Politics & Government

11:22 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Mayor Miner Says Economic Vitality and Livability Should be the Primary Focus of I-81 Replacement

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her first public opinion about the future of I-81 thorough he city…but stops short of endorsing any specific replacement plan.  

  On the last day of the public comment period, Miner sent a letter to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald saying she supports the state’s decision to eliminate a stacked viaduct, tunnel, depressed highway, and rehabilitation as alternatives as options.  But Miner doesn’t say what should replace the aging, obsolete viaduct.  

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Chuck Schumer is on a Mission During his Visit
8:53 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

You Never Know Who You Might Bump into at the New York State Fair

Senator Chuck Schumer greeted guests a the New York State Fair Saturday
Credit John Smith/WAER News

As traffic jams galore on Interstate-690 and Hiawatha Boulevard had  Jason Aldean  fans jittery to make the sold out Grandstand concert on time, Senator Chuck Schumer made sure he arrived early. His 'flesh pressing' mission is to shake 10,000 fairgoers hands !

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Can Education Issue and New Party Steer Voters Toward Trailing GOP Candidates in NY State Races?

State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci (left) and Lt. Governor Candidate Chris Moss announce new "Stop Common Core" party and ballot line, on which they'll appear.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor joined State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci today in Syracuse to announce a way to get more votes in November – possibly from people who aren’t republicans.  They filed 62,000 petition signatures to create the “Stop Common Core” party and ballot line.  Antonacci has heard plenty of opposition to the school-standards policy while campaigning.

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5:13 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rare Conservative Party Primary in Race for Onondaga County Sheriff

Credit ongov.net

For the first time in years, the 4,739 enrolled members of Onondaga County’s Conservative Party will have a primary election.  Committee members have endorsed Democratic candidate for sheriff Toby Shelley to run on the Conservative Party line.   Party Chair Chuck Mancabelli says both Shelley and Republican Party candidate Gene Conway were vetted through resumes and interviews, and Shelley came out on top.  

Shelley might be the Conservative Party’s endorsed candidate, but petitions submitted in the race have opened the ballot for a write-in.  

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12:49 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

State's Sole Participant in Public Campaign Finance Admits its a Challenge

GOP candidate for state comptroller and current Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci talks to the media in Albany this week.
Credit Karen DeWitt

The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going, but Republican comptroller candidate and current Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds. 

Antonacci has to convince 2000 people to donate small amount of money to his campaign, by September 10th, and raise $200,000 from them, in order to qualify for a grant that will give him six times the amount of money that he raises by that date.

 “It has been tedious at times,” Antonacci admits. “It’s been a lot of work.” 

  Antonacci, who is who is currently the Onondaga County Comptroller,  plans to tour minor league baseball parks across the state in the next several days, as one way to meet voters, and more importantly, potential small money donors.  He won’t say how much he’s raised so far, though a required campaign filing on July 15th showed he had just over $30,000.  Antonacci says that if he doesn’t collect enough to qualify for the matching grants, it will be a “colossal failure”.
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