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  The GOP convention has wrapped up in Cleveland, and it’s probably no surprise there are starkly different opinions about the republican nominee.  WAER News brings reaction from trump supporters and a history professor.

Cazenovia College Professor John Robert Greene says what struck him about the convention overall was how little control there was by the Trump campaign.  Too many unscripted moments, rookie errors, protests, plagiarism…

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Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign. The head of Trump’s New York campaign say he expects the state to be in play. 

  Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino says even though New York has many more Democrats than Republicans, Trump wants to compete against Hillary Clinton in his home state.


Long-time Assembly GOP Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) told the New York delegation at the convention in Cleveland that he was humbled to take the stage before one of the largest groups he's ever spoken to. The Finger Lakes-area republican represents a district that covers an area mainly south of the Thruway from Seneca Falls at the northern end of Cayuga Lake, westward to the eastern suburbs of Rochester.  Kolb explains why he supports Donald Trump, shares examples of how the minority has stood firm on legislation in the assembly, and  takes shots at  Gov.


  Capital correspondent Karen DeWitt caught up with Westchester County exec Rob Astorino at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  In an interview, he talks about his support for Trump, where he differs from him on the issues, and how important the candidate's Thursday speech will be in boosting his image.  Astorino also talks about whether he intends to run for governor again in 2018.


Manhattan attorney Wendy Long was in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland 

State Comptroller Faults Cuomo Job Creation Program

Jul 15, 2016
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Governor Cuomo’s job creation programs have been in the news recently. The State Comptroller audited one of them, called the Excelsior Jobs program, and found some problems.  Capital correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to talk about the programs and their value to taxpayers and New York's economy.  She learned some of the benefits went to a nationally known New York company.


    The support of two of the most prominent women in New York politics helped Colleen Deacon secure the nomination for the 24th congressional district in Tuesday's primary.  She enjoyed endorsements by Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her first-time candidacy among democrats.  

Deacon topped Eric Kingson and Steve Williams in the contest.  Kingson enjoyed attention late in the race when Bernie Sanders endorsed him and held an event in Syracuse with the candidate.  Deacon ran largely on issues such as equal rights, pay equity and women's health issues.  She drew 49% of the vote, while Kingson tallied 32% and Williams got 19%.  

Deacon will run against incumbent John Katko in the November election.  Katko is finishing up his first term in congress.  


  Central New Yorkers who bought diesel vehicles from Volkswagen learned 10 months ago that the company cheated on their emissions testing.  Volkswagen may now be facing criminal charges and major environmental fines.  New York state attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be handling the ongoing investigation.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

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  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Fayetteville’s connection to women’s rights as a place to announce her bill to promote the anniversary of women’s suffrage.  She’d like to see more attention to the centennial of women’s right to vote, which comes around in 2020.  Gillibrand says the voting rights struggle is connected to women’s issues today.