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Green party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins is calling for a massive expansion of public housing in the state in an effort to make housing more affordable.  But he says it’s a different approach than the old, large-scale projects of decades past.   

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The first fight over a late entry of a Democratic Congressional Candidate in the 24th District has been settled by the State Board of Elections.  Juanita Perez-Williams was granted approval to face-off against the Onondaga County Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate Dana Balter in June.  Perez-Williams says that she assessed things on the sideline before launching her campaign.

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The newly reunited Senate Democrats held their first press conference, where they focused on what they said was their number one priority, a package of bills making it easier to vote.

Senate Democrats conducted a survey of eligible voters in New York on their voting patterns. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart- Cousins says it confirms what she already knew -- New York’s voter participation rate is abysmal. The state ranks 41st of all 50 states in the 2016 elections, with a voting rate of 57 %. 

Cuomo Cease and Desist Threat for ICE Conduct Draws Local Support

Apr 26, 2018
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a harsh stance against Immigration Enforcement. He issued a cease and desist letter to ICE yesterday to put an end to what he called reckless and unconstitutional enforcement. If the agency doesn’t comply, he will sue. New York Immigration Worker Coalition organizer Fabiola Ortiz Valdez appreciates Cuomo’s actions, but doesn’t think they’re enough.

Cynthia Nixon Talks Immigration at Campaign Stop in Syracuse

Apr 26, 2018
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Democratic challenger for Governor Cynthia Nixon visited Syracuse Thursday, campaigning on an issue for which Governor Cuomo just made headlines. Nixon said efforts to protect immigrants and undocumented workers don’t go far enough.

Cuomo recently banned Immigration Enforcement from state buildings unless they have a warrant. Nixon said she would go further, keeping federal agents out of courts, to prevent immigrants from being arrested and deported from unrelated court proceedings.

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Members of Syracuse’s Sudanese community are urging Congress to not ease sanctions against Sudan’s violent leader.  Today's announcement was part of a nationwide day of action to support Sudanese people. 

Abraham Dut Deng was one of the first Lost Boys of Sudan to come to New York.  He ended up in Syracuse along with other refugees fleeing deadly violence.  His message aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congress Member John Katko is to keep pressure and sanctions on the government of Omar al-Bashir.

ProLiteracy VP Remembers Barbara Bush's Efforts to Promote Literacy

Apr 19, 2018
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Senior Vice President Peter Waite of ProLiteracy from Syracuse is recalling the legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush who worked tirelessly to ensure that people could have better lives.  Bush died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Waite says that Bush was a stellar promoter of adult and family literacy long before her time in the White House.  They met in 1982.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.

Cuomo railed against President Donald Trump and his administration, saying they are “anti-American” and opposed to everything that Dr. King preached about. But he said the Democratic Party got it wrong in 2016.

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What can Central New Yorkers learn about issues involving the environment?  Or economic development projects?  Author and Utica College Professor Brett Orzechowski will answer those questions Wednesday when he speaks at Syracuse University about his book, “FOIL: The law and the Future of Public Information.”  For 40 years, state residents have been using the Freedom of information Law to access government information.  Orzechowski says people can use this open data to shine light on governmental issues.

Green Party's Howie Hawkins Announces Run for NY Governor

Apr 13, 2018
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Yet another candidate has announced a run for New York governor.  Syracuse’s own Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party nomination for the state’s top job. Four years ago, Hawkins earned more than 184,000 votes, which he says pushed the state in new directions.  

 “We got five percent and Governor Cuomo, I think, was compelled to compete for those progressive votes by adopting some of our demands like the ban on fracking, the millionaire’s tax, the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave. Well, we moved policy, and we intend to do the same thing this time.”

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