2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
7:04 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Chooses WNYer, SU Alum, for Running Mate; Still Faces Potential Trouble from the Left

Democratic candidate for New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor via a video address to delegates at the Democratic State Party convention on Long Island.   The announcement of former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll Cuomo continues to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.

Governor Cuomo will not actually attend the convention until the day of his own nomination, but he did record a message announcing his choice of Hochul for a running mate.

Cuomo says Hochul is a person “who knows the needs of Upstate New York” and “the particular needs of Western New York”. In a scripted delivery Hochul talked up Buffalo and credited Cuomo. “In my home town of Buffalo, we have seen an economic recovery that many politicians promised, but only Governor Cuomo was able to deliver,”  Hochul said.  

Hear capital correspondent Karen DeWitt's report from the state Democratic convention on Long Island.

Cuomo lost in the Buffalo region in 2010, so the choice of Hochul, who was also Erie County Clerk, can help him there, as well as appeal to women statewide.  Hochul, like Cuomo, is considered a moderate Democrat.

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RAILROAD SAFETY
6:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Syracuse City Council Seeks Support for Railcar Safety Legislation

DOT 111 rail cars
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Concerns surrounding rail car transport of flammable oils and gases have motivated Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner to push for tighter regulations. This news comes after Senator Chuck Schumer's critique of a recent rail safety initiative, agreed to by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Association of American Railroads on February 20, 2014. 

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Veterans Accused of Crimes Could Have Combat Effects Considered Under New Bill

Justice for Our Veterans Act would require evaluation of mental heatlh, physical injury and military training for current and former military facing criminal charges.
Credit pbs.org

How much might a soldier’s combat experience cause them to commit a crime?  The New York State Defenders Association says ‘a lot’ in some cases.  The group is pushing a bill in Albany it says will bring more justice to court proceedings when the defendant is a veteran or active duty military.  Executive Director Jonathan Gradess says he’s trying to protect a group of vulnerable service members.

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Community
8:42 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Downtown Living Tour Lets You Use Your Imagination

Downtown Living
Credit Mark Bialczak

  It's been a few years since my dear wife Karen and I joined the brigade of Lookie-Lou's partaking in the annual Downtown Living Tour.

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EMERAL ASH BORER
6:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

City of Syracuse Begins Treating Ash Trees Against Invasive, Deadly Beetle

Lori Brockelbank with Forcon drills the injection site in an ash tree on Houston Ave.
Scott Willis WAER News

The City of Syracuse is  starting to treat some 1,800 ash trees in its right of way to protect them from fatal emerald ash borer infestations.  Licensed contractors demonstrated the treatment method Tuesday on an otherwise healthy looking tree in front of a house on Houston Avenue in the Meadowbrook neighborhood.    Harris says the 18-inch diameter tree on Houston Ave costs about $86  to treat.  He says it would take about 30 years of treatment to equal the roughly $850  removal and replacement cost of a tree, which is what would happen if left untreated. 

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NATIONAL EMS WEEK
11:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Portable Ultrasound Machines Can Help EMS Professionals Diagnose Injuries

Nurse practitioner Carol Lee demonstrates a portable ultrasound machine to EMS professionals Monday at Onondaga Community College.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Most Central New Yorkers probably picture an ultrasound machine as large unit in a dark room at a hospital or doctor's office.  Well, advances in technology have shrunk the devices to about the size of a tablet, and they're small enough to carry in the tight confines of a rescue helicopter.    Director of EMS Education at SUNY Upstate Christian Knutsen says ultrasound machines once relegated to hospitals have come a long way from the large units that radiologists struggled to read not that long ago.    EMS professionals Monday got hands-on training with the portable units on real patients.

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Weekend Edition Sunday

Weekend Edition Sunday combines the news with colorful arts and human-interest features, appealing to the curious and eclectic. Conceived as a cross between a Sunday newspaper and CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The highlight for many listeners is the regularly scheduled puzzle segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times.

PARKS
12:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Loop the Lake Trail Adds 2.5 Mile Extension

A panoramic view of Onondaga Lake from the new portion of the West Shore Trail.
Hannah Warren WAER News

The next time you’re passing by the New York State Fairgrounds on I-690 and you have some time to kill, think about stopping by the new Onondaga Lake Trail Extension.  Officials unveiled the 2.5 mile addition Sunday with an expo and a walk/run.   

WAER's Hannah Warren reports Syracuse-area trail-goers have been looking forward to the new space for quite some time.

The crowd gathering beside the Fairgrounds on Sunday morning was ready to move.  Everyone lined up beside the new trail entrance, which showcases panoramic views of Onondaga Lake, and it was off to the races. 

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Local News
3:21 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Future Impacts of Biotechnology Discussed at SUNY ESF

A panel discussion during the Biotechnology Symposium at SUNY ESF.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Could the way we feel be caused by environmental factors in Central New York ? That was one of several topics mentioned today during the Biotechnology Symposium at SUNY ESF. Former President Doctor Neil Murphy says the World Health Organization has determined that 90 percent of all diseases are either initiated or aggravated by environmental factors. A local collaborative to use biotechnology to improve human health concerns has been developed through State funding from the Governor.

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