Politics & Government

ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE
11:10 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Law Enforcement Veteran John Balloni Wants to be the Next Onondaga County Sheriff

Surrounded by supporters, John Balloni announces his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

John Balloni confirmed Monday what many already suspected…that he’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff.  He’s been raising money for months, and retiring Sheriff Kevin Walsh has publicly supported Balloni as his successor.   He told a crowd of about 50 supporters yesterday that in an age of tight budgets and sparse manpower, he wants more partnerships with local police agencies to boost community policing.  But he stopped short of a full endorsement of consolidation.

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DRONE WARFARE
7:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Drone Protesters Trial Continues in DeWitt

Protesters demonstrate at the Hancock Air Base
Credit Upstate Drone Action

After nearly a three-week break, the trial for 16 protesters of drone warfare resumed Thursday at DeWitt town court.  The defendants, known initially as the Hancock 17, were arrested in October of 2012 after they blocked three gates at Hancock Air National Guard Base.  

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2014 NYS Budget Proposal
6:36 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Cuomo Budget Proposal Holds Down Spending, Makes Many Promises

Gov Cuomo laid out his budget proposal Tuesday, starting the negotiation process with Assembly and Senate.
Credit NCPR.org

  Property owners and businesses, schools and hospitals, local governments and law enforcement – all were addressed with specific programs in Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget proposal.  

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CITIZENS UNITED DECISION
3:51 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

CNY Group Vows to Overturn High Court Ruling Granting "Corporate Personhood."

Emily Bishop, at microphone, organizer with New Yorkers Against Fracking; behind her is Michael Messina-Yauchzy, co-chair of Syracuse/CNY Move to Amend.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Central New Yorkers opposed to the U-S Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision marked the 4th anniversary of the ruling Tuesday by vowing to overturn it.  Supporters of the group Move to Amend want a constitutional amendment that would reverse what they say is corporations growing financial and corrupting influence on elections.   Group co-chair Michael Messina-Yauchzy  says we need to remember the first words of the constitution. 

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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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