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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.

New York bill would give individuals seat at the table when utility companies request rate increases: What does it mean for this winter?

energy bill rebate
A bill passed by the New York State Legislature would provide ratepayers with a voice in utility rate increases. The utility intervenor bill would provide for funding to allow individuals or not-for-profit groups to have a ... more
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Nearly 410,000 New Yorkers are dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

Nearly 410,000 New Yorkers are dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease
Though National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month is coming to a close, experts say education on the disease must continue beyond November. Across the U.S., about 6.5 million people over age 65 have Alzheimer's Disease. In New York, ... more
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Outdoor RX launches website to let veterans know about services available

Outdoor RX launches website to let veterans know about services available
New York State's Outdoor RX Coalition is launching a website to spread the word about its services. Established in late 2020, the coalition is a partnership between the New York State Division of Veterans Services ... more
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Finding permanent homes for kids in state foster care system is difficult

National Foster Care Month: Additional foster parents
It can be a long road to finding permanent homes for kids in the New York State foster care system, but many find it worthwhile. Megan Battista is a Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter who saw ... more
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Two affordable housing projects complete in Central New York: Will they help make housing more attainable though?

Is the Finger Lakes housing market cooling off?  Real estate brokers explain (video)
Two new affordable housing developments in Central New York should help alleviate the region's affordability problem. The Wheat Street Apartments in Cayuga and Village Grove in Trumansburg are promising lower prices in the face of rising rents. According ... more
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Here’s how poll workers make Election Day run smoothly

Who will be the next Wayne County judge? GOP primary held today
With Election Day upon us, concerns abound about the safety of elections, and one of so many reasons the 2022 elections are expected to be safe is the role of poll workers. According to a Marist ... more
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New York’s largest nurses union has joined forces with largest national union: What does it mean for healthcare?

medical staff using safety face mask vector
New York's largest nurses union has affiliated with the largest nurses union nationwide. The New York State Nurses Association voted to affiliate with National Nurses United to help numerous nurses gain better working conditions in ... more
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$70M coming to school districts to purchase electric buses: Can it work across NYS?

school buses in parking lot
School districts across New York will be receiving almost $70 million in federal funding for electric school buses, via a grant awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Bus rebate competition. It is part of ... more
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Unemployment rate for people with disabilities is double those without: What needs to be done?

Can you get Social Security disability payments your entire life?
As National Disability Employment Awareness Month comes to a close, New Yorkers are contending there is more to do beyond October. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities ... more
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Early voting begins later this week: Will turnout live up to expectation across New York?

Region sees major turnout for early voting, as 2.5M cast ballots across NY
Early voting begins in New York this week, with in-person early voting starting on Saturday, October 29. Early voting has been a popular option with New Yorkers ever since it was introduced in 2019. That ... more
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Asian Americans face rising rates of hate crimes: What is being done in New York to address it?

ny groups work to stop asian american hate crimes
As Asian Americans continue to face discrimination and hate crimes, new funding could aid New York officials in reporting - and preventing - these incidents. The multipurpose funding, from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will ... more
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Medicaid expansion: Study finds expanded program means better health outcomes for kids

Medicaid expansion: Study finds expanded program means better health outcomes for kids
New York is one of the states opting to expand Medicaid as soon as it could through the Affordable Care Act, and recent studies found a 2014 decision has paid off in terms of better ... more
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Upstate New York has rural housing affordability crisis

Landlords, tenants advocate for real relief, not just symbolic policy out of Albany
A new affordable housing development is coming to Lake Placid, an area facing a workforce housing crisis. Fawn Valley, with six homes and 16 town homes, comes at a time when much of the area's ... more
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Legislation would remove restrictions on electric vehicle sales in New York: Does it have a chance?

Legislation would remove restrictions on electric vehicle sales in New York: Does it have a chance?
A new piece of legislation would provide New Yorkers with further access to electric vehicles. The Direct EV Sales bill, still under consideration by the New York Legislature, would remove restrictions on the sale of electric vehicles ... more
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What should New Yorkers consider when purchasing health insurance?

Medicare 2022: Part B premium will not be reduced
Many New Yorkers will be shopping for new health insurance plans this month, when open enrollment begins. If you are among them, experts advise it is important to be aware of exactly what you are ... more
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Invasive Carp: Great Lakes focus of new film documenting effort to keep species out

Invasive Carp: Great Lakes focus of new film documenting effort to keep species out
A new film is documenting efforts to prevent invasive carp species from entering the Great Lakes. "Against the Current 2: Keeping Invasive Carp Out of the Great Lakes" is a sequel to 2020's "Against the ... more
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Study finds more civic education needed: Only 33% of Americans would pass citizenship test

Study finds more civic education needed: Only 33% of Americans would pass citizenship test
As political tensions have risen in the last few years, experts are calling for a bigger emphasis on civic education. In a 2021 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, only half of people surveyed could name ... more
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Climate change takes aim at poor communities: New York working to prepare them

Climate change takes aim at poor communities: New York working to prepare them
New York State has been working to ensure disadvantaged communities aren't so vulnerable to the effects of climate change. However, as storms grow in power, it may not be enough that the state is bracing ... more
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Social workers go virtual, leaving nonprofits shorthanded across New York

Social workers go virtual, leaving nonprofits shorthanded across New York
Nonprofit social workers in New York are seeing a shortage of people coming into the field, abdicating it for telehealth work. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth began to fill the gaps for in-person visits ... more
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