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Praise for foundry contamination cleanup efforts in Geneva

Praise for foundry contamination cleanup efforts in Geneva
For all that went wrong with the Geneva Foundry contamination when it came to communicating with affected residents, a lot has apparently gone right with the cleanup project itself. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, ... more
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Rep. Joe Morelle takes oath of office in Washington

Rep. Joe Morelle takes oath of office in Washington
It’s been decades since there was a new representative of the 25th District, a position long held by the late Louise Slaughter, and Morelle wants to make sure he takes in the weighty moment. “I ... more
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Flanagan says he can unite Upstate and Downstate in Albany

Flanagan says he can unite Upstate and Downstate in Albany
Sen. John Flanagan in a statement on Tuesday insisted he could unite the upstate and downstate factions in the Republican conference as he runs to keep the leadership post in the chamber. At the same ... more
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Former emergency management director coming back to Seneca after resolution passes (video)

Taylor back? Supervisors pass resolution making position appointed, axing resignation letter
Melissa Taylor will be coming back to Seneca County. Seneca Falls Police Chief Stu Peenstra addressed the supervisors voicing his support for Taylor. She served as emergency management director before resigning amid an investigation, which ... more
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Auburn city councilors debate allowing more flexibility with meeting agendas

Auburn city councilors debate allowing more flexibility with meeting agendas
A suggestion to approve the Auburn City Council's agenda items at the start of a meeting was discussed at length at last week's regular meeting. Councilor Dia Carabajal on Thursday proposed amending the rules and ... more
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Double-digit tax hike looms over Town of Richmond

Double-digit tax hike looms over Town of Richmond
Homeowners in the Town of Richmond are bracing for a double-digit increase in their property taxes. On Tuesday, the town will hold its second public hearing to talk about raising the taxes by 12 percent ... more
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Group eager to break Upstate away from Downstate makes another push

Group eager to break Upstate away from Downstate makes another push
A group that wants to split New York into three autonomous states is once again pushing a resolution backing the idea. The group, Divide NYS, is urging supporters to have the resolution taken up by ... more
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Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?

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A pair of court rulings expected by yearend are likely to determine whether the Cuomo Administration broke the law when it fast-tracked permits to restart the Greenidge Generation power station. The decades-old plant began producing ... more
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UPDATE: Despite costing taxpayers $1.5B, Cuomo claims Amazon HQ won’t cost New Yorkers anything

UPDATE: Despite costing taxpayers $1.5B, Cuomo claims Amazon HQ won't cost New Yorkers anything
The initial $1.5 billion in incentives for Amazon to bring up to 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens ultimately won’t cost New York anything, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted at a news conference on ... more
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New York eyes tighter gun laws following multiple mass shootings

New York eyes tighter gun laws following multiple mass shootings
After three mass shootings in under 30 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo now has his sights set on tightening gun laws in New York State. On Thursday following the deadly shooting at a California bar that ... more
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Cuomo says he wants Congress to tackle SALT

Cuomo says he wants Congress to tackle SALT
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to the incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to tackle the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. “It’s an arrow at the heart of New York,” Cuomo ... more
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What’s next for Senate GOP as they move forward?

Senate Republicans adjust to life in the minority as session kicks off
Senate Republicans are facing a potentially long wilderness. Down as many as 17 seats in the chamber, regaining the majority will be difficult, if not improbable, in one two-year cycle. Republicans with only a handful ... more
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Ovid comp plan meeting cancelled; expected to be rescheduled for Dec. 12

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The Public Hearing for the recently completed Town of Ovid Comprehensive Plan, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, is being adjourned to a later date, to ensure proper legal notification and to allow more time ... more
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Future location of Mental Health Department remains unclear in Seneca County

Seneca health building report to be unveiled Monday
What's next for Seneca as they consider possible options for relocating Mental Health? The Seneca County Board of Supervisors held a special Public Works Committee meeting on Saturday, weighing and discussing possible options - as ... more
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Article 78 questions legitimacy of HPC, other committees as future of former Koch building goes to court (video)

Article 78 questions legitimacy of HPC, other committees as future of former Koch building goes to court (video)
What's next for the Heritage Preservation Commission, the Town of Seneca Falls, and a building at a busy corner on Fall Street? Legal representation. This after the Town of Seneca Falls received a court order ... more
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Cuomo won more votes in CNY counties than he did four years ago

Cuomo won more votes in CNY counties than he did four years ago
Gov. Andrew Cuomo improved on his 2014 performance in central New York during Tuesday's midterm elections, winning more votes in each area county than he did four years ago. The Democrat easily defeated Republican opponent ... more
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Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year, possibly making New York the first state to prohibit such vaping products often marketed as a safer alternative to ... more
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Congressman Chris Collins pledges to complete term

Congressman Chris Collins pledges to complete term
His opponent may still be counting the votes, but Congressman Chris Collins is confident he is returning to Washington. If he does, it will be a remarkable comeback from insider trading charges to re-election. As ... more
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20M tax dollars wasted as Canandaigua power plant sits idle

20M tax dollars wasted as Canandaigua power plant sits idle
The project was funded in 2010 as part of the nation's stimulus plan. The plant was to produce power by burning wood chips to create steam-powered energy otherwise known as a biomass system. But the ... more
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THE DEBRIEF: Election results, the future of politics, and modern electorate (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Albany puts pinch on small communities, and reviewing legislative proposals (podcast)
On Episode #35 of The Debrief Podcast Ted Baker, of Finger Lakes Morning News, joins Josh Durso in-studio to talk about the latest Election Week headlines, some results with local races, and what comes next ... more
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$10M Auburn welcome center will open this week

$10M Auburn welcome center will open next week
After weeks of anticipation, the Equal Rights Heritage Center in downtown Auburn has released its opening date. The $10 million welcome center on South Street will host a grand opening at 10 a.m. Tuesday with ... more
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