Supreme Court

Syracuse Congress Member, Challenger and Law Professor Weigh in on Supreme Court Vacancy

Feb 22, 2016
John Smith/WAER News / WAER News

Central New York is weighing in on the Supreme Court vacancy and sharing some opinions about what happens next.

The court opening that came after last week’s death of Justice Antonin Scalia has started a debate about whether the president should nominate a replacement or wait almost a year for the next president to take office. Syracuse-area congress member John Katko has no problem with Mr. Obama making a choice, but wonders how the confirmation process might go.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The head of an LGBT support group says a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage would be very meaningful for the older LGBT population they serve.  Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday on two issues regarding same-sex marriages.    Executive Director of Sage Upstate Kim Dill  says older couples have waited for this their entire lives. 

map of the US with shading to show toxic pollution; NYS's Mid-Atlantic watershed is one of the worst
Environment New York Center

New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York.  That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.”  Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4  million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010. 

It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.