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INSIDE THE FLX: Summer Johnson sets sights on improving Marion (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Summer Johnson sets sights on improving Marion (podcast)
When Summer Johnson ran for Marion Town Supervisor, she did so knowing that the community her family calls home needed someone dedicated. "I was called to action," Johnson said of her decision to run. In ... more
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Avon police chief under investigation for bookkeeping issues

Avon police chief under investigation for bookkeeping issues
The New York State Comptroller’s Office has launched an investigation into the Avon village police chief, focusing on bookkeeping irregularities. Avon Village Mayor Thomas Freeman confirmed the inquiry into Chief Joseph Geer, emphasizing the chief's ... more
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Waverly takes action against train stalls impacting village

Waverly takes action against train stalls impacting village
In Waverly, Trustee and Deputy Mayor Keith Correll is leading efforts to address the problem of prolonged train stalls that have been disrupting local businesses and residents. The issue, which affects three key crossings in ... more
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Auburn’s shelter development on track, despite reports

Auburn’s shelter development paused amid concerns
In Auburn a proposed plan to construct a three-story, 80-bed emergency homeless shelter is actively moving forward, contrary to reports of a pause. The Citizen reports that Housing Visions, a Syracuse-based nonprofit, is steering the ... more
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Tompkins County Legislature split on ceasefire resolution; ultimately defeated 7-6

Lisa Holmes
The Tompkins County Legislature recently declined a resolution urging a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, with a vote count of 7-6. The Ithaca Voice reports the decision came after extensive public ... more
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Onondaga County sues NYS over moving local elections to even years

Who will be the next Wayne County judge? GOP primary held today
Onondaga County has initiated a legal challenge against a new state law designed to align most local elections with state and federal ones in even-numbered years, marking it the first such opposition in New York ... more
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Lawmakers consider modifications to cannabis law: What could change?

What are the main health benefits of cannabis?
State lawmakers, including Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, are contemplating revisions to the 2021 Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act that legalized recreational cannabis in the state. Peoples-Stokes highlighted the necessity to revisit the legislation to ... more
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Auburn mayor says city needs more state aid

INSIDE THE FLX: Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason; keys to the city, Park Ranger retiring, skate park construction delayed (podcast)
Auburn Mayor Jimmy Giannettino has voiced concerns to New York legislators about the city's $4 million loss due to stagnant state aid, highlighting the financial strain during the New York State Conference of Mayors' winter ... more
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New York Republicans criticize Gov. Hochul’s response to migrant influx

Report: 900 detained immigrant children still in Cayuga Centers’ care
New York Republicans are seizing the opportunity to criticize Governor Kathy Hochul's handling of the state's migrant situation, spotlighting a recent altercation outside a migrant shelter. GOP leaders, including Senator Minority Leader Robert Ortt, accuse ... more
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Republicans call for retention of current Congressional maps ahead of redistricting deadline

NY Legislature passes bill that raises age to buy and own semi-automatic rifles to 21
In Albany, the New York Conservative Party Political Action Committee convened to discuss various political issues, with a significant focus on redistricting. As the deadline for unveiling new congressional maps on February 28th nears, prominent ... more
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Canandaigua City Council approves housing project, but developer says it’s dead now

Canandaigua City Council approves housing project, but developer says it’s dead now
A proposed housing project in Canandaigua, aimed at adding 132 townhomes in the city's northeast, has been scrapped according to the developer, Chris Iversen. Despite receiving a narrow approval from the City Council for a ... more
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Education advocates rally against Hochul’s budget proposals

NY expands racial bias law to include hairstyles, traits
In a united front, education stakeholders across New York are calling on state lawmakers to reject the executive budget proposal that they argue would leave public schools underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. Organizations ... more
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Odessa set to get $9.9M water system upgrade

Odessa set to get $9.9M water system upgrade
The village of Odessa is set to undergo a significant upgrade to its water system, as announced by Mayor Gerry Messmer. The $9.9 million project, largely funded by grants and a 0% long-term bond, will ... more
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Tyre renews fire contract with Clyde FD amid plans for new department

Tyre renews fire contract with Clyde FD amid plans for new department
The Town of Tyre has renewed its fire protection contract with the Galen-Clyde Fire Department for 2024 at a cost of $88,000, while also laying the groundwork for establishing its own fire department. Town Supervisor ... more
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Gillibrand proposes legislation to combat PFAS exposure

Ban on PFAS in firefighting foam advances
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the PFAS Accountability Act, aiming to address the widespread issue of PFAS chemical contamination. Known for their presence in various consumer products and their association with numerous health problems, PFAS ... more
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DEBRIEF: Geneva’s economic development, school districts shrinking and lacking funding, plus emergency orders (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Geneva's economic development, school districts shrinking and lacking funding, plus emergency orders (podcast)
On this episode of The Debrief Podcast hosts Josh Durso and Jackie Augustine break down the biggest headlines from the first month of 2024. They talk about a controversial series focusing on Geneva's economic development ... more
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NY proposes bills to safeguard teens on social media

Facebook fight over MCC no-confidence vote: Can you be fired for public social media posts?
Amid growing concerns over child safety online, New York legislators have introduced two significant bills aimed at curbing the negative impacts of social media on teenagers. These proposals, currently under review in the State Senate's ... more
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Cannabis rollout issues need to be addressed, advocates say

Cannabis rollout issues need to be addressed, advocates say
New York's cannabis industry stakeholders, including farmers, processors, and retailers, are collectively lobbying for urgent legislative action to address challenges in the state's recreational marijuana market. Since the legalization in 2021, the industry has faced ... more
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Debate heats up over proposed changes to consumer protection laws in NY

NYS budget has major questions attached to it
New York is facing a heated debate over proposed changes to its consumer protection laws, as Governor Kathy Hochul and state legislators push for updates. A key proposal aims to increase the minimum statutory damage ... more
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GOP lawmakers blast Hochul’s plan to close NY prisons

State lawmakers eye improving visitation policies at New York’s prisons
Republican members of the New York Assembly expressed strong opposition to Governor Kathy Hochul's proposal to close up to five state prisons, criticizing the plan as an insult to correctional staff. The proposal, part of ... more
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Hochul announces new administration appointments

Hochul announces new administration appointments
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a series of new appointments to her administration, emphasizing the need for a qualified team to address New York's future challenges. These appointments encompass various roles, including Deputy Chief of ... more
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