Molinaro, GOP candidate for NY governor, picks Killian to be his running mate

A former elected official and two-time state Senate candidate from Westchester County has been chosen to be presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro’s running mate. Molinaro’s campaign announced Sunday that Julie Killian, a married mother of five and a former deputy mayor and city councilor in Rye, will join the GOP ticket. “Julie Killian is a champion for people who... more

Credibility of top Upstate Medical University official questioned

The credibility of a top Upstate Medical University official is being questioned after his account of narrowly escaping a car bombing in Afghanistan and some other dramatic claims he made in a 2017 videotaped speech have been debunked in a report by the Albany Times Union. Sergio A. Garcia, Upstate’s chief of staff, said in the speech he was part... more

Study says more kids are thinking about suicide

Shocking statistics show more kids are thinking about suicide and trying to hurt themselves. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found the number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide doubled in less than a decade. This comes as the controversial series 13 reasons why releases its second season on Netflix. Without giving away any... more

Dinolfo: I won’t run for Lieutenant Governor

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will not be seeking the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. In a statement sent out on Sunday morning, Dinolfo cited the “incredible honor” of serving as County Executive, and how she remains committed to serving the community. Her announcement comes just days after Marc Molinaro- the likely Republican nominee to lead the state- spoke highly... more

‘WITHDRAW THE PROJECT’: Assemblyman Palmesano says developers should pull out from Romulus incinerator proposal

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has a few key philosophies that he takes to work with him each day. “Dialogue is important,” he explained during an appearance on Inside the FLX. “It’s not my job to yell and scream,” Palmesano continued. “It’s my job to try to find solutions and help people. Part of that is reaching across the aisle where we... more

Report: Sewer overflow continues to contaminate New York waterways

Last year, billions of gallons of untreated sewage and storm water overflowed into more than 200 waterways in New York, and now the state comptroller is pushing to fix the problem. According to a recent report from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, in 2017, there were 807 discharge points where partially or wholly untreated wastewater was released into rivers, streams,... more

Pest threatens local produce — grapes, hops, apples

As if the fight against the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetles isn’t enough, now there’s a new threat to trees in the Finger Lakes region: the spotted lanternfly. Along with threatening forests and neighborhoods, this insect sucks the sap out of trees the Finger Lakes needs for tourism and agriculture. More than 70 plant species send the spotted... more

Svante Myrick wants Ithaca to be New York’s fifth pilot site for supervised injection facilities

With talk of creating four pilot supervised injection facilities in New York City, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve Ithaca to be the fifth pilot site. “Here in Tompkins County and Ithaca, the need to stem the tide of preventable overdose deaths is urgent,” Myrick wrote to Cuomo in a letter. Supervised injection facilities, or... more

Cuomo joins chorus of opposition to Circular enerG incinerator

Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined the list of officials voicing opposition to the incinerator proposed for Romulus. The Governor issued a statement on Tuesday, which was an unexpected measure. The proposed facility, led by a group from Rochester, is going through an Article 10 process, which could circumvent local law and zoning. A potential piece of state legislation would prevent... more

Supreme Court ruling clears the way for sports gambling at NY casinos

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for sports gambling at New York’s casinos — though Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned it may not happen soon. New York lawmakers and Cuomo approved language in 2013 that would allow wagering on athletic events if the federal ban on sports wagering was struck down by a court. That happened Monday when the... more

Local officials say Yates doesn’t compare to other counties

The recently released county-specific report from ACT Rochester indicates that Yates is the only county in a nine-county region in which the median household income kept up with inflation since 2000. But there are other indicators of the report card that require some response from local officials. In fact, Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates... more

Bob Antonacci, Onondaga County comptroller, running to succeed DeFrancisco in NY Senate

Bob Antonacci, Onondaga County’s top fiscal officer for more than a decade, has informed Republican committee members that he is running for the party’s nomination in the 50th Senate District race. In a letter obtained by The Citizen, Antonacci told Onondaga County Republican Committee members that he was encouraged by state senators to run for the seat currently held by... more

Over $53M in taxes paid to NYS by del Lago

In a little more a year since its opening, del Lago Resort & Casino has already paid more than $53 million in taxes to New York state, the town of Tyre, Seneca County and the other counties in the state’s ‘gaming’ region. While the bulk of the money — 80 percent — goes to New York state for education funding,... more

Mayor of Clyde to seek support for 130th bid

After the unexpected announcement that Assemblyman Bob Oaks would not seek another term in the 130th District, Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow quickly announced his candidacy. Now, Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw announced his intent to become a candidate. In a post to Facebook, Mayor Fremouw described his interest in continuing the work of the district. “This is a short message... more

Who will NY lawmakers interview for attorney general vacancy?

Sixteen candidates, several of whom are current or former elected officials, have applied to fill the vacancy created after Eric Schneiderman resigned as state attorney general. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s office released the list of candidates who will be interviewed Tuesday by a panel of lawmakers. The state Legislature can appoint a replacement. The applicants include Barbara Underwood, who is... more

Fmr. Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver convicted of corruption charges

A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat’s second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence. An appeals court... more

Powerball numbers: Did you win Saturday’s $257 million lottery jackpot?

Here are Saturday’s winning numbers: 22-42-45-55-56, Powerball: 14, PowerPlay: 3X The estimated jackpot is $257 million. The lump sum payment before taxes would be about $153.4 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even larger for the next drawing. The prize amount has grown steadily since the March 24 Powerball drawing. A single winning ticket worth $55.9... more

Schuyler County joins legal battle against ‘Big Pharma’

Schuyler County officials are formally taking “big pharma” to court. On Friday Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman filed a nearly 250-page Summons and Complaint against manufacturers and distributers of prescription opiates for damages to the County arising out of the fraudulent and negligent marketing and distribution of opiates in and to the County. “Over the past few years, despite its... more
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