Politics

7:12am

Mon June 10, 2013
Politics

Cuomo faces challenges in third legislative term

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's poll numbers have slid as his first term has hits some bumps.
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces perhaps his biggest challenge yet as the end of his third legislative session rapidly approaches. His poll numbers are falling, and his agenda is in danger.

When Cuomo began the session, back in early January, his poll numbers were soaring. His approval rating, following a fall that was spent cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Sandy, was at an almost unheard of 74 percent. A confident Cuomo embarked on an ambitious progressive leaning agenda.

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8:19am

Thu June 6, 2013
Casinos

Cuomo deals his bill for upstate New York casinos

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to place three Las Vegas-style casinos in upstate New York.
ChrisYunker via Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a bill to authorize three new gambling casinos in upstate New York, if the legislature agrees to his plan and voters approve it in the fall.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has been pushing the plan for upstate casinos as an economic development tool for several months now. The constitutional amendment needed, which has already received partial passage, calls for seven casinos. Cuomo wants just three destination gambling centers for now.

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5:01pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Politics

Will the GOP have a candidate for Syracuse mayor?

While a Democratic primary in the race for mayor of Syracuse features a full field, Republicans in the city have yet to come up with a candidate. So they're buying themselves a little more time to find someone to run against the winner of the Democratic primary.

Well-known republicans like State Senator John DeFransisco and Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon have turned down requests to run, retired firefighter Tom Sexton is considering it, and Onondaga County Republican Party Chairman Tom Dadey says he continues talking to prospective candidates, whose names he says he is not at liberty to share at this time.

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3:48pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Politics

Hogan announces run for mayor

Hogan announced his run for mayor with fellow Democrats and city firefighters
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

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Syracuse Common Councilor Pat Hogan has officially announced that he'll join the primary for mayor of Syracuse.

Hogan says this election will paint a clear difference between him and Mayor Stephanie Miner, who's running for re-election.

"It's a choice between collaboration or combativeness, constituents or cronyism, community or concentration of power and transparency or closed door deals," he said.

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4:04pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Politics

Common councilor announces bid for re-election

Syracuse Councilor at Large Jean Kessner announes her re-election bid in front of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

One of the sitting Syracuse common councilors who failed to get support from the Syracuse Democratic Committee this spring, has announced a primary run.

Syracuse Councilor at Large Jean Kessner will soon begin gathering the 1,000 valid petition signatures she'll need by mid-July to wage a primary election to hold on to her seat.

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9:16am

Thu May 23, 2013
Politics

One Democrat unhappy with Mayor Miner's leadership of the party

While Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is busy rallying Democrats across New York state as part of her role as co-chair of the New York State Democratic Party, one Syracuse Democrat is accusing her of dividing the party in her hometown.

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5:07am

Fri May 17, 2013
Casinos

In deal, Oneida will keep casino dominance over central New York

The Turning Stone casino, operated by the Oneida Nation, opened in Verona, N.Y. in 1993.
O World of Photos via Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation will for the first time share a sizeable chunk of gaming revenue from its casino operation in order to keep competition from the state out its backyard.

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3:25pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics

Primary challenge for Syracuse council president dropped

Gary Morris endorses Van Robinson, left, for Syracuse Common Council president as Mayor Stephanie Miner looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse Democratic party activist Gary Morris has dropped his bid to become president of the Syracuse Common Council and endorsed current president Van Robinson Monday.

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5:48am

Fri May 3, 2013
Gambling

Lawmakers consider delaying vote on allowing casinos

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to bring three casinos to upstate New York.
ChrisYunker via Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have tried to jump start negotiations over siting several new gambling casinos in New York. But they also conceded that the plans might be delayed for another year.

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5:12am

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Cuomo's abortion rights proposal stalls in Senate

Wallyg via Flickr

A key component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the State Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.

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12:15pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Politics

Maffei marks 100 days back in office by talking jobs

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-DeWitt) speaks with students at an event marking his first 100 days back in Congress.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

Central New York's congressman has marked his first 100 days back in office by laying out a blueprint for jobs and the economy.

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9:22am

Mon April 15, 2013
Politics

Congressional race underway in one district

It may seem like the 2012 elections are barely behind us, but in New York’s 23rd congressional district the race for 2014 is on. 

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3:27pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Politics

Cuomo says relationship with Syracuse Mayor Miner is "fine"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is "fine."
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is "fine," but the two have not talked in a few months.

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5:46am

Wed March 27, 2013
Politics

IDAs retain right to give out state tax breaks in budget win

New York's numerous economic development bodies will still have the ability to give out state-level tax breaks in a deal struck with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in state budget negotiations.

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3:58pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Politics

Cuomo poll ratings down, but still higher than most pols

A new Siena College poll finds a slight drop in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity for the third month in a row. The poll finds the governor’s popularity has dropped to 64 percent -- still higher than most politicians in the country -- but an eight point slide from a 72 percent approval rating in  December.

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2:40pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics

Most Republicans Who Signed Support For Same-Sex Marriage Aren't In Office

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Next month, the Supreme Court will take up a highly anticipated challenge to California's Prop 8, the ban on gay marriage. Today, a group of prominent Republicans weighed in with a legal brief opposing the ban. That puts them at odds with their party's position. But as NPR's Don Gonyea reports, it puts them in line with public opinion.

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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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