Politics & Government http://waer.org en An Opponent for Rep Richard Hanna Ready to Attack His Record http://waer.org/post/opponent-rep-richard-hanna-ready-attack-his-record <p>A <strong><em>state</em></strong> assembly member is ready to kick her campaign to jump to the <strong><em>federal</em></strong> government into high gear.&nbsp; Claudia Tenney is trying to wrestle the republican nomination away from incumbent congress member Richard Hanna in New York’s 22<sup>nd</sup> district.&nbsp; Tenney is calling Hanna a disappointment to conservatives…noting at least one publication calls him the third most liberal G-O-P house member.&nbsp; She believes asserting her conservative credentials will help her win a primary.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:58:05 +0000 Chris Bolt 17030 at http://waer.org An Opponent for Rep Richard Hanna Ready to Attack His Record City Lawmakers Want to Include Fixing Infrastructure Problems in This Year's Budget http://waer.org/post/city-lawmakers-want-include-fixing-infrastructure-problems-years-budget <div>The city of Syracuse’s aging infrastructure and cold temperatures last winter is causing water main breaks to become even more common. &nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:19:19 +0000 John Smith 16924 at http://waer.org City Lawmakers Want to Include Fixing Infrastructure Problems in This Year's Budget Lawmakers Pressure Cellphone Makers, Carriers to Install Kill Switch http://waer.org/post/lawmakers-pressure-cellphone-makers-carriers-install-kill-switch <div>It’s probably happened to some of us – we’re focused on checking email or texting on the go that we might not be aware of our surroundings. &nbsp;Attorney General Eric Schneiderman&nbsp;said smartphone robberies are becoming more of a problem because it can mean easy money.&nbsp;</div><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">“People who are on their smartphones often are distracted,” he said, “you know, if they’re listening to music or something. People just knock them over, grab [the cell phone], and it’s too easy.” &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rise in smartphone robberies is why </span>Schneiderman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the San Francisco District Attorney began the “Secure Our Smartphones Coalition.” Unlike other cities, Syracuse is lucky and has yet to report any fatality due to cell phone robberies. However, Frank Fowler, Syracuse Police Chief, said phone thefts have risen in the past year. According to Fowler, they account for more than 1/3 of all robberies.</span></p><div>“<em>Robberies of any type of property places people in harm’s way. When we can discourage this type of robbery, we can have an opportunity to decrease our robberies by 35%, and that’s a great number.”</em></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The "kill switches" would make the phones less appealing to thieves. &nbsp;But&nbsp;Schneiderman says &nbsp;there's also little incentive for manufacturers and even the service providers, who are not cooperating.&nbsp;</div><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:27:42 +0000 Scott Willis 16782 at http://waer.org Lawmakers Pressure Cellphone Makers, Carriers to Install Kill Switch Miner's Proposed Budget Poses Concerns for Key Council Member http://waer.org/post/miners-proposed-budget-poses-concerns-key-council-member <div>The Chair of the Syracuse Common Council's Finance Committee is concerned the Mayor may be relying too much on the city's reserves in her budget proposal. Councilor Kathleen Joy and her colleagues began budget hearings Wednesday to go over the $660 million spending plan line by line. &nbsp;Joy says using 20 million dollars in rainy day funds doesn't seem to address past warnings from the Mayor herself.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miner's budget would use just under a third of the city's 66 million dollar reserves. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:00:25 +0000 Scott Willis & Stephen Salvitti 16660 at http://waer.org Miner's Proposed Budget Poses Concerns for Key Council Member Senator Gillibrand Champions Equal Pay for Women and Minimum Wage Hike http://waer.org/post/senator-gillibrand-champions-equal-pay-women-and-minimum-wage-hike <div>Women might be the key in passing an increase to the federal minimum wage – or at least that’s how New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to frame the wage legislation to her congressional colleagues. &nbsp;</div><div>She highlighted the issue Tuesday on “Equal Pay Day,” the date to which women would have to work to match the pay men got for the same job last calendar year. &nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The current pay gap between the sexes stands at about 14% - women on average make $0.77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:02:52 +0000 Hannah Warren & Chris Bolt 16608 at http://waer.org Senator Gillibrand Champions Equal Pay for Women and Minimum Wage Hike