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Debated rental property registry remains off Auburn City Council agenda

Debated rental property registry remains off Auburn City Council agenda
Although a proposed rental registry is still a work in progress, concern from landlords and rental unit owners still lingers, and the proposal remains off city council agenda. Designed to help ensure safety and improve ... more
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Cuomo claims he is Upstate’s ‘voice’ in Albany

Cuomo claims he is Upstate’s ‘voice’ in Albany
With Democrats taking control of the state Senate in January, geographical power in New York has been centralized downstate. Upstate Republicans have long warned it could mean the marginalization of those outside of the Metropolitan ... more
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Wayne County won’t dip into surplus for office building renovations

Wayne County won’t dip into surplus for office building renovations
Wayne County will borrow most of the money to pay for an estimated $6.98 million project to rehabilitate one of its largest office buildings. On Tuesday morning, the Board of Supervisors got the necessary two-thirds ... more
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Former Seneca Co. Manager Jim Smith will be next Rochester’s next deputy mayor

REPORT: Former Seneca Co. Manager Jim Smith will be next Rochester’s next deputy mayor
Rochester City Communications Director Jim Smith will become deputy mayor on January 1st. He will succeed Cedric Alexander, who will leave his position at the end of the year. Alexander is a former Rochester police ... more
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Legislature approves preliminary $150 million budget in Cayuga County

Dwyer seeking fifth term as Cayuga County clerk
The Cayuga County Legislature approved an approximately $150 million preliminary 2019 budget with a total tax levy of approximately $40.75 million, a 2.4-percent increase over 2018. The preliminary budget approved by the Legislature Monday is ... more
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Reed confident his group can bring House reforms

Reed confident his group can bring House reforms
Republican Congressman Tom Reed and his bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has been pushing for an end to what he calls the “top-down, speaker-driven” style of operations in the House. Now, said Reed in a conference ... more
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Katko eyes top GOP seat on House Homeland Security Committee

Will Rep. Katko retire? Democrats thinks so, despite his plans to run again in 2020
U.S. Rep. John Katko is vying to become the lead Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. Katko, R-Camillus, announced Monday that he is running to be the ranking member on the panel beginning in ... more
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Cuomo blasts critics of $1.5B Amazon deal in scathing op-ed

Cuomo blasts critics of $1.5B Amazon deal in scathing op-ed
The following is a republished op-ed from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which was authored and released to media throughout the state after critics blasted the Governor's deal to attract Amazon to New York City ... more
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MCC president responds with essay after ‘no confidence’ vote initiated by resolution

MCC faculty, unionized employees support no confidence vote on Kress
This week a 'no confidence' vote is expected against Monroe Community College President Anne Kress. The resolution asks trustees to conduct a full review of Kress and her administration, and to consider the possibility of ... more
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John Flanagan to remain as head of Senate GOP conference

John Flanagan to remain as head of Senate GOP conference
Senate Republicans lost the majority on Election Day. But they are staying with the same leader in January. Sen. John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, was elected Friday as the minority leader in the Senate in a ... more
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Brindisi campaign claims ‘decisive victory’ as Democrat widens lead over Tenney

Brindisi campaign claims ‘decisive victory’ as Democrat widens lead over Tenney
Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi is the likely winner of the 22nd Congressional District race. Five of the district's eight counties have finished counting absentee ballots and Brindisi has increased his lead over Republican U.S. Rep ... more
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Mitrano-Reed rematch could be brewing

Mitrano-Reed rematch could be brewing
It’s possible we could have a repeat matchup in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat in 2020. Less than two weeks removed from the election, Democrat Tracy Mitrano said she will seek the ... more
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McMurray in Washington for congressional orientation as vote count continues

McMurray in Washington for congressional orientation as vote count continues
Election night may have come and gone but there are still two hotly contested races going on in New York State that are coming down to the wire. One of them is in New York’s ... more
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THE DEBRIEF: Amazon HQ, Upstate NY, policy for local renters, and more (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Early-voting, the LLC loophole, and banning mugshots (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest headlines from a busy week in local, regional, and state politics. Here's a look at the stories up for discussion exclusively ... more
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Auburn rental registry proposal presented at public meeting

Auburn rental registry proposal presented at public meeting
A proposed rental registry that would require owners of rental units to register each of their properties was presented at a public meeting Wednesday. Assistant Corporation Counsel Nate Garland and the director of the office ... more
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Councilor attempts to cut Foster’s position in SF before budget passes (video)

Councilor attempts to cut Foster's position in SF before budget passes (video)
On Wednesday the Seneca Falls Town Board met for a special session to ultimately take a vote on the recently-proposed budget. While changes were offered in debate and conversation, few changes were made to the ... more
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Richmond passes 12% tax hike; board member says it could have been avoided

Richmond passes 12% tax hike; board member says it could have been avoided
The Town of Richmond has increased taxes in an attempt to raise funds for highway projects and costs associated with new equipment. Homeowners are bracing for the increase after the 3-2 vote this week. According ... more
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BRIDGING THE GAP: Millions will be spent locally on bridges in the Finger Lakes (see the list)

BRIDGING THE GAP: Millions will be spent locally on bridges in the Finger Lakes (see the list)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $262.2 million in enhanced funding has been awarded to municipal governments to accelerate the renewal and modernization of local bridges and culverts. As part of the State's BRIDGE ... more
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Agreement between Auburn school district, teachers union finalized

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An agreement between the Auburn Enlarged City School District and the teachers union has been approved. On Tuesday night, the district's board of education approved the terms of a four-year contract between the district and ... more
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Owasco finalizes 2019 budget, makes shifts in water service funding

Owasco finalizes 2019 budget, makes shifts in water service funding
With the approval of its 2019 budget Thursday, the Owasco Town Council voted to make substantial shifts in the way the town funds its water service. The town's overall total appropriations for 2019 are $1,932,527, ... more
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Cayuga County committee passes preliminary 2019 budget with 2.4 percent tax levy increase

Cayuga County committee passes preliminary 2019 budget with 2.4 percent tax levy increase
A Cayuga County Legislature committee Tuesday passed a preliminary budget for 2019, reducing the total tax levy by approximately $200,000 from the tentative budget proposed by the county administrator. The Ways and Means committee voted ... more
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