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Lawmakers want to bar ICE from state courts

State lawmakers are Thursday pushed legislation that would prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from making arrests at state courthouses without a warrant or court order. The legislation, introduced by Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and Sen ... more
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THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and a lack of affordable housing (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Downtown Revitalization Initiative, 2019 Legislative Session Ends, and SUNY Prices Jump Again (podcast)
It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com Newsroom this week, as the polar vortex provided more issues than simple 'chill'. On the Friday, February 1st edition of The Debrief Podcast - Josh Durso is ... more
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Katko splits with House Republicans who killed anti-shutdown resolution

U.S. Rep. John Katko broke ranks with House Republicans on Wednesday who rejected a resolution disapproving of government shutdowns as a negotiating tactic. The House voted 249-163 to pass the resolution authored by Democrats, but ... more
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Seneca County Republican Committee endorses Nabinger, Luce

John Nabinger has spent 15 years as a public defender in Seneca County courts. Now, the Syracuse resident wants to be the county’s top prosecutor. The Seneca County Republican Committee has endorsed Nabinger for district ... more
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Want to work at Amazon? Retail giant plans SUNY certificate program

Want to work at Amazon? Retail giant plans SUNY certificate program
Amazon is seeking to expand its presence in New York as the company continues to face blowback over its decision to open its new headquarters in Queens. The online retailer on Wednesday announced it will ... more
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Cayuga County emergency head resigns after barely more than a month in office

Cayuga County emergency head resigns after barely more than a month in office
The resignations announced Friday night that have left the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office with just one full-time employee included the department's new director appointed in December. Several county officials confirmed Wednesday that Director W ... more
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Graduation rates rising across the state, per reporting

Graduation rates rising across the state, per reporting
Graduation rates rose for students who started high school in 2014 by 0.2 percent over the previous year to 80.4 percent, a report from the State Education Department released Wednesday found. “When we provide students ... more
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New York will take aim again at 3-D printed guns

New York will take aim again at 3-D printed guns
A bill meant to ban guns manufactured through 3-D printers is expected to be tweaked after concerns were raised it would cover too many firearms as initially written. “There were some technicalities on one and ... more
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Rep. Reed takes aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Rep. Reed takes aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo
As has become a habit lately, Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY-23, teed off Thursday on the Cuomo Administration. This time, Reed criticized the Dream Act which would make undocumented immigrants eligible for state financial aid. The ... more
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Trucking Association of NY points out that a ‘ban’ on travel has impact on business

Trucking Association of NY points out that a ‘ban’ on travel has impact on business
The Trucking Association of New York said it supports the ban of tractor trailers on major highways across Western New York. It said Tuesday’s 21-vehicle pile up which had a truck involved, is a perfect ... more
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Push to fund early-voting in NYS budget continues as lawmakers work

No funds for early voting in Cuomo’s NY budget amendments
Advocates and local government leaders on Thursday continued to press the state to fund early voting in the final state budget agreement. The good-government group Common Cause, along with local elections commissioners and actress and ... more
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O’Mara makes new push to see unfunded mandates limited, ended for counties in NY

O’Mara makes new push to see unfunded mandates limited, ended for counties in NY
State Senator Tom O’Mara today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to get behind legislation to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts. O’Mara is co-sponsoring legislation ... more
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GOP says they sought to bolster school safety, improve mental health services

GOP says they sought to bolster school safety, improve mental health services
As the Democratic-led Senate on Tuesday approved a package of gun control bills, Senate Republicans sought additional measures to boost school security. The amendment, which was ultimately rejected, would have provided funding for additional armed ... more
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New York recreational marijuana plan overhauls medical cannabis

Drastic changes to New York’s medical marijuana program are tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to legalize recreational pot. From abolishing strict patient eligibility rules to permitting homegrown cannabis for medical use, the once anti-marijuana ... more
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Cayuga County veterans seek answers about new Auburn outpatient clinic at forum

Cayuga County veterans seek answers about new Auburn outpatient clinic at forum
Voices were raised and questions were answered at a forum on the upcoming new Auburn-based outpatient veterans clinic. Over 150 people attended the forum at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn Tuesday. The Syracuse Veterans ... more
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Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York

Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York
Some Catholic leaders are ripping Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill last week that will expand abortion rights in New York, with some suggesting the governor should be excommunicated from the Catholic ... more
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Tom Reed named top Republican on Social Security subcommittee

Congressman Tom Reed has long sounded concern for the long-term solvency of nation’s Social Security system. He’ll now have a greater platform to do so after being voted the ranking Republican member of the House ... more
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White, O’Connor vie for Waterloo mayoral nod in GOP primary Tuesday

Waterloo Village Board meets in special session on PRV funding
The village’s 1,104 enrolled Republican voters will choose between Jack O’Connor and William White as the party’s candidate for mayor in Tuesday’s primary election. The village’s Republican Committee endorsed White in December, even though he ... more
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One way or another, Maguire aims to expand dealerships in Ithaca

One way or another, Maguire aims to expand dealerships in Ithaca
Phil Maguire, CEO of the Maguire Family of Dealerships, is the entrepreneurial example of the old proverb, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." The first attempt back in 2014 was an "artisanal" ... more
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Lawmakers push back against changes to Title IX

Lawmakers push back against changes to Title IX
State lawmakers are pushing back on a proposed change to Title IX regulations that would overhaul rules for handling sexual assault and rape on college campuses. The proposed change by the U.S. Department of Education ... more
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Waterloo Town Board plans to be ready for large solar project

Neighborhood group opposed to Waterloo solar development frustrated as public hearing approaches
If rumored plans for a large, commercial solar project in the town turn out to be true, the Town Board doesn’t want to be caught with its panels down. The board voted 4-0 Monday to ... more
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