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Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at Syracuse Rally for Dan Maffei

Oct 20, 2014
joe biden speaks at a podium in a large, dark room with Congressman Maffei behind him
Chris Bolt / WAER News

Vice President Joe Biden says the country has made a remarkable recovery so far, but the middle class is still struggling. He spoke today at a rally for Dan Maffei at Hancock International Airport, and said he believes some basic American middle class rights are gone as a result of poor political choices made by congress.

Karen DeWitt

The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going, but Republican comptroller candidate and current Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds. 

Antonacci has to convince 2000 people to donate small amount of money to his campaign, by September 10th, and raise $200,000 from them, in order to qualify for a grant that will give him six times the amount of money that he raises by that date.

 “It has been tedious at times,” Antonacci admits. “It’s been a lot of work.” 

  Antonacci, who is who is currently the Onondaga County Comptroller,  plans to tour minor league baseball parks across the state in the next several days, as one way to meet voters, and more importantly, potential small money donors.  He won’t say how much he’s raised so far, though a required campaign filing on July 15th showed he had just over $30,000.  Antonacci says that if he doesn’t collect enough to qualify for the matching grants, it will be a “colossal failure”.
John Smith / WAER News

Most Central New Yorkers are probably keeping an eye on the price at the gas pumps as we head into the holiday weekend.  The Republican Candidate for the 24th Congressional District is partially blaming his opponent for not allowing prices to go down.  John Katko claims that Democratic Congressmember Dan Maffei voted against a bill last week that would have lowered the Federal gas tax.  

  He stood near a gas station on 7th North Street in Liverpool.

Scott Willis / WAER News

With primary elections a week away, Utica-area Congressmember Richard Hanna seemed to be trying to bolster his Republican credentials Tuesday by bringing Long Island colleague Representative Peter King to Central New York.  

 Hanna is facing a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate and state assemblymember Claudia Tenney of New Hartford.  She’s accused him and the Republican Party of abandoning their conservative principles of less government and lower taxes.  Hanna says he doesn’t get too mired in the politics of his positions.  

Matt Ryan / New York Now

Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.

He was nominated in his home county of Westchester, where he is the County Executive.  He painted a grim picture of the state, saying New York is 50th out of the 50 states in high taxes, economic outlook, and corruption. And he blames it all on bad government.

“What have our politicians done? They’ve nearly ruined a once great state,” Astorino said. “The statistics scream incompetence.” 

Astorino says Governor Cuomo has failed to deliver on promises to bring the state back, and the GOP nominee says now it should be his turn to try.  Astorino says he knows the state can’t immediately be number on in attracting business, but could perhaps become the most competitive state in the Northeast.  He says he would repeal the gun control laws known as the SAFE Act, and championed by Cuomo, and get rid of the new national Common Core educational standards. 

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

Moss, who would be the first  African American the state GOP would pick for Lieutenant Governor, is head of the New York State Sheriffs' Association.  In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Moss called  parts of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo “ludicrous” and a “knee jerk reaction” to the Sandy Hook tragedy.