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NY lawmakers at standstill as sales-tax battle lingers

New York lawmakers remained in a standstill Wednesday evening as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders tried to resolve an impasse over a number of lingering battles, including an estimated $1.8 billion in local sales-tax revenue. Cuomo summoned the Legislature back to Albany on Wednesday — a week after the annual legislative session ended — in hopes of breaking a... more

Counties want answers on tax questions

State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is confident lawmakers will approve the extension of two local taxes that Yates County officials depend on for over $3 million in revenue to help pay for local services. “I fully expect that we will have to get called back. It’s too big of an issue for it not to get done,” said Palmesano Monday. Now... more

Rose justice forced to resign after significant misconduct

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced on Monday that Rose Town Justice Gary M. Poole will resign from office effective July 1st. The move is part of terms agreed to by the Commission, as well as Poole after a lengthy investigation into complaints that he engaged in repeated, undignified, and discourteous conduct toward a woman with whom... more

Facts and fiction about Lake Ontario’s Plan 2014

From the time the first big waves started slamming the Lake Ontario shoreline in March, south shore residents have been shouting the same refrain across the water: The lake is too damned high, and it’s the International Joint Commission’s damned fault, or at the very least it’s somebody’s fault. It’s difficult to find someone who lives along the Lake Ontario... more

Sen. Pam Helming hopeful Cuomo won’t veto $90M flood relief bill

It received unanimous support in the state Legislature, but it appears legislation to establish a $90 million flood recovery program for communities along Lake Ontario and others that have been affected by severe weather will be vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo and representatives from his administration addressed the bill Thursday during a media availability in Albany. He said they... more

Fourth Democrat enters race to challenge Tom Reed in 23rd Congressional District

A fourth Democrat is seeking the party’s nomination to vie for the 23rd House seat occupied by incumbent Republican Tom Reed of Corning. Eddie Sundquist, a native of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, made his campaign for the 23rd House seat official on Thursday. While the election is not until November 2018, Democrats around the nation have begun lining up to run... more

Why the $90 million Lake Ontario flood relief bill may be about to sink

A $90 million flood relief bill for residents, businesses and municipalities along Lake Ontario has hit a big snag. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously, but don’t expect it to be signed into law – at least, not in its current form.   The governor’s office tells CNYCentral the bill, as it is now, is “unworkable.” The... more

SUNY trustees raise tuition on in-state students … again

State University of New York students are going to be paying more. At least those who don’t qualify for the Governor’s new Excelsior Scholarship. The SUNY board of trustees voted on Wednesday to raise tuition 3.1 percent. It brings tuition up to $6,670 for in-state students attending any four-year colleges. Opponents of the increase, which breaks down to $200 called... more

Batman seeks public’s help with riddle of shared services

He’s got initial input from town, village and city of Auburn officials, but now Keith Batman is looking for the public’s help on a shared services plan. The plans, which are a state mandate, are intended to spell out consolidation and shared service efforts that would save local taxpayers money, but the plans cannot include anything that towns and villages... more

Nozzolio tapped to lead economic development initiative for Finger Lakes

A private institution with deep business and family roots in the area announced a major new initiative that will promote the Finger Lakes region as a great place for business enterprise. Leading the effort will be former New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio. Citing the Finger Lakes region’s outstanding natural beauty and livability, record numbers of tourists and wine and... more

NY Senate won’t take up Child Victim’s Act

A bill to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes will not get a vote in the state Senate before lawmakers leave town this week, according to the Senate’s Republican leader. Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, told reporters Tuesday that the Senate would not take up the Child Victim’s Act, which supporters have pushed as a... more

Gov. Cuomo blames IJC ‘blunders’ for Lake Ontario flooding; IJC responds

In the midst of criticism from several lakeshore communities and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the international committee that oversees water levels in Lake Ontario is defending its decision making over the last several months. Governor Cuomo has become a vocal critic of the International Joint Commission and a controversial set of regulations known as Plan 2014; in May he... more

State Senate, Assembly approve more Lake Ontario flood relief funds

Lawmakers approved legislation Monday that would provide $90 million aid for homeowners, businesses and local communities impacted by flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline and area waterways. The “Great Lake Flood Recovery and Mitigation Relief Act,” cosponsored by Sen. Patty Richie (R-Oswegatchie) and Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne (D-Theresa) passed both legislative chambers Monday and provides grants up to $100,000 for... more

NY tuition help at private colleges: Colgate opts out; Cornell, Wells College in

Colgate University has decided to join Le Moyne College in declining to take part in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new initiative that offers tuition assistance for students in New York private schools. Colgate, a prestigious private school in Hamilton, believes the program’s requirements for graduates to live in New York for up to four years are too restrictive, a school administrator... more

Assembly hang up could hit local property tax bills hard

Will state lawmakers act before the 2017 legislative session ends June 21 on what has become a routine request from most New York counties — including Yates — to approve action allowing the local sales tax rate to remain at the current level? Or will Yates County property taxpayers have to withstand an increase in their tax bills and/or cuts... more

Relief money coming? Legislators working flooding package

Two Rochester-area state legislators have reached an agreement on a $90 million flood recovery package that would help communities affected by rising water levels, particularly those along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and state Sen. Pam Helming announced the deal Monday. They have introduced legislation in their respective houses to establish the program.... more

Cuomo unveils plans for Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva (full-coverage)

The Events Center in Geneva along Seneca Lake is set to become one of the Finger Lakes Welcome Center’s being planned. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Geneva to unveil plans for the Welcome Center. Last year, the Governor was in Geneva announcing the City’s win in the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The unveiling of this plan was part... more

Canandaigua looks to NY for help

Although unsuccessful in previous attempts, city officials are optimistic this time around that state grant money will aid in the revitalization of downtown, help in the cleanup of a blighted Main Street property and bring unleashed dogs and their owners to a new city-owned park for exercise and socialization. While there are other projects requiring state assistance in the works... more
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