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Want to work at Amazon? Retail giant plans SUNY certificate program

Want to work at Amazon? Retail giant plans SUNY certificate program
Amazon is seeking to expand its presence in New York as the company continues to face blowback over its decision to open its new headquarters in Queens. The online retailer on Wednesday announced it will be teaming up with LaGuardia Community College in Queens, as well as the City University of New York and the State University of New York,... more

BATTLE TESTED: Tyus Battle scores 31 as Syracuse wins at Boston College (full coverage)

BATTLE TESTED: Tyus Battle scores 31 as Syracuse wins at Boston College (full coverage)
Led by 31 points from Tyus Battle, Syracuse (15-6, 6-2 ACC) held off Boston College (11-8, 2-5 ACC), 77-71, Wednesday night at Conte Forum. The win marks Syracuse’s fourth in its last five games. Battle’s 31 points, 21 of which came in the second half, were just shy of his season-high 32 that came in the Orange’s overtime victory at... more

Plenty of ice to do some fishing (photo)

Plenty of ice to do some fishing (photo)
Wind chills in the negatives numbers didn’t stop ice fishermen from getting out onto Sodus Bay and setting up camp for the day. Sodus Bay ice is 8-12 inches thick now and the perch are plenty according to the reports. When the photographer was out-and-about, around 80 ice fisherman could be seen on the bay. Photo by Chris Trine. more

Land donation adds to protection of Keuka Lake

Land donation adds to protection of Keuka Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust has accepted a donation of 28 acres in the town of Jerusalem, Yates County, from Art and Kay Wilder. The property contains a half mile of frontage on Big Gully Creek—a tributary to Keuka Lake that has carved a three mile long gorge. The property, located just north of Branchport, features streamside woodlands and an... more

Upstate New York CEOs question state’s business climate

Upstate New York CEOs question state’s business climate
Upstate New York CEOs are slightly less optimistic this year, according to a newly released survey. Overall, though, their confidence has remained steady. For 12 years now, Siena College has conducted its annual Upstate New York Business leader Survey, where 427 for-profit business leaders from the Albany, Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo areas were invited to participate. The survey found that... more

Seneca County Republican Committee endorses Nabinger, Luce

Seneca County Republican Committee endorses Nabinger, Luce
John Nabinger has spent 15 years as a public defender in Seneca County courts. Now, the Syracuse resident wants to be the county’s top prosecutor. The Seneca County Republican Committee has endorsed Nabinger for district attorney in the November election. The committee also endorsed incumbent Republican Sheriff Tim Luce of Waterloo in his bid for a second, four-year term. The... more

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 with high-quality learning opportunities, we give them a real chance at success in life,” said Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. The annual report showed the high... more

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 really needing to have a better definition and understanding on the other,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said at a press conference on Tuesday. “We... more

‘Disturbing’ rape charges against former Webster coach involved girl under 15

‘Disturbing’ rape charges against former Webster coach involved girl under 15
Kali Watkins, a former coach and special education teacher in the Webster Central School District, is facing rape charges. The charges were announced Wednesday morning in a joint press conference with the Webster Police Department and Webster Central School District. Watkins, 42, has been indicted by a Monroe County grand jury on one count of first-degree rape and one count... more

Jerusalem’s new code for non-conforming houses approved

Jerusalem’s new code for non-conforming houses approved
The Town of Jerusalem’s amendments to their local zoning law was approved unanimously, with one abstention, by the Yates County Planning Board at their Jan. 24 meeting, declaring it as having a positive county-wide impact. In the past, older non-conforming homes, especially those with lakefront, could not be expanded with any square footage. Under the new code, these homes may... more

Geneva man charged with felony strangulation after domestic incident

Geneva man charged with felony strangulation after domestic incident
On Sunday at approximately 11:33 a.m. police arrested a 24-year-old Geneva resident on felony strangulation charges. Michael S. Grambling, 24, of Geneva was charged with second-degree felony strangulation following a domestic incident. Grambling is accused of obstructing the breathing or blood circulation of an individual causing physical injury during that incident. Police say he was held on $5,000 cash bail,... more

Police arrest man on felony charges after vehicle pursuit in Geneva

Police arrest man on felony charges after vehicle pursuit in Geneva
Police say a Brooklyn man was arrested on felony charges after providing law enforcement with a false identity after a vehicle pursuit. On January 26th around 4 a.m. the Geneva Police Department arrested 31-year-old Taquan A. Boyd, charging him with second-degree forgery. The charge is a felony, and police say the arrest resulted from a brief vehicle pursuit. He was... more

Travel advisory lifted for Ontario County

Sheriff Henderson issues travel advisory for Ontario Co. until further notice
UPDATE: Ontario County Sheriff Kevin M. Henderson has lifted the travel advisory for all of Ontario County roads and highways as of Thursday afternoon. ORIGINAL REPORT: Sheriff Kevin M. Henderson has issued a travel advisory for all of Ontario County roads and highways starting immediately until further notice based on conditions. This restriction is not mandatory and is left to... more

Village of Newark issues mandatory water conservation notice

Village of Newark orders Mandatory Water Conservation
Due to a water emergency, the Village of Newark, in conjunction with the State Health Department, is requiring water conservation measures for all water customers. All non-essential water use is prohibited. Mandatory water conservation is in effect until Wednesday, February 6th at 5:00 a.m. This mandatory water conservation is the result of a transmission water line repair. The repair will begin... more

Geneva man charged with burglary

Geneva man charged with burglary
On January 22nd at approximately 11:44 a.m. police arrested a Geneva man following a an investigation into an incident on January 1st. Alexis Perez-Espada, 39, of Geneva was charged with second-degree burglary and held on $10,000 cash bail – after allegedly entering a dwelling and stealing several items. Police say he then fled the area for several weeks. However, after... more

Katko splits with House Republicans who killed anti-shutdown resolution

Katko splits with House Republicans who killed anti-shutdown resolution
U.S. Rep. John Katko broke ranks with House Republicans on Wednesday who rejected a resolution disapproving of government shutdowns as a negotiating tactic. The House voted 249-163 to pass the resolution authored by Democrats, but the measure failed because it was brought up under a suspension of House rules and required a two-thirds majority vote. Katko, R-Camillus, was among 21... more
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