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Investigation into Ontario County Landfill landslide continues months later

What’s next for Ontario County Landfill? Solid waste plan up for debate, as closure looms
What caused the landslide at the Ontario County Landfill last November? An independent engineering firm is still investigating the cause of a soil cover breach at the Ontario County Landfill that occurred on November 16, ... more
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New York rethinks adoption policies after reversal

New York rethinks adoption policies after reversal
New York's adoption policies are under review following backlash over a recent policy change. The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) reversed a memo that limited financial support adoptive parents can provide to birth ... more
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Auburn gets housing designation from state after declaration, move to address housing crisis

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The city of Auburn has received a state pro-housing designation, granting access to $650 million in funding. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that Auburn is one of 61 municipalities certified as pro-housing communities, alongside Cazenovia ... more
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DiNapoli releases annual IDA report highlighting record high project values

DiNapoli: Sales tax receipts tumbled in May, falling nearly 20% as economy restarts
New York's local Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) reported a record high total project value of $132 billion in 2022, marking a $5 billion (3.9%) increase from 2021, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s annual ... more
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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan plan to boost volunteer first responder forces in New York

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan plan to boost volunteer first responder forces in New York
During National EMS Week, Senators Jeremy Cooney (D-Rochester) and Steven Rhoads (R-Bellmore) announced a bipartisan plan to boost recruitment of emergency service volunteers in New York. Their proposed bill (S9033) would offer free tuition at ... more
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Auburn PD gets $122,500 state grant for tech upgrades

Auburn PD gets $122,500 state grant for tech upgrades
The Auburn Police Department will benefit from a state grant aimed at enhancing its equipment and technology. Chief James Slayton informed city council on Thursday about the $122,500 award from the state Division of Criminal ... more
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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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Ithaca, Newfield among school districts where voters rejected electric buses: What now?

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Voters in Baldwinsville, Ithaca, Newfield, and Mexico school districts have decisively rejected propositions to purchase electric school buses. Despite a push for greener transportation, these communities voted against the switch. Officials across the region emphasized ... more
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Moravia allocates NY Forward grant money for six key projects

Moravia allocates NY Forward grant money for six key projects
The village of Moravia will utilize its $2.25 million NY Forward grant to fund six transformative projects, including converting a vacant bank into a tavern and establishing a fund for smaller initiatives. Governor Kathy Hochul ... more
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Cayuga County continues emergency order over migrant crisis

Cayuga County continues emergency order over migrant crisis
An emergency order has been continued by Aileen McNabb-Coleman, Chair of the Cayuga County Legislature, in response to the ongoing national immigration crisis. Effective May 21, 2024, the order aims to manage the influx of ... more
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Sewer upgrades in Seneca County see costs soar (video)

Sewer upgrades in Seneca County see costs soar (video)
The cost of major upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant serving Seneca County Sewer District No. 2 has surged to $21 million, nearly $9 million more than projected in 2021. Initially estimated at $12.7 million, ... 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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Assemblyman Lemondes ends Auburn’s hopes for hotel tax

Assemblyman Lemondes ends Auburn's hopes for hotel tax
Assemblyman John Lemondes, R-LaFayette, has voiced his opposition to Auburn's proposed hotel tax, dealing a significant setback to the city's revenue-boosting efforts. Lemondes announced his stance in a statement released Monday, five months after the ... more
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Waterloo will reapply for Restore NY grant to renovate W. Main St. buildings

Waterloo will reapply for Restore NY grant to renovate W. Main St. buildings
The Village of Waterloo plans to reapply for the Restore NY grant to renovate buildings at 3, 5, and 7 W. Main St. after an unsuccessful attempt last year. The Village Board voted on May ... more
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Schumer calls for crackdown on Chinese steel imports in visit to Auburn

Schumer calls for crackdown on Chinese steel imports in visit to Auburn
During a visit to Nucor Steel in Auburn, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., emphasized the urgent need to address challenges faced by the U.S. steel industry, particularly in Central New York. Schumer highlighted the issue of ... 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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Seneca County IDA approves financial aid package for former Fayette hotel development

Seneca County IDA approves financial aid package for former Fayette hotel development
The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) board unanimously approved a financial aid package for Groggery Development LLC, supporting the redevelopment of the former Fayette Hotel into apartments and retail space. The package includes a ... 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 Dandy convenience store proposed for Geneva

New Dandy convenience store proposed for Geneva
A new Dandy convenience store is proposed to replace the Castle Road Mini Mart at the intersection of county roads 4 and 6. The Pennsylvania-based chain plans to build a 4,500-square-foot store, including a café ... more
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