Politics & Government

Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Can Education Issue and New Party Steer Voters Toward Trailing GOP Candidates in NY State Races?

State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci (left) and Lt. Governor Candidate Chris Moss announce new "Stop Common Core" party and ballot line, on which they'll appear.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor joined State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci today in Syracuse to announce a way to get more votes in November – possibly from people who aren’t republicans.  They filed 62,000 petition signatures to create the “Stop Common Core” party and ballot line.  Antonacci has heard plenty of opposition to the school-standards policy while campaigning.

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ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE
5:13 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rare Conservative Party Primary in Race for Onondaga County Sheriff

Credit ongov.net

For the first time in years, the 4,739 enrolled members of Onondaga County’s Conservative Party will have a primary election.  Committee members have endorsed Democratic candidate for sheriff Toby Shelley to run on the Conservative Party line.   Party Chair Chuck Mancabelli says both Shelley and Republican Party candidate Gene Conway were vetted through resumes and interviews, and Shelley came out on top.  

Shelley might be the Conservative Party’s endorsed candidate, but petitions submitted in the race have opened the ballot for a write-in.  

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STATE COMPTROLLER RACE
12:49 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

State's Sole Participant in Public Campaign Finance Admits its a Challenge

GOP candidate for state comptroller and current Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci talks to the media in Albany this week.
Credit Karen DeWitt

The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going, but Republican comptroller candidate and current Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds. 

Antonacci has to convince 2000 people to donate small amount of money to his campaign, by September 10th, and raise $200,000 from them, in order to qualify for a grant that will give him six times the amount of money that he raises by that date.

 “It has been tedious at times,” Antonacci admits. “It’s been a lot of work.” 

  Antonacci, who is who is currently the Onondaga County Comptroller,  plans to tour minor league baseball parks across the state in the next several days, as one way to meet voters, and more importantly, potential small money donors.  He won’t say how much he’s raised so far, though a required campaign filing on July 15th showed he had just over $30,000.  Antonacci says that if he doesn’t collect enough to qualify for the matching grants, it will be a “colossal failure”.
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SYRACUSE LAND BANK
12:13 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Syracuse City Councilors Question Property Sales to Land Bank

This house on Curtis St. is for sale by the Syracuse Land Bank.
Credit Syracuselandbank.org

At least two Syracuse Common Councilors are starting to take a stand against the almost automatic sale of hundreds of tax delinquent properties to the land bank and not giving others the option to buy.    About 30 properties were on this week's agenda, and Councilor Nader Maroun voted no on all of them.  At the council's previous meeting,  Kathleen Joy  issued a  similar protest "no" vote on land bank properties.

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LABOR RELATIONS
11:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Syracuse Police Labor Agreement Ratified by Common Council

Syracuse’s 428 police officers are working under a new contract for the first time in more than three years.  Common councilors Monday gave their approval to the five year agreement retroactive to 2011.  Police Benevolent Association President Jeffrey Piedmonte says both city and union negotiators put a lot of work into the talks, which culminated in a agreement in mid-June.  He says health insurance was a key sticking point…the deal calls for officer contributions to more than double starting in September.

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