Politics & Government

National Voter Registration Day
6:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

A Day for Voter Registration and to Wonder Why More People Don't Go to the Polls

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  Tuesday marked National Voter Registration Day, but New York hasn’t had the best history with voter turnout.  Just what keeps people from casting their ballots?

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Public Defenders
6:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Just How Unjust is the Justice System for the Poor?

Credit nyclu

  New York Civil Liberties officials have data showing some court-appointed lawyers gave little to no aid to their defendants. They cited Onondaga County along with four others as having major deficits in their public defense system. Ray Mustafa Robinson is a Syracuse resident who has experienced the challenges of the public defense system firsthand:

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ONONDAGA COUNTY BUDGET
11:45 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

County Exec. Mahoney Releases Budget Proposal; Also Asks for $49.5 Million for Amphitheater

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney delivers her budget address. Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon is in the background.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Spending will decrease, taxes rates will fall, and water and sewer rates will go up if Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s budget goes through as is.  She delivered her $1.24 billion spending plan Monday to lawmakers.    Mahoney says the property tax levy will drop by 1.2 percent, to a historic low.  

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OBAMA'S ISIS PLAN REACTION
4:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Syracuse National Security Expert Reacts to President Obama's ISIS Plan

The areas under attack or control by terrorist group ISIS as of President Obama's speech Wednesday evening.
Credit Institute for the Understanding of War / http://www.understandingwar.org

  A Syracuse University counter-terrorism expert says President Obama did not have many options when he presented his plan Wednesday night to “dismantle and ultimately destroy” ISIS.  Bill Smullen, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School, says airstrikes are probably the only way the United States can have some impact without putting combat troops on the ground.

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Onondaga County Justice Center
7:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Jail Oversight Committee Could Add Further Supervision to Operations at the Justice Center

From left to right, Onondaga County Legislator John Dougherty, Chairman Ryan McMahon, and Chief Custody Deputy Esteban Gonzalez (right) attend a hearing announcing the new jail oversight measures.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The Syracuse community could soon provide more oversight of the Onondaga County Justice Center under a local law introduced Monday to county lawmakers.  

Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon presented a draft of the measure at a public safety committee meeting, framing it as a way to increase communication between local organizations, and also act as another check and balance to avoid making costly mistakes…

McMahon said Monday that the community has been advocating for a measure like this one for three decades, and that it’s time to “bring a sense of confidence to the community,” while addressing any additional concerns different parties and law enforcement may have along the way.  
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