Category: Politics

Cuomo proposes major change to partial unemployment system

Cuomo proposes major change to partial unemployment system

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to boost partial Unemployment Insurance benefits to New Yorkers who return to work part-time as part of the 2021 State of the State. The plan will ensure unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not ... MORE
Lawmakers call for vaccine hearing to determine issues with rollout in New York

Lawmakers call for vaccine hearing to determine issues with rollout in New York

Lawmakers are calling for a public hearing to address concerns about distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne requested that the hearing be held by the Local Governments and Health committees. “We have an obligation to convene ... MORE
Municipal broadband in the works for town of Dryden

Municipal broadband in the works for town of Dryden

A community in Tompkins County is working on bringing municipal broadband to town. It’s the town of Dryden and an undertaking that started in 2019 is continuing. The Tompkins Weekly reports that the goal, according to local officials, is to bring fiber ... MORE
WATCH: Gov. Cuomo holds Monday press briefing on COVID-19 response (video)

WATCH: Gov. Cuomo holds Monday press briefing on COVID-19 response (video)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his Monday press briefing, which included news that New York State would seek to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine directly from Pfizer ... MORE
Auburn businessman announces bid for Cayuga County Legislature

Auburn businessman announces bid for Cayuga County Legislature

An Auburn businessman is running for Cayuga County Legislature. Brian Muldrow will seek the nomination for the District 15 seat, according to The Citizen. That covers a portion of the city of Auburn. The incumbent, Ryan Foley has not announced whether he ... MORE
Cuomo takes aim at smart devices that can record, wants clear warnings on them

Cuomo takes aim at smart devices that can record, wants clear warnings on them

Over the weekend Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to require companies to prominently disclose information about devices that can record and retain and transmit recordings, such as smartphones, smart speakers and smart TVs. The Governor will propose legislation requiring the disclosure ... MORE
Rallies don’t materialize in Albany, security remains enhanced through this week

Rallies don’t materialize in Albany, security remains enhanced through this week

Law enforcement was ready over the weekend for any rallies or protests that could have turned violent in New York’s capitol. That said, it didn’t materialize. Barricades were set up and multiple layers of fencing ensured that people could not get too ... MORE
CAPITOL CONNECTION: Inauguration Day approaches, heightened security around the

CAPITOL CONNECTION: Inauguration Day approaches, heightened security around the U.S.

Last week National News Editor Gabriel Pietrorazio launched a brand new newsletter, aimed at keeping FingerLakes1.com readers informed about what was happening in Washington, D.C. In light of the attacks on the Capitol, the newsletter was more necessary than ever before. But ... MORE
60 units of senior housing could be coming to vacant Sennett property

60 units of senior housing could be coming to vacant Sennett property

New senior housing could be coming to the town of Sennett in Cayuga County. The Auburn Citizen reports that officials will hear from the public, and could move forward with a zoning change at a hearing scheduled next week. The 60-unit senior ... MORE
Auburn native tapped to be part of Biden’s State Department

Auburn native nominated to be part of Joe Biden’s State Department

An Auburn native was selected to a role with the State Department in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Brian P. McKeon was nominated to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources. He graduated from Auburn High School. He is a long-time foreign policy ... MORE
Another round of stimulus checks are coming: Biden promises total of $2,000

Another round of stimulus checks are coming: Biden promises total of $2,000

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his first major legislative action upon taking office on January 20th at a televised address on Thursday. In it he unveiled plans to focus additional relief for Americans struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. He says getting $2,000 ... MORE
New York will likely get the federal money it needs to balance budget

New York will likely get the federal money it needs to balance budget

Good news came on Thursday following President-elect Joe Biden’s speech on the economy and specific relief he aims to get passed within his first days in office. State officials are staring down staggering economic costs associated with the pandemic. At this point, ... MORE
WATCH: All four days of Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Addresses

WATCH: All four days of Gov. Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address (video)

This week Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave four days worth of State of the State addresses. While his first speech gave a broad overview of his agenda for 2021 – the three days that followed were more specific – tackling specific policy segments ... MORE
Biden to push $2,000 stimulus checks, unemployment extension immediately

Biden to push $2,000 stimulus checks, unemployment extension immediately

President-elect Joe Biden will unveil a new round of stimulus relief checks that he aims to push out on Day #1 of his administration. It will be a narrowly focused relief package, which would increase the direct payments to Americans making less ... MORE
Procedural Error Forced City of Geneva To Reschedule Police Review Board Public Hearing

Procedural error forces Geneva City Council to reschedule PRB public hearing

The City of Geneva has been struggling with consideration of a Police Review Board (PRB) public law for months. Geneva City Council previously held a nearly three-hour public hearing on the initial Police Accountability Board (PAB) proposal on September 22nd. Since then, ... MORE