Regional Coverage

12:07pm

Thu November 7, 2002
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Firefighter's Widow Files Suit Against Onondaga County

Pompey, NY – The family of a Central New York Firefighter who was killed while battling a housefire in March plans to file a wrongful death suit against Onondaga County and the Fire Coordinator.

Donna Prince-Lynch will file a suit claiming the Pompey Hill Fire Department and the Onondaga County Fire Coordinator, Mike Waters, failed to have enough back-up rescue teams at the site of a housefire last Spring.

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10:15am

Thu November 7, 2002
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Third Party Candidates: What do they do now?

New York – Many of New York's third parties failed to attain or retain ballot status on election day.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on where the parties go from here and what happens to the issues they tried to raise.

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12:18pm

Wed November 6, 2002
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Election Summary

11/06/02 – Political Science Professor at SUNY Oswego, Bruce Altschuler, explores the outcome of the latest elections.

11:42am

Wed November 6, 2002
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Election Analysis

Oswego, NY – In New York State, there were no major surprises or upsets last night.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has more on the story.

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11:38am

Wed November 6, 2002
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Area Congressman Weighs in on Election

Syracuse, NY – Syracuse area congressman James Walsh believes the slim majority Republicans will hold in the U.S. Senate will help get key legislation approved in congress next year.

He concedes that the Democratic loss diminishes any of the clout gained by New York two Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, but says they can turn to him to help benefit New York State.

The veteran house Republican plans to continue serving as the chair of a key subcommittee that allows him to bring millions to Central New York.

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10:49am

Wed November 6, 2002
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Election Results

(New York State) – Governor Pataki was easily re-elected over Democrat Carl McCall and Independent Thomas Golisano.

As expected, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer kept his job, beating Dora Irizarry.

Democrat Alan Hevesi is the state's new comptroller. He replaces Carl McCall, who gave up the job to run for Governor.

Locally, Jim Walsh, John McHugh, and Sherwood Boehlert will all be re-elected to the House of Representatives.

Joan Christensen beat fellow incumbent Bill Sanford in the 119th District Assembly race.

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9:15am

Wed November 6, 2002
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Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers

Syracuse, NY – Economic uncertainty and job loss is taking a toll on the Salvation Army.

The organization is searching for volunteers to raise money for those in need.

Captain Kenneth Hayes says the Salvation Army is launching a major public relations campaign to find people to man the familiar red kettles.

Hayes says, unfortunately, there's also a greater need for funds this year thanks to an ailing upstate economy.

3:18pm

Tue November 5, 2002
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Anti-Nuke Groups Criticize Regulators Over Dry Casks

Oswego, NY – Two groups opposed to nuclear power say federal regulators failed to inform the public about all the risks associated with dry cask storage systems.

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1:44pm

Tue November 5, 2002
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Election Day is Here

NY – Democratic candidate for Governor Carl McCall was making a last minute whirlwind tour of the state last night to get more support.

But polls indicate that Governor Pataki, who ran from rally to rally with his son Owen, is still firmly in the lead.

Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano spent the evening in Schenectady talking with supporters about special interest funding, one of his major campaign themes this year.

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1:41pm

Tue November 5, 2002
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Syracuse Peace Council

10/30/02 – click on the "Listen" icon above to hear Amy Cavalier's feature report.

12:23pm

Tue November 5, 2002
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Conservative Jewish Group Blasts Pataki

New York, NY – A group of conservative rabbis says Governor Pataki isn't as conservative as he's pretending to be.

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9:50am

Tue November 5, 2002
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Coalition Surveys Candidates on Education Reform Issue

Albany, NY – A coalition of parents, teachers, and children's advocacy groups has surveyed candidates about the issue of reforming New York's school aid formula.

"The Alliance for Quality Education" says most candidates want to change the way schools are awarded state money.

Most said wealthy suburban districts should have to give up some state aid so that poorer urban and rural districts could improve their curriculum.

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4:02pm

Mon November 4, 2002
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State of the Park Report Released

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki has won praise from the Adirondack Council for protecting loons, supporting an adirondack museum, and agreeing on an environmental spending plan with the legislature.

The group released it's annual "State of the Park" report on issues affecting the Adirondacks.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was also cited by the group for his work on acid rain and his efforts to negotiate legislation increasing penalties for timber theft.

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3:46pm

Mon November 4, 2002
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New Study Calls For Public-Use AEDs

New York – A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that having Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, in public places saves lives.

The study found that 67% of those treated with an AED within 5 minutes of having a heart attack lived.

Red Cross Spokesman John Freeborn says the study makes the case for more AEDs in public places like malls, restaurants, and airports.

Freeborn says the devices are not foolproof, however, and that some training should be offered to employees.

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1:11pm

Mon November 4, 2002
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Golisano visits Oswego

Oswego, NY – Thomas Golisano will be in Oswego today.

The Independence Party candidate will meet with Mayor John Gosek and local officials to discuss the issues facing New York State.

Golisano will meet and greet the public at Coleman's restaurant at 2:30 p.m.

Golisano made headlines yesterday when he ran a two minute advertisment announcing he would stay in the race for governor to the end.

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11:19am

Mon November 4, 2002
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Area College Teams with CIA

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Institute of Technology is teaming up with the CIA.

The Intelligence Agency wants researchers at RIT to continue it's work on tiny batteries known as "nanopower sources."

The CIA thinks the small, lightweight sources of power will help soldiers in the field with an increasing amount of technical gadgetry.

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10:21am

Mon November 4, 2002
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Golisano Takes on Tribal Issues

Oneida, NY – Thomas Golisano won't be getting the endorsement of the Oneida Indian Nation.

The tribe is outraged by a campaign flyer being distributed by the Independence Party candidate for governor.

In the flyer, Golisano says he opposes the establishment of any tax-exempt, sovereign Indian nation.

Golisano also says he supports the landowners living in areas facing Native American land claim proceedings.

In addition, he makes a back-handed reference to ending native gaming in New York State.

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9:06am

Mon November 4, 2002
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Experts Puzzled by Golisano Announcement

Oswego, NY – Chairman of the SUNY Oswego Political Science Department Bruce Altschuler says it's unclear why Golisano bought two minutes of airtime to announce he'd remain in the race for Governor.

Altschuler says the Independence party candidate may have contemplated dropping out of the race, or he may have been pulling a last minute publicity stunt.

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4:21pm

Fri November 1, 2002
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Nestle Officials Get Set to Sell Building

Fulton, NY – The building that has housed the Nestle plant in Fulton for 102 years will be put on the market soon.

Nestle officials plan to meet with a corporate realtor in the next few weeks. Their goal is to sell the structure as soon as possible.

The company also announced that fifty of it's most senior workers will be the first to lose their jobs as the company slows production at the Fulton plant. Those workers volunteered for an early-out.

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3:57pm

Fri November 1, 2002
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Syracuse Diocese Forced to Hand Over Documents in Case

Syracuse, NY – A judge has ruled that the Syracuse Catholic Diocese must release personnel records in the sexual misconduct case of Monsignor Charles Sewall.

State Supreme Court Judge John Grow says the Diocese must release the documents to the judge in the case. That judge will then decide what to show prosecuting attorneys.

The lawyer representing the three men who accuse Sewall of sexual misconduct accused the Syracuse Diocese of stalling the case earlier this week.

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2:46pm

Fri November 1, 2002
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Pumpkin Patrol Keeps Motorists Safe

Liverpool, NY –
Amateur Repeater clubs from all over the state staked out bridges and Thruway overpasses last night, making sure that pranksters didn't throw pumpkins and other objects down onto passing motorists.

Bob Hamby, Pumpkin Patrol Director for the Liverpool Amateur Repeater club, says a thrown pumpkin can cause serious damage to a vehicle traveling at highway speed.

He says the HAM operators don't apprehend potential vandals, but they are in constant contact with New York State Troopers on patrol.

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1:35pm

Fri November 1, 2002
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Hancock Airport Graduates 100 New Screeners

Syracuse, NY – More than 100 airport screeners graduated from months of training at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse yesterday.

Gary Milano, the Transportation Security Administration's director at Hancock, says the training was intense. The screeners learned to identify objects in x-ray machines.

These screeners are among the first to go through training and be qualified as federal security employees.

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1:34pm

Fri November 1, 2002
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Anti-Gambling Coaltion Allowed to Continue With Suit

Albany, NY – An anti-gambling coalition will be allowed to go ahead with their lawsuit challenging a state law that would greatly expand gaming in New York.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi says the law, which, among other thing, would allow video slots at horse racing tracks, is "ripe for judicial review."

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11:39am

Fri November 1, 2002
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Oneidas Get Out the Vote

Vernon, NY – The Oneida Indian Nation has spent the past few weeks "getting out the vote."

Last week, they held a voter registration day for all employees. That event resulted in 100 new voters.

The Nation has also been holding informational meetings, examining where certain candidates stand on issues related to the Oneida Nation and it's enterprises.

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9:01am

Fri November 1, 2002
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First Anniversary of New York's Cell Phone Ban

New York – November 1st marks the one year anniversary of a law that bans motorists from using a hand held cellular device while driving.

A spokesman for New York State police, Troop D, says officers have seen a marked decline in drivers on cell phones.

The New York State police say at least 16,000 motorists have been ticketed for cell phone violations.

3:53pm

Thu October 31, 2002
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New Yorkers Urged to Prepare for Harsh Winter

Albany, NY – Although Winter doesn't officially begin until December 21st, much of Upstate New York will get a taste of the season today.

Ironically, Governor Pataki has designated next week as Winter Preparedness week.

The New York State Department of Emergency Managment has some tips on preparing for wintry conditions:

1. Have a professional check your furnace, woodstove, and chimney to make sure there are no fire hazards.

2. Replace all batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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2:21pm

Thu October 31, 2002
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Marist Polls Puts Pataki on Pedestal

Albany, NY –
A Marist College poll of likely voters shows Governor Pataki with a mammoth lead over Democrat Carl McCall and Independence Party candidate Thomas GOlisano.

Pataki leads McCall by at least 20 points.

The governor leads Golisano by 30 percentage points.

Still, Pataki says he won't rest on his laurels.

He continues to tour the state, talking with union leaders today.

11:39am

Thu October 31, 2002
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Marist Polls Puts Pataki on Pedestal

Albany, NY –
A Marist College poll of likely voters shows Governor Pataki with a mammoth lead over Democrat Carl McCall and Independence Party candidate Thomas GOlisano.

Pataki leads McCall by at least 20 points.

The governor leads Golisano by 30 percentage points.

Still, Pataki says he won't rest on his laurels.

He continues to tour the state, talking with union leaders today.

11:26am

Thu October 31, 2002
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Where are the Trick or Treaters?

Albany, NY – Don't be surprised if you don't see as many trick or treaters as you used to.

An Albany Times Union Poll shows that many parents are opting out of traditional trick or treating excursions. Instead, parents are taking their children to parties, community center haunted houses, and malls that offer safe trick-or-treat programs.

Some towns are limiting trick or treat hours. One southern tier town has decided to put a 9 p.m. curfew on trick ot treaters this year.

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