Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

North Country Congressmember Bill Owens to Retire

Congressmember Bill Owens
Credit owens.house.gov

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:

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