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LATEST: Cuomo critical of counties who want to ban downstate migration (video)

Cuomo: ‘Too early’ to tell if statistical drop off in numbers is NYS reaching apex (video)

Want to see the latest briefing video from Governor Andrew Cuomo? If you're looking for that, or for the latest policy decisions the Governor has made during this pandemic - follow along with us in this post updated multiple times a day ... MORE
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INSIDE THE FLX: Leslie Danks Burke discusses digital campaigning and New York’s newest challenges (podcast)

When Leslie Danks Burke set out to run for New York State Senate in the 58th District she could not have imagined what this campaign would look like. Even the most-astute politicians have been thrown for a loop by the Coronavirus pandemic ... MORE
DEBRIEF: Breaking down the biggest headlines in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down the biggest headlines & the most FAQ’s on COVID-19 in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

This week on The Debrief Podcast … a little rebranding, some announcements, and of course, the headlines! Check it out as Josh Durso and Ted Baker broke down the week’s biggest stories. Coronavirus, local government, and the future of some communities in ... MORE
Few satisfied with bail reform modifications in New York

Few satisfied with bail reform modifications in New York

No one is crazy about the changes to bail reform amid the COVID-19 pandemic it would seem. Critics of reforming the measures passed last year say it was an unnecessary step. Meanwhile, opponents of the original bill say the changes in this ... MORE
Lawmakers blast executive order to pull ventilators, PPE from Upstate hospitals NYC area

Lawmakers blast executive order to pull ventilators, PPE from Upstate hospitals NYC area

Upstate New York lawmakers ripped Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to bring ventilators and other personal protective equipment to the downstate area. That executive order was signed on Friday. “Ventilators and PPE are the last lines of defense in a fight that ... MORE
Lawmakers from around Finger Lakes blast state budget, call for reconvened session after crisis ends

Lawmakers from around Finger Lakes blast state budget, call for reconvened session after crisis ends

Upstate lawmakers say the budget passed by leaders in Albany and Governor Andrew Cuomo unfairly put additional burden on rural communities in Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier. Senator Tom O’Mara, R-58, had previously called on leaders to adopt ... MORE
LOOMING CRISIS: Canandaigua under hiring freeze, Council considers estimated 20% reduction in revenue

LOOMING CRISIS: Canandaigua under hiring freeze, Council considers estimated 20% reduction in revenue

– By Todd Elzey On Thursday, Canandaigua City Council held its regularly scheduled April meeting. As is becoming the norm for government entities in the wake of COVID-19, Council met via video conference call. The Council’s meeting focused on the COVID-19 crisis ... MORE
Geneva City Council meets virtually, discusses COVID-19 pandemic at length

Geneva City Council meets virtually, discusses COVID-19 pandemic at length

– By Todd Elzey The Geneva City Council met virtually via the Zoom conference call on Wednesday. The majority of Wednesday’s meeting was spent discussing the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. Councilmember Jan Regan (Ward 3) spoke of the City’s partnership with the Town ... MORE
SBA will host webinar through Seneca County Chamber for all businesses to learn about disaster loans, grants

SBA hosts webinar through Seneca County Chamber for all businesses to learn about disaster loans, grants

On Thursday, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a presentation for local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration will be putting on the event, which runs virtually from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those ... MORE
Congressman Reed reminds residents that form could be necessary to receive $1,200 relief

Congressman Reed reminds residents that form could be necessary to receive $1,200 relief

While officials outlined the way at which residents would get a check for $1,200 or $2,400 over the next several weeks – Congressman Tom Reed (R-23) reminded residents that it will require a little extra paperwork for some. Those who have not ... MORE
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Shortage of testing supplies leaves rural counties feeling left uncertain (video)

In each of his daily briefings, Governor Andrew Cuomo has touted the effort undertaken by New York State to expand testing. In fact, that effort by the state as he pointed out earlier this week has outpaced some countries – depending on ... MORE
Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Following President Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to ... MORE
NYS budget has major questions attached to it

NYS budget has major questions attached to it

State leaders have to come up with a budget. The deadline is hours away – with an outcome expected by nightfall. The vote will happen by phone. It’s the first time such a thing will occur. One of the biggest challenges that ... MORE
Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn't shift

Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn’t shift

Three state legislators who represent the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to accept billions in funding from the federal government to help with COVID-19 response across New York State. State Senator Tom O’Mara ... MORE
Sen. Jim Seward, wife test positive for COVID-19

Sen. Jim Seward, wife test positive for COVID-19

New York State Senator Jim Seward and his wife have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. He’s receiving treatment at Albany Medical Center. At this point, it appears as though he will make a full-recovery. The 17 term Senator announced ... MORE