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State’s education budget leaves key questions unanswered for school districts across NY

Four candidates on the ballot for Waterloo school board
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a conceptual budget agreement on Monday, committing a historic $36 billion to education but leaving significant uncertainty in the K-12 funding formula. The proposal omitted changes to the "Hold Harmless" provision ... more
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Record tick season underway in New York: How bad will it get in 2024?

Ticks proving to be a massive problem in the Finger Lakes
The 2024 tick season in New York and the Northeast has started off with unprecedented activity, as evidenced by the highest number of tick bite-related emergency room visits for March in recent years. This surge ... more
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Compromise on Good Cause Eviction legislation frustrates both sides

Albany moves closer to banning plastic bags in budget
As the New York Legislature edges closer to passing a modified version of the Good Cause Eviction measure within the state budget, neither landlords nor housing advocates are content with the compromise. The proposed legislation, ... more
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New York could be first to offer prenatal paid leave if state budget is approved

New York could be first to offer prenatal paid leave if state budget is approved
Governor Kathy Hochul's latest budget proposal, if passed, will position New York as the first state to offer paid prenatal leave, marking a significant step in supporting expecting mothers. The budget, detailed in recent negotiations, ... more
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Frank Hoare confirmed as Thruway Authority leader

Frank Hoare confirmed as Thruway Authority leader
The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Frank Hoare as the Executive Director of the Thruway Authority on Monday. Appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul in January, Hoare had been serving as interim director since December ... more
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LISTEN: Hochul talks public safety, housing issues after budget agreement reached

State regulators punt ruling on permit for bitcoin mining operation in Finger Lakes until after primary
Governor Kathy Hochul appeared on Spectrum News' "Capital Tonight" on Tuesday to discuss public safety enhancements and housing initiatives as part of the New York State Fiscal Year 2025 Budget proposal. During the interview, she ... more
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$22 million to assist New Yorkers with cooling their homes this summer

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $22 million initiative under the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to provide air conditioning units to low-income New Yorkers vulnerable to extreme heat. The initiative aims to assist households with ... more
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Hochul launches campaign to boost FAFSA completion among high school seniors

Financial aid: FAFSA completion rate in New York still 5% below pre-pandemic levels
Governor Kathy Hochul has initiated a campaign targeting high school seniors in New York to ensure they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As part of Financial Aid Awareness Month, letters offering ... more
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New York’s water infrastructure faces significant funding challenges, DiNapoli reports

Finger Lakes region receives $32 million in grants for water infrastructure projects
The Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), a key entity in New York's water infrastructure financing, is facing a substantial backlog in funding for essential water and sewer projects, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli revealed. Despite leading ... more
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New York’s tax collections exceed projections, despite economic challenges

New York's tax collections exceed projections, despite economic challenges
New York State's tax collections for the fiscal year 2023-24 surpassed forecasts, totaling $106.4 billion—$2 billion more than expected by the Division of the Budget (DOB), according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's latest report ... more
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New York nears agreement on $237 billion budget: What’s inside it?

NYSAC says state can’t expect counties to shoulder economic burden of budgetary crisis
Governor Kathy Hochul and New York legislative leaders reached a preliminary agreement on a state budget totaling $237 billion, an increase from the initial $233 billion proposal. Announced on Monday, the budget includes significant investments ... more
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Gallahan criticizes affordability crisis across Finger Lakes, Upstate New York

Gallahan criticizes affordability crisis across Finger Lakes, Upstate New York
Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan voiced concerns over New York's economic challenges, emphasizing the hardships families and businesses face due to high inflation and taxes. During a recent press conference with fellow Republican members of the Assembly ... more
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. seeks ballot access in New York: Upcoming event focuses on supporters in Cayuga, Wayne counties

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. seeks ballot access in New York: Upcoming event focuses on supporters in Cayuga, Wayne counties
Supporters of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s independent presidential campaign will gather at a local diner on Thursday, May 2 from 4-8 p.m. to sign a petition aimed at securing his spot on the New York ... more
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New Yorkers can benefit from early health care decision planning

New Yorkers can benefit from early health care decision planning
Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and New Yorkers have reason to start early planning. A new report cites rates of Alzheimer's disease growing among the state's 65+ population, with a projected 460,000 older New Yorkers being ... more
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Gillibrand advocates for better economic development in Upstate New York

Strategy unveiled for economic development of Seneca County
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced significant progress in her efforts to boost economic development in Upstate New York with the approval of new provisions in the bipartisan Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Reauthorization Act, part of ... more
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DEC encourages birding through “I Bird NY” challenge

Seasonal birds make a stop (photo)
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) launched the "I Bird NY" Challenge, encouraging New Yorkers to identify 10 of the state's 450 native bird species. Participants of all ages and skill levels ... more
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READ THE DOCS: DEC unveils final scoping document for proposed Seneca Meadows Landfill expansion

Judge dismisses Seneca Meadows lawsuit challenging Local Law #3 in Seneca Falls
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially completed the final scoping document for the proposed expansion of Seneca Meadows Landfill, located in the Towns of Seneca Falls and Waterloo, Seneca County ... more
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New York cracking down on license plate fraud to curb toll evasion

Are New York Thruway toll hikes coming? Report says they’re inevitable
Across the state, a growing trend of license plate fraud, often called "ghost vehicles," is costing the New York millions in lost toll revenue. Lawmakers are rallying to address drivers who intentionally obscure their license ... more
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State lawmakers pay suspended as budget talks extend

Court strikes down outside income cap for lawmakers
New York State approved a fourth budget extender on Friday as lawmakers struggled to finalize the state budget, now delayed by 11 days. The extenders, necessary to maintain government operations, keep funds flowing based on ... more
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