Politics & Government

24th DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE
5:44 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate John Katko Targets Gas Taxes, Infrastructure Plan

GOP Congressional candidate John Katko in front of the Pilot Travel Center on 7th North Street.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Most Central New Yorkers are probably keeping an eye on the price at the gas pumps as we head into the holiday weekend.  The Republican Candidate for the 24th Congressional District is partially blaming his opponent for not allowing prices to go down.  John Katko claims that Democratic Congressmember Dan Maffei voted against a bill last week that would have lowered the Federal gas tax.  

  He stood near a gas station on 7th North Street in Liverpool.

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SENATE CONTROL
12:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Sen. John DeFrancisco Concerned that Democrats will Neglect Upstate

Sen. John DeFrancisco, (R) Syracuse
Credit nysenate.gov

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about Upstate and Long Island.

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24th Congressional Election
6:25 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Rep Maffei says Fixing Roads, Water Systems, Airport Will Boost Economy; Opponent Calls it Politics

Credit John Smith/WAER News

  U.S. Represenative Dan Maffei says Central New York has the potential to transform into a bustling hub for global commerce… but that’s reliant upon one thing, a revamped infrastructure.  Maffei discussed his ideas to revitalize and invest in infrastructure projects across the region Monday.  He was joined by local elected officials from cities and counties in the region.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
6:25 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Governor Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Medical Marijuana Program

Kate Hintz and her daughter Morgan at the state capitol Thursday as the governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement on a medical marijuana program.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders.  It will not allow the drug to be smoked.  Cuomo, who  had expressed reservations about allowing medical marijuana, says the bill will grant sick people access to the drug, while imposing limits that will prevent abuse of marijuana.

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NY-22 PRIMARY
2:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Utica-area Rep. Richard Hanna Stands by His Record as Primary Approaches

Rep. Peter King of NY-2, left, and Rep. Richard Hanna of NY-22.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

With primary elections a week away, Utica-area Congressmember Richard Hanna seemed to be trying to bolster his Republican credentials Tuesday by bringing Long Island colleague Representative Peter King to Central New York.  

 Hanna is facing a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate and state assemblymember Claudia Tenney of New Hartford.  She’s accused him and the Republican Party of abandoning their conservative principles of less government and lower taxes.  Hanna says he doesn’t get too mired in the politics of his positions.  

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