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Central New Yorkers who oppose a sweeping overhaul to the tax code supported by Republicans and President Donald Trump made their case outside a roundtable meeting with Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and local congressional representatives in Syracuse today.

The proposed changes take away certain deductions, like state and local taxes, but increases a taxpayers personal deduction. Opponents like Sharon Owens of Syracuse call that a scam.

The nation’s former top intelligence official spoke at Utica College Wednesday night, and told students that the United States is a nation at risk.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Wall Street profits are up by one third over the same period last year, says the New York State Comptroller. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the gain of  $12.3 billion dollars is good news for New Yorkers with retirement accounts invested in the market, as well as the state’s pension fund.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with California Gov. Jerry Brown, singled out two New York GOP congressmen for criticism after they voted for a budget measure that clears the way for a vote on the Republican plan to overhaul the tax system.

Cuomo has been speaking out nearly every day against a proposal in the federal tax overhaul plan to eliminate state and local tax deductions from federal income tax filings. He calls it double taxation and a political attack on New York.

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ALBANY (WSKG) -  The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s Congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

Speaking outside a suburban home in Albany County, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo called the federal plan to get rid of the state and local tax deductions “double taxation”. Schumer says middle class New Yorkers will pay more money in taxes each year if the proposal is approved.

Cuomo takes on national issues

Sep 21, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.

In both cases, the governor said he’s addressing the matters because the actions — or, in the case of climate change, inactions — in Washington have a harmful impact on New York.

Thirty historic sites in 21 counties in New York received $239,634 in preservation grant money, and they say it makes a difference in a region where the economy is struggling.

The grants were distributed by the Preservation League of New York State, along with help from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. They were awarded to groups ranging from an antique boat museum to a dance center to help with preserving cultural heritage across New York.

Central New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney is pushing to uphold the funding for the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal aid to those who cannot afford it. This comes after President Donald Trump released a proposed budget earlier this year eliminating the funding.

Tenney said the House of Representatives has restored $300 million to the Legal Services Corporation in their proposed budget but that still leaves an $85 million cut.

Video Of Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Jul 26, 2017
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The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning about foreign agents and attempts to influence the U.S. election. The panel is among the bodies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified this morning before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its ongoing probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.

Johnson’s testimony is complete. Watch recorded video in the player above.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A federal bill that would reduce the amount of time animals spend in shelters after being abused and neglected has support from animal rights advocates and elected officials in central New York. The legislation would speed up the legal process to reduce the burden on shelters and give abused animals new homes sooner. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump will not interfere with the bureau’s investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino is apparently in talks to become President Donald Trump's new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

Schumer Backs President Trump On Syrian Strike

Apr 11, 2017
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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) is standing behind President Donald Trump's missile strike of a Syrian air base last week that was believed to be used for a chemical weapons attack in which innocent Syrian citizens were killed. 

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - President Donald Trump, a Republican, won Pennsylvania by a narrow margin of 68,000 votes. The state has about 900,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans.  

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump released his "skinny budget," an outline of his proposed federal funding allocations. As promised, it was skinny in every sense of the word — Trump hopes to scale federal funding way back, cutting programs and positions across the board.

  

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - As the pressure mounts on Republican members of Congress to hold town hall meetings, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has a message for those members of Congress from New York who have not held town halls in their districts. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Supporters of President Donald Trump crashed an Obamacare rally hosted by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on Tuesday. Protesters worried about losing the Affordable Care Act were met by some who are encouraged by Trump’s actions so far. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - US Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) says she has faced some obstacles during her first month in office. In addition to trying to adjust to a new job on Capitol Hill, the freshman congresswoman has been struggling to open offices and telephone lines in her district.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A state Senate committee has advanced an abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks gestation, as opposed to the current 24 weeks.

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(Keystone Crossroads) More than 2,500 municipalities and 67 counties just released their budgets for the upcoming year. So what are the trends? What rises to the top? It's tough to say in any kind of comprehensive, precise way or because, well, Pa.'s governance is really fragmented. 

Obama Farewell Address Fact Checker

Jan 10, 2017
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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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(WRVO) Politically, central New York will have something new when it comes to Congressional representation this year. For the first time in a decade, the 24th District, which represents Syracuse and surrounding areas, will have someone other than a freshman member of Congress representing it. 

Schumer Responds To Trump's Pick For Secretary Of State

Dec 14, 2016
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(WXXI) President-elect Donald Trump named the head of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for U.S. secretary of state on Tuesday, saying the oil executive with close to ties to Russia's "tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice." 

Keystone Crossroads

The last eight years were pretty good for the relationship between Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania's major cities. President Obama made visits to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and the Democratic leadership in both cities worked closely with his administration. Sure, there's always room for more funding and more cooperation, but their progressive policies met little resistance from the Commander in Chief. 

It might seem like some cities only just stopped reeling from the last recession. Now many officials want to prepare for the next economic downturn. 

The holiday season came a little early this year for community development organizations that got a piece of $7 billlion in tax credits allocated by the Department of the Treasury last week. The New Market Tax Credits program helps low-income or economically distressed cities attract investors in commercial projects. 

(Keystone Crossroads) Pennsylvania’s rules for ousting municipal officials are among the most stringent in the country. The commonwealth doesn’t permit recall elections, nor does it allow local governing bodies to vote out elected officials if, for example, they violate their duties of office.

(Keystone Crossroads) Over the past few years, in the economic development world, there has been some whispering. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank caught wind of a growing suspicion that donations and grants from foundations were being funneled into just the largest, most well-off cities in the country. Small and mid-sized cities, as well as those deemed economically distressed, were getting ignored by these large, national money-givers. 

Transgender people across Pennsylvania now will have an easier time to have their birth certificates changed. The state Department of Health has changed the requirements for adjusting your sex: Pennsylvania no longer requires proof that a transgender person has undergone gender reassignment surgery.

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