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Edwin Viera

Edwin is a reporter and producer in North Tonawanda, New York. He's previously reported for the Niagara Gazette and the Ithaca Times. Edwin got an early start in radio interning for WBFO-88.7FM, NPR's Buffalo affiliate. In 2018, he graduated from SUNY Buffalo State College with a B.A. in Journalism, and in 2022, graduated from Syracuse University with an M.S. in Communications.

Civic engagement has different meaning for Gen Z New Yorkers

Civic engagement has different meaning for Gen Z New Yorkers
New research shows younger New Yorkers have different ideas about civic engagement. A Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement survey found Generation Z was less positive or increasingly neutral on almost three-quarters of civic terms. Terms ... more
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Sustainable steel makes new Buffalo Bills stadium greener

Sustainable steel makes new Buffalo Bills stadium greener
The new Buffalo Bills stadium may not be the best environmentally but it has some green qualities. The steel for the stadium is being made locally and climate-consciously, using an electric-arc furnace. Studies show the ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Will the HEAT Act get passed this session? Advocates say it needs to happen

EXCLUSIVE: Will the HEAT Act get passed this session? Advocates say it needs to happen
With less than a month left in the New York Legislature's session, environmentalists are pushing for the HEAT Act's passage. Last-minute stalling from the Assembly kept it from being in the 2025 budget. The bill phases out ... more
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NY budget requires insurers to pay rates as high as Medicaid

Bill proposed as part of NYS budget
New York's 2025 budget improves access to mental-health services. Budget legislation stipulates commercial insurers have to pay rates similar to Medicaid for in- and-out-of-network behavioral health services. While many New York adults can access care, younger ... more
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EXPLAINED IN 90 SECONDS: How does new state budget address rural housing issues?

EXPLAINED IN 90 SECONDS: How does new state budget address rural housing issues?
New York's 2025 budget takes proactive steps to address rural housing. In the budget, $10 million was allocated for improvements to rural housing built by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Section 515 program. Rural housing organizations ... more
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What does universal access to FAFSA program in NY mean for students?

Financial aid: FAFSA completion rate in New York still 5% below pre-pandemic levels
New York's 2025 budget creates universal access to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program. School districts statewide will have the resources to help high schoolers complete the application. Those who do not fill ... more
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New York takes action to remove PFAS from water, products

New York takes action to remove PFAS from water, products
The state of New York is removing forever chemicals from various places, just as the Environmental Protection Agency issued limits on PFAS in drinking water. In the state of New York, 548 public water systems ... more
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NY medical aid-in-dying bill gains broader support

NY medical aid-in-dying bill gains broader support
New York's medical aid-in-dying bill is gaining further support. The Medical Society of the State of New York is supporting the bill. New York's bill allows terminally ill people with only six months to live ... more
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Why are housing advocates furious over ‘Good Cause Eviction’ bill as adopted in state budget?

Why are housing advocates furious over 'Good Cause Eviction' bill as adopted in state budget?
New York State housing advocates say they are furious about the so-called "good cause eviction bill" in the new state budget. It grants tenant protections to people in New York City but all other municipalities ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Advocates want NY HEAT Act in the final budget, but they probably won’t get it

EXCLUSIVE: Advocates want NY HEAT Act in the final budget, but they probably won't get it
The New York HEAT Act might not make the final budget. The bill reduces the state's reliance on natural gas and cuts ratepayer costs by eliminating certain rules. It was in both legislative chambers' one-house ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Workforce training helps NY workers know their rights

Cayuga County furloughs 11% of its workforce through July 31st
New York restaurant workers need to know their rights to better navigate their workplaces. A new report finds high rates of what it calls "occupational segregation" in the restaurant industry, which can relegate some people to lower-paying ... more
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US could learn from NY’s facility fees disclosure law

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As federal agencies crack down on "junk fees." experts feel they can learn a thing or two from New York. The state is one of 13 to pass facility fee reforms, which are growing as ... more
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New York’s adultery law could finally go down this year

New York's adultery law could finally go down this year
Of New York's many outdated laws, the adultery law could go this year. A bill repealingthe 1907 New York adultery law passed the Assembly and is now in the Senate. Adultery is a misdemeanor crime carrying a penalty ... more
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Climate Change Superfund Act: How would it help NY communities dealing with flooding?

Climate Change Superfund Act: How would it help NY communities dealing with flooding?
A new report shows the costs different regions of New York face from climate change. It says taxpayers were on the hook for more than $2 billion - or $300 per household - in climate costs last ... more
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IRS Direct File: Report shows NY tax refunds are being maximized thanks to new tool

IRS Direct File: Report shows NY tax refunds are being maximized thanks to new tool
A new report finds New Yorkers are getting the most out of their tax filings, thanks to a new resource. The Internal Revenue Service's free, online Direct File Tool walks people through an interview to help filers ... more
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New York TSA workers get contract boost: What does it mean for travel?

New York TSA workers get contract boost: What does it mean for travel?
New York transportation safety officers will see improved working conditions thanks to a newly ratified contract. The new American Federation of Government Employees and the Transportation Safety Administration agreement creates an engaging workplace for employees. Some points ... more
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NYS bill could speed up electric transmission installation

NYS bill could speed up electric transmission installation
New York's Legislature is considering a bill to get clean-energy projects connected to the grid faster. It's called the RAPID Act, for "Renewable Action through Project Interconnection and Deployment," and backers have said it would make ... more
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NY senior advocates see advantages to dual-use special needs plans

NY senior advocates see advantages to dual-use special needs plans
Senior and older adult advocates in New York are pointing to certain health care plans to help people get the best bang for their buck. Dual-use special-needs plans offer Medicare and Medicaid coverage together for eligible ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: What are the pros and cons of ‘good cause’ eviction?

EXCLUSIVE: What are the pros and cons of 'good cause' eviction?
As New York housing advocates demand state lawmakers pass a bill to keep landlords from evicting renters without "good cause," a new report cautioned them about getting what they wish for. The New York University report found ... more
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