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Syracuse holds on to top Pitt for fifth straight win (full coverage)

ORANGE GAME DAY: Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh this afternoon, looking for fifth straight win (preview & info)
Syracuse basketball continues to find ways to get it done on the hardwood. On Saturday afternoon in the Dome, the Orange won its fifth straight game after opening up a big early lead and holding on at the end to top Pittsburgh, 69-61. GAME RECAP LINKS: SU squanders huge lead, holds on to beat Pittsburgh, 69-61 (Syracuse.com) Syracuse basketball stays... 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

Rep. Katko throws support behind President Trump for 2020

Rep. Katko throws support behind President Trump for 2020
Four years ago Congressman John Katko (R-24) called for President Donald Trump to drop out of the race. Now he’s supporting him for a second term. Rep. Katko says he will continue to speak out against Trump when he disagrees, but for now, his support stands with the President in the 2020 election. His main reason for supporting Trump in... more

Crunch fall to Devils, 4-3, in seven-round shootout

Crunch fall to Devils, 4-3, in seven-round shootout
The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Binghamton Devils, 4-3, after a seven-round shootout tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena. The Crunch built a two-goal lead after early goals from Cal Foote and Taylor Raddysh, but the Devils rallied for three unanswered markers to take the lead by the third period. Alex Barre-Boulet forced overtime late in the third, but the Crunch were... 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

Syracuse women fall to Duke, 88-58

Syracuse falls to Duke, 88-58
It wasn’t in the stars for Syracuse as the Orange (9-9, 3-4 ACC) lost 88-58 to Duke (10-9, 4-4 ACC) Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. ‘Cuse scoring leaders were Kiara Lewis (14 points, 5 assists) and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi (12 points). Duke was led by Leaonna Odom (23 points, 10 rebounds) who recorded her third double-double of the year. Syracuse returns to the court... 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

Vendors thrilled about prospect of five more days at New York State Fair

Vendors thrilled about prospect of five more days at New York State Fair
The New York State Fair could be getting a little longer thanks to added funding in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget. He made the announcement while outlining his budget proposal for Fiscal 2021 on Tuesday. That budget year begins in April. In that address he said that the fair would be extended to 18 days if approved. Central New Yorkers... more

Crunch edged by Rocket in overtime, 3-2

Crunch edged by Rocket in overtime, 3-2
The Syracuse Crunch were edged by the Laval Rocket, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Place Bell. Gemel Smith and Taylor Raddysh both scored to give the Crunch two different leads, but the Rocket responded both times and eventually took the game in the extra frame. The team is now 20-18-3-2 on the season and 1-3-1-0 in the six-game season series against Laval. Goaltender Scott... 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

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

Sen. Seward says bladder cancer treatments will prevent re-election bid

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Longtime New York State Senator Jim Seward (R-Oneonta) will not seek re-election in the 51st District. The Republican, who was first elected in 1986 made the announcement on Monday that he would end his elected career in 2020. Cancer treatments were said to be the driving force behind his decision. Doctors told him that those treatments for bladder cancer would... 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

Crunch defeat Comets, 4-2

Crunch defeat Comets, 4-2
The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Utica Comets, 4-2, today at Upstate Medical University Arena. Alex Barre-Boulet and Alex Volkov both tallied a goal and an assist as the Crunch advance to 20-18-2-2 on the season and 2-3-0-0 in the 12-game season series against the Comets. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood earned the win in his first start since Dec. 6 turning aside 26-of-28 shots.... more

Syracuse tops Pittsburgh, 68-51

Syracuse tops Pittsburgh, 68-51
Four Syracuse players scored in double-figures as the Orange returned to the win column with a 68-51 victory at Pittsburgh. Junior Kiara Lewis led all scorers with 19 points. She added nine assists, six steals and five rebounds in her 40-minute performance to give Syracuse (9-8 overall, 3-3 ACC) its 17th consecutive win against Pittsburgh (3-14, 0-6). Junior Digna Strautmane scored 13 points and... more

Syracuse wins third straight after beating Virginia Tech, 71-69 (full coverage)

ORANGE GAME DAY: Syracuse takes on Virginia Tech this afternoon (preview & info)
Syracuse escaped with a dramatic win over Virginia Tech, defeating the home Hokies 71-69 in sold-out Cassell Coliseum. The Orange led by 16 in the first half, but Virginia Tech and its band of sharpshooters took the game down to the wire. It was settled only when Landers Nolley missed a deep 3-point shot with about five seconds remaining. The... more
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