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Mitrano says more to be done after pair of ransomware attacks in 23rd District

Mitrano says more to be done after pair of ransomware attacks in 23rd District
Two medical offices in the 23rd Congressional District suffered a crippling ransomware attack in recent days. “Patient records weren’t compromised, but the Olean Medical Group (OMG) and the Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS) can no longer access their own digital files. Both have resorted to pen-and-paper recordkeeping,” Mitrano said in a press release. The Penn Yan resident unsuccessfully challenged Rep.... more

Marijuana legalization fails in New York

Push for marijuana legalization fails in New York
A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state has fallen flat. The sponsor of the main legalization bill in the state Senate says the bill will not pass before lawmakers adjourn for the year this week. Manhattan Democrat Liz Krueger says supporters came close to "crossing the finish line" but ran out of time. Sticking points included how... more

Torrey, Benton OK water pact in Yates County

Torrey, Benton OK water pact in Yates County
At the Torrey Town Board meeting June 11th, all the board members were pleased to sign the inter-municipal agreement with the Town of Benton to supply water, bill customers, and maintain the system after construction of Torrey’s Water District No. 1. This water district at the northeastern corner of Torrey along the shore of Seneca Lake, was first proposed over... more

Docks for resort site in Canandaigua?

Docks for resort site in Canandaigua?
With renewed construction on the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort comes a renewed request — the installation of boat slips to serve residents of the condominium portion of the project. Canandaigua City Council’s planned unit development committee is scheduled to consider the request at its meeting Thursday night. Developer Robert Murphy is asking for permission to extend the Canandaigua Lady dock... more

Penn Yan board considering senior housing moratorium

Penn Yan board considering senior housing moratorium
Less than two months after losing a court decision, village officials are considering a six-month moratorium on new senior citizen housing facilities. The village board held a public hearing on the issue during its meeting Tuesday evening. The only person who spoke was attorney Alan Knauf, who is representing developer David Genecco. Genecco wants to build eight townhouse-style units for... more

Is an Auburn zoning amendment the first step to a large-scale solar project?

Is an Auburn zoning amendment the first step to a large-scale solar project?
A proposed amendment to Auburn’s zoning code could be the beginning of a large-scale solar project at the city’s landfill site. The city council will vote on the amendment Thursday. Along with adding solar definitions to the city code, the amendment would allow a large-scale solar energy system to be permitted under special use in the resource recovery zoning district... more

Constitutional concerns remain about mobile sports betting

Constitutional concerns remain about mobile sports betting
Allowing bets on sporting events on mobile devices continued to stall at the Capitol on Tuesday, as Democrats in the Assembly continue to have concerns over the measure’s constitutionality. The bill, approved in the state Senate on Monday, would allow sports bets to take place on apps for smartphones and tablets, with severs placed in casinos. But Assembly Speaker Carl... more

New York allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses

New York allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses in New York, his office said Monday night. The state Senate approved the bill moments after a statement indicating Cuomo would sign it was issued, 33-29. The Assembly approved the bill earlier this month. Cuomo only hours earlier raised the possibility of a veto of... more

Legalizing marijuana could lead to erasing marijuana-related criminal records

Legalizing marijuana could lead to erasing marijuana-related criminal records
Albany lawmakers are quickly approaching their Wednesday deadline to approve legalizing recreational marijuana. Part of the debate includes wording in the bill that essentially erases a person’s criminal record if they were convicted of a marijuana-related crime. However, it’s still unclear how lawmakers would go about expunging records. The bill would reportedly erase the records of about 300,000 people. Opponents... more

Mobile sports betting approved by Senate; faces unlikely future in Assembly

Mobile sports betting approved by Senate; faces unlikely future in Assembly
A bill that would legalize sports betting on mobile devices easily cleared passage in the state Senate, but it faces an uncertain chance in the state Assembly. The bill was approved 57-5 in the Senate as lawmakers begin the final scheduled week of the legislative session this year. The measure has gone through several iterations as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office... more

NY moving forward with cashless tolling along Thruway

NY moving forward with cashless tolling along Thruway
The New York State Thruway Authority has approved a $355.3 million contract that will eliminate toll booths along the entire Thruway by the end of 2020. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the selection of the design-build team. Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC will begin installing cashless tolls across the Thruway system in late summer or early fall of this year. Once... more

Governor approves $85 million for school technology upgrades statewide

Governor approves $85 million for school technology upgrades statewide
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced $85 million for school technology upgrades. 96 Smart School Investment plans were approved, aimed at improving school security and revamping education techniques, according to Gov. Cuomo’s office. The approved plans are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. “The Smart Schools Bond Act is enhancing school safety and modernizing outdated classrooms in every... more

Legislation to allow licenses for undocumented immigrants passes NYS Assembly

Legislation to allow licenses for undocumented immigrants passes NYS Assembly
New York state may soon allow immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses. The measure passed the state Assembly last week and could get a vote in the Democrat-led state Senate as early as Monday afternoon. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the bill, though he expressed concerns Monday about U.S. immigration officials seizing license information to target... more

Schumer says it’s time to fix the infrastructure along Lake Ontario

Schumer says it’s time to fix the infrastructure along Lake Ontario
New York Senator Chuck Schumer plans to call on the Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for repairs to flood-ravaged infrastructure at Little Sodus Bay Harbor on Lake Ontario. Schumer plans to tour the area Monday morning to survey damage from the winter. A pier and a barrier bar began to collapse in February, putting the village of Fair... more

Newark, Canandaigua named finalists for 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Newark, Canandaigua named finalists for 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative
This Wayne County village is a finalist once again in the next round of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative competition — a program that provides $10 million in funding for building and infrastructure improvements. Under the program, one community in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council regions will receive $10 million in state funding. The village of... more

State lawmakers make final effort to legalize marijuana

State lawmakers make final effort to legalize marijuana
State lawmakers appear to be making a final effort to legalize marijuana this year. 13WHAM’s affiliate in Albany reports that more negotiations were in the works on Saturday. The bill has been up for discussion for months. Lawmakers tried to pass it in the state budget this spring, but did not have enough support. They have until June 19th to make a... more

Lawmakers rally against high price diabetes meds

Lawmakers rally against high price diabetes meds
Congressman Joe Morelle is criticizing the what he calls price gouging of prescription medications for treating diabetes. A recent report commissioned by the congressman determined prices for such medications are much higher in the U.S. that in other countries. The report found the 50 most-used medications in the 25th Congressional District cost Medicare and beneficiaries more than $24 million in... more

Republicans battle for spot on ballot in Auburn

Republicans battle for spot on ballot in Auburn
Two Republican candidates are running for Auburn’s mayoral seat, but only one of them is guaranteed a spot on the city’s general election ballot. Former mayor and current Cayuga County Legislator Timothy Lattimore and the president of the Cayuga County Landlords Association Brett Tracy II will face off in the Republican primary June 25th. The two candidates are running to... more
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