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del Lago casino in Tyre ready to offer sports betting

del Lago casino in Tyre ready to offer sports betting
As the state Gaming Commission moves closer to legalizing sports betting in New York, del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County is preparing to accept wagers once regulations are enacted. Mark Juliano, del Lago’s general manager, said in a statement Thursday that the casino is “finalizing plans” for its sportsbook. The casino is partnering with DraftKings to host sports... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing village election results, Ontario County Landfill, and Mentz Lagoon (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Shortage of volunteer firefighters, single-use plastic, and communities struggling to find candidates (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discuss the future of communities that struggle to find or identify candidates willing to run for, and hold local office. They also discuss the expansion of a single-use plastic bag ban, and what the future of college admissions could look like after a scandal was uncovered. They... more

Legislation to ban incinerator from Finger Lakes passes Senate, awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature

Legislation to ban incinerator from Finger Lakes passes Senate, awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature
A week after the New York State Assembly unanimously passed legislation to stop incinerators in the Finger Lakes, the Senate also passed the legislation. The bill heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for a signature. Last year, Governor Cuomo said that a proposed Finger Lakes “incinerator project is not consistent with my administration’s goals for protecting our public health, our... more

O’Mara, Palmesano seek public hearings on Farmworker Labor Act

O’Mara, Palmesano seek public hearings on Farmworker Labor Act
State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-Corning) are calling on the state’s Democratic legislative leaders to hold statewide public hearings on legislation that they believe could drive many family farms in New York State out of business and decimate local farm economies. The controversial legislation is known as the “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.” In a... more

Gov. Cuomo now hopeful for legal marijuana by June

Gov. Cuomo now hopeful for legal marijuana by June
Legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will not be done in concert with the state budget for 2020, an aide to Governor Cuomo said Wednesday. This comes after the Democratic governor said Tuesday that legislators in Albany are signaling that the legalization will be done separate from the budget. Since the budget is due by April 1, the agreement will... more

NY Gaming Commission opens public comment period for sports betting proposal

NY Gaming Commission opens public comment period for sports betting proposal
The state Gaming Commission is accepting public comments on its proposed rule to allow sports wagering in four upstate New York casinos. The rule was published in the state register Wednesday and a 60-day comment period has commenced. Sports betting could be permitted as soon as mid-May when the comment period expires. There won’t be a public hearing on the... more

Advocates unite to call for sex abuse education in NY schools

Advocates unite to call for sex abuse education in NY schools
Child sex abuse survivors Gary Greenberg and Erin Merryn are collaborating in an attempt to pass legislation bearing Merryn's name that would mandate sex abuse education in New York schools. Greenberg and Merryn held a press conference in Albany Monday and met with lawmakers to discuss Erin's Law. The bill would require age-appropriate education to help children learn the difference... more

Few counties in Finger Lakes do well in state ranking of ‘health outcomes’

Counties ranked by ‘health outcomes’ in new study
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Now, new data is out for the 2019 year. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, CHR&R illustrated what we know when it comes to what is... more

Strong support for requiring NY families to vaccinate children, poll finds

Strong support for requiring NY families to vaccinate children, poll finds
The latest Siena College poll found a vast majority of New York voters support requiring families to vaccinate their children regardless of whether they have religious objections. An overwhelming margin — 79 to 18 percent — favor eliminating the religious exemption and requiring all children to be vaccinated before they can attend school, according to the survey of 700 registered... more

Controversial ‘textalyzer’ device could be up for consideration again in New York

Controversial ‘textalyzer’ device could be up for consideration again in New York
Two years ago, New York almost passed legalization of the device known as a 'textalyzer.' It works by scanning a cell phone's recent activity to see how and when someone may have been using it. New York didn't end up legalizing use of the device. However, states like Nevada are currently mulling its legalization, and it's possible New York could... more

Legislature to OK bill expanding school zone speed cameras

Legislature to OK bill expanding school zone speed cameras
The leaders of the Democrat-controlled state Legislature say lawmakers plan to pass legislation approving the expanded use of speed cameras in New York City school zones. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the Bronx, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, say their chambers will pass the measure Tuesday. They're joining fellow Democratic lawmakers, the city's transportation commissioner and advocates... more

NY lawmakers urged to add more mental health housing

NY lawmakers urged to add more mental health housing
Advocates for New Yorkers with mental illness are urging state lawmakers to increase funding for housing for that vulnerable group. The so-called Bring It Home Coalition was created to push for greater housing resources for people whose mental illness puts them at risk of being homeless. The group has scheduled a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol to highlight their... more

Sen. Bob Antonacci to sexual harassment victims: Not getting help? Call our office

Sen. Bob Antonacci to sexual harassment victims: Not getting help? Call our office
State Sen. Bob Antonacci wants victims of sexual harassment to know there are resources available to assist with filing complaints and reporting misconduct. He also wants them to know that if no action is taken on their complaint, they can call his office. Antonacci's office on Monday distributed a list of organizations, such as the Legal Momentum Equality Works Program... more

Poll: NY voters oppose giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants

Poll: NY voters oppose giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants
Most New York voters oppose a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday. The survey of 700 registered voters found 61 percent oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. While liberals strongly support the plan and other demographic groups, such as blacks and Latinos, favor it, there is... more

Local federal parks benefit from reauthorized bill

Local federal parks benefit from reauthorized bill
Back on Feb. 18, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, stood outside the Women’s Rights National Historical Park amid snowflakes and urged Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, said the LWCF provides valuable federal funding for the women’s rights park, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Tyre and the Finger Lakes National Forest... more

Cuomo administration launches program to increase faculty diversity at SUNY schools

Cuomo administration launches program to increase faculty diversity at SUNY schools
The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system. "New York's strength comes from not only celebrating our rich cultures but working aggressively to expand opportunities to increase diversity in our SUNY faculty," Gov. Cuomo said. "This first of its kind initiative is at the heart... more

$348K coming to FLX through FLACRA for recovery community center

$348K coming to FLX through FLACRA for recovery community center
Senator Pam Helming announced that the Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency known as FLACRA has been awarded funding from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to establish a recovery community center in the Finger Lakes region. FLACRA will receive $348,973 out of a total $5.1 million that OASAS allocated to open 14 new... more

How the pitch for New York City casinos could save the upstate ones

How the pitch for New York City casinos could save the upstate ones
Perhaps only in New York could more casinos be viewed as a lifeline for the struggling ones in upstate. Powerful downstate casino giants have privately made the pitch to the four upstate casinos and state leaders that lifting a moratorium on New York City-area gambling licenses could be the bailout the upstate ones need to survive. If the state were... more
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