready for the votes to be close

Ann Marie Buerkle voting in the town of Onondaga, New York.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

The candidates for central New York's 24th congressional district both say they are ready for election results that could be too close to call tonight. The latest Siena College poll on Saturday showed Democrat candidate Dan Maffei tied with incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle at 44 percent.

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6:01am

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Election officials preparing for a big day

Columbia City Blog Flickr

Election Day is here at last and polling places across upstate New York are prepared to be busy, because presidential election years tend to boost turnout.

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4:37pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Politics

Progressives worry votes for Rozum could mean Buerkle win

Ursula Rozum is running for Congress in New York's 24th District on the Green Party line.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

The latest Siena College poll in the 24th Congressional District gives Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum support from 8 percent of likely voters. The question now is if Rozum will get enough votes to tilt the outcome between the major party candidates.

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5:43am

Mon November 5, 2012
Politics

Race for 24th congressional district in final stretch

After months of campaigning in the too-close-to-call 24th Congressional District race, it's almost time for voters to make their decision. The final weekend of the election season was a busy one.

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6:01am

Sun November 4, 2012
Politics

Catholic faith affects voters differently

As Election Day approaches, is there such a thing as a catholic vote?  Catholics make up a quarter of the voting electorate, but they don't vote in lockstep.  Roman Catholic teachings can take a Catholic voter to both ends of the political spectrum.

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6:06pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Politics

Ann Marie Buerkle on the Campbell Conversations

The race for New York’s 24th congressional district seat has easily been the most intense political contest in this region, pitting incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle against Democratic challenger Dan Maffei, in a bitter rematch. Ursula Rozum has also run a spirited Green Party challenge, which could influence the outcome.

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5:32pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Politics

DeFrancisco keeps a watchful eye on state Senate elections

State Sen. John DeFrancisco in his Syracuse office.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

With two Republican state senators retiring, the GOP could lose their slim majority in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) said he doesn’t want Democrats to lead the state Senate, as they did briefly in 2009 and 2010. 

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5:00am

Fri November 2, 2012
Politics

Rozum accuses GOP donors of trying to "game the election"

Green Party congressional candidate Ursula Rozum donates campaign contributions she says came from Republican voters.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

The Green Party's candidate for central New York's congressional seat is giving away some recent large campaign contributions she received.

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4:15pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Politics

Poll shows Doheny-Owens race in statistical tie

Amanda Morrison Watertown Daily Times

The two candidates running for the North Country's congressional seat are in a statistical tie, according to the latest poll from Siena College. Republican Matt Doheny trailed incumbent Democrat Bill Owens by 13 points in Siena's last poll seven weeks ago. Owens now leads by just one point in the poll released today, which showed the Democrat receiving 44 percent support, to Doheny's 43 percent.

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5:18pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Politics

Rozum runs first campaign ad

Ursula Rozum, Green Party candidate for Congress in the 24th congressional district, is beginning to run her first television campaign ad in the final days before the November 6 election.

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10:20am

Wed October 31, 2012
Politics

Socialist candidate running for president in New York

Third party candidates for president generally don't get much publicity and most of the time don't get enough votes to make a difference in a presidential election. But advancing a cause is reason enough for one third party candidate to run.

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10:02am

Wed October 31, 2012
Politics

Richard Hanna on the Campbell Conversations

Richard Hanna meets with residents at the Herkimer Town Hall.
Richard Hanna for Congress

Congressman Richard Hanna has been widely cited as a vanishing breed in Congress - a moderate Republican. The freshman is running for re-election in New York’s 22nd district, against Democratic challenger Dan Lamb.

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