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UPDATE: Despite costing taxpayers $1.5B, Cuomo claims Amazon HQ won’t cost New Yorkers anything

NY giving Amazon more than $1.5B through taxpayer-funded incentives for new HQ
The initial $1.5 billion in incentives for Amazon to bring up to 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens ultimately won’t cost New York anything, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted at a news conference on Tuesday. The tax breaks over 10 years are tied to job creation, but the company is also receiving $350 million in a cash grant from... more

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?
A pair of court rulings expected by yearend are likely to determine whether the Cuomo Administration broke the law when it fast-tracked permits to restart the Greenidge Generation power station. The decades-old plant began producing electricity again in March 2017 after a six-year pause and a conversion that allows it to burn natural gas rather than coal. Two years earlier,... more

Great New York State Fair announces plans for ‘Winter Fair 2019’

Great New York State Fair announces plans for ‘Winter Fair 2019’
For the first time, Central New Yorkers will get to experience “the Fair” in winter. The New York State Fairgrounds will host a new event called “Winter Fair 2019.” It promises to have “the best of the Great New York State Fair, but indoors and in mid-winter.” “The State Fair is the best and biggest party of the summer in... more

Flanagan says he can unite Upstate and Downstate in Albany

Flanagan says he can unite Upstate and Downstate in Albany
Sen. John Flanagan in a statement on Tuesday insisted he could unite the upstate and downstate factions in the Republican conference as he runs to keep the leadership post in the chamber. At the same time, Flanagan also said he has “no interest” in running for Suffolk County executive. “I believe I am the one candidate who can unite Upstate... more

Rep. Joe Morelle takes oath of office in Washington

Rep. Joe Morelle takes oath of office in Washington
It’s been decades since there was a new representative of the 25th District, a position long held by the late Louise Slaughter, and Morelle wants to make sure he takes in the weighty moment. “I always take a moment just to let it sink in every day, and I suspect that’s what I will do here in the House. I’ve... more

Group eager to break Upstate away from Downstate makes another push

Group eager to break Upstate away from Downstate makes another push
A group that wants to split New York into three autonomous states is once again pushing a resolution backing the idea. The group, Divide NYS, is urging supporters to have the resolution taken up by state lawmakers as well as local government officials. The proposal would use a home-rule clause for local governments in the state constitution. As envisioned by... more

Cuomo says he wants Congress to tackle SALT

Cuomo says he wants Congress to tackle SALT
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to the incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to tackle the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. “It’s an arrow at the heart of New York,” Cuomo said in an interview on the 970 AM radio show of John Catsimatidis, a businessman and political donor. “It was a mean, partisan way to... more

New York eyes tighter gun laws following multiple mass shootings

New York eyes tighter gun laws following multiple mass shootings
After three mass shootings in under 30 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo now has his sights set on tightening gun laws in New York State. On Thursday following the deadly shooting at a California bar that left 12 dead, Cuomo says he plans to take additional steps “to make our laws even stronger.” But as families across the country mourn the... more

What’s next for Senate GOP as they move forward?

What’s next for Senate GOP as they move forward?
Senate Republicans are facing a potentially long wilderness. Down as many as 17 seats in the chamber, regaining the majority will be difficult, if not improbable, in one two-year cycle. Republicans with only a handful of interrupts have held power in the chamber since 1939. And, with redistricting looming in 2022, Democrats hope that even a fair drawing of the... more

Crews start removing highway ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs

Crews start removing highway ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs
Crews have started removing hundreds of New York interstate highway tourism signs that the federal government said the Cuomo administration installed illegally. The state Department of Transportation says Thursday that the agency and Thruway Authority have begun removing the “I Love NY” signs located along the Thruway and other state highways. Crews were out along Route 490 in Pittsford and... more

THE DEBRIEF: Election results, the future of politics, and modern electorate (podcast)

LIVE AT 9:45 AM: Ted Baker joins Josh Durso to break down Election Week headlines (podcast)
On Episode #35 of The Debrief Podcast Ted Baker, of Finger Lakes Morning News, joins Josh Durso in-studio to talk about the latest Election Week headlines, some results with local races, and what comes next for a divided electorate. Watch the entire conversation below on FingerLakes1.TV: . more

20M tax dollars wasted as Canandaigua power plant sits idle

20M tax dollars wasted as Canandaigua power plant sits idle
The project was funded in 2010 as part of the nation’s stimulus plan. The plant was to produce power by burning wood chips to create steam-powered energy otherwise known as a biomass system. But the project ran into repeated delays as the contractor and the government fought over building designs which led to litigation. It has taken eight years which... more

Congressman Chris Collins pledges to complete term

Congressman Chris Collins pledges to complete term
His opponent may still be counting the votes, but Congressman Chris Collins is confident he is returning to Washington. If he does, it will be a remarkable comeback from insider trading charges to re-election. As he gears up for his fourth term, Congressman Collins admits heading back to Washington will be different. “If somebody puts out their hand, I will... more

Cuomo won more votes in CNY counties than he did four years ago

Cuomo won more votes in CNY counties than he did four years ago
Gov. Andrew Cuomo improved on his 2014 performance in central New York during Tuesday’s midterm elections, winning more votes in each area county than he did four years ago. The Democrat easily defeated Republican opponent Marc Molinaro in his bid for a third term as governor of New York, beating him by 22 points, according to the New York State... more

Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year, possibly making New York the first state to prohibit such vaping products often marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. A spokesman for the Democratic governor told The Wall Street Journal his administration would soon republish regulations banning the sale or possession of... more

Local voter turnout off the charts on Election Day

Voter turnout off the charts in Ontario County
A record number of voters turned out for Tuesday’s midterm elections in districts nationwide. Ontario and Monroe county residents were among them. In Ontario County, a 62 percent turnout broke a record for midterms, which generally don’t generate a huge voter response. In 2010, 54 percent of voters cast ballots; in 2014, 52 percent. The tally for Tuesday in Ontario... more

McMurray say he wants ‘all votes counted’

McMurray say he wants ‘all votes counted’
Two hours after Democrat Nate McMurray seemed to indicate in his speech that his opponent was winning the 27th Congressional District seat, the Democrat asked for a recount because the final numbers showed him down by less than 3,000 votes. However, on Wednesday during a press conference, McMurray says he misspoke, saying he just wants all of the votes counted.... more

Democrats take control of all New York State chambers of government

Democrats take control of all New York State chambers of government
Democrats have taken over the majority in the New York State Senate. For the first time since 2010, Democrats will control the entire state government. Senate Democratic Leader Andrew Stewart Cousins, D-Yonkers, claimed victory in a statement, according to the Buffalo News. Current Sen. Majority Leader John Flanagan said the results were disappointing, but the Republican conference would continue to... more
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