Politics & Government

CITY BUDGET
11:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Miner's Budget Proposal Would Add Police Officers, Firefighters

Mayor Miner flanked by Police Chief Frank Fowler, left, and Fire Chief Paul Linnertz, right. Behind them are members of the common council.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner releases her budget proposal Tuesday, and it includes five million dollars to hire more police officers and firefighters.  As many as 25 new police officers and 25 firefighters could be on the streets starting next year.   Miner says it's about balancing retirements and new positions with overtime costs.    Miner says the city can’t hide behind its money troubles and do nothing.   Common Council majority leader Helen Hudson says unless the state or federal governments provide more resources, that’s all they can hire for right now.  

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SCOTUS RULING
6:06 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Supreme Court Decision Raises Roof on Political Contributions

Move to Amend protests the Citizens United decision in August 2012
Credit Move to Amend

Rallies are being held in Syracuse and across the country today in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down overall limits on political contributions.  The 5 to 4 ruling in McCutcheon vs. FEC allows a single donor to give up to $3.5 million per election cycle to a political party.  The court’s majority said the previous $123,200 cap violated the First Amendment.  

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STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
6:53 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Cuomo Campaigns Locally for Property Tax Reform

From left, DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko, Manlius resident Chris Haywood, Governor Cuomo, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, and county legislator Danny Liedka in East Syracuse Tuesday
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a last-minute campaign push in East Syracuse Tuesday, advocating for a property tax freeze plan that could benefit many Upstate home owners.  He’s been touring the state leading up to the April 1 budget deadline, encouraging residents and supporters to pressure state legislators to approve his proposal.

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2014 Governor's Election
7:55 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Donald Trump Fires Up GOP Crowd in Syracuse But Doesn't Step Into Governor's Race

Donald Trump Addressed Onondaga County Republicans on taxes, fracking, climate change, his business ventures, but did not say he's entering Governor's race.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Celebrity Business mogul Donald Trump energized an Onondaga County Republican crowd during a visit Tuesday night.  Trump covered a wide range of issues...but said little about the topic everyone wanted to hear.

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Atty General's Fraud Report
9:52 am
Mon March 10, 2014

NYers Scammed Most on the Internet, with Their Cars and on Credit Issues

Home Improvement problems were the top consumer fraud complaint in the Syracuse area, according to Atty General Eric Schneiderman.
Credit bankrate.com

When New Yorkers agree to buy a car or something on the internet…or pay up front to have some service or repair done, they expect to get what they pay for.  But people made more than 19,000 complaints to state consumer protection about consumer frauds.  And topping the Top 10 Consumer Fraud list statewide were problems buying over the internet and shady dealings buying, leasing or fixing a vehicle.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reports our

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