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Cuomo visits Auburn area, state approves Owasco Lake drinking water treatment systems

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo learned of the water quality issues affecting Auburn-area communities served by Owasco Lake, he was moved to act. At an event held at the Emerson Park Pavilion on Wednesday, Cuomo announced the state will fund the installation of two systems that aim to address concerns about blue-green algae toxins detected in drinking water supplies for the... more

Finger Lakes region gets a new partner

The Finger Lakes brand is expanding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Rochester Tuesday to break ground on a $60 million renovation of the Greater Rochester International Airport. On its face, the event had all the familiar trappings of good political credit-taking — thanks and praise all around from Rochester city, county and business leaders. Lots of applause. And shovels of... more

Cayuga Community College weighs impacts of state budget

The Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees will discuss tuition and fee schedules at its monthly meeting Wednesday night, as college president Brian Durant said he will propose a 1 percent tuition increase. Durant said the passing of the state budget has had both positive and negative impacts on the college, but he hopes to keep fees and tuition pricing... more

Seneca Supervisors ready to push back against costly measures

A number of state issues were on committee meeting agendas Tuesday in Seneca County. One of those items was the Shared Services Act, which made its way into the Government Ops Committee meeting. This wasn’t the first time that the matter came up for debate, but for some of the supervisors — particularly the Chairwoman of that committee — it’s... more

NY Senate OKs package of bills aimed at opioid, heroin use

The New York state Senate has passed a new collection of bills aimed at battling the state’s increasing rates of opioid and heroin abuse. The Senate on Monday passed eight bills to staunch heroin, opioid and synthetic drug use that lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have declared a statewide crisis.  Six measures target the use of synthetic or designer drug... more

Drug deaths surge again upstate

The number of drug-related deaths in New York’s suburbs and upstate soared a whopping 84 percent between 2010 and 2015, a new report found. Fueled by a surge in heroin abuse, New York had a remarkable spike in overdoses over the six-year period: Deaths rose 71 percent, according to analysis of federal data by The Rockefeller Institute of Government. And... more

NY health care providers to push for supervised drug sites

A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users is launching a new effort to bring supervised drug consumption centers to New York state. The facilities allow drug addicts to shoot up or consume their drugs in a safe, secure location under the supervision of medical personnel who can intervene in the event of an overdose. Similar... more

NY labor commissioner: Tuition-free college will help boost workforce

State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon appeared in Cayuga County Thursday to highlight the 2017-18 budget and how it benefits central New York. One of the main initiatives in the budget touted by Reardon is the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides students whose families earn no more than $125,000 annually with free tuition to New York’s public colleges and universities. The scholarship... more

Finger Lakes gets $12m from NY to fight heroin epidemic

The Finger Lakes region is getting $12 million from New York State to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. The funding was announced after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation that gives $213 million to New York State to combat heroin. The funding will help support prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The programs will target chemical dependency, public awareness and... more

Newly obtained documents raise questions in Geneva (podcast)

Tonight on the Debrief Podcast the Geneva Foundry took center stage as Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed the ongoing debate, litigation and scrutiny that the City of Geneva faces moving forward. Did all parties involved handle the information that they were receiving responsibly? Did any current member of council, or any former officials have information that could have swayed... more

NY requires infertility coverage for all

New York’s health insurers will be required to provide coverage for fertility treatment regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, according to new state guidelines. The state Department of Financial Services unveiled the new guidelines Wednesday, circulating a letter to insurers across the state making clear that they can’t restrict fertility-related coverage if the patient otherwise qualifies. “All women who... more

Gov. Cuomo taps top aide to lead re-election campaign

A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been picked to lead the Democratic governor’s bid for a third term. Cuomo announced Monday that Bill Mulrow will serve as the chairman of Cuomo’s 2018 campaign. Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration. Prior to that he was a senior... more

Reed raises record $585,000 after facing angry crowds

The Upstate New York congressman who faced overflowing crowds of protesters at town hall meetings managed to raise a record amount of money after the protests gained national attention. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed raised $585,282 in the first quarter of the year, a personal high for the fourth-term Republican from Corning. Reed’s cash haul more than doubled the amount raised... more

That’s all folks: Cuomo says ethics reforms unlikely

The legislative session runs until late June, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t see many outstanding issues being resolved after a state budget deal last week was chock full of policy issues. Perhaps the most outstanding issue remains another round of ethics reforms after Cuomo’s former top aides were charged last year in a sweeping corruption scandal. But Cuomo said while... more

DOT official touts Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva

The state’s director of transportation said the city is the perfect spot for a new state welcome center. Matt Driscoll, director of the Department of Transportation, was at the Finger Lakes Community College Geneva campus Thursday afternoon to tout highlights of the recently enacted 2017-18 state budget. A number of local officials were in attendance. Driscoll is one of several... more

Funding at risk for affordable housing projects in Geneva

Hundreds of people are on waiting lists in the Finger Lakes for affordable housing. Meanwhile, in Geneva, two public housing apartments that provide more than 200 units for families and seniors needing affordable housing require major improvements. But the $18 million project is in jeopardy because of red tape that could result in the stripping of needed funding. Together, the... more

Supervisors push back against Gov. Cuomo’s ‘Shared Services Act’

Counties will have to create a Shared Services Panel. Well, maybe, but it’s going to be complicated. A provision within the recently passed New York State budget says that counties will be tasked with coming up with plans – for at least the next year – on ways to derive savings for taxpayers through ‘shared’ services. It isn’t a new concept.... more

Exploratory drilling to begin for CNY welcome center in Auburn

Exploratory drilling may soon begin at the site of the Central New York Regional Welcoming Center on South Street in the city of Auburn. Drilling was supposed to begin Thursday and continue into Friday, said Jennifer Haines, director of planning and economic development for the city. It did not appear that drilling had begun on Thursday, she said, but she... more
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