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INSIDE THE FLX: Brittany’s Law passes in Senate for eighth time, still no vote in Assembly

On Monday New York State Senate passed Brittany’s Law. It wasn’t the first, second, or third time the proposed legislation had gotten through one of the state’s chambers. It was the eighth. The legislation would establish a violent offender’s registry, and was named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was brutally murdered along with her mother, 34-year-old Helen Buchel, in Geneva... more

VP Mike Pence to tout tax overhaul at Nucor Steel Auburn

Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to central New York Tuesday will include a stop in Auburn. The White House announced that Pence, a Republican, will visit Nucor Steel to “discuss the positive impact of President Trump’s tax reform policies on New York businesses, working Americans, and their families.” The schedule released by the White House didn’t include the exact time... more

del Lago takes to Albany for help equalizing ‘unfair’ playing field

The state could consider several avenues to help del Lago, which has failed to meet revenue projections since it opened in February 2017. State legislators, for example, could pass a law to allow del Lago to have a lower tax rate. Or del Lago might be able to pursue some administrative actions to help their finances through the state Gaming... more

Helming’s anti-incinerator legislation gets through Senate

The New York State Senate passed the bill to block a proposed garbage incinerator project from moving forward at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus. Circular EnerG is seeking to build a garbage incinerator that would require the daily delivery of more than 2,500 tons of trash to operate. “This is a tremendous victory for the... more

NY health department to call for marijuana legalization

New York’s top health official says a long-awaited state report on marijuana will recommend state legalization. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Monday in Brooklyn that officials examined the pros and cons of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana and determined the benefits of legalization outweighed the negatives. The report is now being finalized. Zucker’s boss, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has long... more

Report: Stephanie Miner to run for NY governor as an independent

After more than a year of speculation that she might seek higher office, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will run for New York governor as an independent, The New York Times reported Monday morning. “I cannot be a silent witness to what I think is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day,” Miner told the Times... more

NY Assembly OKs universal health care; bill halted in Senate

The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system. The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure last week for the fourth year in a row. Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however. The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year next year. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie... more

Katko on family separation policy: U.S. must keep borders secure ‘in a humane way’

Families entering the U.S. illegally are being separated, and U.S. Rep. John Katko is among those who are criticizing the Trump administration’s policy. Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that Democrats are to blame, the policy his administration implemented calls for children to be separated from their parents if they are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Officials believe the policy will... more

Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for NY governor, brings message to Auburn

It wasn't a rally with thousands of people in attendance or a high-dollar fundraiser. And that's OK with Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian Party's gubernatorial nominee. Sharpe held a meet-and-greet last week at Wild's Eats & Sweets on Genesee Street in Auburn. Nearly 30 people attended the two-hour event and listened to the candidate for governor explain why he's running. Economics... more

Trail group files action over SF eminent domain decision

A non-profit group has taken legal action against the town of Seneca Falls to prevent the municipality from using eminent domain to build a larger sewer line through the Ludovico Sculpture Trail. Pittsford-based attorney Sheila Chalifoux has filed a petition in Appellate Court in Rochester on behalf of The Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail Corp. against the town of Seneca... more

Parrott Hall preservationists plead for more time with state

A host of preservation groups, backed by the city, are asking state officials to delay the demolition of Parrott Hall, the first home of the Geneva Ag Station. On Thursday, leaders of the Friends of Parrott Hall, the Landmark Society of Western New York, the Preservation League of New York State, as well as Acting City Manager Sage Gerling, representing... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Clyde Village Mayor talks candidacy for NY Assembly (podcast)

Clyde Village Mayor Jerry Fremouw believes that the time is right for change in the 130th Assembly District. While he doesn’t have any hard feelings toward Assemblyman Bob Oaks, who has represented the district since the early-1990s – nor Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow who is also running for the seat – Fremouw thinks there is an opportunity for change.... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

Legislation will protect small businesses throughout rural, Upstate NY

Both houses of the New York State Legislature this week approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to create jobs and encourage small business growth throughout rural, upstate New York. The legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law. “Many communities across rural, upstate New York remain in dire need of private-sector investment to help create... more

Auburn designated as Brownfield Opportunity Area by state

The city of Auburn was designated by the state as a Brownfield Opportunity Area, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Thursday. The city has been working toward this designation for several years and in 2015 launched the Auburn Sparks program, a community-driven effort to revitalize about 570 acres around downtown and the Owasco River corridor. Auburn’s BOA area includes sites such... more

Time is running out for New York sports betting bill

Lawmakers in New York have little time left if they hope to quickly follow New Jersey in authorizing sports betting. The state Legislature plans to adjourn for the year next week, giving supporters a short window to pass legislation allowing bets at casinos and on mobile devices. While the state Senate’s Republican leaders are supportive, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie... more

Special meeting cancelled in Seneca Falls

A special meeting originally scheduled for Thursday at 4 pm in Seneca Falls has been cancelled. The meeting was called to consider a bonding motion for $3 million in upgrades to the existing sewer system. That motion failed to gain enough traction at last week’s meeting, which resulted in the special session being scheduled. No new date has been posted... more

Cayuga County officials seek source of power surges at Public Safety Building

Cayuga County officials are attempting to locate the source of power fluctuations after a surge adversely affected the 911 Center’s radio systems approximately three weeks ago. County E-911 Emergency Communications Department Administrator Denise Spingler told the Legislature’s Judicial and Public Safety committee Wednesday that the department had observed a series of power surges at its operations center in the Public... more
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