Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about Upstate and Long Island.
U.S. Represenative Dan Maffei says Central New York has the potential to transform into a bustling hub for global commerce… but that’s reliant upon one thing, a revamped infrastructure. Maffei discussed his ideas to revitalize and invest in infrastructure projects across the region Monday. He was joined by local elected officials from cities and counties in the region.
Governor Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders. It will not allow the drug to be smoked. Cuomo, who had expressed reservations about allowing medical marijuana, says the bill will grant sick people access to the drug, while imposing limits that will prevent abuse of marijuana.
With primary elections a week away, Utica-area Congressmember Richard Hanna seemed to be trying to bolster his Republican credentials Tuesday by bringing Long Island colleague Representative Peter King to Central New York.
Hanna is facing a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate and state assemblymember Claudia Tenney of New Hartford. She’s accused him and the Republican Party of abandoning their conservative principles of less government and lower taxes. Hanna says he doesn’t get too mired in the politics of his positions.
The debate over raising the minimum wage is heating up in New York and in Congress. A report out by Oxfam America is highlighting benefits the group says would come from an increase to $10.10 an hour. M-I-T Sloan School of Management researcher Zeynep Ton finds investing in people can be a good business strategy.