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Upstate casinos haven’t been billed by NYS for $13M in fees, per Comptroller’s audit

Upstate casinos haven’t been billed by NYS for $13M in fees, per Comptroller’s audit
There are still a lot of unpaid fees among New York’s casinos. Specifically, the four casinos opened in Upstate New York owe a total of $13 million in fees. An audit, which was reported earlier this month by The Buffalo News, highlighted the issues that Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found. The costs to regulate casinos in New York State is supposed... 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

Push to legalize marijuana in New York gets crucial support

Push to legalize marijuana in New York gets crucial support
A bill legalizing marijuana is gaining traction in Albany. Earlier this week Governor Andrew Cuomo said legalizing the drug for recreational use is the kind of thing that should be included in the budget. Westchester County Sen. Peter Harckham announced he would support the legislation alongside the bill’s Senate sponsor, Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, as reported by NY State of... 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

Sen. O’Mara calls for tougher penalties connected to meth-related crimes

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State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) has introduced legislation targeting methamphetamine-related crimes locally and across New York. The proposal would significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug. One piece of legislation (S946) targets meth labs. It would increase the criminal penalties for the possession of meth manufacturing material and the unlawful... 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

Siena Poll shows fading support for bail reform; growing support for marijuana legalization

Siena Poll shows fading support for bail reform; growing support for marijuana legalization
A recent Siena Poll shows that New Yorkers have reservations about bail reform measures, which took hold on January 1st. While they were optimistic about those changes a month earlier, it appears as though shaky implementation across the state has caused concern and confusion among some residents. The poll showed that voters who felt good about the bail reform measures... more

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... 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

Officials expect to learn more as Gov. Cuomo issues his draft spending plan for 2020

Officials expect to learn more as Gov. Cuomo issues his draft spending plan for 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo will have to address how he plans to correct a $6 billion budget gap on Tuesday. The deficit is being fueled by rising Medicaid costs. Officials with counties around the region are concerned about the potential impact that the new budget might have on their bottom lines. Some wonder if Governor Cuomo will push some of the... 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

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

WATCH LIVE: Cuomo delivers budget remarks in Albany

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is outlining his proposals for the upcoming budget. Check that out below, as he delivers his remarks, which coincide with a large number of his proposals. Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the day and night after the Governor’s remarks. To have the latest delivered to your smartphone or tablet – download the FingerLakes1.com App for Android... more
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