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Molinaro unveils ‘corruption’ website aimed at Gov. Cuomo

Molinaro unveils ‘corruption’ website aimed at Gov. Cuomo
Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro on Sunday unveiled a website encouraging state workers to play the role of whistleblower in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The website, called Cuomo Leaks, provides a place for potential whistleblowers to upload government documents and give tips to the Molinaro campaign. “This is not how a state with proper checks and balances operates,” Molinaro... more

NYSUT launches campaign focused on combating teacher shortages

NYSUT launches campaign focused on combating teacher shortages
Teacher shortages are a worry throughout New York and the state's teachers union is doing something about it. New York State Teachers United recently launched the 'Take a Look at Teaching' campaign. They believe there's a few key factors leading to the shortages. Among them, they cite declining enrollment in teacher education programs and an aging demographic with 1/3rd of... more

Katko highlights work on water quality issues in new campaign ad

Katko highlights work on water quality issues in new campaign ad
The latest television commercial released by U.S. Rep. John Katko's campaign seeks to emphasize his work on water quality issues affecting central New York. The 30-second ad released Saturday is airing on Syracuse-area broadcast and cable TV stations. The commercial, titled "What I'm Focused On," is narrated by Katko, R-Camillus, and he makes multiple on-camera appearances. "Dangerous toxins have threatened... more

Mitrano, Reed will debate, but not in the Finger Lakes

A handful of debates have been scheduled for the New York 23rd Congressional District general election between incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Democrat Tracy Mitrano. The debate schedule thus far will be the following: ‒ Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Jamestown, sponsored by the Jamestown Post-Journal and the Dunkirk Observer. ‒ Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Corning, televised and sponsored by WETM-TV. ‒... more

Has NYS learned anything through convictions, sentencing?

Has NYS learned anything through convictions, sentencing?
As a former close aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a six-year prison sentence, it’s not clear what, if anything, state government can do to police itself. And it’s likely the corruption cases won’t sway voters this fall. “It’s hard to believe that Albany has learned anything,” said Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research... more

New DEC rules for livestock farms won’t affect Cayuga County

New DEC rules for livestock farms won’t affect Cayuga County
New permits governing large livestock farms in New York being developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in response to a lawsuit over federal clean water rules will not affect Cayuga County. The DEC recently unveiled a draft version of new permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, developed in response to a ruling from the state Supreme Court that foundexisting... more

Reed tours flooding damage in Lodi, FEMA help not on the way yet

Reed tours flooding damage in Lodi, FEMA help not on the way yet
On Wednesday, Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) toured the destruction in Lodi, as residents continue to rebuild, or attempt to do so in the wake of that flooding in August. Dozens of homes were destroyed, and upwards of $36 million in damage was done. While Reed hoped that he could bring good news about FEMA funding, but that isn’t the case... more

THE DEBRIEF: Tackling plastic straws, primary results, and the FLX Welcome Center (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Tackling plastic straws, primary results, and the FLX Welcome Center (podcast)
As fall approaches, the election season is heating up. Primaries are over, and there is plenty to discuss on this week’s edition of The Debrief Podcast. Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the following headlines: Primary results across New York State (New York Times) Controversy and fallout surrounding investigation into FLX Welcome Center Canandaigua officials consider banning plastic straws... more

Katko uses taxpayer-funded mailers to tout record on issues affecting seniors, women

Katko uses taxpayer-funded mailers to tout record on issues affecting seniors, women
U.S. Rep. John Katko is “working for New York’s seniors” and “standing up for women in Washington.” Those were the themes of two taxpayer-funded mailers sent in August to select 24th Congressional District residents. In one mailer, Katko, R-Camillus, highlights his support of preserving Social Security and reducing drug costs for Medicare recipients. He also mentions his opposition to Supplemental... more

Reed, Mitrano debate over the debates

Reed, Mitrano debate over the debates
No sooner had U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning and his opponent, Democrat Tracy Mitrano, agreed to three debates than the candidates began sparring over the details. The 23rd Congressional District candidates first agreed to face off in three debates leading up to the Nov. 6 election. The events will be on Oct. 24 in Jamestown; on Oct. 30, in Corning;... more

FOIL requests tell unique story in Geneva as controversy over Welcome Center grows

FOIL requests tell unique story Geneva as controversy over FLX Welcome Center grows
Over the weekend, the Geneva Believer posted a lengthy investigative piece on a series of FOIL requests to the City of Geneva regarding the true cost of the FLX Welcome Center located along Seneca Lake. It started when NBC affliate WHEC-TV aired a segment featuring the results of an investigation into the cost of the new facility. In the segment,... more

Indicted GOP lawmaker Collins will stay on ballot

Indicted GOP lawmaker Collins will stay on ballot
Indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R) will stay on the ballot in his New York congressional district this fall, the Buffalo News reported Monday. Collins, who was arrested on insider trading charges this summer, is following the advice of his criminal attorneys who worry that Democrats would mount protracted legal battles if he removed his name, according to four unidentified sources... more

$500k in grants for New York state parks

$500k in grants for New York state parks
Organizations that support New York state parks have another chance to apply for grants to help improve them. The advocacy group Parks & Trails New York says $500,000 in state grants is available to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. It is the fourth round of $500,000 in competitive grants funded through the state's Environmental Protection... more

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms
Joseph Morelle, Majority Leader of the State Assembly and a candidate for Congress in November, wrote key state officials this week to urge them to deny a permit for a proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus, but project opponents say he could — and should — do far more to kill the project. Morelle made his case in a Sept. 10 letter to... more

PRIMARY RESULTS: Palermo will advance to face Henderson, all Seneca judge candidates to remain on ballot

PRIMARY RESULTS: Cuomo survives Nixon challenge, judge candidates advance in Seneca
We still don’t have all of the answers. While 100 percent of districts are reporting, some absentee ballots will have to be counted. However, a number of races played out in such a way that the drama of a general election – will be just as interesting as that of the primary session. – Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Lieutenant... more

$190M approved to complete Canandaigua VA upgrade

$190M approved to complete Canandaigua VA upgrade
The end is now sight for a $351 million overhaul of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Congress approved $190 million for the second and final phase of the project now underway on the campus on Fort Hill Avenue, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday. The final leg of the project will bring a new community living center... more

PRIMARY DAY 2018: Voters take to polls to set November elections

PRIMARY RESULTS: Voters take to polls on Thursday to set November elections
Thursday will be a hectic day for candidates vying for spots in November’s general election. Throughout the Finger Lakes – important primary races have been shaping up, with contestants making their final pleas to voters – before heading out to polling places on an odd day. For the first time in recent memory, voters are casting ballots on a Thursday,... more

Commission gives Spectrum breathing room to remain in NY

PSC gives Spectrum more breathing room to remain in NY
The Public Service Commission agreed to give Charter Communications more time to continue negotiations that could keep the embattled cable TV giant in the state. The PSC voted at the end of July to revoke Charter's 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable after a long-running dispute over the company's compliance with a requirement to expand its network to areas of... more
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