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  One of New York’s U-S Senators hopes to hear the President embrace one of her key issues in the State of the Union address tonight.  

Senator Gillibrand will be listening to the State of the union address to hear if President Obama is taking up here ongoing fight against campus sexual assault…which she says just isn’t being taken seriously.

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  Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.

Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.

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  Private Colleges in New York might soon have to comply with the sexual assault rules and guidelines implemented on SUNY campuses last year. 

John Smith - WAER News

What’s going to make the economy thrive even further ? The Lt. Governor saw firsthand today how Onondaga County is staying on the cutting edge… and it’s partly electric. The former wired world is becoming more wireless. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul wants to make sure students realize the potential conduit to a career.

  

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  What goes on inside the Onondaga County Justice Center jail might be under just a bit more scrutiny after a Jail Oversight Committee was approved Tuesday by County lawmakers. 

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  After years of studies, moratoriums, and intense lobbying on both sides, top state health and environmental officials today recommended against hydraulic fracturing in New York state.  

Scott Willis / WAER News

Elected officials from Central New York and statewide are calling for an extended moratorium on hydraulic fracturing after they say mounting scientific evidence shows additional risks and harms of the controversial gas drilling technique.    About 140 members of the group Elected officials to Protect New York signed and sent a letter to Governor Cuomo after he announced a clear decision on fracking could come by the end of the month.   The group would like to see a three to five year extension of the moratorium.  Julie Huntsman is co-coordinator of the group and Town of Otsego council member.  She says they’re grateful for the governor’s restraint thus far…

 About 50 medical students of all backgrounds at Upstate Medical University Friday held a silent demonstration to call attention police brutality and judicial injustices that target black Americans.  The students wore their white coats and held signs saying “We can’t breath” and “white coats for black lives”.

Group Partners With Local Officials to Urge NY to Rebuild Infrastructure

Dec 9, 2014
John Smith / WAER News

Local elected officials are lobbying for a significant proportion of the State's $5 billion surplus  to go towards crumbling infrastructure in Central New York.  Mayor Stephanie Miner, along with others, are working with the coalition Rebuild NY Now to improve aging roads, bridges, and water and sewer lines across the state. Miner says the challenge for local leaders is to build a lasting solution that revolutionizes the older model.

Some people laid some pretty personal stories on the Syracuse Common Council today trying to get them to eliminate the part of job applications that makes someone disclose a felony conviction. The Syracuse Anti-Discrimination and Fair Employment Act also known as Ban the Box is a step forward against employment discrimination.

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