4th of July

Celebrate the July 4th holiday and pick up a few new legal explanations from Rudy Guiliana when the "Capitol Steps" poke fun at today's news with a brand new, one-hour special.

Call your friends! Call your lawyer! Call your lawyer's lawyer! The special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous... the highest ratings ever, believe me. If there's anything both sides can agree on, it's that we all could use a good laugh. Tune out and tune in as the "Capitol Steps" rhyme the news of the day.

New York State Senate

The state is one step closer to having ride-hailing services available before the Fourth of July, now that the state Senate has passed a bill to speed up when companies like Uber and Lyft will be allowed to operate in upstate New York.

When state lawmakers agreed to allow the companies to operate outside New York City as part of the budget, they thought that they would pass the legislation by April 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

The Capitol Steps: 4th of July Edition

Jul 1, 2016
Capitol Steps

This Independence Day, celebrate our country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it! You don't need to be your own publicist to proclaim laughter is exactly what this election needs!

So clap your hands as the Capitol Steps take on The Donald, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and all the other newsmakers in this hour-long special. With this much material to work with, this special will be huge!

Listen this coming Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. on Public Radio Presents.

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Oneida County residents will not be able to purchase fireworks for the July Fourth holiday this year. The county executive, Anthony Picente, has vetoed a bill from the Oneida County Board of Legislators that would have allowed the sale of sparklers and small, fountain-style fireworks. He cited safety concerns.

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More than 100 men, women and children marched through an Eastside Syracuse neighborhood Monday night, determined to take back their community from a rash of violence that has marked this summer.  

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, there were 10 shootings in less than 24 hours. In addition, two people were killed, including a teenager.  

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The New York state legislature passed a law that lets each county determine if they're going to allow sparklers leading up to the Fourth of July weekend. More than 30 counties in New York legalized sparklers including Jefferson, Madison and Cortland counties. The ban on sparklers is still in effect for Onondaga, Oneida, Tompkins and Oswego counties.

 

Joan Dolinak, a burn surgeon at Upstate University Hospital, said most sparkler injuries happen to children five-years-old and younger.

 

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Federal authorities are ratcheting up terror warnings across the country in advance of this Fourth of July holiday weekend.  

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are asking local law enforcement officials to be prepared for any potential terrorist activity. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says this alert reflects a new kind of radicalization.

This Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

It's the most wonderful time of the year when Presidential candidates emerge from their political slumbers and proclaim themselves fit to rule this Nation. The singing political comedians will take on Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and all the other "76 Unknowns" who have thrown their hat (and your money) into the ring. Its time to "Mock the Vote" in 2015!