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Enhanced STAR changes causing confusion

Enhanced STAR changes causing confusion
Recent changes to the state’s STAR rebate program are causing headaches for the people it’s supposed to help. Enhanced STAR was implemented to cut the cost of living for those 65 and over, saving them money on school taxes. However, Wayne Pickering, the Perinton town assessor, says some are being dropped from the program with no notice. “In my opinion, the state... more

Vaping illnesses continue to spread as THC risks revive marijuana legalization debate

Vaping illnesses continue to spread as THC risks revive marijuana legalization debate
As the number of cases of lung illnesses associated with vaping continues to rise, advocates on both sides of the marijuana legalization debate have seized upon the possibility that Americans were sickened by illegal products containing tetrahydrocannabinol to bolster their arguments. “We are leaving no stone unturned and following all potential leads regarding any particular product, constituent, or compound that may be... more

Assemblyman wants to give tax credits to home caretakers

Assemblyman wants to give tax credits to home caretakers
A mother caring for her drug addicted son. A husband, caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s. A daughter, caring for her elderly parents. Some four million New Yorkers spend billions of unpaid hours helping their family members. Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D-138 District) has introduced a bill that would authorize home caregivers to have an income tax credit on their state... more

25th NYS RV and Camping Show kicks off at NYS Fairgrounds

25th NYS RV and Camping Show kicks off at NYS Fairgrounds
The 25th NYS Annual RV and Camping shows starts as summer ends in Central New York. Located on the New York State Fairground’s Midway outside of the Exposition Center, the event features dozens of RV’s and campers for first time buyers and seasoned owners to inspect, test, and purchase. There will also be booths for campground information, parts, and camping... more

Marcus Whitman voters OK addition to project

Marcus Whitman voters OK addition to project
Marcus Whitman school district voters approved a referendum Tuesday adding $5 million to an already approved $29 million capital project. The referendum passed 242-99. The project was approved in 2017 by a 236-156 margin. It consisted of about $19 million in work at the high school, middle school and Finger Lakes Secondary School (BOCES wing). It addition, there was about... more

Ithaca will join global climate strikes Friday

Ithaca will join global climate strikes Friday
Millions of people across the globe are expected to take to the streets and strike Friday to draw attention to the international climate emergency. Many Ithacans are expected to join the strike at two events planned Friday. The strike comes a few days ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York City, which is expected to bring leaders together to... more

Auburn men charged in Finger Lakes Drug Task Force arrests

Auburn men charged in Finger Lakes Drug Task Force arrests
Three Auburn men are facing criminal charges following recent arrests handled by the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, the Auburn Police Department said. Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said Danieal J. Farrar, 25, of 103 Van Anden St. Apt. 1A, sold multiple doses of the opioid hydrocodone and suboxone, which is used in opioid addiction treatment, to an agent... more

Lyons man faces multiple charges after 36-hour manhunt concludes in Seneca Falls (full coverage)

Multiple schools in lockdown as search for armed robbery suspect continues in Wayne County
In an update late-Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office outlined charges that were filed against Brandon Burgess, a 28-year-old Lyons man who prompted a manhunt over the last 36 hours following a robbery at the 7-Eleven gas station in Phelps. Sheriff Henderson says that Burgess was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny after being taken into custody... more

Auburn City Council asks state to ban fracking ‘loophole’

Auburn City Council asks state to ban fracking ‘loophole’
The Auburn City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend New York’s fracking ban to a new “loophole” method already permitted for use in Tioga County. In 2015, Cuomo directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which is a method to extract natural gas and oil from... more

Bath man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charges

Bath man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charges
A Bath man has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after being arrested in January. WENY News reports 50-year-old Daryl Sumeriski was initially charged with possession of a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16 following a joint investigation involving the New York State Police Jamestown Barracks, the Bath Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Department of Homeland... more

Inmates answer to contraband charges from time in Auburn Correctional Facility

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An Auburn Correctional Facility inmate pleaded guilty Thursday in Cayuga County Court to attempted possession of dangerous contraband, while another man was sentenced for possessing dangerous contraband while incarcerated in Auburn last year. Edwin Hernandez, who turned 25 on Thursday, admitted that he tried to possess an approximately 5-inch ice-pick type weapon on Feb. 9 while incarcerated at the Auburn... more

Mixed use could be the future of Tom’s Mobil site in Canandaigua

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Could there finally be an answer for Tom’s Mobil site in Canandaigua? It seems there is optimism on the horizon, at least according to local reports. The Canandaigua Messenger says that the former gas station could be the site of a $12 million, four-story commercial and residential building. Proposed developer, Christa Development tells The Messenger that “it’s a ‘dramatic linchpin’... more

Cayuga Community College makes changes in administration

Cayuga Community College makes changes in administration
Cayuga Community College introduced its acting chief financial officer and treasurer Thursday. At a board of trustees meeting Thursday, CCC president Brian Durant officially welcomed Marie Nellenback, who was assigned to the role earlier this month. Durant, Nellenback and many other employees and trustees were at the college’s Fulton campus, as the meeting was being simulcasted with the Auburn campus.... more

Governor Cuomo signs legislation that extends the statute of limitations surrounding rape cases

Governor Cuomo signs legislation that extends the statute of limitations surrounding rape cases
Governor Andrew Cuomo, was joined by leaders of the TIME’S UP movement and NOW-NYC on Wednesday when he signed legislation, which extends the statute of limitations for rape victims. The changes include an increase to 20 years for rape in the second degree and to 10 years for rape in the third degree. The law also extends the statute of... more

Cargill Salt Mine, DEC accused of allowing pollutants to flow into Cayuga Lake

Cargill Salt Mine, DEC accused of allowing pollutants to flow into Cayuga Lake
An independent environmental monitor alleges pollutants were allowed to flow unchecked into Cayuga Lake from the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing. Walter Hang, of Toxics Targeting, is accusing the salt mine operators and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation of allowing the flow of sodium ferrocyanide  into Cayuga Lake. He indicated the problem may have been ongoing for several months, and maybe years, without detection. Sodium ferrocyanide, Hang... more
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