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2014 Election

All WXXI News stories that are about the 2014 election.

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Government
4:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Green Party Candidate Not Going Away

The Green Party candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins, says he’s not going away now that elections are over, and intends to continue to draw attention to issues like raising the minimum wage and build his party.

Hawkins says the Greens, who were the only party to gain voters in the elections, intends to build their membership in the coming months. Hawkins says 70% of voters did not bother coming to the polls, and he sees potential in the disaffected electorate.

“Those are the future Green voters,” Hawkins said. “That’s the way we’re looking at it.”

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Government
10:40 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Election Over, Will Cuomo Decide on Fracking?

Now that elections are over, supporters and opponents of hydro fracking are wondering what will be Governor Andrew Cuomo’s next move on the long stalled gas drilling process in New York State.

New York has had a defacto moratorium on fracking for several years. Most recently Governor Cuomo has said he’s awaiting results of an over two years long health review being conducted by his administration.

During a debate in October, Cuomo said the review would finally be completed by the end of the calendar year.

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Government
1:31 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Supporters Say Yes Vote on Prop 1 Conveys Appetite for Reform

All three propositions on the New York State ballot passed on Tuesday. Supporters of the measure to change the redistricting process say the vote shows New Yorkers are hungry for reform.

Voters approved a change in the state’s constitution that will require the legislature to appoint a commission redraw Senate, Assembly and congressional district lines after the 2020 census.

Dick Dadey, with Citizens Union, a group that supported the amendment, says the 57% percent of voters who said yes shows that the public craves reform of the present system.

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Connections
4:39 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Connections: David Cay Johnston on Wage Dispartity and Safety Nets

Investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston joins us to talk about wage disparity and safety nets, especially after Tuesday night's election results.

Connections
4:35 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Connections: Election 2014 Recap

We recap the winners, losers, and those waiting to be a winner or loser, from Tuesday's mid-term election. We will discuss how huge Repbulican wins will affect both the state and federal governments, and what's next for the Slaughter-Assini race that was too close to call Tuesday night.

Government
11:24 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cuomo, Re Elected, Faces Potential Gridlock With the State Senate

Governor Cuomo, a Democrat ,won another four years in office, but the Republicans also recaptured the State Senate.  That could lead to Washington style gridlock on a number of issues that Cuomo pushed in the campaign.

Cuomo, under pressure from the left of his party, pressed for a progressive agenda in the final weeks of his campaign that includes an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality package, further increases in the state’s minimum wage, and public financing of political campaigns. On election night, Cuomo promised that he would deliver on those items.

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Election 2014
11:22 am
Wed November 5, 2014

WATCH: Monroe County GOP Celebrates Victories

"What a great night to be a Republican!" That line from Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich started the victory celebration for the Republicans Tuesday night. Watch the speeches from various GOP candidates:

Government
6:17 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Katko Easily Defeats Maffei In The 24th Congressional District

A year ago, John Katko of Camillus was a federal prosecutor, putting criminals behind bars. Today he is congressman-elect for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

The Republican's first foray into politics has led to a stunning victory over two-term Rep. Dan Maffei, a Democrat.      

“Anybody want to know why I’m wearing a purple tie?" Katko asked, opening his victory speech. "It’s a combination of red and blue because we all got to get together," He vowed to keep the promise he made on the campaign trail to work with Democrats in Washington.

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Election 2014
11:55 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Slaughter-Assini Race Goes To Absentees

When Louise Slaughter won her first congressional term in 1986, it was her closest margin of victory, a win by 3,375 votes. If she wants to win her 15th congressional term, she will have to win her closest race yet against Republican challenger Mark Assini.

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Government
11:24 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Cuomo Wins Re-election

Governor Andrew Cuomo embraces his father former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, after winning re election to a second term

Governor Cuomo won re election to a second term by easily beating his nearest opponent , Republican Rob Astorino.

Cuomo, to chants of “four more years”,  promised to deliver in his next term on a mostly progressive agenda, including enacting a number of items that were stalled in the State Senate over the past couple of years, like an abortion rights provision as part of a women’s rights agenda and public financing of political campaigns.

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