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Cuomo declares state of emergency along Lake Ontario shoreline

Cuomo declares state of emergency along Lake Ontario shoreline
Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for the eight counties impacted by potential Lake Ontario flooding: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. The Governor’s order directs state agencies to protect State property and to assist local governments and individuals in responding to and recovering from the flooding. The Governor also directed the Commissioner of the... more

Langworthy continues collecting votes; closes in on becoming state GOP chair

Langworthy on verge of becoming state GOP chair
Nick Langworthy is on the verge of becoming the next state Republican Chairman, ousting Ed Cox after a decade of leadership. The Empire Report on Monday reported Cox was preparing a transition of leadership to Langworthy, the Erie County chair. “The Chairman has been presented with an important new opportunity and there are talks underway for a transition,” said Republican spokeswoman Jessica... more

Bill aims to place inmates near their kids

Bill aims to place inmates near their kids
The Assembly Correction Committee this week will consider a bill that would require state prison officials to place inmates in facilities closest to their children. The measure would require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to determine if placing an inmate in a prison closest to their children is within the child’s best interest. DOCCS would be required to... more

Livingston County officials worry about jail closure

Livingston County officials worry about jail closure
Livingston County officials said a state prison that may shut down this fall will cause a ripple effect in the community. On Friday, state officials announced the upcoming closing of the Livingston Correctional Facility, which is one of three slated to close. Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes said Friday the facility will close in September. The medium security prison houses more than... more

GOP state senator to seek US Rep. Collins’ western NY seat

GOP state senator to seek US Rep. Collins’ western NY seat
Republican New York state Senator Chris Jacobs of Buffalo is running for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins. Jacobs told The Buffalo News on Friday that Collins isn’t an effective advocate for his western New York district. He said he’s prepared to challenge Collins in the Republican primary if he seeks re-election. In a statement, Collins... more

THE DEBRIEF: Affordable Housing, Resisting Vaccines, Incinerator Bill, and MORE! (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Rent control measures, resistance to vaccines, and low speed access (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines from around the region. The two discuss rent control advocacy across the state, a vacant Geneva City Council seat, access to high speed broadband (and the implications), as well as a veto power proposal that would give new power to voters. Watch below... more

‘CannaBusiness’ symposium looks at business prospect of marijuana legalization

‘CannaBusiness’ symposium helps prepare area for recreational marijuana, if Albany OK’s it
Hundreds packed the ‘CannaBusiness’ symposium in Rochester on Thursday, learning more how they can prepare for recreational marijuana, if it can get legalized. Leaders in the business, health, and law enforcement sectors all spoke about their concerns and hopes regarding recreational marijuana. Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy says the chamber has no position on legalized recreational marijuana, but... more

Kolb says costs to farms in labor bill ‘staggering’

KOLB: Costs to farms in Farmworkers Labor bill ‘staggering’
Republicans in New York are pushing back against a bill, which they say would have a huge impact on local farms. Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River), the Conference’s ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, were among a number of signatories who penned a letter to the Assembly Majority leadership calling for... more

U.S. Senate confirms new members to International Joint Commission

U.S. Senate confirms new members to International Joint Commission
Federal lawmakers have confirmed three new members of the International Joint Commission, Senator Schumer announced Thursday. Jane Corwin has been confirmed as the next U.S. chairwoman of the IJC, and Robert Sisson and Lance Yohe were added as commissioners for the IJC. The IJC is the agency that is responsible for overseeing water levels in Lake Ontario. A change to... more

Golf courses worried proposed New York bill would hike taxes

Golf courses worried proposed New York bill would hike taxes
Golf course owners and operators across New York worry a new tax proposal would mean putting away their clubs and parking their carts for good. The bill proposed by lawmakers downstate would allow cities and town to hike up property taxes based on an assessment of the property’s highest and best use rather than its current use. It would impact... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Stakeholders wrestle with reaching rural vets for services as transportation, housing lag (Part 1)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing ways that the VA is reaching rural communities (podcast)
At this very moment there are more than 18 million veterans living in the United States. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for their well-being. At least in terms of provided care. However, vets aren’t automatically enrolled at their local VA hospital or clinic; and enrolling them is consistently the biggest challenge faced by professionals within the VA... more

Tenants rally in Albany for rent safeguards

Tenants rally in Albany for rent safeguards
Tenants from around New York state gathered in Albany on Tuesday to push for stronger rental protections to address a shortage of affordable housing — a problem that they say is no longer confined to New York City. Organizers say more than 2,000 made the trip on Tuesday, a month before the state laws governing rent control and stabilization rules... more

Lawmakers betting on final push to make sports gambling legal

Lawmakers betting on final push to make sports gambling legal
A bill allowing New Yorkers to place wagers on mobile devices for sporting events could gain final passage by the end of the legislative session in June, Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman Gary Pretlow said in an interview Wednesday. Pretlow in the interview said he believes the constitutional questions raised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration surrounding mobile betting are... more

Gov. Cuomo announces results of statewide underage drinking crackdown

Gov. Cuomo announces results of statewide underage drinking crackdown
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the results of joint efforts by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking throughout the state during the month of April. The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, conducted statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor... more

Bill modifications won’t even reduce opposition to marijuana legalization in New York

Bill modifications won’t even reduce opposition to marijuana legalization in New York
Smart Approaches To Marijuana, a group that has been vocally opposed to efforts legalizing cannabis in New York, criticized a re-written bill in the Legislature, saying the measure doesn’t change their concerns about the drug. Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes on Tuesday told reporters the new bill is largely what Gov. Andrew Cuomo had sought earlier this year. It includes... more

Stewart-Cousins says marijuana convictions should be expunged

Stewart-Cousins says marijuana convictions should be expunged
The records of those convicted of marijuana possession charges should be expunged if the state moves to legalize marijuana sales in New York, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday said at an unrelated news conference. “I think they should be expunged,” she said. State lawmakers who support legalization are backing a new bill after the effort failed to be... more

NY legislation would require Epipen training for teachers

NY legislation would require Epipen training for teachers
A legislative proposal in New York would require new teachers to complete training on how to use an EpiPen if a student suffers a severe allergic attack. The bill, pending in the Democrat-led state Legislature, is intended to use free, quick training sessions to ensure teachers can administer auto injectors in the event of an emergency. It's one of three... more

DraftKings Sportsbook officially under construction at del Lago Resort & Casino

DraftKings Sportsbook officially under construction at del Lago Resort & Casino
Del Lago Resort & Casino is one step closer to accepting sports betting wages as construction for DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago is officially underway. The more than 6,000 square-foot lounge will be located on the casino floor near the entrance to The Vine Showroom. The luxurious sportsbook will boast a restaurant and bar, with seating for nearly 200 people.... more
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