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Reed, Collins to vote ‘yes’ on health care repeal

Despite the loss of health coverage projected for tens of thousands of people in their districts — especially children, seniors and those with disabilities — Republican Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins said they will vote for the American Health Care Act. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the GOP bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise... more

Sen. Helming sees first sponsored bill pass; will go on to Assembly

The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – 54th District) as part of a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state’s leading industry. This bill is the first piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Helming to pass the Senate. Senate bill 4535 encourages farmers – particularly those located... more

Cuomo: Auburn, CNY hospitals will lose $57M if GOP health care bill passes

If the Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is successful, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals in central New York would lose millions in funding. An analysis conducted by the state Department of Health found the six hospitals in U.S. Rep. John Katko's district, which covers Cayuga, Onondaga, Wayne and a portion of Oswego County, would lose... more

War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

EQ Committee to discuss future of Ontario County Landfill

At current disposal rates, the Ontario County Landfill has 11 more years of capacity. What to do with the 379-acre landfill on Routes 5&20 in the town of Seneca after 2028 will be the subject of a landfill master plan now underway. One idea is to convert it to a green energy park, with an effort to locate new industries... more

Cayuga County teacher defeated in race for NYS Board of Regents seat

A longtime teacher and Cayuga County resident wasn't successful in her bid for a seat on the New York State Board of Regents. Ellen Prusinowski, of Locke, challenged incumbent T. Andrew Brown to serve as the Regent representing the 7th Judicial District, which includes Cayuga County. Brown, vice chancellor of the Regents, won re-election with 117 votes. He will serve... more

Will taxpayers foot bill for damaged “I Love NY” signs?

Go ahead and blink. Chances are you won't miss the "I Love NY" signs when you are driving down the thruway. However, an ongoing dispute between the feds and the state about those iconic signs is heating up again. This comes after eight of them were knocked down and damaged in the windstorm. Assemblyman, Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is now calling... more

Senior research scientist joins Finger Lakes Watershed Hub

The Finger Lakes Water Hub has expanded from one staff member to two. Lewis McCaffrey is the latest addition to the state Department of Environmental Conservation's new water quality task force, taking on the role of senior research scientist. He joins Watershed Coordinator Aimee Clinkhammer, who began work at the beginning of the year. McCaffrey introduced himself to members of... more

Don’t vote? That would cost you under proposed NY bill

A bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, would radically change the way political participation is handled in New York. If adopted the bill would mean anyone who is eligible to vote in New York that doesn’t turn in a ballot would be hit with a $10 fine. The interesting caveat with the bill though, in current form, is the... more

State agencies plan meeting on problem gambling

The opening of del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre has generated jobs and excitement throughout the region. It’s also brought the issue of problem gambling to the forefront. Problem gambling will be the topic of a public meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. March 28 in the Training Auditorium at 2465 North Road in Seneca Falls. The event is free... more

Helming seeks residents for veteran nomination

Senator Pam Helming (R, C, I-54th District) is encouraging residents from throughout the 54th Senate District to nominate veterans from their community for the 2017 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors and recognizes outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. “As a State Senator... more

Thousands of social security numbers compromised this tax season

Officials say that as many as 7,100 social security numbers have been compromised in tax season scams. In particular, a scam involving an email, which fraudsters pose as a company executive seeking a social security number has been particularly damaging. Tax officials say that as many as 65 companies with employees in New York have been attacked through this method... more

Helming: NY Senate’s $8 billion drinking water plan good for Finger Lakes region

The New York State Senate’s support for $8 billion in water quality investments would benefit the Finger Lakes region, state Sen. Pam Helming said last week. The key components of the Senate’s plan includes a $5 billion bond act to fund water infrastructure projects and support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide $2 billion over five years for water... more

Officials plan next moves after string of overdoses in Ithaca

Three overdoses in four days. That’s what the Ithaca Police Department, and community as a whole is contending with as even more overdoses are reported. According to reporting by the Ithaca Voice the overdoses are possibly tied to heroin — but nothing official has been named. No arrests have been made, either. One of those overdoses happened on Thursday around... more

Finalized deal saves horse racing, 1,200 jobs at FLGR; del Lago will pony up to help

The deal is finalized. It means that horse racing is preserved for at least two more years in Farmington. While the long-term stability and health of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is anything but certain — the deal finalized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo puts the facility on slightly more solid footing moving forward. As predicted though, the deal will come... more

Sen. Helming calls majority budget proposal ‘road map’ to affordability

Sen. Pam Helming (R-54th District) this week voted for the Senate Majority’s Budget Resolution calling it a road map of affordability. Helming noted that the plan rejects new taxes and fees, while making substantial investments in infrastructure and education. The plan also proposes an $8 billion groundbreaking initiative to ensure clean and reliable drinking water for generations to come. “This week... more

FOUNDRY FACTS: DEC announces cleanup process for Geneva residents

The cleanup process will tentatively begin this summer. That doesn’t mean property owners should expect contamination-free soil by the end of 2017, though. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a fact sheet for neighbors of the former Geneva Foundry, which highlights the cleanup efforts that will be taken on in the coming months. It’s an extensive, years-long,... more

Raise the Age supporters press for action on criminal prosecution

A group of people who support raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18 years old on Thursday presented more than 2,000 signed postcards to the Fairport office of state Sen. Rich Funke, R-Perinton. Funke’s 55th Senate District includes portions of Ontario and Monroe counties. The Rev. Doug Stewart, from Incarnate Word Lutheran Church in Rochester and... more
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