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Marijuana legalization fails in New York

Push for marijuana legalization fails in New York
A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state has fallen flat. The sponsor of the main legalization bill in the state Senate says the bill will not pass before lawmakers adjourn for the year this week. Manhattan Democrat Liz Krueger says supporters came close to "crossing the finish line" but ran out of time. Sticking points included how... more

Legalizing marijuana could lead to erasing marijuana-related criminal records

Legalizing marijuana could lead to erasing marijuana-related criminal records
Albany lawmakers are quickly approaching their Wednesday deadline to approve legalizing recreational marijuana. Part of the debate includes wording in the bill that essentially erases a person’s criminal record if they were convicted of a marijuana-related crime. However, it’s still unclear how lawmakers would go about expunging records. The bill would reportedly erase the records of about 300,000 people. Opponents... more

State lawmakers make final effort to legalize marijuana

State lawmakers make final effort to legalize marijuana
State lawmakers appear to be making a final effort to legalize marijuana this year. 13WHAM’s affiliate in Albany reports that more negotiations were in the works on Saturday. The bill has been up for discussion for months. Lawmakers tried to pass it in the state budget this spring, but did not have enough support. They have until June 19th to make a... more

Lawmakers rally against high price diabetes meds

Lawmakers rally against high price diabetes meds
Congressman Joe Morelle is criticizing the what he calls price gouging of prescription medications for treating diabetes. A recent report commissioned by the congressman determined prices for such medications are much higher in the U.S. that in other countries. The report found the 50 most-used medications in the 25th Congressional District cost Medicare and beneficiaries more than $24 million in... more

New York puts end to religious exemptions for vaccines

NY ends religious exemptions to vaccine mandates
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation eliminating a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. The Democrat signed the bill Thursday soon after it was approved by lawmakers. Similar exemptions are allowed in 46 states, though lawmakers in several of them are also considering the elimination of... more

Impact of FLH partnership search on Yates Co. services

Impact of FLH partnership search on Yates Co. services
Finger Lakes Health (FLH) healthcare system is starting the process of exploring partnership options, according to an announcement released last week. These will include all areas of acute and long-term care health services to the Yates County community through Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, the Homestead, primary care services, and specialized services. According to the announcement, Finger Lakes Health plans... more

Free mobile mammogram center coming to Penn Yan

Free mobile mammogram center coming to Penn Yan
In partnership with Hope Walk of Yates County, Rochester Regional Health’s Mobile Mammography Center will be offering free, state-of-the-art breast cancer screenings for any Yates County women next week at the Yates Cultural Recreational Resources building on North Main St. in Penn Yan. Their goal is to make screenings more accessible to women where they live and work. The center... more

Finger Lakes Health exploring partnership options

Finger Lakes Health exploring partnership
Finger Lakes Health is exploring its options. The integrated healthcare delivery system plans to contact and vet select healthcare organizations to identify potential partners willing and able to further their mission to improve health and promote well-being in the communities Finger Lakes Health serves. “The board and system leadership determined that the timing is right to explore options regarding a... more

More choices for veterans begin June 6th throughout FLX

More choices for veterans begin June 6th throughout FLX
Vietnam veteran Dick Marshall of Shortsville is pleased with care he gets from the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Spending time in Florida, he uses a VA there, too, and likes the care there as well, he said. Still, Marshall said he is glad to know that veterans nationwide will have more choices when it comes to where they can go... more

Medicaid bought sex offenders’ erectile dysfunction drugs

Medicaid bought sex offenders’ erectile dysfunction drugs
New York’s publicly funded Medicaid program paid more than $63,000 for erectile dysfunction drugs and other sexual treatments for sex offenders, despite laws banning such expenses. The figures come from an audit released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and first reported by The Associated Press. The scathing audit blames a lack of oversight in the state’s Medicaid program. “I... more

Former NBA players advocate for statewide legalization of marijuana

Former NBA players advocate for statewide legalization of marijuana
Two former New York Knicks were in Albany on Tuesday to lobby for the legalization of marijuana as the outcome for the measure remains in doubt for the remaining days of the legislative session. The appearance by the athletes — shooting guard JR Smith and retired power forward Al Harrington — continued a long tradition of bold-faced names traveling to... more

New York governor says legal marijuana not likely this year

New York governor says legal marijuana not likely this year
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t believe it’s feasible for lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana this year. The Democrat told reporters Monday that he doesn’t believe there is sufficient support to pass the measure in the state Senate. Cuomo says that he backs the legalization of marijuana but that the issue remains controversial for many legislators. And he... more

Cuomo remains skeptical about marijuana legalization

Cuomo remains skeptical about marijuana legalization
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Friday said he remains skeptical a bill legalizing marijuana in New York can pass by June 19, the scheduled end of the legislative session. “I am dubious at this point about the likelihood of success,” Cuomo said. “The Senate sponsor of the bill said if the Assembly passes it first and if... more

Cuomo says political shift could hurt marijuana legalization in NY

Cuomo says political shift could hurt marijuana legalization in NY
New Jersey’s failure to legalize marijuana this year has complicated the “political environment” for the proposal in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview. The measure, one of the governor’s top priorities for the end of the legislative session in June, remains in the negotiations as lawmakers last week introduced an amendment that included elements of what... more

Ban on PFAS in firefighting foam advances

Ban on PFAS in firefighting foam advances
A measure that would ban the Department of Defense from using firefighting foam that contains the chemical PFAS has advanced in the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday said. The amendment, introduced by Gillibrand and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, was attached to the annual National Defense Authorization Act. “Toxic PFAS exposure is putting the... more

Auburn rallying around siblings who need heart transplants

Auburn rallying around siblings who need heart transplants
The Auburn community is rallying behind a mother who is doing all she can to make sure her two kids live a full life. “I don’t think there’s a sacrifice out there a mom wouldn’t make for her kids,” said Carrie Brown. “They have faced more things in their life than any one person should.” Hailey and Hayden Brown have... more

Employers prepare for possible changes as Albany lawmakers mull marijuana vote

Employers prepare for possible changes as Albany lawmakers mull marijuana vote
At Pittsford Paving, using heavy machinery safely helps get the job done. “We drive heavy vehicles and heavy equipment,” said owner Gustavo Kusminsky. “It’s important they’re clear-minded, of course.” Kusminsky says he doesn’t drug test his employees, adding the DOT already periodically tests his truck drivers. However, Kusminsky says he does keep an eye on his workers’ behavior. “We monitor... more
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