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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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Waterloo Conservative Party caucus nominates village candidates

Waterloo Conservative Party caucus nominates village candidates
he village’s enrolled Conservatives met in caucus Monday night and nominated party chairman William White as their candidate for mayor. The Conservatives also nominated three Republican candidates. Incumbent Trustee Les Marquart and incumbent Village Justice ... more
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Gov. Cuomo names new chief of staff

Gov. Cuomo names new chief of staff
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named Jill DesRosiers the administration’s chief of staff, his office said Tuesday in a statement. The chief of staff role is separate from the job of top aide to the governor, ... more
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Lawmakers may go further on gun control in New York

Lawmakers may go further on gun control in New York
The package of gun control measures that state lawmakers are set to approve today and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign won’t be the last of the new Democratic majority in the state Legislature, ... more
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Cayuga County-area school officials, state legislators express frustration over school funding

Cayuga County-area school officials, state legislators express frustration over school funding
Cayuga County-area school officials, education advocates and state representatives expressed their frustration at a legislative forum Saturday, saying they are continually plagued by school budget concerns year after year without substantial positive action from the ... more
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Local officials and others weigh in on Governor Cuomo’s bail reform plan

Local officials and others weigh in on Governor Cuomo’s bail reform plan
As part of his renewed push to reform the criminal justice system, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to eliminate cash bail for minor offenses. Some on the law enforcement side said the proposal is not ... more
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Waterloo Town Board looks to regulate solar energy systems

Waterloo Town Board looks to regulate solar energy systems
Solar energy will be the focus of Monday’s Town Board meeting. The board will consider a resolution calling for a Feb. 25 public hearing, part of the board’s next regular meeting, on the introduction of ... more
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