Congressmember Dan Maffei http://waer.org en Congressional Candidate John Katko Proposes Health and Other Assistance to Veterans http://waer.org/post/congressional-candidate-john-katko-proposes-health-and-other-assistance-veterans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.johnkatkoforcongress.com/">Congressional candidate John Katko</a> thinks he just might have the background to help clean up some of the problems at the Veterans Administration should he get elected.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:29:32 +0000 Chris Bolt 20873 at http://waer.org Congressional Candidate John Katko Proposes Health and Other Assistance to Veterans GOP Congressional Candidate John Katko Targets Gas Taxes, Infrastructure Plan http://waer.org/post/gop-congressional-candidate-john-katko-targets-gas-taxes-infrastructure-plan <p>Most Central New Yorkers are probably keeping an eye on the price at the gas pumps as we head into the holiday weekend.&nbsp; The Republican Candidate for the 24th Congressional District is partially blaming his opponent for not allowing prices to go d<span style="line-height: 1.5;">own.&nbsp; John </span>Katko<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> claims that Democratic </span>Congressmember<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dan </span>Maffei<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> voted against a bill last week that would have lowered the Federal gas tax. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He stood near a gas station on </span>7th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> North Street in Liverpool.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:44:28 +0000 Scott Willis & John Smith 20506 at http://waer.org GOP Congressional Candidate John Katko Targets Gas Taxes, Infrastructure Plan Proposed Agent Orange Fairness Act Named After Syracuse Native http://waer.org/post/proposed-agent-orange-fairness-act-named-after-syracuse-native <p>A Central New York Vietnam Veteran who likely died of cancer from Agent Orange exposure now has his name on proposed legislation to support other veterans and families.&nbsp; The Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act unveiled today would ensure that veterans and their families would get the necessary healthcare and compensation to cover them.&nbsp; A longtime friend of Hackett’s, Judge Joseph Fahey says his friend’s story is similar to others.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:27:33 +0000 John Smith 19202 at http://waer.org Proposed Agent Orange Fairness Act Named After Syracuse Native 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 Rep. Dan Maffei: Real Crisis Facing CNY Infrastructure http://waer.org/post/rep-dan-maffei-real-crisis-facing-cny-infrastructure <p>Experts and community leaders joined Congressmember&nbsp;Dan Maffei Tuesday at the Erie Canal Museum for a roundtable meeting to talk about the state of the region's infrastructure. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The City of Syracuse, for example, has been dealing with dozens of water main breaks because of the extreme cold. &nbsp; Much of the water system is at least 100 years old. &nbsp;C &amp; S Companies Engineer Orrin MacMurray&nbsp; says Syracuse is not alone.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:50:32 +0000 Scott Willis 14517 at http://waer.org Rep. Dan Maffei: Real Crisis Facing CNY Infrastructure