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POWERBALL: Winning numbers for Saturday’s $361M jackpot?

Saturday’s Powerball drawing offered yet another chance at a really big lottery jackpot. If you’re feeling lucky, let’s hope you bought a ticket. Here are the winning numbers: 03-07-09-31-33, Powerball: 20, PowerPlay: 3X The estimated jackpot is $361 million. The lump sum payment before taxes will be about $213 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even... more

PETITION: Reducing visitation at 17 maximum security prisons labeled ‘cruel’

A petition has been signed by more than 2,100 people opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reduce visitation at New York’s 17 maximum security correctional facilities. As of Saturday afternoon, there are 2,102 supporters of the petition titled “Don’t Restrict Visits in NYS Prisons!” The petition calls the governor’s plan to alter the visitation policy “regressive, counterproductive and cruel.” –... more

Regional GOP representatives ‘on notice’ after continued protests

Congressman Tom Reed said in a Fox News interview he didn’t know why protesters gathered at his Ithaca office on Valentine’s Day for a 24-hour sit-in, despite numerous public statements, through traditional media outlets and on social media, about their intentions. “I don’t know what they are protesting other than they are taking over the office,” Reed said in the... more

del Lago will partially fund Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack under proposal

The deal comes down to preserving jobs and a facility, which has been hurting bad over the last several years. A new plan announced by the New York State Gaming Commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ensure that thoroughbred racing at the Farmington track continues. It’s a two-year plan, which will have the option for a third — should... more

Consignment sale draws thousands of horse lovers from across state

The Countrymax Saddle and Tack Consignment Sale is just a week away, but there’s still time to drop off items to sell. Known as the Black Friday in February in the equine world, the sale is next Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. Countrymax representative Mandi Lenhard said people come from all over the state to buy and sell... more

Geneva Foundry claims moving forward

A recent conference with the state Court of Claims judge assigned to the case has resulted in a schedule of events to deal with the notices of claims filed Jan. 3 by 136 city property owners against the state, city and county over soil contamination by the former Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street. The judge has told attorney Steve Williams... more

State senators oppose Cuomo’s free tuition plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to offer free tuition at state colleges and universities for students whose families earn no more than $125,000 annually is opposed by Cayuga County’s state Senate delegation. State Sens. John DeFrancisco, Pam Helming and Jim Seward said in separate interviews that they have concerns about Cuomo’s plan, which is included in his 2017-18 state budget proposal.... more

New York lawmakers propose program for crumbling water pipes

Small upstate New York communities faced with dilapidated wooden pipes rumored to be more than 100 years old need state money to repair water system infrastructure on the verge of collapse, a group of lawmakers said Thursday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined officials in proposing a program that would provide annual repair and maintenance funds to villages, towns and... more

Slow internet? Test it and tell the state

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged consumers to test their Internet speeds and submit the results to his office, part of an ongoing investigation into whether service providers are delivering on the speeds they promise. “No one should be paying a premium for speeds they aren’t receiving,” Schneiderman said during a visit to Rochester on Thursday. A yearlong investigation by... more

Airbnb and Schuyler County reach tax collection agreement

Today, Schuyler County and Airbnb announced an agreement to allow the world’s largest home sharing platform to collect and remit county hotel occupancy taxes on behalf of thousands of guests who visit the county every year. The agreement goes into effect March 1. Schuyler Airbnb hosts cater to a range of travelers, from NASCAR fans in town for the Watkins... more

Gov. Cuomo announces $20M housing plan for West Middle School

It’s not a school anymore, but it will definitely have a purpose in the coming years. It could completely change the housing landscape in Auburn, depending on how the plan is executed. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $20.2 million project to convert the vacant West Middle School at 217 Genesee Street in Auburn into 59 affordable apartments for... more

Here’s why New York doesn’t have Uber

Quick: What do trial lawyers, labor unions, taxi companies, local governments and the nation's largest insurers have in common? They're all working the halls of the state Capitol hoping to sway the debate on ride-hailing apps in New York to fit their interests. Uber and Lyft's push to expand across the Empire State has been a boon to lobbyists and... more

Wayne County joins others across state in search of mandate relief

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Wayne County Administrator Rick House joined other officials from across the state to lobby in Albany for unfunded mandate relief. House visited the Governor’s mansion with other members of the New York State Association of Counties, which represents county leaders all across the state, to seek some relief from state mandates.... more

State IT worker got $180k in OT, but overall OT is down

It pays to know how to take care of the state's computers. The state's highest overtime earner last year received $180,000 in overtime on top of her nearly $68,000 salary, state records released Monday showed. Debborah Casais worked 3,312 hours of overtime last year as an information technician in the Office of Information Technology Services, according to the list released... more

Comptroller: NY could need $40B in drinking water infrastructure repairs

New York’s aging drinking water systems may require significant repairs in the coming years, according to a report released Monday by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. DiNapoli said estimates show that $40 billion in repairs and upgrades could be needed for the state’s water infrastructure. He cited water main breaks in Syracuse and PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls as examples of... more

NYS spent $280k on prime time ads on Super Bowl Sunday

New York Empire State Development, which is already taking heat for the amount of money it's spent on TV ads for its START-UP NY program, made a sizable TV ad buy the night of the Super Bowl. You may have noticed the commercials that aired before and after the game; some touted New York's business climate, some were New York... more

New York’s mayors reject Cuomo’s consolidation plan proposal, request more state aid

At the annual New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, mayors across the state rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for municipalities to create consolidation plans. Proposed as a way to reduce property taxes, the governor has encouraged municipalities to consider shared services and consolidation through draft plans that residents would vote on as part of the November ballot.... more
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