Governor Cuomo’s acting tax commissioner took heat from Democrats and Republicans in the legislature over delays in the STAR rebate program. The hearing was interrupted by protesters who want higher taxes on millionaires.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Congressmember Claudia Tenney at a Utica Senior Center Monday to introduce a bill to fight elderly fraud. They say as many as 10,000 people in New York are scammed each year.              

About $3.5 million is stolen from seniors in the Mohawk valley each year by scammers.  And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand warns the scams come in ways to fool and frighten.

Two weeks ago, Syracuse (15-9, 7-4) was dead in the water at 11-9 after losing three out of four and still seeking its first road win. Fast forward two weeks and the Orange is on fire with a four-game winning streak featuring two wins over top-10 ranked opponents and the team's first road victory. 

All of that could be undone though with a loss to Clemson (13-9, 3-7) on Tuesday. 

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Monday her support for a campaign that aims to give Central New Yorkers driver's licenses regardless of immigration status.  About two dozen activists at the Worker’s Center of Central New York looked on as she signed a document urging the state to approve Green Light New York.  Miner says a license not only allows people to have access to community resources but also makes the roads safer.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast you'll hear about the how Big East has remained consistently a top basketball conference despite a changing landscape. Also this week we highlight an SU Basketball player who doesn't play big minutes, but whose story could have a huge impact.


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Every year, National “Wear Red Day” is held the first Friday of February to raise awareness of women’s heart health.  Today Mayor Stephanie Minor gathered with members of the American Heart Association in Clinton Square to raise awareness and to offer reduced price skating for everyone visibly wearing red.  Heart disease is the leading killer in women, claiming the life of one woman every 80 seconds.  Interventional Cardiologist, Michael Fischi  says the increase of awareness has helped to fight heart disease and has led to women being cognizant about their body.

Cirque de la Symphonie Returns to Syracuse to Perform with Symphoria

Feb 3, 2017
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Fans of music, magic, and acrobatics will once again have a chance to see Cirque de la Symphonie’s performance at the OnCenter this weekend.  After attracting a sold out show last year, the traveling troupe returns to Syracuse for two shows that pair the music of Symphoria with Cirque-Di-Solei-style theatrics. Founding member of Symphoria, Jon Garland says the two art mediums pair nicely.

“It’s a really amazing thing to see and to work with too, because the two art forms together is a wonderful collaboration.”

Working on civic problems and city development projects has given Andrew Maxwell a vision of what Syracuse might become...and one he’d like to pursue as Mayor.  The current Director of the City Hall Innovation Office joined he race for Mayor Thursday. 

Maxwell lists quality of life, schools, public safety and creating opportunity as the thing she believes residents want most.  He acknowledges poverty is one of the biggest challenges, but says there is some progress through the New Hope Initiative that could be expanded upon.

Capital Correspondent Karen DeWitt recently caught up with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on how he’s getting along with the governor, whether he might like to challenge Andrew Cuomo,  how he feels about imposing additional taxes on the rich, and  Cuomo’s proposal to pass a constitutional amendment enshrining the U.S.  Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision Roe v Wade into the state’s constitution.

This week on Science on the Radio host Marv Druger gives us the inside scoop on Leaf Cutting Ants. What are the various species of these ants? Where can they be found? Marv has the answers.