Thu May 22, 2014
Obama in Cooperstown

Obama swings for tourism increase at baseball hall of fame

President Obama speaks about tourism at the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

President Obama wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit the United States so they can come and spend more money at tourist sites. The president visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown Thursday, where he pitched tourism as an economic asset.

Cooperstown Bats is a store that has a symbiotic relationship with the baseball hall of fame across the street. Thursday morning, a high school baseball team was in town for a game at the hall’s Doubleday Field, but the players bought some souvenir bats first.

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Thu May 22, 2014

Cuomo chooses Hochul as running mate, still faces potential trouble from the left

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:42 am

Kathy Hochul/Facebook

Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor via a video address to delegates at the state Democratic Party convention on Long Island. The announcement of former western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul comes at the same time a new poll shows Cuomo continuing to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.

Cuomo will not actually attend the convention until the day of his own nomination, but he did record a message announcing his choice of Hochul as his running mate.

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Thu May 22, 2014

Cooperstown gets ready for president's visit

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 12:52 pm

The baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown attracts nearly 300,000 visitors each year.
candyschwartz Flickr

The village of Cooperstown is preparing for one of its most high-profile tourists ever.

President Barack Obama will visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame there later today to promote tourism. Obama says tourism is an export and he wants to make it easier for foreign visitors to travel to the U.S.

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Thu May 15, 2014
Governor's Race

Astorino accepts GOP nomination for Governor

Rob Astorino addresses the GOP state party convention.
Credit Matt Ryan / New York Now

Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.

Rob Astorino was nominated in his home county of Westchester, where he is the County Executive. He painted a grim picture of the state, saying New York is 50th out of the 50 states in high taxes, economic outlook, and corruption. And he blames it all on bad government.

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Wed May 7, 2014

Senate Democrats say more reasons than ever to adopt their reform bills

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:27 am

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti-corruption bills at the state Capitol.
Karen DeWitt/WRVO News

Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state’s campaign finance system say the U.S. Attorney’s investigations into a panel controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures.

Democrats in the state Senate introduced a package of bills that they say would lessen special interest influences in politics and curb some on going abuses.

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