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INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

New York makes $3M available for municipalities to buy zero emissions equipment

New York makes $3M available for municipalities to buy zero emissions equipment
New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and grants. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says electric vehicles cost less to operate and are more energy efficient. Municipalities have until May 29, 2020 to apply for $2.5 million in total grants to... more

Wayne schools get $2.5 million to expand mental health services

Wayne schools get $2.5 million to expand mental health services
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $2.5 million to expand mental health services in five Wayne County school districts under a five-year demonstration project. Congressman John Katko, R-24 of Camilus, and Sodus Central School District Superintendent Nelson Kise announced the funding Wednesday. Besides Sodus, the demonstration project also includes the Lyons, Newark, North-Rose Wolcott and Clyde-Savannah school districts, and... more

‘BUILD LOCAL, HIRE LOCAL’: Gillibrand supports bill for infrastructure, local unions

‘BUILD LOCAL, HIRE LOCAL’: Gillibrand supports bill for infrastructure, local unions
The goal is local for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Infrastructure also offers a major opportunity to revitalize manufacturing jobs across the country, but using American-made products,” Gillibrand said Thursday to a crowd in Menands. Gillibrand returned home to the Capital Region to help further a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act.” “When you revitalize infrastructure, you want to make... more

New York Assembly Agriculture Chair tours local farms

New York Assembly Agriculture Chair tours local farms
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, chair of the state Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, toured several Cayuga County farms on Friday, where she had the chance to learn about some of the industry’s latest advancements and challenges. Lupardo, D-Endwell, visited Spruce Haven Farm, a 2,000 cow dairy farm in the town of Fleming that doubles as a research center, to learn how farmers work... more

NY money available for homes damaged by Lake Ontario floods

NY money available for homes damaged by Lake Ontario floods
Homeowners with property damage from flooding along Lake Ontario this year can apply for financial assistance from the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to $20 million is available for homeowners in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties. Homeowners can get up to $50,000 for flood damage to their primary residence. Aid to repair secondary... more

New York to be first to require disclosure of ingredients in tampons

New York to be first to require disclosure of ingredients in tampons
New York will become the first state to require the disclosure of ingredients in tampons and other menstrual products. The law was signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said menstrual products could contain toxic or allergy-causing chemicals unknown to consumers. The law takes effect in 180 days. Manufacturers of menstrual products, including pads and tampons, will then have... more

State Comptroller: Upstate Medical University paid for two presidents at the same time

State Comptroller: Upstate Medical University paid for two presidents at the same time
Central New York’s largest employer, Upstate Medical University, is being called out by the New York State Comptroller for paying high-level employees millions of dollars for work that can’t be accounted for, wasn’t useful or wasn’t good. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office conducted an audit of Upstate Medical University, which is part of the SUNY system, and reviewed work assignments and... more

Single-payer health care in NY? State lawmakers hear both sides at U of R

Single-payer health care in NY? State lawmakers hear both sides at U of R
Legislators from the New York State Legislature and State Assembly gathered at the University of Rochester to hear testimony for the New York Health Act, a bill that aims to bring single-payer health care to the state. The bill would create a health care system operated by New York State, at a cost one study from the RAND Corporation estimates... more

Gov. Cuomo directs DEC to sue IJC over Lake Ontario flooding

Cuomo directs DEC to sue IJC over Lake Ontario flooding
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is filing a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission for its mismanagement of Lake Ontario water levels that caused catastrophic damage to shoreline communities. As a direct result of the IJC’s mismanagement, extremely high water levels exacerbated damage to residences and businesses, swept away large swaths of... more

Coalition pushes for measure that would allow electric bikes, scooters on roadways

Advocates push for scooter bill across New York State
A coalition of 20 organizations that range from advocates for the environment, transportation, local government and business urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a measure that would pave the way for municipalities to allow electric bikes and scooters on their streets. The effort, led by the New York League of Conservation Voters, comes as the devices have become ubiquitous on... more

Lakefront residents hope for the best as New York State files suit against IJC

Lakefront residents hope for the best as New York State files suit against IJC
Sodus Point resident Tom Piekunka’s lakefront backyard has seen its share of flooding, both in 2017 and this year. It’s mostly dry now, that doesn’t mean the problems have dried up. “The ground isn’t steady, we’ve got different pressures pushing on the foundations,” Piekunka said. All of which, he says, is due to the high lake levels and mismanagement by the... more

Hornell receives $10 million for downtown revitalization

Hornell receives $10 million for downtown revitalization
New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that the City of Hornell has received a $10 million state grant to promote the revitalization of downtown Hornell. “With this funding Hornell has a great opportunity to enhance its downtown area and secure better quality of life for the residents, along with a more robust economic future for the region,” Governor Andrew... more

NY Senate Republicans report $251K in campaign cash

NY Senate Republicans report $251K in campaign cash
The campaign arm of the state Senate Republicans have $250,984 in cash on hand, according to a finance report made available following a state Senate primary in western New York to replace former Sen. Cathy Young. The conference reported $72,121 in July for its housekeeping account, where contributions are unlimited, but spending is restricted to office-related functions. The cash on... more

Cuomo calls vaping public health crisis after confirming first death in NYS (video)

Cuomo calls vaping public health crisis after confirming first death in NYS
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo made comments on the first vaping-associated death in New York. The death, involving a 17-year-old male from the Bronx, was reported to the State Department of Health. According to DOH, the deceased was previously hospitalized in early September with a vaping-associated respiratory illness. He was re-admitted in late September and passed away on October... more

Raise the Age: What’s working, what’s challenging, and what can help more teens

Raise the Age: What’s working, what’s challenging, and what can help more teens
It’s been about a year since part of the Raise the Age law was implemented in Monroe County and throughout New York State. It calls for 16-year-olds to be treated differently when they get into trouble with the law. Before the law was changed, teenagers were automatically sent into the adult criminal justice system and could be sent to adult... more

Lake Ontario flood survey by IJC up now for shoreline residents

Lake Ontario flood survey by IJC up now for shoreline residents
Property owners along Lake Ontario will now have an opportunity to share their input to the International Joint Commission, which is in charge of regulating the water levels. Homeowners along the shoreline are being encouraged to share details of the flood damage they experienced through a survey. The IJC and the Lake Ontario-Saint Lawrence River Control Board will use the... more
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