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TSA expands facial recognition tech amid safety concerns: But can you get thru security faster?

TSA expands facial recognition tech amid safety concerns: But can you get thru security faster?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its use of advanced facial recognition technology at airport checkpoints, despite privacy concerns from groups like the ACLU. The TSA is introducing the Credential Authentication Technology (CAT-2) at ... more
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New York law enforcement emphasizes seat belt safety for all passengers

Buckle up: Law requiring seat belts in back
As one of the biggest travel weekends of the year approaches, law enforcement across New York state is urging both drivers and passengers to buckle up. Despite the national seat belt usage rate being 92%, ... more
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Sen. Gillibrand urges White House to act as Avian Flu cases rise

Lollypop Farm takes new measures to protect its birds from avian flu
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called on the White House to address the increasing number of avian flu cases. Last month, the CDC confirmed the first transmission of bird flu to humans via dairy cows in ... more
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Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $453 million after no winner Tuesday

Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $453 million after no winner Tuesday
The Mega Millions jackpot will roll over to Friday, May 24, after no players matched all six numbers during Tuesday's $421 million drawing. The jackpot will now increase to an estimated $453 million, with a ... more
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What is middle class? Income ranges defined for New York and other states

Canandaigua City Council adopts 2020 spending plan
The definition of middle class income varies significantly across the United States, influenced by location and household earnings. A new report from GOBankingRates, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, has outlined the income ranges ... more
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Lawmakers push to end legacy admissions at colleges in New York

Lawmakers push to end legacy admissions at colleges in New York
A new bill, the Fair College Admissions Act, has been introduced to end legacy admissions at both public and private colleges in New York. This practice gives special consideration to children of alumni, which some ... more
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Efforts to create wildlife pathway in New York gain momentum

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With an estimated 65,000 deer-vehicle collisions annually costing New York State approximately $40,000, a new initiative aims to reduce these incidents through the creation of a wildlife pathway stretching from Western New York to Canada ... more
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Bridge replacements across the FLX will use panels from Tappan Zee Bridge: How will it work?

Work on Newark’s East Avenue Bridge underway
Two bridge replacements in Canisteo will utilize panels from the deconstructed Tappan Zee Bridge, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Thursday. The upgrades, part of a $10.1 million investment, also include new bridges in Schuyler and Yates ... more
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Boaters will be required to take education classes starting next year

Professor of ecology at Cornell University explains why cleaning boats after use is important
As National Safe Boating Week kicks off, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding boaters to prioritize safety due to the still-cold lake waters despite the warm weather. “There’s a lot of testing that goes into ... more
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Survey reveals mental health struggles among NY first responders

One person critically hurt in Canandaigua fire, two first responders also treated at hospital
A survey conducted by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services revealed significant mental health challenges among 6,000 first responders. The assessment highlighted that 38% of respondents exhibited symptoms of PTSD, ... more
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New York could soon provide $2,550 to inmates upon release from prison

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New York could soon provide former inmates with up to $2,550 over six months to support their transition back into society under a proposed bill. The bill aims to help ex-inmates cover essential expenses like ... more
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New York’s EBT system comes back online after 16 hour outage

Thousands of kids to see up to $411 in food assistance this summer
New York’s Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system resumed operations after a 16-hour outage during a planned update on Sunday, May 19. The service disruption, intended to last from midnight to 11 a.m., extended longer than ... more
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DiNapoli releases analysis of state budget: Warns of possible revenue declines

DiNapoli: Tax receipts $3.2B lower than in 2019, New York’s financial crisis is growing
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released an analysis on May 17 identifying risks in New York's $237 billion State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 budget. The budget increases spending on Medicaid and school aid, and introduces ... more
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Sen. O’Mara criticizes state’s energy policies as session draws to close

Sen. O’Mara says rolling back 60-hour threshold for OT would devastate farms
Senator Tom O'Mara warned about the potential consequences of New York's current energy policies, emphasizing that the state's push towards zero-emissions is unaffordable, unfeasible, and unreliable. He highlighted the rapid implementation of mandates under the ... more
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Business groups oppose expansion of state consumer protection laws

Will consumers spend less through rest of 2021 as COVID variants spike concern
Over 30 business organizations, led by the Business Council of New York State, are opposing proposed legislation to enhance consumer protections, warning it could harm small businesses. The groups sent a letter to all legislators ... more
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Rep. Tenney supports legislation to aid law enforcement

Rep. Tenney supports legislation to aid law enforcement
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) endorsed seven pieces of legislation aimed at supporting law enforcement officers, ensuring they have the necessary resources and tools to safeguard communities. The bills, all passed by the House of Representatives ... more
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New report highlights alarming child poverty rates in New York

Advocates say Cuomo should sign bills addressing child poverty in New York
A new report by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reveals troubling child poverty trends across New York, with the state having one of the highest child poverty rates in the nation. The report shows that ... more
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Sen. May introduces bill to regulate college closures: How would it work?

Wells College Book Arts Center announces 2019 Summer Institute
In response to Wells College's closure announcement, State Senator Rachel May introduced Senate Bill S9391 to establish rules for colleges and universities planning to close. The proposed legislation aims to ensure a smooth transition for ... more
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Advocates continue call for menthol ban to protect marginalized communities in New York

FDA expected to ban menthol cigarettes this week
Lauren Ho, a junior at the University of Rochester, has called for a ban on menthol cigarettes in a letter submitted by the Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes. Ho emphasized that menthol cigarettes disproportionately ... more
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