SUNY is pushing vaccine awareness campaigns and encouraging students and faculty to use vaccine clinics on campus.
SUNY is pushing vaccine awareness campaigns and encouraging students and faculty to use vaccine clinics on campus.
Former President Donald Trump told the Onondaga County Conservative Party last month, that he’ll help campaign for a challenger against Katko.
Five people were killed, including three law enforcement officers, in a riot at the Capitol, following a rally for then-President Trump. More than a hundred officers were injured.
“When airlines start coming to your community, that’s a sign the economic trajectory is going in the right direction.”
“If the Republican leaders are just going to throw their lead negotiators under the bus, why do they even participate in negotiations at all?”
Cheney “is laser focused on a vendetta against President Trump and that is completely the wrong platform to be using as the leader of the House.”
“There won’t be someone there arguing against or for a redistricting line in the same way that you would have if someone was actually an incumbent and running again.”
“Over and over, we’ve heard that we’re supposed to be following the facts and science. But as weeks turn into months, and months have now turned into over a year, we watched this administration change the rules without regard to either.”
“The nursing home allowed her to die. I had no idea my mother was being neglected. They lie to you. You call on the phone every day, you’re FaceTiming and they’re telling you she’s fine, she’s great.”
The Oneida County Attorney says the county and DOJ’s goals are the same, to ensure the rights of voters are protected.
“The gavel came down and I was in my living room with tears streaming down my face.”
“You need to weave together coalitions of people from different demographics, regions of the state, but also different ideologies. There just aren’t enough Republican votes to win an election.”
Tenney would’ve voted against the second impeachment of Trump, saying fiery language is used on both sides and protected by the First Amendment.
“This is the future that you’re seeing, in how packages are going to be delivered both business to business and have packages going from businesses to consumers.”
It was discovered the Board failed to process over 2,400 voter registration applications that were filed on time through the state DMV website.
“We must emphatically reject these horrible instances of physical attacks on our governing institutions and let democracy proceed.”
Besides the razor thin margin, the absentee ballot counting process has been plagued by some errors and inefficiencies made by election officials.
“Just like we went through with the COVID tests, they’re underserved by health care facilities and their rate of skepticism is higher. It’s going to be an extensive effort to outreach to Black, brown and poor communities.”
“Something was systematically wrong with the polls generally, not just here, but across the country. Clearly, I think there was an underestimation of the Republican side of the turnout.”
Syracuse University officials said late Tuesday that the number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last day has risen to 45. Most are associated with a off-campus parties that occurred last week.
The museum is making the sale to buy more work from artists of color, women and other marginalized groups.
“It is very stressful. It’s been six months now that we haven’t had the revenue in the stream. It’s been a difficult time.”
“We want to keep students here and operating. If there has to be some mitigation efforts taken, we will keep students here as much as we can. But, we all have to remain vigilant.”
“Zero revenue, 100% bills.”
“We have been losing members without new members joining. Our expenses are piling up. Our revenue is nonexistent.”
Classroom capacity ranges from about 19-21 students. But with social distancing, the capacity can drop to around 16 or 17 students.
The COVID Rent Relief Program provides a one-time rent subsidy, paid directly to landlords, based on the amount of income lost in the past four months.
“This year we’re going to have to cancel it. That makes me personally, very unhappy, but that is where we are.”
“The ideal situation would be to see this kind of turnout, without having to go through the expense of the postage and printing of absentee ballots.”
“There is a lot of interest in this election and there is a lot of interest in voting absentee in this election.”
“It really is the best situation, I guess, that we can have. It’s a tough one. It’s really not what we want, but we’ll make the best of it.”
“If I’m not making money, if I can’t sustain rent on 2,400 square feet, plus utilities, then it’s no longer a benefit for me to keep the business as it was running.”
“It’s baffling that the Veterans Health Administration does not have a strategy in place to address the shortages of PPE in New York.”
Congressman John Katko and North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) were appointed to the White House task force for reopening the economy.
“That’s awful, awful, heart breaking when you watch your milk go down the drain when it’s a perfectly good, sellable product,”
“I’ve talked to our mayors all across New York, and a lot of them are now deciding whether they’re going to lay off police officers and firefighters.”
“These past few weeks have been pretty heavy with orders and agencies trying to get their pantries restocked as they’re seeing more people come to them for help.”
“It’s absolutely crucial that we get this money to people now, for the hospitals now, and for people on the frontlines now, that being individuals.”
Student protesters at Syracuse University would not say if they will continue occupying Crouse-Hinds Hall during spring break next week.
“The idea of (students) returning immediately from spring break and the potential risk that could pose to this community, we made this decision out of an abundance of caution,”
The point-in-time count is done every year and is a requirement for some federal funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“What it has done though, is galvanize this group of community groups to go out and make sure people don’t let that fear stop them from being recognized and counted.”
“There is a lot of people exaggerating the situation. The vast majority of people, they are non-violent crimes, that’s the premise, they are misdemeanors.”
“They have a lot of good benefits available to employees. But most of them don’t come into effect until one of two years into employment.”
The bill was introduced last spring, after a wave of anti-Semitic attacks happened across the country, including a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people.
“When you see a house go down a river, when you see a house hanging over an embankment…when is it enough for FEMA to say this county, this region, this state, needs our assistance?”
“I’m writing you to wish you a very happy holidays. Remember there will always be people who care about and support you. The world is a better place with you in it.”
Some county clerks say their offices are not ready, and it’s been a significant challenge for them to get more information from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“We are forced to stand here, after the fact, calling to the attention of the public, the legislature, and the governor, the serious flaws in these new laws.”
“It’s an absolute calamity. None of the work of the country is getting done. They’re trying to stop President Trump’s progress. Stop his agenda dead in his tracks. All for the interest of politics.”
In the past two weeks, SU has been rocked by at least 10 incidents including racist graffiti, yelling racial slurs and hateful emails.
“What we have found is these companies are very secretive. They don’t want to shed too much light on their business practices. But to me, sunshine is the best disinfectant.”
Donovan shared his own past struggle with addiction in his training.
“There’s so much chaos going on in Washington. There’s not really much getting done, at all. It’s just constant investigations, impeachment inquiry.”
“It goes for transparency and accountability that you need to have policies and procedures in place to make sure dollars are spent wisely and that these are, indeed, necessary payments.”
Acting administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Pete Gaynor toured some of the flooding damage along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
“I think businesses and entities don’t always pay enough attention to the cyber issues and as the threat builds and conflicts grow internationally, it’s a very serious component.”
Stewart-Cousins spoke about how when her mother was born, she did not have the right to vote.
“It was really difficult because when you’re trying to run a business and you can’t have a bank account, it doesn’t really work.”
Bishop Douglas Lucia was ordained in front of about 1,000 people at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse.
The alleged killer of Bianca Devins posted images of her death on social media that remained visible on platforms like Instagram for more than a week.
Refugees spent about a year and half at the fort before they were allowed to officially enter the U.S. as new immigrants.
“What kind of person stands by silently, when somebody directs racist insults against his own colleagues?”
“These don’t have to be psychiatrists or neurologists, just people who generally provide health care to recognize tell-tale signs. We’ve done some of this in mental illness and it’s much improved.
Several bodies of water in central New York have reported harmful algal blooms in recent weeks. With temperatures heating up after a wet spring, conditions are ripe for the blooms.
“We know that these abandoned homes dramatically decrease property values, they burden local governments, they threaten the safety of surrounding communities.”
Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is introducing a bill to review the pretrial release system across the country. It would focus on the monitoring practices for those on pretrial release.
“We don’t want anybody slipping and falling into the water. We don’t want their boats ending up on shore. So, for right now, it makes the most sense to shut the marina down.”
“China (has) used the American consumer and producer for many years by creating barriers to letting our products in their country, while they want to overwhelm us with their products.”
“It’s our worst nightmare to see a student be that close to danger as my student was that day.”
“When you see 65 of these people being arrested, 65 of the people who are responsible for bringing this dangerous drug into our community locked up, that’s a good day for us.”
“It really put a hurt on us, the tariffs, making it very difficult for us to ship back and forth across the border.”
“There’s definitely a lack of information, lack of knowledge about census, why it’s important, let alone, going about navigating through the system.”
The Attorney General “stated, before he took office, that he didn’t believe that any president could be held guilty of obstruction of justice,” Schumer said.
A voting, campaign finance and ethics reform bill known as the For the People Act or H.R. 1, is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he supports many parts of the bill, with one big exception.
As advocacy groups continue to pressure Albany on various causes ahead of this year’s state budget, a statewide educational equity tour made a stop in Syracuse, last week. A collection of local officials and other advocates said New York’s schools are underfunded by $4 billion.
Law enforcement officials are describing a deadly car accident involving Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim as a horrible, sad tragedy. Boeheim hit and killed a man who was fleeing a disabled vehicle on Interstate 690 in Syracuse.
The village of Sackets Harbor is losing one of the only stores where residents could get groceries, and its owner is blaming the opening of a nearby Dollar General as one of the reasons for its closing.
Advocates for increased funding of mental health housing programs rallied in Syracuse and across New York State Thursday. They said there has not been a substantial increase in funding for more than 10 years.
Central New York’s Republican state representatives and some local gun owners have reacted negatively to some of the new gun safety measures that passed the legislature last week. Republicans said they were left out of negotiations with the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Senate.
For upstate counties, particularly in rural areas, the suicide rate can sometimes be double or even triple the rate of New York City counties. The upstate farming industry has been struggling in recent years, but there is help for farmers who need it.
Local elected officials are reacting to voting reform measures passed in the Democratic-controlled New York State Legislature last week and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday. While some Republicans supported the efforts, others said the changes are too costly and could disenfranchise voters.
Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) have introduced legislation that would pay transportation security officers during the partial federal government shutdown. It is an example of the bipartisanship and compromise Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, say is needed to end the shutdown.
Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) made his second appearance in two days at the White House Wednesday as negotiations continued between Democrats and President Donald Trump to reopen the federal government.
Newly sworn-in Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) already fulfilled one campaign promise Thursday by not voting for Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House.
Minimum wage workers across New York State are getting a raise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it shows government can make a difference in people’s lives, but central New York businesses are mixed on its impact.
A new federal proposal would change the way New York’s military installations get milk, and could hurt local dairy farmers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is trying to stop it.
New York lawmakers’ pay raises, which are being challenged in court, are expected to go into effect Jan. 1 and would increase legislators’ pay by more than 60 percent over three years. Central New York’s state Assembly members are split on the raises.
The White House has signaled it may not shut down the government over $5 billion for a wall along the Southern Border. But central New York’s congressional representative said the issue is not going away.
President Donald Trump this week is expected to sign the 2018 Farm Bill that passed Congress last week. The bill includes some relief for struggling dairy farmers.
Local and state officials are promoting farm-fresh Christmas trees this holiday season. It’s an $8 million industry in New York State and the trees are also good for the environment.
Next year will be the first time some upstate House Republicans will be in the minority. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he has built a lot of bridges with Democrats over the last four years.
Upstate Republican House members are trying to get some spending priorities accomplished before the end of the year. They are also trying to avoid a potential government shutdown over the issue of border security.
Reaction has been mixed to Amazon’s selection of Long Island City in Queens as one of its new headquarters, promising 25,000 high-paying jobs. But Syracuse business leaders said they are expecting a spill-over effect of investment in central New York, because of the region’s drone corridor.
Democratic Congressman-elect Anthony Brindisi, who won a narrow victory over Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford), is sticking to his commitment against voting for Nancy Pelosi as the next speaker of the House.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Officials in Auburn opened the $10 million Equal Rights Heritage Center, a place for visitors to learn about the important social movements throughout New York State history. It is meant to drive tourism and educate the public on the historic significance of the region.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – More absentee ballots were sent in all eight counties covering the 22nd Congressional District in this past midterm election compared to four years ago.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – By the time polls open Tuesday, most voters have seen or heard a lot of negative political ads. The number of negative ads in federal races is up 60 percent this year from the 2014 midterms, according to The Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks broadcast political advertisements.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The tragic ties that bind Syracuse, N.Y. and Lockerbie, Scotland are stronger than ever, 30 years after Pan Am Flight 103 crashed in the tiny village after a terrorist’s bomb exploded on the plane.
Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, fired up a crowd of volunteers and supporters of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) Tuesday. Trump was at Republican headquarters in New Hartford where he credited Republican tax cuts for creating a hot economy with record low unemployment.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The New York Mets will stay in Syracuse for the next 25 years, thanks to a deal that will invest $25 million into Onondaga County’s NBT Bank baseball stadium.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Friday is the last day to register to vote in New York State for November’s general election. The state Board of Elections is warning the public about scammers claiming to register people through phone calls and texts.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Residents across New York State have been participating in listening sessions on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. Most of the people at the listening sessions support a regulated marijuana program, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The Violence Against Women Act, which provides funding, services and other legislative impacts for domestic and sexual violence survivors, is set to expire at the end of the month. Local advocates are calling on Congress to extend the law.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – After more than a year, Congress has passed legislation to study the feasibility of designating Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum in Oswego as a national park.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and his Democratic opponent Dana Balter are responding to President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs, including $200 billion on Chinese goods. Over the past year, reaction to the tariffs have been mixed across the region.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Law enforcement officials in central New York are supporting “red flag” legislation introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). The bill aims to allow police to temporarily restrict access to firearms of an individual at extreme risk to themselves or others.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – It is a David and Goliath battle according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, in regards to her primary race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 13. But Nixon said she would not be running if she could not win.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As the new school year begins, school districts in central New York will begin to implement a list of recommendations to increase school safety following the Parkland, Florida school shooting earlier this year. Onondaga County officials released a school safety task force report last month.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is remembering the late Sen. John McCain who died Saturday. Schumer has also been pressing to rename a Senate office building in McCain’s honor.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Cortland to hear the concerns of dairy farmers in the region. Dairy farmers told Perdue about the dire situation the industry is facing.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As the New York State Fair gets underway, immigration rights advocates are calling attention to the need for undocumented farm workers to be able to drive. Undocumented workers are currently barred from obtaining a driver’s license.
SYRACUSE, NY – During the summer months, the Boys & Girls Club in Syracuse serves hundreds of free meals to kids who lose access to free and reduced meals at school. Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is pushing legislation to expand summer food service programs.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Fort Drum and Utica Monday, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he would be willing to host anyone, including the president, if it advances Katko’s agenda for central New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were at Fort Drum where Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included more than $700 billion in military spending.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – According to data from the Onondaga County Health Department, no toxins have been detected at the water intake pipes in Skaneateles Lake for the last three days.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A low level detection of algae toxins, 0.3 parts per billion of toxins known as microcystins, have been found in Skaneateles Lake, according to local and state health officials. The toxins were detected in untreated water during weekly testing. None were found after the water was treated.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A political ad by Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi has been rejected from airing on Charter Spectrum cable channels. Brindisi said the company is censoring him by refusing to air it.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) is calling for more infrastructure investment as she visits a range of different businesses and organizations in her district. She is also highlighting what she calls the positive impact the tax overhaul is having on the upstate economy.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) toured the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County Wednesday as part of his push to “make nuclear cool again.”
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is refusing to accept donations from corporate PACs, or political action committees. Balter, who is running in the 24th Congressional District, outlined an agenda focused on campaign finance reform, transparency and constituent engagement.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling on Cuomo to have a debate before the primary election in September. But waiting on a debate could be a strategy by the governor.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Members of Congress from New York are reacting to President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump’s remarks on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Democrats and Republicans agree, Russia is not a friend to the U.S.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released action plans for 12 waterbodies affected by harmful algal blooms. The state is partnering with local communities to reduce and eliminate the blooms.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – New York’s senators are vowing to do everything they can to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats say among the rights that would be threatened, health care is at the top of the list.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump, highlighted the benefits of Republicans’ tax law while in Tully Monday at the Suit-Kote paving company.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Central New York Democrats resoundingly chose Dana Balter over Juanita Perez Williams as their candidate to take on Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The House of Representatives is expected to vote on an immigration bill next week, meant to be a compromise among Republicans. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) worked on the bill.
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is criticizing former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner as she enters into the governor’s race. But Hawkins admitted her candidacy could end up helping him.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Vice President Mike Pence visited central New York Tuesday and said Congress is working on immigration reform this week that will address issues including the separation of children and their families crossing the Southern border.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Syracuse Monday pushing gun safety legislation meant to address school shootings. The bill, which would prevent individuals from buying or possessing guns who are believed to be a severe threat to themselves or others, is still tied up in the state legislature.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Members of Congress from New York, on both sides of the aisle, are focusing in on how their parties can win seats in November’s midterm elections. The economy and women are two factors that could push each party towards victory.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A number of Syracuse University fraternity students involved with racist and sexist videos that were released to the public this spring, have been suspended for up to two years.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to soon release its management plans to combat harmful algal blooms in 12 lakes, some in central and northern New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A new $62 million Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds is on schedule to be completed and open in time for this year’s fair. The expo center could help the fair recruit larger shows to the region.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A top official at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse has resigned amid allegations he fabricated stories about his service with the U.S. State Department.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Disciplinary hearings were held last week for 15 students involved in a racist and sexist fraternity video at Syracuse University. An SU professor advising three of those students at the hearings said it was not an open and fair process.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said this week that the tax reform law passed last year is helping companies and employees in the region. Katko said the economy is on a path of sustained growth.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Syracuse University is investing $118 million dollars in renovations to the Carrier Dome as part of SU’s 20-year Campus Framework plan of projects. The renovations include a new roof for the dome, which will change what has been an iconic part of the Syracuse skyline for the past several decades.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Local Republican members of Congress are united in supporting President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. Rep. John Katko, Rep. Elise Stefanik and Rep. Claudia Tenney said the deal was flawed and gave too many concessions to Iran.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Immigration activists in Syracuse have been filming federal border patrol agents questioning the citizenship status of travelers at the Regional Transportation Center. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection said those agents are following the law.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is pushing for legislation that would provide more access to funding for employee-owned businesses. Gillibrand said there is an urgency to create more opportunities for retiring baby boomer business owners.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The New York State Department of Labor is holding hearings across the state to gather input on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate minimum wage tip credits. Many restaurant workers who attended a hearing in Syracuse said they are against the plan.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be doing a lot more to protect undocumented immigrants in New York State. This comes after last week’s raid on a dairy farm in Rome by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
SYRACUSE NY (WRVO) – State Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) announced Wednesday that he will no longer actively campaign for governor. The announcement came after an increasing number of Republican county chairs in New York endorsed Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Syracuse University students are demanding changes to a system they say is oppressing marginalized groups on campus. This comes in the wake of racist and sexist videos from the Theta Tau fraternity, which got the organization expelled.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Everything is on the table, according to Syracuse University officials, including expulsion, for the 18 students involved in racist videos by the Theta Tau fraternity. SU officials said it will be a fair but expeditious disciplinary process.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A fraternity at Syracuse University has been suspended after a video was released showing members engaged in extremely racist behavior. Students on campus are shocked and angered by the video.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Monday that now is the time to get Canada to end a program hurting upstate’s dairy industry, as President Donald Trump’s administration renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.
SYRACUSE, NY (WSKG) – More than nine million New Yorkers had their personal data exposed last year according to a new report from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. That is more than four times the number of New Yorkers impacted in 2016. The vast majority of the exposed data in 2017 came from the breach at consumer reporting agency Equifax.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Medical professionals at Upstate University Hospital are urging the New York State Assembly to pass legislation that would require skiers and snowboarders under the age of 14 to wear helmets. Experts say injuries on the slopes can be more severe than accidents on bicycles.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The State Assembly is proposing an additional statewide surcharge on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft in its spending plan. The funds collected would be used on transportation services.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) joined elected officials and activist groups in Syracuse Monday to protest the Republican tax overhaul passed by Congress in December. Demonstrators fear the tax cuts will be paid for by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) Criminal justice advocates are trying to put pressure on Albany to reform the justice system. A local coalition is trying to build support for proposed legislation in Albany that, among other things, eliminates cash bail for misdemeanors or low-level felonies.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The New York State Public Service Commission has approved of National Grid rate hikes. Over the next three years, the monthly electric and gas bills of residential customers could increase by about $16 dollars. The plan includes a discount program for low-income customers.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Many school districts in central and northern New York have faced threats following the Florida high school shooting last month. It has resulted in school shutdowns and arrests of some students for making terroristic threats. As law enforcement aggressively investigates these incidents, some experts say it is a lack of emotional skills that is causing them.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he wants to address the issue of mass shootings, especially in schools., and there are some measures Katko is signaling he could support.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Over the weekend, the Onondaga County Democratic Committee chose Syracuse University professor Dana Balter as their congressional candidate in the 24th District.
Protests outside of central New York Republican Rep. John Katko’s Syracuse office have been ongoing this week, including a rally on gun control. Following last week’s high school shooting in Florida, some of the protesters were teachers who said Katko is doing nothing to fix the problem.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is promoting legislation that would expand access to Pell grants for short-term job training programs. The federal subsidy for students to go to college currently can be used for 15-week job skills training. But Gillibrand said that does not help people who cannot go back to school full-time.