Thompson nursing home center of Snapchat state probe

The state Department of Health and state Office of the Attorney General are investigating an incident at the Thompson Health nursing home involving Snapchat. The probe centers on nursing home employees involved in sharing multimedia images and/or messages of a resident via Snapchat at Thompson’s M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. Snapchat mobile app allows users to share photos,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb talks policy inaction, gridlock (podcast)

New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) believes that there is still room for improvement and change. That is why he remains at his post. While frustration boils over regarding Albany’s corruption, Leader Kolb is looking at the ways in which policy can bring on change. To discuss those policy concepts, and talk about some recent news in... more

Dean Skelos guilty: Ex-NY senator, son convicted of bribery, extortion

A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges that they pressured businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support. A jury in federal court in Manhattan deliberated over the course of four days before reaching the verdict at the... more

Despite costly primary, Balter for Congress raises $263K in second quarter

Democratic candidate Dana Balter had to fend off a primary challenger, but she showed in the second quarter of 2018 that she can raise the money necessary to compete against Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race. Balter, D-Syracuse, raised $263,200 in the second quarter, according to her latest Federal Election Commission filing. The total represents... more

GOP Rep. John Katko criticizes Trump for defending Putin

U.S. Rep. John Katko joined a chorus of bipartisan lawmakers criticizing President Donald Trump for his comments regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference Monday in Finland. Trump said Putin denied Russia’s involvement in the cyber attacks, despite mounting evidence and investigations conducted by U.S. intelligence agencies. “He... more

Upstate Lyme disease doctor: Early treatment crucial, but diagnosis can be tricky

Lyme disease is treatable when caught early, and most patients recover fully, said Dr. Kristopher Paolino, an infectious disease expert at Upstate Medical University. “The thing with Lyme disease is, the earlier you catch it, the earlier you treat it, the better the outcomes,” Paolino said today. “There is concern that Lyme disease is a forever illness, and for the... more

What’s behind Canandaigua VA’s one-star rating?

Combat veteran Robert Van Keuren of Canandaigua wants answers. And action. He isn’t alone. With more than 60,000 veterans living in the Finger Lakes region, many are disturbed by the one-star rating recently revealed for nursing home care at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. The Canandaigua Living Center that provides nursing home care at the VA on Fort Hill Avenue... more

MANTIUS: DEC kills Crestwood’s plan to store LPG next to Seneca Lake

The state’s top environmental regulator on Thursday halted a controversial gas storage project proposed for caverns next to Seneca Lake, ending a fierce eight-year battle between midwestern fossil fuel interests and local residents and businesses. Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, announced that he has denied a subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners LP a permit... more

Recreational marijuana should be legalized, New York report concludes

New York could take in up to $678 million in tax revenue in a year if it legalizes marijuana for recreational use, according to a long-awaited report issued Friday by the state Department of Health. The state Health Department's 74-page report officially backed the legalization of marijuana, concluding that the "positive effects" outweigh the "potential negative effects." That conclusion was... more

Katko for Congress has $1.6M for re-election campaign against Dana Balter

With less than four months to go until Election Day, U.S. Rep. John Katko has a significant financial advantage over Democratic challenger Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District race. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $514,977 in the second quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign spent $153,859 from April 1 through June 30. At the end of the fundraising... more

Cornell researcher points to myriad causes of harmful algal blooms

Cornell University ecosystem scientist Dr. Robert Howarth thinks he may have an answer for why harmful algal blooms on the region's lakes last year were so bad, according to a presentation he gave to the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency Thursday. For background, Howarth explained that, until the past decade or so, the academic consensus around harmful algal blooms... more

Algal blooms continue on Cayuga Lake, beaches and Wells dock closed

Harmful algal blooms have already been identified on Cayuga Lake this summer and some beaches are currently closed as officials await water sample results. On July 5, a suspicious bloom was reported at the Wells College dock in Aurora and was sampled the same day by the Cayuga County Health Department. No mycrocystin toxin, one of the main worries with... more

Mitrano believes she can win in 23rd District

Tracy Mitrano, the winner of the crowded Democratic primary in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, is optimistic that recent enthusiasm among Democratic voter bases across the country — in particular what she’s seen in the 23rd — will help her against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, in November’s general election. “Among Democrats … there is a real recognition that... more

$16.2M in projects will transform Watkins Glen

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an unprecedented $16.2 million investment to further enhance Watkins Glen’s transformation into a world-class destination and cultural center – all part of his ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create opportunities for the Southern Tier. The projects announced today include $9.7 million for 14 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects throughout the village and the... more

Option avoids lake discharge into Keuka

If New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials give their approval to a new plan, the Switzerland Inn’s septic system will no longer discharge effluent through a pipe into Keuka Lake. Switzerland Inn owner Josh Trombley has been consulting with his engineer, Bill Grove of Naples, and a New Hampshire-based company, Presby, on a new design for a system... more

Big gap in 23rd District campaign coffers

Rep. Tom Reed has over $1 million more than his newly minted challenger, Democrat Tracy Mitrano, in campaign cash. Mitrano this week was declared the winner to face Republican incumbent Reed in November following a five-way Democratic primary. With fewer than 30 votes separating Mitrano and candidate Max Della Pia after the June 26 primary, Della Pia conceded the race... more

Rep. John Katko touts bipartisan record in first TV ad of 2018 race

U.S. Rep. John Katko launched his first television commercial of the 2018 campaign Thursday with a focus on his bipartisan record in Congress. The ad, titled “Making a Difference,” will air on central New York broadcast and cable stations. The cost of the commercial wasn’t disclosed by Katko’s campaign, but a spokesperson said it was a “significant” ad buy. The... more

Fight heats up against Lyme, other tick-borne illnesses

As the temperature rises, so does the battle against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. In Albany, the state Senate approved $1 million for research, education, prevention and treatment options and to fight the ongoing increase in the illnesses. Awaiting Assembly approval, the funding would be shared in the cause by Cornell University, New York State Association of County Health Officials,... more
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