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Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the "expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to 'centralize' the two County Sewer Districts ... more
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Former mayor announces bid for Town Supervisor in Seneca Falls

Former Village of Seneca Falls Mayor Bradford M. Jones announced his bid to seek the Democratic nomination in this November's race for Seneca Falls Town Supervisor. The lifelong Seneca Falls resident and former ITT Goulds ... more
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Why Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh believes I-81 community grid is best for Auburn, CNY

Why Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh believes I-81 community grid is best for Auburn, CNY
There is universal agreement that the Interstate 81 project in Syracuse is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But there isn't consensus on whether the existing viaduct should be rebuilt, replaced with a street-level community grid or a ... more
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Abuse victims urge Gov. Cuomo to sign Child Victims Act

Abuse victims urge Gov. Cuomo to sign Child Victims Act
Molestation victims are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to quickly sign the Child Victims Act into law. Cuomo has said he supports the bill and would sign it. The bill would extend the statute of limitations ... more
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No fast-track rezoning for legion land in Geneva

No fast-track rezoning for legion land in Geneva
Officials believe a large lakefront parcel for sale on Lochland Road could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes if redeveloped to its full potential, but a rezoning will be needed to make ... more
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Republicans push back against $3 minimum wage for prison inmates

Republicans push back against $3 minimum wage for prison inmates
Democratic state lawmakers earlier this week proposed lifting the minimum wage inmates in New York prisons earn from in some instances less than $1 to $3. The move would put New York in line with ... more
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Cuomo spars with Dems over issues in Albany

Cuomo spars with Dems over issues in Albany
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday blasted fellow Democrats who lead the state Senate, calling the opposition to Amazon’s project in Long Island City “absurd” and “political pandering” while also urging a collection of business leaders ... more
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Schumer calls for FAA to fund Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport expansion

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport awarded $10 million federal aviation grant
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer joined other local officials from Tompkins County on Friday at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to call for $10 million in federal funding for the $24.7 million renovation that will allow the ... more
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Greenidge Power Plant wins huge appeals victory over Sierra Club

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Owners of the Greenidge Generation power station scored a major legal victory late yesterday when an appellate court in Rochester announced the dismissal of an appeal challenging the facility’s air permit.  Ruling unanimously, a five-judge ... more
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President Trump (again) to upstate New Yorkers: Consider leaving

President Trump (again) to upstate New Yorkers: Consider leaving
President Donald Trump has a message for those in upstate New York: He loves you, but you might have to leave. Speaking Wednesday with regional reporters in the White House, Trump was asked about comments ... more
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Seggos will remain DEC Commissioner

The top official at the state Department of Environmental Conservation will remain at the post after it was announced late last year he would depart. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced his decision to ... more
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New York state budget proposal promotes mental health programs

New York state budget proposal promotes mental health programs
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's spending proposals for New York state's mental hygiene programs are the subject of a public hearing in Albany. The Democratic governor's $175 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year includes his ... more
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NY campaign contribution limits increase as Cuomo seeks to lower ceiling

NY campaign contribution limits increase as Cuomo seeks to lower ceiling
Campaign contribution limits are rising, and donors can now give nearly $70,000 to candidates for statewide office in New York. The new contribution limits established by the state Board of Elections allow individuals to donate ... more
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Aurora still discussing options for potential fireworks regulations

Aurora still discussing options for potential fireworks regulations
Following a December village board meeting that suggested the possible ban of fireworks in Aurora, the board continued discussions about possible regulations in a work session Tuesday. Banning fireworks was considered at the December meeting ... more
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Lawmakers take ‘wait and see’ approach after NY sees $2.3B shortfall

Lawmakers take ‘wait and see’ approach after NY sees $2.3B shortfall
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state was facing the loss of $2.3 billion in planned tax revenue, state lawmakers largely said they would take a wait-and-see approach. That approach has turned largely to a ... more
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Bills re-introduced to stop incinerators from being built in the Finger Lakes

Legislation to ban incinerator from Finger Lakes passes Senate, awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature
Lawmakers are working on stopping a proposed incinerator from being constructed, or even moved through the Article 10 process in New York State. Senators Rachel May (D) and Pamela Helming (R) and Assemblymember Michael Cusick ... more
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Schenck makes trip to Albany to oppose marijuana legalization

Schenck makes trip to Albany to oppose marijuana legalization
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck authored the following letter, outlining his trip to Albany to oppose the legalization of marijuana. He was joined by a number of law enforcement representatives who are urging Governor Andrew ... more
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Rep. John Katko meets with Treasury secretary, urges him to put Tubman on paper money

Rep. John Katko meets with Treasury secretary, urges him to put Tubman on paper money
U.S. Rep. John Katko isn't giving up his effort to put Harriet Tubman's likeness on paper currency. Katko, R-Camillus, met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Thursday and discussed the plans to place Tubman on the ... more
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Lawmaker proposes higher minimum wage for NY inmates

Lawmaker proposes higher minimum wage for NY inmates
A bill that would raise the minimum wage for inmates in state prisons is moving through the New York State Senate. The Prison Minimum Wage Act would raise the wage made by inmates from its ... more
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Citizens Union says voting reforms will cost nearly $50M

Citizens Union says voting reforms will cost nearly $50M
The various voting reforms approved last month will ultimately cost $49.5 million over the next decade, but lower costs for each election in most counties, according to a report released Thursday by the good-government group ... more
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More lawmakers call for restoration of AIM funding for small municipalities

More lawmakers call for restoration of AIM funding for small municipalities
Add Democratic state Sen. Rachel May to the push to keep direct aid to municipalities in the final budget agreement as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal seeks to cut the funding in his spending plan. “I ... more
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