Politics

9:12am

Mon February 25, 2013
Gun Control

Onondaga County Legislature will voice opinion on state's gun laws

The Onondaga County Legislature is expected to join a growing list of county governments cementing their opposition to New York's new, stricter, gun control laws.

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9:55am

Fri February 22, 2013
Politics

Advocates say public financing of campaigns could close corporate tax loopholes

A group pressing for public campaign financing has compiled a list of large corporations who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to some New York lawmakers. They charge that the donations are preventing the legislature from closing what they say are corporate tax loopholes.

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4:50pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Politics

WRVO Election Night Special Coverage

WRVO News provided regional coverage of election night during live cut-ins of NPR's national election coverage. Our reporting covered three congressional districts, Assembly races, the balance of the state legislature, and the U.S. Senate race.

We believe our coverage was comprehensive, fair and up-to-the-minute, but also thoughtful and analytical. Given our large region and small staff, we are proud of the service we provided our listeners.

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2:54am

Thu January 31, 2013
Politics

Cuomo's approval down, following new gun law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s championing of strict new gun control laws in New York state has taken a toll on his popularity. A new poll finds that for the first time since taking office, Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped significantly.

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9:36am

Tue January 15, 2013
Politics

State Senate approves toughest in nation gun laws, Assembly to act Tuesday

The New York state legislature is passing the toughest in the nation gun control laws laid out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Senate voted late Monday evening , and the Assembly is expected to act Tuesday morning.

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10:55am

Mon January 7, 2013
Politics

Ann Marie Buerkle on the Campbell Conversations

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle recently ended her term the way she first ran for the office—standing up for conservative principles. She voted against the fiscal cliff compromise, on the grounds that it did not address the deficit and government over-spending.  But she was defeated last November by Dan Maffei, the man she unseated in 2010.

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2:35pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Politics

Deal reached to stop the $6 gallon of milk

A deal is on the table to stop milk prices from rising to $6 a gallon.
Credit wander.lust / via Flickr

Congress seems to have reached a deal to stop milk prices from rising to a warned about $6 a gallon in the New Year, but it's unclear if it will be voted on before the end of 2012.

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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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