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Barclay names Palmesano to Assembly leadership post

Barclay names Palmesano to Assembly leadership post
The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier gained a little extra traction in Albany, as Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay chose Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to serve as Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference. The new leadership post will take hold immediately. “I’m grateful to Leader Barclay for the trust and confidence he has placed in me. I look forward... more

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make the state’s fracking ban permanent by enshrining it in law earned due praise last week from a bandwagon of environmentalists. Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, called it “exactly the right thing to do.” Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo (right)  touted the governor’s “real environmental and climate change leadership.” more

Steuben County leading the way through shared services planning

Steuben County leading the way through shared services planning
While some counties are dragging their feet with the Shared Services Initiative put forward by Governor Andrew Cuomo a couple years ago – Steuben County isn’t taking that approach. On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented its shared services plan to the public. The new plan has a three year term, and will continue sharing a variety of services between... more

How to file your taxes for free if you make less than $69,000

How to file your taxes for free if you make less than $69,000
It doesn’t have to cost you to file your taxes. At least not in New York State. If your income is $69,000 or less, there are a number of free tax filing services located across the state – both in person and online. Both federal and state can be filed free of charge. Some sites – like Turbo Tax –... more

Dogs proving to be a good addition at VA in Canandaigua

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Canines are keeping employees and visitors to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center safe. They’re serving a bigger purpose, too. The facility is using a Labrador Retriever to detect drugs. The dog has successfully done so at least a dozen times. It’s a success story that has blossomed. “We have some veterans who are recovering addicts … and we want to... more

Plastic bags will disappear from Wegmans stores this week; gone across NYS on March 1st

Plastic bags will disappear from store shelves this week in some stores
Single-use plastic bags will be gone when shoppers head to Wegmans locations this week. It's a change that will spread to all stores in a month - when legislation passed in 2019 is enacted. It means that reusable bags will be the prime shopping tool. It's something that Aldi shoppers have been accustomed to for years. more

Mitrano says major shift necessary in healthcare as listening tour stops in Geneva

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During the final leg of her five-city healthcare crisis listening tour Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano issued a campaign promise and publicly commented on Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-23) contemplation of a run for governor. Vying once again to represent the 23rd District, Mitrano challenged Reed in a rematch from 2018 for the coveted seat in Congress ahead of 2020. more

Tax cap will lower for school districts, adding pressure to budgeting

Tax cap will lower for school districts, adding pressure to budgeting
The tax cap is getting lower … at least a little bit for the time being. A slight decrease to the property tax cap for school districts is falling a little bit for the upcoming fiscal year. It will be lowered from 2% to 1.81% this summer. That means budget officers in local school districts are having to consider ways... more

Cuomo says he’s open to bail reform changes, but skeptical of ‘dangerousness’ clause

Cuomo says he’s “100 percent open” to bail reform changes, but skeptical of ‘dangerousness’ clause
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’s willing to consider changes to the cash bail reforms passed in 2019, which were implemented in recent weeks. “Do I believe the reform is a work in progress? 100 percent,” Cuomo said at a press conference in New York City. “Am I open to changes? 100 percent.” He’s skeptical that a ‘dangerousness’ standard is the... more

FLX WEEKLY: Brad Ellis & Fall Street Brewing Grand Opening (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Brad Ellis & Fall Street Brewing Grand Opening (podcast)
Brad Ellis has been in-studio before to help us taste Kobucha that he brewed in downtown Seneca Falls at Finger Lakes Kobucha. Today he joins us one week prior to the Grand Opening of Fall Street Brewing. Learn about what Brad has planned for the opening weekend, check out some great local photos and get your first look at this... more

Cuomo announces new $151M to pave local roads, bridges

Cuomo announces new $151M to pave local roads, bridges
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an added $151 million in new funding to coincide with $743 million in direct state aid for local road and bridge projects across New York. The added funding is for fixing roads impacted by extreme weather events. The new funding is part of the PAVE NY Initiative. “New York continues to make nation-leading investments in the... more

Southern Tier man accused of two home invasions, holding victim at gunpoint before arrest

Southern Tier man accused of two home invasions, holding victim at gunpoint before arrest
State Police say a man from Chautaqua County was taken into custody after he broke into a home, held a resident at gunpoint, and overdosed on narcotics after his arrest. The entire ordeal played out around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday when troopers were called to a home in the village of Fillmore, which is located in the Southern Tier. When... more

Congressman Reed will hold pair of town hall sessions in Seneca, Yates counties

Congressman Reed will hold pair of town hall sessions in Seneca, Yates counties
Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) will focus on tax incentives for new energy technologies in a pair of town hall sessions scheduled this weekend. The meetings will be held January 25th at the Tyre Municipal Building, located at 1082 Gravel Road from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the Italy Town Hall, located at 6060 Italy Valley Road from 2 to 3... more

Steuben man convicted of murder at 13 in 1993 denied parole

Steuben man convicted of murder at 13 in 1993 denied parole
A Steuben County man who was convicted of murder a 4-year-old in 1993 has been denied parole again. Eric Smith was 13 at the time of the crime in 1993. He was ultimately convicted of killing 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Stueben County. The State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says Smith was denied release by the parole board. He’s... more

Judge Doran re-appointed to head of courts in 7th Judicial District

Judge Doran re-appointed to head of courts in 7th Judicial District
Judge Craig Doran was named the administrative judge for the 7th Judicial District. Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, with the approval of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore made the announcement in consultation with Presiding Justices Gerald J. Whalen of the Appellate Division. As Administrative Judge, Judge Doran supervises the operations of the courts in the eight counties of the 7JD... more

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
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