Politics & Government

Treaty Anniversary
4:14 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Anniversary of Signing of the Canandaigua Treaty Recalls Let Down by Courts

The annual Canandaigua Treaty parade to commemorate the anniversary of the signing.
Credit www.ganondagan.org / Ganondagan

Leaders and citizens of the Onondaga Nation were among members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in Canandaigua Tuesday to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the signing of the Canandaigua Treaty. The pact, signed in 1794, brought peace between the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations and the United States. It also recognized the sovereignty of the six nations to govern and set their own laws. But Onondaga Nation Counsel Joe Heath says over the centuries, it’s been ignored by state and federal governments with the taking of nation lands and other injustices.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION
11:14 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Sen. Schumer Calls for Additional Mental Health Screenings for Service Members and Veterans

Sen. Chuck Schumer talks to the marines in charge of driving the light armored vehicle brought to Syracuse City Hall to mark the Marines 239th Birthday.
Scott Willis WAER News

It’s Veteran’s Day, and Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing a bill that would support military veterans with expanded mental health services in an effort to stem the growing suicide rate.  At a stop in Syracuse Monday, Schumer said 1,500 veterans in New York State have committed suicide in the past 10 years.  He says the measure is geared toward “state side” veterans…those who are not deployed and not eligible for some psychological support benefits.

Schumer also says the trauma suffered by veteran who are not deployed should not be underestimated.

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CSEA Election React
4:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

2014 Election Impacts Union Amid Contract Talks

The CSEA hosted a labor walk on October 18th to get out the vote for candidates the union endorses.
Credit CSEA Central Region 5

A spokesman for a labor union that spans New York State says the state did not see the same political polarization that Washington did after the outcomes on Election Day. However, there is still work to be done.  Steven Madarasz, a representative of the Civil Service Employees Association, says the union endorsed candidates whose record they were familiar with, and the union had personal experience with.

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ELECTION DAY
3:41 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Results Rely on Supporters to Vote

The 2014 Election -- November 4, 2014
Credit wyomingmn.org / The City of Wyoming, Minnesota

The number of people that go to the polls today might have a bigger impact on the election’s outcome than in some other years. Close elections in the race for Congress, some state legislature posts, and even Onondaga County Sheriff might be decided by who did the best job of getting their supporters to actually vote in an election that typically has a lower turnout. Arthur Harris voted early today at Atonement Lutheran Church and would like to see voting really represent the people. 

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PLAN PASSES BY A VOTE OF 12 TO 5
11:08 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Lawmakers Approve Borrowing $50 Million for Onondaga Lake Amphitheater Project.

Lawmakers begin their session with a prayer led by Legislator Patrick Kilmartin (far right).
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Onondaga County will be getting itself into the concert business at Onondaga Lake with a new $49.5 Million dollar amphitheater with projections it won’t cost taxpayers a dime.

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