Politics & Government

NY-22 PRIMARY
2:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Utica-area Rep. Richard Hanna Stands by His Record as Primary Approaches

Rep. Peter King of NY-2, left, and Rep. Richard Hanna of NY-22.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

With primary elections a week away, Utica-area Congressmember Richard Hanna seemed to be trying to bolster his Republican credentials Tuesday by bringing Long Island colleague Representative Peter King to Central New York.  

 Hanna is facing a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate and state assemblymember Claudia Tenney of New Hartford.  She’s accused him and the Republican Party of abandoning their conservative principles of less government and lower taxes.  Hanna says he doesn’t get too mired in the politics of his positions.  

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Minimum Wage Hike
10:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New Minimum Wage Study Shows Range of Benefits and Who Would Gain

Credit oxfam.org

  The debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up in New York and in Congress.  A report out by Oxfam America is highlighting benefits the group says would come from an increase to $10.10 an hour.  M-I-T Sloan School of Management researcher Zeynep Ton finds investing in people can be a good business strategy.

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Smoking Ban for Parks, Playgrounds
10:34 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Syracuse Further Restricts Smoking in Parks, Public Spaces amid Concerns Over Festival Goers

Smoking in Syracuse City Parks and Playgrounds will draw a $50.00 fine starting in October.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Children’s and Families’ health was the focus of a new Syracuse city proposal to restrict smoking in public places.  The measure passed, but not without concerns over who it might turn off of Syracuse’s festivals and events. 

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ECONOMY
5:58 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Syracuse-area Groups Join Effort to Raise the Minimum Wage

Activists gather in front of a Burger King on Erie Blvd. E. to call for a hike in the minimum wage.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A Syracuse coalition of community advocates, elected officials, and labor groups have joined a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage as the legislative session begins to wind down.  

They gathered in front of a fast food restaurant on Erie Boulevard Thursday to kick off their effort, which also includes empowering local governments to enact their own higher wages.  Citizen Action Organizing Director Rosemary Rivera says Governor Cuomo has said he supports a statewide minimum of $10.10 an hour, up from the current $8.00.

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2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
3:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Howie Hawkins Hopes to Capture Former Cuomo Supporters

Green Party Candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins speaks to the media Tuesday.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins of Syracuse says many disenfranchised Working Families Party members might see him as the only progressive option after party leaders endorsed democrat Andrew Cuomo.  

Hawkins says progressive voters feel Cuomo can't be trusted after flip-flopping on positions and walking back on promises made to the WFP.  He says the WFP and the Greens actually aren't that far apart on the issues.

Howie Hawkins says he was ignored by the leadership of the Working Families Party when he suggested they endorse him instead of Andrew Cuomo. He says he's still reaching out.

Hawkins says if he starts drawing votes, that will strengthen the WFP on the inside, and may move Cuomo to fulfill some of his promises.   He says WFP voters on social media are very unhappy with the governor, and many of them are turning to the Green Party.  Hawkins says the same feeling might also apply to some unions and other groups, and says he'll be seeking their endorsements, as well.  Meanwhile, he says he'll continue campaigning and explain Cuomo's real record.  

Howie Hawkins details the differences between himself and the major party candidates, and why he holds an advantage.

  Hawkins says Cuomo did manage to break the gridlock in Albany and pass a few progressive measures.  But he worries that’s the extent of what most people know.

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