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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the role of political ads during election season

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the role of political ads during election season
What is the role of a modern election ad? It’s a tricky question to answer, especially since most are geared toward generating negative buzz about a particular candidate. Last week the Auburn Citizen reported on an ad, which hit airwaves earlier in the week – featuring John Walsh, creator of the hit TV series ‘America’s Most Wanted’. His ad supported... more

Upstate NY hospitals would suffer from federal funding cuts, Schumer says

Upstate NY hospitals would suffer from federal funding cuts, Schumer says
Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for a federal prescription pricing program to be maintained for rural hospitals after plans were announced that would cut funding. The cuts are being proposed for the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which assists hospitals in prescribing prescription medication for low-income patients at reduced costs. When the hospitals prescribe the medications, they can file the transaction... more

THE DEBRIEF: Election headlines, campaign ads, and victory odds ahead of Election Day (podcast)

WATCH LIVE AT 10 AM: Ted Baker in-studio to talk election news on Debrief Pod
What’s the latest on local, regional, and state elections? Voters are only a few weeks away from #Decision2018; and while a lot of focus has been on national issues – some seriously close races have been forming over the last several months. Some of those have even been local. This week on The Debrief Podcast FL1 News Director Josh Durso... more

Molinaro says he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Cuomo faces charges

Molinaro says he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Cuomo faces charges
Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Gov. Andrew Cuomo is charged with a crime as a result of an ongoing FBI investigation into campaign contributions from a Hudson Valley health care organization. During a meeting Thursday with reporters and editors at syracuse.com, Molinaro said he expects the federal investigation eventually to result in... more

Helming secures $500K for for water and sewer upgrades in Wayne Co.

Helming secures $500K for for water and sewer upgrades in Wayne Co.
Senator Pam Helming announced that she has secured a total of $500,000 for the Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority to upgrade the infrastructure that serves residents throughout Wayne County. A $250,000 grant will support the construction of a regional water storage facility, while another $250,000 grant will support the construction of a regional wastewater treatment facility. Both funding requests... more

Auburn City Council picks firm to design landfill-replacing transfer station

Auburn City Council picks firm to design landfill-replacing transfer station
The Auburn City Council Thursday approved the hiring of an Albany engineering firm to design a transfer station as a preemptive move to prepare for the eventual closure of the city-owned landfill. In a unanimous 4-0 vote, with one absence, the council approved the hiring of Barton & Loguidice to provide engineering services for the project, the total cost of... more

Helming hosts summit for volunteer firefighters at FLCC

Helming hosts summit for volunteer firefighters at FLCC
Senator Pam Helming brought together more than 50 representatives of volunteer fire departments from throughout the Wayne-Finger Lakes region for her Volunteer Firefighter Summit on Thursday, September 20th at Finger Lakes Community College. Officials from the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York also joined in the discussion, which centered around legislation and funding to support volunteer firefighters as... more

How Cuomo’s campaign war chest became one of the nation’s largest

How Cuomo’s campaign war chest became one of the nation’s largest
Halmar International did not have a state construction contract since 1988. But that soon changed. The Nanuet, Rockland County-based construction firm started to donate to Andrew Cuomo’s election campaigns. It gave $10,000 just prior to Cuomo’s first win in 2010, and $135,000 overall in his eight years in office. The company has since landed $236 million in state construction projects, plus a multitude of... more

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas
New York state is seeking bids for redeveloping the more than two dozen service areas along the 570-mile Thruway system. The Thruway Authority on Tuesday announced that has issued a request for proposals to make improvements at 27 travel plazas through public-private partnerships. The agency says the plan calls for offering a more diverse selection of food and beverage options,... more

Supervisors delay vote on meal delivery in Wayne County

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Monica Deyo said there are times when the numbers don’t tell the whole story. The Meals-on-Wheels program is a perfect example, the former Marion town supervisor told the Wayne County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. Deyo and a host of other people associated with Home Meal Service, which has delivered meals to the county’s homebound residents for 45 years, urged... more

What NYers send to Washington is much more than they get back

What NYers send to Washington is much more than they get back
New Yorkers sent $24 billion more in tax payments to Washington than it got back in federal spending last fiscal year, one of nearly a dozen states that get less from the federal government than it puts in. Those were the findings of a report released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli amid ongoing tension between New York and the Trump administration over... more

House Republicans launch $645K ad campaign against Dana Balter

House Republicans launch $645K ad campaign against Dana Balter
The national campaign committee for House Republicans has decided to spend $645,000 to help Rep. John Katko in an increasingly expensive election against Democrat Dana Balter. Until Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee had stayed out of the 24th Congressional District election and allocated resources to help vulnerable Republicans in competitive races across the country. But the NRCC decided to begin an aggressive... more

Regulators investigating compliance after bus crash that killed Cornell alumna

Regulators investigating compliance after bus crash that killed Cornell alumna
Federal investigators are reviewing an Ithaca bus company’s compliance with transportation regulations after its bus crashed on the way to New York City on Sunday night, killing a Cornell alumna and injuring several passengers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week opened a compliance investigation into Big Red Bullet, the Ithaca-based private charter bus company whose bus veered off... more

Cayuga County committee advances DPW plan to full Legislature

Cayuga County committee advances DPW plan to full Legislature
A Cayuga County Legislature committee Tuesday approved a resolution to create a unified Department of Public Works to manage all the county’s facilities. The Legislature’s Ways and Means committee approved the resolution to combine the county’s Highway Department, Buildings and Grounds Department, Parks and Trails, and the county sealer of the Weights and Measures into one department. The resolution will... more

Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads

Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads
The campaigns for the region’s two Republican incumbent state senators are well ahead of their Democratic challengers just weeks away from election day, according to state Board of Election filings. Republican State Sen. Pam Helming, who is seeking her second two-year term after succeeding longtime state Sen. Mike Nozzolio in the 54th District, had $146,515, according to filings due Oct.... more

State funding will help complete Wharton Studio Museum in Ithaca

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State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) will join representatives of the Wharton Studio Museum and Friends of Stewart Park, and City of Ithaca officials, to announce new state funding to assist the development and completion of the Wharton Studio Museum and Park Visitor Center in Ithaca’s Stewart Park. O’Mara secured the funding as part of the 2018-2019 New York State... more

Helming, Baldridge debate showcasing differing governing styles

Helming, Baldridge debate showcasing differing governing styles
While the 54th New York Senate District candidates generally agreed on many issues, a battle of governing style arose during the candidate debate held at Cayuga Community College on Tuesday. Two years ago, incumbent Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, vied for the Senate seat against Kenan Baldridge and Floyd Rayburn. Baldridge, the Democratic candidate from the town of Rose, has come back... more

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters
New court-ordered rules designed to control manure runoff from dairy farms into streams and lakes won’t apply to the vast majority of the state’s large industrial farms because roughly 230 of them recently began exploiting a permitting loophole, records show. The towns of Auburn and Owasco have been the first to spotlight the statewide rules-dodging tactic because farming waste has... more
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