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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Teamsters rep says prolonged process a ‘massive failure’ for Wayne County

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Teamsters rep says prolonged process a ‘massive failure’ for Wayne County
According to Chris Toole, of Teamsters Local 118 — based out of Rochester — one group of local law enforcement officers are desperate for parity. This week, Toole sat down in-studio to discuss ongoing negotiations between the deputies of Wayne County and County Government — who he says walked away from the table recently. While additional meetings are set to... more

Cayuga County appoints new county attorney, DPW, emergency management heads

Cayuga County appoints new county attorney, DPW, emergency management heads
At a busy last meeting of the year, the Cayuga County Legislature appointed three department heads and expanded the leadership team at the new Department of Public Works. Acting County Attorney Christopher M. Palermo, Esq. was appointed County Attorney for the balance of his predecessor’s term through December 31, 2019. Following a long career as a firefighter and public safety... more

New York lawmakers’ big pay raise subject of lawsuit

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A pay raise for New York lawmakers that will give them the highest state legislative salaries in the nation is being challenged in court. The Government Justice Center filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the legality of a panel’s vote last week to raise lawmakers’ pay for the first time in 20 years. The conservative legal advocacy group claims pay raises... more

US to cancel $150 million in student loan debt. Is yours one of them?

US to cancel $150 million in student loan debt. Is yours one of them?
The Education Department said Thursday it will cancel $150 million in federal student loan debt, despite Secretary Betsy DeVos’ efforts to overhaul the Obama-era policy. The decision will affect hundreds of borrowers in the Rochester area, including students at the now closed Everest Institute. When Everest abruptly shut its doors in April 2015, 462 full- and part-time students who had... more

Comptroller says landfills cost local government big over time

Dinapoli: Landfills cost local government big over time
Local governments that own landfills face nearly $300 million in estimated long-term costs for their active and closed landfills, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Much of these costs are associated with the decades-long monitoring and maintenance required to prevent waste and contaminants from seeping into groundwater. “Owning a landfill can generate significant revenues,... more

It’s on for 2020: Mitrano, McMurray plan runs

It’s on for 2020: Mitrano, McMurray plan runs
The 2018 election flipped the House of Representatives from red to blue. The “Blue Wave” didn’t include Democratic congressional candidates Tracy Mitrano and Nate McMurray, but their loss in contested races against Republican incumbents didn’t dampen their drive. On to 2020. That’s when a presidential race will drive voters to the polls in droves — and once again, House seats... more

How U.S. tariffs are hurting New York farms and businesses

How U.S. tariffs are hurting New York farms and businesses
Edged between cornfields in the largely rural community of Marathon, a company with millions of dollars invested in high-tech cutting and forming machines produces components for some of America’s largest manufacturers. Square Deal Machining in Cortland County makes steel enclosures for military electronics, screws for aerospace and metal pieces for one of the nation’s foremost tent makers. Business has rarely... more

After new infestation found on Cayuga Lake, experts warn of hydrilla spreading

After new infestation found on Cayuga Lake, experts warn of hydrilla spreading
A new infestation of hydrilla, an invasive species of plant that can choke waterways with its rapid growth, was found on Cayuga Lake in October, prompting experts Wednesday to warn about the plant’s ability to spread. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes the aquatic plant as “the world’s worst invasive plant,” largely for its extreme ability to reproduce. Like... more

Critics of Moravia’s decision to end youth program speak at meeting

Critics of Moravia’s decision to end youth program speak at meeting
Two community members addressed the Moravia school district about the recently discontinued summer recreation program. Meara Sabin and Erica Heim separately spoke about the program at a district board of education meeting Wednesday. The town of Moravia voted to stop maintaining the program at a council meeting last month. Town supervisor Terry Baxter asked the board to consider having the... more

Gov. Cuomo launches child care task force

Gov. Cuomo launches child care task force
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has announced the start of a child care availability task force. The group, comprised of representatives from the child care provider community, the advocacy community, representatives of the business community, unions that represent child care providers, representatives from several state agencies and local departments of social services, will develop recommendations to make quality, affordable child care... more

Supervisors ponder ‘Water & Sewer Authority’ while looking for consensus in 2019 (video)

Board of Supervisors hold December meeting in Waterloo (video)
It was the last regular session of the calendar year; and it’s been an active one for the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. While the supervisors will have a couple special sessions before the end of the year to take care of some clerical items – the lion share of legislating has concluded. Board Chairman Bob Shipley (R-Waterloo) said it... more

O’Mara says he will reintroduce two pieces of legislation aimed at working together

O’Mara says he will reintroduce two pieces of legislation aimed at working together
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today said that he would reintroduce legislation in 2019 to establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” and “Solar Panel Collection Act.” “These measures exemplify how much we can accomplish by working together with industry on important environmental concerns. Seeking common ground and cooperation, rather than government cramming unreasonable demands down the throat of industry,... more

Sen. O’Mara weighs in on pay raises for legislators in NY

Sen. O’Mara weighs in on pay raises for legislators in NY
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today rejected the New York State Compensation Committee’s report calling for a three-year, phased-in pay increase of roughly 63% for state legislators while also making the state Legislature a full-time occupation by capping a legislator’s ability to earn an income outside of legislative work. The panel earlier this week recommended increasing the base pay... more

Downtown PY Revitalization Committee to meet December 13th

Downtown PY Revitalization Committee to meet December 13th
The Penn Yan Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee (LPC) will have its second meeting at the Penn Yan Fire Dept., 125 Elm St., Penn Yan, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. The LPC will finalize the goals and vision for the Penn Yan Downtown Revitalization Initiative, start to develop strategies to support the vision and goals, and discuss... more

Republican leadership says ‘pay commission’ has overstepped with lawmakers raises

Republican leadership says ‘pay commission’ has overstepped with lawmakers raises
The commission on compensation of state elected officials “significantly overstepped” when it approved pay raises for state lawmakers and a cap on their outside income, Republican Senate leader John Flanagan said in a statement. “The committee was never tasked with making any determination on that matter, and should not have made one. By doing so, they alone are deciding who... more

Cayuga County Legislature committee tentatively approves CCC project plan

Cayuga County Legislature committee tentatively approves CCC project plan
A Cayuga County legislative committee Tuesday tentatively acknowledged a capital project plan from Cayuga Community College, a necessary step before the plan can be submitted as a budget request to the state. The Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved a resolution acknowledging the college’s plan for more than $6 million worth of capital projects to support workforce development, childcare... more

After Schoharie limo crash, bill targets regulation and aims to tighten it

After Schoharie limo crash, bill targets regulation and aims to tighten it
New legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would change the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s requirements for retrofitted limousines. Current law allows more lenient safety requirements for re-sold vehicles when compared to vehicles sold as new. Requirements for seat belts or exit areas are different, especially as some limousines purchased second hand may become altered or expanded to... more

Seeking relief from high gas prices in Penn Yan

Seeking relief from high gas prices in Penn Yan
A former Yates County Legislator’s complaints about high gas prices in Penn Yan could lead to a meeting between the legislature’s finance committee and local gasoline retailers. Jack Clancy told legislators Dec. 10 even though the national gasoline price is down 30 cents per gallon, in Penn Yan it has only declined 10 cents. “I don’t know if it’s the... more
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