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New York’s top elected Democrats rallied against the Republican Congress’s proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, speaking before a crowd of unionized health care workers at Mount Sinai hospital, says if the plans to repeal and replace Obamacare in the GOP led Senate and House do become law, he will sue on behalf of New Yorkers.

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The crowd at Syracuse's Hancock Airport flooded the main terminal Sunday night, with people filling the upstairs common areas as well.  It was all part of a protest against the immigration ban imposed by executive order by President Donald Trump over the weekend. 

Chants rang out several times: "No ban, no registry, this is our Democracy" chimed one.  Another said, "Muslims are welcome here; No hate, no fear."  And a lengthy chant said, "Down with white supremacy; no ban, no registry."

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The state’s Attorney General has released a package of bills aimed at improving what he said is the state’s “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential voters from the ballot box.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began a statewide inquiry after his office received a record number of complaints about lack of voter access during the April Presidential primary.

In New York we have what amounts to legal voter suppression,” Schneiderman said.

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A State Attorney General report released today shows that 74 percent of crime guns seized by authorities from 2010 to 2015 originated from other states. “Target on Trafficking” traces where nearly 53,000 guns came from.  Syracuse is one of seven markets where 90 percent of the guns were found.  Eric Schneiderman says out of 86 percent of illegal hand guns used by violent criminals… nearly nine out of every ten come from other states. 

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  New York's senior senator has never been one to shy from the spotlight or a podium, so Chuck Schumer had both Wednesday in front of the New York delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  Perhaps most notably, he expressed opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership, and that there would be major changes in trade deals if he becomes Senate Majority Leader.

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  Central New Yorkers who bought diesel vehicles from Volkswagen learned 10 months ago that the company cheated on their emissions testing.  Volkswagen may now be facing criminal charges and major environmental fines.  New York state attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be handling the ongoing investigation.

Ban-the-Box Laws Gaining Steam in Syracuse

Jan 25, 2016
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Advocates for helping people with criminal records get jobs say the issue is connected with Syracuse’s high poverty rate. There’s been recent attention on the Ban-the-Box laws in Syracuse and other cities. The laws make it illegal to have a check-off box for criminal history on employment applications, so people with a criminal record don’t immediately get rejected. Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner is an advocate of removing that potential barrier.

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  The Upstate Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls about toddlers unintentionally ingesting the liquid from E-cigarettes. In 2014 more than 3700 exposures to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers nationwide. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports, this year that number has already topped 2200. 

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  In light of Financial Literacy Month and with this year’s tax deadline quickly approaching, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman offered New Yorkers some advice on how to avoid tax prep scams.

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  Central New Yorkers who take supplements to improve their health might be wondering who to believe and what to take, after major retailers were targeted by state officials for possible fraud.  A Skaneateles-based dietician offers some advice amid the confusion.

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