Politics

1:43pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Land

Onondaga Nation files human rights petition over land claims

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:17 pm

Oren Lyons, the faithkeeper for the Onondaga Nation.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

With its domestic options exhausted, the Onondaga Indian Nation has taken its land claim case to an international commission.

It’s been six months since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Onondaga’s claim to 2.6 million acres of land in central New York. In the lawsuit first filed in 2005, the nation says land was illegally taken from it in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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4:16pm

Mon April 14, 2014
SAFE Act Registration

State Rifle and Pistol says 'a ton of confusion' surrounds SAFE Act

Credit Matt Ryan/WMHT

April 15th, besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. 

The head of the state’s Rifle and Pistol Association, a gun owners and pro second amendment rights group, says his members don’t like the new requirement that they register any assault weapons  they own under the state’s gun control laws.  

Tom King says while he’s not advising gun owners about whether or not they should register, he says those that want to comply are finding the new rules hard to navigate.

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3:41pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Property Tax Freeze Proposal

Cuomo maintains political pressure over property tax plan

Cuomo says there's room for further service consolidation between counties
WXXI News

In a speech in Rochester Thursday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets.

His speech was part of a series of appearances to sell what he calls his 'grand-slam' budget.

Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era.

The governor continued to highlight state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.

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4:37pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Casinos

New casinos will drive problem gambling, Commission hears

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The state gaming commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York State over the next several years.

Among those testifying, James Maney, the executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

Maney, who’s organization is neither for or against gambling, says there’s no doubt that the new casinos will increase the number of problem gamblers in New York.   

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9:13am

Wed April 9, 2014
Politics

Medical marijuana next big issue for state legislature after lengthy spring break

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:06 am

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol is shifting to other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana might be dead for the year, saying he does not think it has a future in the 2014 session.

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