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NYS Senator Thomas F. O’Mara honored with Audubon New York’s William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award

NYS Senator Thomas F. O'Mara honored with Audubon New York's William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award
Audubon leaders from across New York will meet in Glens Falls, NY, to present the annual William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award to Senator Thomas F. O'Mara for his dedication to protecting New York's environment ... more
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DeFrancisco suspends campaign for NY governor

With support dwindling for his gubernatorial campaign, state Sen. John DeFrancisco said Wednesday he will no longer be "actively campaigning" for the Republican nomination. DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, released a statement hours after fellow Republican gubernatorial hopeful ... more
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Cynthia Nixon makes first appearance in FLX on Thursday, says ‘no’ to Crestwood, Circular enerG (video)

Cynthia Nixon makes first appearance in FLX on Thursday, says 'no' to Crestwood, Circular enerG (video)
Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to the northern shores of Seneca Lake on Thursday to announce her opposition to the Crestwood Liquefied Petroleum Gas Storage Project and the recently proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus. Both ... more
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Molinaro pads lead with three endorsements in race for NY GOP governor nomination

Molinaro pads lead with three endorsements in race for NY GOP governor nomination
Marc Molinaro has received one of the biggest endorsements in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello endorsed Molinaro for governor Tuesday. The county represents 9.65 percent of the ... more
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Third time’s the charm for Auburn? Cuomo launches $100M downtown grant contest

Third time's the charm for Auburn? Cuomo launches $100M downtown grant contest
Is 2018 the year for Auburn to win a $10 million grant for downtown improvements? City officials hope so. The third round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative has commenced, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The ... more
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April 28 will be National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 28 will be National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, reminded area residents that Saturday, April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies across ... more
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Governor Cuomo introduces legislation to ban single-use plastic bags in New York

Governor Cuomo introduces legislation to ban single-use plastic bags in New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a program bill that would ban all single-use plastic bags any any point of sale in New York State. The proposed legislation follows the release of the New York State ... more
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Tompkins opts to dismiss Human Rights Director Karen Baer

Tompkins opts to dismiss Human Rights Director Karen Baer
Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino has decided to dismiss Karen Baer, director of the Office of Human Rights, effective immediately. Molino's determination was sent to Baer on Monday. In a letter to Baer, which The ... more
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Poll: Most New Yorkers blaming doctors for current opioid epidemic

Poll: Most New Yorkers blaming doctors for current opioid epidemic
New Yorkers are blaming doctors who over-prescribe opioids as the most responsible contributor for the current opioid crisis, according to a new Siena College poll. The poll, released on Sunday, found that 80 percent of ... more
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Helming pushes for legislation to help vets get HS diploma

Helming pushes for legislation to help vets get HS diploma
The New York State Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Senator Pam Helming to honor veterans who put their lives on hold to serve the nation. It would allow the state to award a high ... more
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NY’s minimum wage: How it is affecting workers and businesses

NY's minimum wage: How it is affecting workers and businesses
James Valentine works at Dunkin Donuts in Ithaca and has lived with the ups and downs of New York's increasing minimum wage. On one hand, he gets bigger paychecks when he works enough hours. On ... more
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Did a cyberattack strike New York’s student tests?

Did a cyberattack strike New York's student tests?
New York was one of seven states earlier this week whose student tests were hit by what was reportedly a "deliberate attack" on the computer system operated by Questar, an outside vendor. On Tuesday, New ... more
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THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)
On Episode #22 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest political news from the Finger Lakes. Special focus will be placed on a report published by ACT Rochester, which ... more
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Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report

Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report
ACT Rochester released compelling new data evaluating some of the long-term trends in counties and cities throughout the Finger Lakes. The Report Card looks at everything from socio-economic factors — to ultra-specific population data-points that ... more
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Despite waiver, lack of detox beds leave some with nowhere to go

Despite waiver, lack of detox beds leave some with nowhere to go
The opioid epidemic is showing no signs of easing, even as Monroe County has only 25 detox beds. This is despite the fact the state eased the requirements for hospitals last month, allowing them to ... more
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Zephyr Teachout endorses Dana Balter to challenge Rep. John Katko for Congress

Zephyr Teachout endorses Dana Balter to challenge Rep. John Katko for Congress
A leading progressive in New York politics is throwing her support behind Democratic candidate Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District race. Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary and ... more
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Perez Williams donated to Balter before challenging her in primary for Congress

Perez Williams donated to Balter before challenging her in primary for Congress
Juanita Perez Williams was for Dana Balter a few days before she was against her. Perez Williams, D-Syracuse, donated $250 to Balter, D-Syracuse, on March 31 — the final day of the first fundraising quarter ... more
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Cuomo favorability drops again, but still holds commanding advantage over Nixon, others

Cuomo favorability drops again, but still holds commanding advantage over Nixon, others
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating fell to 49-44 percent this month, matching his lowest favorability rating as governor, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters. Among Democrats, Cuomo has ... more
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With the death of fracking, can renewables fill New York’s energy gap?

With the death of fracking, can renewables fill New York’s energy gap?
It began with an irresistible promise backed by millions in cash. After paying Southern Tier farmers $110 million for mineral rights to their land, prospectors from XTO Energy drove large stakes into fallow fields and ... more
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Legal loophole: Cayuga County DA lobbies to change DWI law, punish post-prison violations

Legal loophole: Cayuga County DA lobbies to change DWI law, punish post-prison violations
In March 2013, David Manwaring was driving by the Fingerlakes Mall when New York State Police spotted him spinning his tires and veering onto the shoulder of Clark Street Road. At the time, troopers said ... more
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Department of Public Service requests ‘revisions’ to Circular enerG’s PIP submission

Department of Public Service requests 'revisions' to Circular enerG's PIP submission
In a letter released today, staff of the New York State Department of Public Service requested revisions to Circular enerG’s Public Involvement Program Plan (“PIP Plan”) for their Article 10 application on their proposal to ... more
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