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.
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.
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.
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: