Politics & Government

Tax Cuts
6:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Local Businesses, Homeowners Encouraged by Proposed Tax Reforms

Tax cuts could impact the Central New York economy.

Central New York business leaders and homeowners are publicly expressing their support for Governor Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief plan.  They joined government officials Wednesday to urge the state legislature to approve the proposal.  DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko says the business community isn’t used to such a friendly atmosphere in tax decision-makers.

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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

North Country Congressmember Bill Owens to Retire

Congressmember Bill Owens
Credit owens.house.gov

Democratic Representative Bill Owens  will not be on the ballot this November.  He's decided not to seek re-election in the 21st district, which encompasses much of the North Country from Lake Ontario to the Vermont border.   A lawyer by trade, Owens was first elected in a special election in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by John McHugh's appointment to Secretary of the Army. 

A year later, Owens narrowly won a three-way race against Republican Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman.  He's now serving the final year of his second full term.  Here's an excerpt from Owens' statement:

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ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE
6:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

DeWitt Police Chief Seeks GOP Nomination for Onondaga County Sheriff

Gene Conway announces his run for Onondaga County Sheriff with his wife Ann by his side.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway made it official Thursday and declared his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff.  About 60 supporters packed into Tony's Restaurant on Burnet Ave. for the announcement. 

His law enforcement career spans 37 years, the last 12 in DeWitt.  Conway is a Republican who started in North Syracuse, followed by 24 years in various roles in the sheriff’s department.

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State of the State Address
9:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Business Perks, Education Proposals Highlight Gov Cuomo's 2014 Agenda

Gov Cuomo addresses lawmakers and others in Albany during his 3rd State of the State address Wednesday
Credit Karen Dewitt/WXXI News

  Upstate New York’s economy figured heavily into Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday.  

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
11:21 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Syracuse Doctor Supports Controlled Medical Marijuana Program

Credit cannabisnews.org

A Syracuse Doctor initially skeptical of Governor Cuomo's medical marijuana plan is now embracing what appears to be a closely monitored, research-based model.  

Doctor Jeffrey Sneider is an internist at Brighton Medical Associates, and represents a 10 county region for the Medical Society of New York.  Sneider says he's still learning the details, but so far likes the limited scope of the program.  

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