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Charter-Spectrum forced to pay $174M in consumer fraud settlement

Charter-Spectrum forced to pay $174M in consumer fraud settlement
Charter-Spectrum is going to have to pay up. Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced a record $174.2 million consumer fraud settlement with Charter Communications, Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Company (together “Charter”) for defrauding internet subscribers. The $62.5 million in direct refunds to consumers alone are believed to represent the largest-ever payout to consumers by an internet service provider (ISP)... more

Police: Teen escapes attempted kidnapper, suspect remains at-large

Police: Geneva student gets away after attempted abduction on Pulteney St.
Police say that on Monday around 3:21 p.m. they were dispatched to an attempted abduction involving a 13-year-old victim. While walking home from the Geneva Middle School, the victim observed a black Toyota Sienna minivan in the area of Carter Road, Oak Street, High Street, and Pulteney Street. The victim continued walking on Pulteney Street in the area of William... more

DAILY FORECAST: Cold day then turning mild for mid to late week

DAILY FORECAST: Light snow will taper being replaced by rain showers
It’s going to be a cold day in the Finger Lakes. While the average high temperature for most of the region is somewhere in the 30s, afternoon highs will struggle to reach 29 degrees. Most areas will stay in the upper-20s all day. Scattered snow showers will taper off early this morning – with parts of Ontario and Yates counties... more

Deliberations to begin as Tohafjian double-murder trial winds down

Defense calls Tohafjian investigation a witch hunt as trial begins in Seneca County
A jury will begin deliberations Tuesday for a man accused of killing two and seriously wounding a third in Waterloo last summer. Closing arguments were heard in the trial of Emerson Tohafjian in Seneca County Court on Monday. He’s charged on an 18-count indictment for the deaths of Lori McConnell and Charles Andrus. Frank Ciardi, Tohafjian’s attorney, focused his closing... more

Cuomo’s agenda: The items he wants to change in 2019

Cuomo’s agenda: The items he wants to change in 2019
Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out his agenda for the first 100 days of 2019 during a wide-ranging speech Monday in Manhattan, where he vowed to set New York on a progressive course that he says would make President Franklin D. Roosevelt proud. Cuomo, a Democrat, laid out dozens of measures he says he will push at the start of his... more

Crestwood’s opportunity to appeal permit denial passes; marking end of long-term fight along Seneca Lake

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The time for Crestwood Midstream’s subsidiary Finger Lakes LPG to appeal the Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a permit for underground gas storage along the shores of Seneca Lake expired on December 14, 2018. “Now that we are sure Crestwood cannot challenge the Commissioner’s decision, we can mark our final victory in an 8-year epic David vs. Goliath battle... more

School officials respond to bomb, shooting threats in Auburn on Monday

‘NO THREAT’: School officials respond to bomb, shooting threats on Monday
Officials from the Auburn Enlarged City School District sent out an automated message to parents trying to quell rumors that there was a threat of violence against city schools and students. Specifically, a threat of violence at the high school. During the morning hours parents became aware of a rumor, which included the threat of a shooting or possible bomb.... more

Criminal justice reform advocates cheer Cuomo’s intent to marijuana legalization

Criminal justice reform advocates cheer marijuana legalization
There are still blanks to be filled in, but criminal justice reform advocates on Monday cheered Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support for legalizing adult use marijuana in 2019, a significant centerpiece for overhauling the state’s drug laws. In addition to backing a change in how the state views marijuana, Cuomo wants changes to bail and speed up access to a trial.... more

Convenient care: New urgent care center opens in Auburn

Convenient care: New urgent care center opens in Auburn
Six years ago, WellNow Urgent Care’s first location in Big Flats was birthed from an emergency room doctor’s vision to provide medicine in a better way. As of last week, WellNow is up to 29 locations in New York — including a new one in Auburn. Dr. John Radford, along with his wife, Emily, and a small crew, poured themselves... more

Upstate Medical prez gets probation, no jail time, for pocketing public money

Upstate Medical prez gets probation, no jail time, for pocketing public money
A judge reluctantly sentenced Dr. David R. Smith today to thee years of probation and no jail time for padding his pay while he was president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. “This was public money,” Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon told Smith. “This is what bothered me.” Despite his reluctance, McMahon gave Smith the same sentence that was worked... more

Auburn Police looking for missing teenage girl

Auburn Police looking for missing teenage girl
Auburn Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. According to police, Alexis Frost, 16, went missing from Dollar General, located at 217 Grant Ave., around 5 p.m. on Saturday. Her whereabouts are unknown, however she has been allegedly spotted back in Utica, police said. Frost has brown hair, hazel eyes, weighs 175 pounds and stands 5... more

Should Election Day be a holiday? New York may move in that direction

Why New York may make Election Day a state holiday
Will Election Day in New York become a state holiday? Gov. Andrew Cuomo included the idea Monday in a lengthy list of agenda items for 2019, saying that a state holiday should be part of a series of election reforms New York considers. “Let’s make a real statement about the importance of voting and make Election Day a state holiday,”... more

Lawmakers from both sides say to let public have input on pay raises

Lawmakers from both sides say to let public have input on pay raises
Dissatisfaction with legislative pay raises is trending among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Hudson Valley state Sen. Sue Serino introduced a bill that would require voters to have a say in approving the pay commission’s recommendations. “With New York politicians poised to become the highest paid in the nation, New Yorkers themselves deserve a say in the process,... more

Clock ticking on proposed Farmington solar farm

Clock ticking on proposed Farmington solar farm
The timeline is in place as opponents once again voiced their displeasure Monday with the idea of a a 7-megawatt solar farm at Smith Farms. On Monday night the Town of Farmington Zoning Board of Appeals continued with its public hearing, as it awaits the results of a SEQR study followed by action from the Planning Board. Delaware River Solar... more

Penn Yan man threatened to kill resident during domestic incident

Police: Man threatened to kill resident in Penn Yan during domestic incident
The Penn Yan Police Department reports the arrest of a Linden St. resident in Penn Yan following a domestic incident, which took place on Linden. According to police, James P. Mahan, 48, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree menacing, third-degree menacing, second-degree attempted assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and harassment. Mahan is accused of threatening to kill a village resident... more

Town of Skaneateles votes to approve Hamlet Committee members

Town of Skaneateles votes to approve Hamlet Committee members
The town of Skaneateles voted to confirm six members to Skaneateles’ first Hamlet Committee during a regular village board meeting Monday. The idea behind the creation of the Hamlet Committee, said town Councilor David Badami last week, is first and foremost because the town and village’s join comprehensive plan calls for it. While committee members were just confirmed Monday, the... more

Auburn Housing Authority secures $4.6 million for more Melone Village upgrades

Auburn Housing Authority secures $4.6 million for more Melone Village upgrades
The AHA Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Auburn Housing Authority, been awarded more than $4.5 million from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corp. to continue renovations. A total of $4,583,315 was awarded after a competitive process as part of the state’s public housing redevelopment goals, the AHA announced Monday. The funding will be used toward... more

Cuomo unveils legislative priorities, which includes legalization of marijuana

Cuomo will push to legalize marijuana in 2019
Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed a legalization of marijuana for adult use as part of a sweeping criminal justice reform agenda heading into the 2019 legislative session. Cuomo on Monday at New York City Bar Association outlined his plans for the first three months of the new year and transformed Albany that will be led by an all-Democratic Legislature for the... more
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