Schumer, Gillibrand convince feds to buy surplus grape juice

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said the U.S. Department of Agriculture will use up to $18 million to purchase concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs across the country. The senators said they pushed the USDA to help purchase some of the surplus product to ensure the continued success of concord grape growers in New York and... more

Powerball numbers: Did you win Saturday’s $535 million jackpot?

Can you feel the excitement as the Powerball jackpot grows to the fifth largest ever? Here are Wednesday’s winning numbers: 17-19-39-43-68, Powerball: 13, PowerPlay: 4X The estimated jackpot is $535 million. The lump sum payment before taxes will be about $338.8 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even larger for the next drawing. Syracuse.com: Read More more

Short hospital stay may come with a price in Canandaigua

Hundreds of patients who visited the emergency department last year at UR Medicine’s Thompson Hospital could have benefited from a new unit now up and running. The new 12-bed Observation Unit at the hospital in Canandaigua is geared for short stays — when there’s no need to be admitted for tests and treatment that can often be done in less... more

THE DEBRIEF: Multiple situations involving DEC, future of FLX discussed (podcast)

On Tuesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso are back discussing all of the latest issues including a sewage spill in Geneva, which resulted in the closure of one popular beach last weekend. The duo discussed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s July fundraiser event, a DEC hearing in Seneca Falls on the future of landfilling, as well as... more

LANDFILL: Community comes out in force to say ‘no’ to permit

Environmental attorney Douglas Zamelis’ back bowed under the weight of a stack of papers containing over 2,000 complaints about the odor coming from the Seneca Meadows landfill. Representing the grassroots group Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee, Zamelis hefted the paper stack as he scolded Department of Environmental Conservation representatives at the public hearing for the permit renewal application to continue... more

‘Don’t go in it’: Harmful algal bloom testing for Owasco Lake limited

Local and state partners are working together to monitor harmful algal blooms on Owasco Lake, but testing of potential toxins in those blooms is limited. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Owasco Lake, along with Honeyoe, Seneca and Otisco lakes, have shoreline surveillance programs of blooms, studying where they're happening and why. Owasco Lake's is a research effort funded... more

OFFICIALS: Emergency orders, road closures extended for Sodus Point

Sodus Point Mayor Christian Tertinek reports that emergency orders, which have been standing for weeks in parts of Wayne County — have been extended. The official extension means that power driven vessels can operate at no more than idle speed on Great Sodus Bay. It also means that sand bags must remain in place, per the emergency order to protect... more

Cayuga County fire department gets $130K to add recruits, create pension program

A volunteer fire department in Cayuga County has been awarded more than $130,000 to add recruits and establish a pension program for its members. The Sennett Fire Department will receive $130,120 through the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program. The grant was announced by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer. "Whether it's... more

Auburn-area businessman spent winters in Florida while on Assemblyman Finch’s payroll

Thomas Galbato was employed as a part-time community liaison for Assemblyman Gary Finch, but that role didn’t prevent him from spending winters in Florida. Florida property records, state Assembly documents obtained by The Citizen and conversations with four people familiar with Galbato’s living arrangements reveal he spent several winters in Florida while remaining on Finch’s payroll. Finch, R-Springport, hired Galbato... more

IF YOU GO: DEC hearing on future of Seneca Meadows to take place Thursday

On Thursday, the controversial Seneca Meadows Landfill debate will once again be re-ignited as DEC officials hold a public hearing on the potential extension of a 10-year permit. While opponents and supporters of Seneca Meadows have sounded off regularly at monthly Town Board meetings in Seneca Falls — this will be the first opportunity for state officials to hear these... more

Cuomo: ‘Senseless’ to reduce Lake Ontario outflows

Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized a joint U.S.-Canada board for reducing Lake Ontario outflows as high water levels continue to affect communities along the lake and St. Lawrence River. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced Tuesday that outflows will decrease from 367,300 to 349,970 cubic feet per second. The board first mentioned the decrease in an update that was... more

State funding supports fight against invasive species

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District, recently announced that funding for special grants she helped restore in this year’s state budget is enabling emergency research to combat a new invasive species that is threatening area farms. Helming led the efforts to restore funding for the New York Farm Viability Institute, which supports farmer-reviewed agricultural research projects. NYFVI has allocated emergency... more

Cornell program at Auburn, CNY prisons to expand with funds from Cuomo

A Cornell University program offering college courses to inmates at four central New York prisons will receive funding through a joint effort spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. The Cornell Prison Education Program is one of seven initiatives at 17 state prisons that will share $7.3 million over five years. Cornell administers college courses... more

Schumer urges FEMA to approve disaster aid for Lake Ontario flooding

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve New York's request for a major disaster declaration — a move that would allow federal aid for Cayuga County and other communities affected by flooding along Lake Ontario. Schumer, D-N.Y., met with FEMA Administrator Brock Long Thursday and urged the agency to sign off on... more

NY colleges awarded $7M to offer courses to prisoners

Moving ahead with a plan that has drawn criticism from conservatives, the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is awarding more than $7 million in grants to a variety of colleges around the state to offer courses to prisoners. The plan, first announced in January last year, is the culmination of an effort that began in 2014 but was attacked by Republicans and others... more

Big Apple media touts Wayne County pie

When Christine Worth was asked to find an apple pie to submit for a media contest, she immediately knew who to turn to — Lagoner Farms of Williamson. “When I drive by I think of her apple dumplings and when I bring them home I hide them from my husband,” said Worth, director of tourism at Wayne County Tourism. Mitzi... more

Unity Council appeal denied

That didn’t take long. The Interior Board of Indian Appeals Thursday denied an appeal by a group of Cayuga Indian Nation members who challenged a decision to name the Cayuga Nation Council, led by Clint Halftown, as the official governing body of the tribe. The appeal was filed July 28 by Unity Council attorney Joseph Heath of Syracuse. The Unity... more

Watkins Glen wins: Before race weekend, village announced as $10M DRI winner

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appeared in the Village of Watkins Glen on Thursday to announce that the community will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the Southern Tier winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first round of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state’s 10 regional economic development regions... more
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