Politics & Government

Syracuse Mayoral Race
12:50 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Stephanie Miner Holds Onto Democratic Nomination in Primary

Mayor Stephanie Miner wins democratic primary.
Credit minerformayor.com

Mayor Stephanie Miner will once again be the democratic party’s candidate for mayor of the City of Syracuse.

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Syracuse Mayor's Race
4:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Syracuse Mayoral Candidates Trying to Spur Primary Turnout

Primary Election Day, September 10th. Polls open at 12:00 noon.

As Tuesday's Democratic Primary looms, the campaigns of three candidates for the Syracuse Mayoral Race were busy trying to get their word out today.  In addition to fulfilling his duties as City Councilor, Pat Hogan planned on attending a rally today on a key campaign topic.

“Syracuse Firefighters have a rally at station house seven which was closed by the mayor and then there will be a kick-off rally basically to try and take back the city and put the city in a new direction starting tomorrow.”

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TAX REFORM
7:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Local Businesses Voice Discontent at Tax Hearings

Senators Carl Marcellino, John DeFrancisco, Dave Valesky
Credit Scott Willis / WAER

In a hearing Thursday to discuss ways to reduce and reform the state’s taxes, a theme emerged:  Syracuse-area business owners say the state’s high tax burden and shrinking population make it tempting to do business elsewhere. 

The Pioneer Companies development firm has been based here for four generations, but Chairman Michael Falcone testified he’s had to branch out to ten other states.  He says that gives him a solid basis of comparison:

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Mayoral Election
6:51 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Maneuvering for November Election Results in Lawsuit

Tom Dadey
Credit CNYGop.com

A Syracuse University political science expert says the maneuvering by Onondaga County Republicans to keep a ballot line open in November without naming a candidate could work for and against the party. 


Professor Grant Reeher of the Maxwell School of Citizenship says it is a bit unusual, and could also be risky:

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Save the Rain
3:54 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Onon County Taxpayers Will Pay More for 'Save the Rain' Projects

County approves suburban Save the Rain projects like this Westcott Street construction
Credit WAER News

Onondaga County taxpayers will be spending $2 million more this year on projects meant to keep rainwater from flooding the sewer system.  The County Legislature approved the money for additional “Save the Rain” projects…even though the program has its own budget.

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