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5:08 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

AG Challenger Focuses on Corruption Commission

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill, outside the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice in Albany

The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing TV ads and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Commission on corruption.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved the current Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, was with the commission. The commions’s actions are now under federal investigation.

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Government
1:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Cuomo Won't Say Whether He'll Debate

Cuomo gets the traditional sausage at a rainy start to the State Fair in Syracuse Thursday
Credit Governor Cuomo's office

Governor Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

Cuomo, who spoke after an early morning stop at the State Fair in Syracuse, would not say whether he’ll debate Republican candidate for Governor Rob Astorino, or a Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout.

“I’ll leave that to the campaigns to talk through,” said Cuomo .

The governor was asked what he meant by the statement.

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Connections
3:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Connections: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was our guest for a full hour on Wednesday to talk with callers abou  issues in the City of Rochester.

Government
3:04 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll Shows Cuomo Popular, But With Weaknesses On Corruption Issue

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for Governor virtually unchanged since the spring, with incumbent  Governor Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his Republican and Democratic challengers.  The favorable ratings for Cuomo come after weeks of negative news stories about the governor’s alleged interference in an ethics panel, and an on going federal investigation.

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Government
2:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Video Emphasizes Safety in Work Zones

Gary Farrell was working as a flagger in work zone in 2009 when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

A new Public Service Announcement features his wife Michelle asking motorists to slow down and be more aware of their surroundings in work zones.

State DOT spokesperson Lori Maher says a highway work zone is someone's work environment, and when drivers don't slow down or pay attention, the risk to those workers is very real.

Last year, the State Department of Transportation reports there were 525 accidents in work zones, resulting in 149 injuries and 2 fatalities.

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Government
11:55 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Cuomo Keeps Lead in Quinnipiac Poll

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A new poll shows Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. 

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May. 

Cuomo has been dogged recently by allegations that his administration interfered with an anti-corruption commission, but the survey indicates the episode has done little to sway voters. 

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Government
3:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Business Group Praises Senate GOP Voting Record , Pans Democrats

An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans. Unshackle Upstate says that could have implications for the group’s interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.

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Government
1:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Supporters Launch Campaign for Yes Vote on Redistricting Ballot Amendment

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Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan Gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and the Assembly. The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving them reasons why voters should approve the measure.

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Government
6:45 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New York Gives Tuition Break To Veterans

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state.

A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday will give veterans in-state tuition at state colleges and universities even if they wouldn't otherwise qualify.

Another provision makes it easier for children of service members who are posted to New York to transfer their records to a new school.

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Government
4:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Voters Will Decide Education Bond Act This Fall

Credit NPR

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion dollars for new technology including I-Pads in school classrooms.  Teachers and school administrators who could benefit from the funds say they are supportive but want to see more details .

The bond act, as it reads on the November ballot,  would  provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connections , as well as offer funds to build more pre kindergarten classrooms, and replace the trailers that some overcrowded schools in New York City have been using to teach students.

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