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Upstate jail populations declining, but sheriffs say costs will not follow suit

Upstate jail populations declining, but sheriffs say costs will not follow suit
Even if prisoner count stays low at county jails across New York – it’s unlikely that cost-savings will be realized. “If you have one person in a cell block or 20, you need the same number of officers” to maintain security, said Peter Kehoe, director of the New York State Sheriffs Association. Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed bail reform legislation last... more

O’Mara, Helming co-sponsor legislation to create contraband plan for prisons

O’Mara, Helming co-sponsor legislation to create contraband plan for prisons
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) is co-sponsoring legislation that would require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to establish a multi-faceted “Contraband Screening Plan” in New York’s correctional facilities. State Senator Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua) is co-sponsor on the legislation. O’Mara is joining his Finger Lakes colleague, Senator Pamela Helming (R,C,I-Canandaigua), in sponsoring the measure (S162) to improve prison... more

Public hearing held in Albany over plastic bag ban as stores phase out single-use

Public hearing held in Albany over plastic bag ban as stores phase out single-use
Public hearings were held in Albany on Monday regarding a plastic bag ban, which goes into effect next month. The change will be fully-implemented across New York State on March 1st. Members of the American Progressive Bag Alliance say they wish these conversations happened before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last spring, according to WHEC-TV. “Certainly you’re going to... more

Redemption center in Auburn paused for traffic study

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Officials in Auburn want to see a traffic study before they take action on a proposed bottle redemption center on Lexington Avenue and Genesee Street. The Auburn Citizen reports that the city’s ZBA unanimously decided to postpone any action until the study was completed. A drive-through redemption center has been proposed for the location at 6 Lexington Avenue. Anthony Tardibone... more

Congressional task force continues push to save MiLB baseball teams like Doubledays

Congressional task force continues push to save MiLB baseball teams like Doubledays
Members of Congress are throwing their support behind local baseball. Several Minor League Baseball teams are at risk of being eliminated under a plan, which was originally published by the New York Times in 2019. The Auburn Doubledays are among the teams that would lose their Major League ties severed. The resolution was introduced by Representatives Mike Simpson (R-NY), Max... more

Cuomo wants to speed up investigations into sexual predators online

Cuomo wants to speed up investigations into sexual predators online
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make investigation into sexual predators online faster, and easier for law enforcement. He’s proposing a bill that would allow State Police Superintendent to issue administrative subpoenas, streamlining the process during investigations. “We must do everything possible to protect our children and to put a stop to the shocking pervasiveness of online sexual abuse,” Governor Cuomo... more

Barclay names Palmesano to Assembly leadership post

Barclay names Palmesano to Assembly leadership post
The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier gained a little extra traction in Albany, as Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay chose Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to serve as Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference. The new leadership post will take hold immediately. “I’m grateful to Leader Barclay for the trust and confidence he has placed in me. I look forward... more

Democrats seek to make New York among the most-lenient when it comes to marijuana possession

Democrats seek to make New York among the most-lenient when it comes to marijuana possession
A bill proposed in Albany could make New York one of the most-lenient when it comes to marijuana possession. The bill is sponsored by two Democrats: state Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes. It would allow anyone over 21 to have three ounces of marijuana on their person. A competing proposal from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo would only allow... more

Ontario County Conservative Party recommends no endorsement in controversial race for NY27

Ontario County Conservative Party recommends no endorsement in controversial race for NY27
The Ontario County Conservative party says they are opting to not endorse any candidate in the controversial special election for Congressional District 27. The seat was vacated last fall by Former Congressman Chris Collins. He pleaded guilty in an insider trading case, which prompted the resignation. State Senator Chris Jacobs, a Republican, was endorsed by party chairs throughout the district.... more

Mayor Fremouw gives update on progress in village of Clyde

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Village officials in Clyde are looking forward to a successful 2020, after they navigated a 2019 filled with accomplished goals. “Our Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of some upgrades and repairs. Some of the updates are a result of unfunded mandates from NYS Department of Conservation,” Mayor Jerry Fremouw said. “The Village has applied and received a total... more

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make the state’s fracking ban permanent by enshrining it in law earned due praise last week from a bandwagon of environmentalists. Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, called it “exactly the right thing to do.” Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo (right)  touted the governor’s “real environmental and climate change leadership.” more

Steuben County leading the way through shared services planning

Steuben County leading the way through shared services planning
While some counties are dragging their feet with the Shared Services Initiative put forward by Governor Andrew Cuomo a couple years ago – Steuben County isn’t taking that approach. On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented its shared services plan to the public. The new plan has a three year term, and will continue sharing a variety of services between... more

State bill would offer domestic violence training to beauty professionals

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If a new bill is approved it would place the cosmetology industry on the front lines of domestic violence prevention. The bill would amend the general business law, and provide beauty industry professionals the option to take a domestic violence and sexual assault training course when they renew their license. That option isn’t available at the moment. Senate Bill S96,... more

CNY Leadership Institute gives residents training to run for office

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Want to get involved in local politics? Want to simply be more informed about the process to get elected? Whether you’re eying a local school board, or looking to run for Congress – the Central New York Political Leadership Institute is launching its 11th annual eight week program to provide training to individuals on how to navigate the political process.... more

Mitrano says major shift necessary in healthcare as listening tour stops in Geneva

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During the final leg of her five-city healthcare crisis listening tour Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano issued a campaign promise and publicly commented on Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-23) contemplation of a run for governor. Vying once again to represent the 23rd District, Mitrano challenged Reed in a rematch from 2018 for the coveted seat in Congress ahead of 2020. more

Farmington, Ontario County brace for impact of cuts to VLT funding

Loss of VLT funds would deal heavy blow to both Farmington, Ontario County
Officials in Ontario County are concerned about the loss of Video Lottery Terminal funds. The town of Farmington and Ontario County will both lose out on the funding, as part of the 2021 fiscal budget. Currently, Ontario County and the Town of Farmington receive a portion of the proceeds of wagers placed on video lottery terminals (VLT) at Finger Lakes... more

Jacobs endorsed by Republican chairs in 27th District for special election

Jacobs endorsed by Republican chairs in 27th District for special election
Republicans officially have a candidate in the race for the 27th Congressional District in Western New York. That district includes part of Ontario County; and will see a special election this spring. The Republican chairs of the 27th District endorsed State Sen. Chris Jacobs for the seat. It was held by Chris Collins until his resignation in 2019 ahead of... more

Upstate casinos haven’t been billed by NYS for $13M in fees, per Comptroller’s audit

Upstate casinos haven’t been billed by NYS for $13M in fees, per Comptroller’s audit
There are still a lot of unpaid fees among New York’s casinos. Specifically, the four casinos opened in Upstate New York owe a total of $13 million in fees. An audit, which was reported earlier this month by The Buffalo News, highlighted the issues that Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found. The costs to regulate casinos in New York State is supposed... more
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