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Lawmakers, NYSUT respond critically to Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal

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When the dust settled on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 spending plan, which lawmakers will now debate furiously before the budget is passed in April – some local lawmakers voiced concerns with the proposals inside it. Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) warned that Cuomo’s proposed state budget charts a course for the future of New York that could leave state and... more

Cuomo’s plan for Medicaid includes incentives for savings to local government, more cost if expenditures rise

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Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his vision for changes to the Medicaid program in New York, which has created a shortfall of more than $2 billion for the upcoming budget process. While local officials around the region were worried that Cuomo might push to undo an agreement made in years past, which ensured that the state would pay for any excess... more

Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%

Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%
Enrollment at community colleges is declining. Across the U.S., and also across New York State. Between 2010 and 2019, a report by the Times Union in Albany shows that enrollment has declined by 23 percent at SUNY community colleges. It’s creating a crisis; not only in the operational sense, but in terms of cash – as less enrollment means less... more

Family Counseling Services says bail reform having negative impact on client safety in Finger Lakes

Family Counseling Services says bail reform having negative impact on client safety in Finger Lakes
Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes says the new bail reform measures implemented on January 1st are having an impact. Not a good one, either. Cassandra Heyl spoke with Finger Lakes News Radio about the changes, and how they are impacting those served by the agency. “When an individual violates an order of protection, they will either be charged... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: When have the Finger Lakes frozen over? (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: When have the Finger Lakes frozen over? (podcast)
It is a very rare occurrence for the Finger Lakes’ two biggest bodies of water, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, to completely freeze over in the winter. It has, in fact, only happened a handful of times. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will tell you when it happened and what that meant for local residents throughout history. . more

Rochester Diocese moves to close window for sex abuses claims this summer

Rochester Diocese moves to close window for sex abuses claims this summer
The Rochester Catholic Diocese has filed a motion to set August 13th, 2020 as the deadline to file sex abuse claims. The diocese has filed for bankruptcy amid dozens of claims filed by survivors of abuse as part of the Child Victims Act. If the motion is approved – August 13th would be the final date for claims to be... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating the state of Upstate economy, ending the pledge, and more (podcast)

WATCH LIVE NOW: Debating the state of Upstate economy, ending the pledge, and more (podcast)
What were the biggest stories of the week in the Finger Lakes? There are several that have people talking, and this week on Episode #60 of The Debrief Podcast, Ted Baker, Jackie Augustine, and Josh Durso are in-studio breaking it all down. Topics for discussion this week include: – A recent appointment by the Cuomo Administration to the Committee on... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the Finger Lakes Land Trust and conservation in the region (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the Finger Lakes Land Trust and conservation in the region (podcast)
What does the Finger Lakes Land Trust do? That’s a question the newsroom has gotten a number of times over the years. This week a conversation with Andy Zepp. He’s the executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, who works as a conservation advocate in the region. The Land Trust was founded in 1989 to protect forests, farmlands, gorges,... more

Mitrano launches healthcare listening tour, will work with RIP Medical to pay off local debts

Mitrano launches healthcare listening tour, will work with RIP Medical to pay off local debts
Tracy Mitrano, a Democrat seeking to challenge Congressman Tom Reed this fall says she’s working to shed light on medical debt in the Finger Lakes. She announced the start of a five-city healthcare crisis listening tour. Mitrano’s announcement came during a press conference at the Pendergast Library in Jamestown to highlight a unique partnership helping district residents out from under... more

Sen. O’Mara will continue to serve on several committees in 2020

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State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) will continue to serve on the Transportation, Environmental Conservation, and several other key Senate committees in 2020, according to a press release. O’Mara will continue his post as the ranking Senate Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and will also serve as the top Republican member on the Banks Committee. He was renamed the... more

Deputy seriously hurt in Schuyler crash; GoFundMe begins raising money for recovery

Schuyler deputy involved in serious wreck; GoFundMe started for family
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office community is reeling after one of their own was involved in a serious one-vehicle crash last week. They say that Lieutenant Craig Gallow was involved in a wreck last week when his car hit a patch of ice. His vehicle struck a tree. He was headed to work at the time of the wreck, according... more

FLX WEEKLY: John Dragone & advice for college-bound students (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: John Dragone & advice for college-bound students (podcast)
John Dragone of John Dragone College Guidance Services, LLC  is in-studio to talk about his upcoming seminar for college bound high school students and their parents that will also benefit Beverly Animal Shelter. Also, our photos of the weekend and your Finger Lakes weekend weather outlook. . more

Tom Reed will lead President Trump’s re-election campaign in NY

Tom Reed will lead President Trump’s re-election campaign in NY
Congressman Tom Reed is among six elected officials who will lead President Donald Trump’s re-election effort in the state. Finger Lakes News Radio reports that Reed will be joined by Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson, fellow Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin, New York City Councilman Joe Borelli and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the Albany area leading that effort. In... more

Municipalities could end up paying more for Medicaid if New York doesn’t fill budget gap

Municipalities could end up paying more for Medicaid if New York doesn’t fill budget gap
The concern right now is that local governments may be tapped out. And simultaneously, the state could look at them to help fill a budget gap that has reached $6.1 billion across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, without details, pointed to the state in recent years capping Medicaid growth for local governments, New... more

Seneca Lake Pure Waters exceeds fundraising goal for 2020

Seneca Lake Pure Waters exceeds fundraising goal for 2020
For Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association – this fundraising period has been all about exceeding expectations. The organization announced that it exceeded its annual fundraising goal for 2020, which means that the “Lake Friendly Living” initiative will take shape. SLPWA President Jacob Welch said they initially set out to raise $20,000; and instead raised $22,000. “Our Pure Waters team is... more

Watkins Glen man accused of never delivering construction supplies in Seneca County

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The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 52-year-old Watkins Glen man following an investigation into construction supplies. Christopher Burchell, 52, of Watkins Glen was arrested on a warrant issued out of Lodi Town Court after he was paid to deliver construction supplies, but never fulfilled the order. Deputies say that they were assisted by the Schuyler County... more

Congressman Reed says he’s not ruling out a run for governor

Congressman Reed says he’s not ruling out a run for governor
Congressman Tom Reed, who represents the 23rd District is not ruling out a run for governor. “We have been approached by numerous individuals across the state about a candidacy for governor, and I appreciate that conversation and am not ruling it out, because what I see in Albany is one-party control that is pushing the state in a direction that... more
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