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Redistricting proposals shot down by legislators

Redistricting proposals shot down by NYS legislators

New York’s Independent Redistricting Commission must overcome hurdles as two congressional map proposals are shot down by state legislature. If the commission’s next proposal is rejected, the Democratic majority legislature will have to take redistricting into their own hands. “With that comes the ... MORE
Gov. Hochul proposes $216 billion in budget negotiations

Gov. Hochul proposes $216 billion in budget negotiations

Governor Kathy Hochul has started state budget negotiations with a $216 billion proposal. The state is working with a budget surplus, which many hope will slow the migration of people leaving New York State. In 2020, New York adopted higher taxes on ... MORE
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Andrew Cuomo has $16.4M in campaign funds, paid attorney Rita Glavin $899K

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo has spent at least $1.9 million in the last six months on attorneys, according to records made public this week. Cuomo left office in August 2021 after a number of allegations were leveled against him by women who ... MORE
NYS criminal justice reform advocates call on officials to address parole ‘crisis’

NYS criminal justice reform advocates call on officials to address parole ‘crisis’

New York State criminal justice reform advocates have called on officials to address what they call a “crisis” in the state’s parole system. Carol Shapiro, a former NYS Parole Board commissioner, says the state legislature needs to pass two bills, one being ... MORE
New York State, News, Politics
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20 major takeaways from Governor Kathy Hochul’s state budget proposal: Help for rural hamlets, downtowns, and property tax relief

What’s on tap for New York after its first budget of the Hochul Administration was released? On Tuesday, Governor Kathy Hochul issued her first annual spending proposal. Enjoying front-runner status in an election bid for a full-term following former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ... MORE
Gov. Hochul and Lt. Gov. Benjamin both frontrunners in respective campaigns

Hochul, Benjamin frontrunners in race for governor, lieutenant

New York State Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin has raised $1.6 million since he was appointed to the position in September 2021 by Governor Kathy Hochul. Benjamin is hoping to win a full term in the election later this year. The race for ... MORE
New York State, News, Politics
De Blasio won’t run for governor, but says he is committed to fighting inequality

De Blasio won’t run for governor, says he is committed to fighting inequality

Former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday January 18 that he will not be running for governor. This decision came unexpectedly as de Blasio had been hinting at a run for months prior. His team had been optimistic ... MORE
New York State, News, Politics
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Palmyra village mayor embroiled in controversy: Accused of racist, homophobic commentary

Serious allegations have come forward in the small Wayne County village of Palmyra. Mayor David Husk has been accused of routinely and openly voicing racist and homophobic commentaries, according to a letter leaked to the Times of Wayne County from Wayne County ... MORE
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New York’s eviction moratorium has ended: Landlords and tenants frustrated over rent aid that never arrived

Landlords and tenants have both been hurt by poor policy and ineffective rental assistance aid delays. Early in the coronavirus pandemic New York State issued an eviction moratorium. Months later billions were earmarked by the federal government for New York to leverage ... MORE
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Canandaigua Democratic chair: Democrats being left out in filling open Town Board seat

We’ll find out next month who gets the open seat on the Canandaigua Town Board, but we already know it will almost certainly be a Republican. The Daily Messenger quotes the chair of the city Democratic committee, Vince Golbeck, as saying all ... MORE
At rally, Trump takes credit for Katko decision not to seek re-election

At rally, Trump takes credit for Katko decision not to seek re-election

At a rally over the weekend in Arizona, former President Donald Trump took credit for Congressman John Katko’s recent decision not to seek re-election. Syracuse.com reports Trump vowed to “get rid of” all ten Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach ... MORE
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Seneca Falls Town Board to host public information session on Cayuga Nation issues

The Seneca Falls Town Board will hold a question and answer session on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. The topic will be the ongoing issues involving the Cayuga Nation. The session will be virtual, and open to the public. To ... MORE
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Rep. John Katko will retire, not seek fifth term in Congress

U.S. Rep. John Katko will not seek re-election. The Republican based in Camillus said he would retire at the end of the year. Until recently, rumors of Katie’s retirement were few and far between. In October he had $1.2 million cash on ... MORE
SUNY Chancellor Malatras could receive $450,000 one-time severance, $245,000 annual salary after resignation

SUNY Chancellor Malatras could receive $450,000 one-time severance, $245,000 annual salary after resignation

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras stands to make a lot of money in the coming months, according to his contract, which is ‘under review’. The Albany Times-Union reported this week that Malatras is eligible for a $450,000 one-year paid leave and lifetime employment ... MORE
Cayuga County Sheriff says bail reform hurts many of those it’s designed to help

Cayuga County Sheriff says bail reform hurts many of those it’s designed to help

While the political debate over bail reform rages through Albany, Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck says some of the people hurt the most by the policy are the repeat offenders themselves. He says in Cayuga County, many repeat offenders are substance abusers ... MORE