Politics & Government

TAXES
6:23 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Miner Vetoes Tax Increase

Mayor Miner discusses the Common Council's budget and her line item vetoes
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved  last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process. 

She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public dialogue beforehand. 

In a release from Miner's office, she says:

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2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
6:22 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

GOP Pick for Lieutenant Governor is SAFE Act Opponent

Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss is the GOP choice for Lieutenant Governor.

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

Moss, who would be the first  African American the state GOP would pick for Lieutenant Governor, is head of the New York State Sheriffs' Association.  In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Moss called  parts of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo “ludicrous” and a “knee jerk reaction” to the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

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STATE COMPTROLLER RACE
6:23 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Onondaga County Comptroller Announces Taxpayer-Funded Campaign for State Office

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci addresses supporters and the media; to his left is his wife Michele, and County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci says he has what it takes to run for the same office on the state level.  He announced today his plans to try and unseat incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli. Antonacci is a certified public accountant and an attorney. But he says choosing to use taxpayer dollars to finance his campaign might also set him apart.

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

CNY Groups Trying to Change Constitution for Fair Elections

Michael Messina-Yauchzy with Move to Amend and Jonah Minkoff-Zern, National Director of Public Citizen's Democracy is for People campaign, were both in Albany Monday lobbying for New York to join the move to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Credit Tony Cresswell.

  A group of Central New Yorkers joined a number of democracy groups in calling on state lawmakers to help limit the influence of money in politics.  

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Report Those Potholes
4:36 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

See Any Potholes Syracuse? (can you miss 'em?) Mayor Miner Wants to Know

Mayor Miner publicizes ways residents can report potholes and track their repair.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

More complaints about pot holes has Mayor Stephanie Miner calling on Syracuse residents to help the city locate and fix them. New efforts and technology by the Department of Public Works are trying to solve a deep problem.

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