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Another delay for Farmington solar project decision

Another delay for Farmington solar project decision
Once again the Smith family is looking at a delay in the planning board’s decision on whether a requested variances will be passed on the proposed 7.3 megawatt solar farm on their property. According to the minutes of the June 5th planning board meeting, Delaware River Solar will not have their Geotechnical report delivered to the planning for another six... more

IJC calls emergency meeting to talk lake levels

IJC calls emergency meeting to talk lake levels
Lake Ontario water levels could be going back to what they were in 1958. That’s if members of the International Joint Commission vote to approve a measure to suspend Plan 2014. The board members will convene an emergency meeting to discuss that, according to Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich. “My understanding is they’re going to introduce some agenda items, one of... more

Common ground on farm labor law in Albany?

Common ground on farm labor law?
Can state lawmakers find common ground on a proposed farm labor law? Hemdale Farms owner Dale Hemminger, who returned home to the Finger Lakes from Albany Wednesday with a busload of others who rallied at the state Capitol, said he thinks so. Hemminger was among more than 300 farm owners and workers from across the state who joined with the... more

NY Senate passes infant recovery centers for drug withdrawal

NY Senate passes infant recovery centers for drug withdrawal
In a unanimous vote, the state Senate passed a bill that would require the commissioner of health to create at least four infant recovery centers. The centers would be placed in areas of need for infants suffering from drug withdrawal due to the mother’s use. The bill states that infants would get better, more cost-efficient help through the weeks-long process.... more

Waterloo Village Board ends stipend for non-use of health insurance

Waterloo Village Board ends stipend for non-use of health insurance
This Seneca County village has six elected officials. They have been eligible for health insurance through the village, if they so choose. If they decline the insurance, they have been given a $250-a-month stipend. The Village Board voted 3-0 Monday to eliminate the stipend, effective July 1. Trustees Les Marquart, Gina Suffredini and John Butlak voted in favor. Mayor Jack... more

Auburn mayoral candidate may sue city after winter arrest

Auburn mayoral candidate may sue city after winter arrest
An Auburn mayoral candidate may file a lawsuit against the Auburn Police Department, claiming he was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned. Brett Tracy II, 23, a candidate in Auburn's upcoming Republican mayoral primary race, has filed a notice of claim against the city, saying he was harassed and assaulted by Auburn police officers last winter in their response to a noise... more

Cuomo says lawmakers should face primaries if session ends on disappointing note

Cuomo says lawmakers should face primaries if session ends on disappointing note
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned state lawmakers that they should finish session with a package of progressive measures accomplished or face potential primaries next year. Cuomo wants the Legislature to legalize gestational surrogacy and strengthen rent control laws. At the same time, Cuomo listed extending access to driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and marijuana legalization as well as the Equal Rights... more

Fayette board to debate elected vs. appointed highway superintendent

Fayette board to debate elected vs. appointed highway superintendent
Should the town highway superintendent be an elected or appointed position? Town voters may decide that question if the Town Board votes Thursday to put that to a referendum in November. The position has been elected throughout the town’s history. Currently, all highway superintendents in Seneca County are elected. Also on Thursday’s agenda are an agreement with MRB Group for... more

Legislators divided over ‘Sanctuary State’ in Yates County

Legislators divided over ‘Sanctuary State’
A thorny national subject became the subject of debate among Yates County Legislators Monday with the introduction of a resolution opposing a State Senate Bill prohibiting detention of individuals based only on the violation of federal immigration laws. In spite of remarks from eight county residents objecting, nine legislators supported the resolution which opposes making New York a “sanctuary state.”... more

Auburn police share results of second community survey

Auburn police share results of second community survey
Residents who participated in the Auburn Police Department’s second community survey consider illegal drugs and traffic issues the most significant public safety concerns. APD Chief Shawn Butler said the department wants to use the feedback in the survey to guide the department to accreditation with New York state. The Citizen: Read More more

NY Senate, Assembly reach deal on rent reform bills

NY Senate, Assembly reach deal on rent reform bills
New York Senate and Assembly leaders said they reached a deal Tuesday afternoon to pass a sweeping package of rent reforms that will offer the strongest tenant protections in state history. “We are finalizing this legislation and we will be issuing a joint statement with additional details when it is complete,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said in a statement.... more

Farmers call for marijuana to be legalized

New York farmers: Legalize marijuana so we can grow it
New York farmers are hoping marijuana could be their next cash crop. The New York Farm Bureau issued a memo Monday backing a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in New York, which lawmakers are considering before they end their annual session June 19. The bill, which is struggling to gain enough support in the Democrat-led Senate, includes... more

Legislators, county clerks oppose bill to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants

Chorus of opposition to licenses for undocumented immigrants
Senator Pam Helming recently joined county clerks and law enforcement officials in opposition to plans to force local county clerks to issue state driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The legislation would permit illegal immigrants to apply for standard driver’s licenses using foreign identification, leaving county clerks and employees at local Departments of Motor Vehicles unable to verify authenticity. This legislation... more

Survey: New Yorkers back legal pot, not immigrant licenses

Survey: New Yorkers back legal pot, not immigrant licenses
A newly published poll from Siena College shows New York state residents strongly support legalizing recreational marijuana but not legislation that would permit driver’s licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. Those two issues are among the highest-profile items on lawmakers’ to-do list before they adjourn for the year next week. The survey published on Monday indicates 55% of... more

Some lawmakers want to decriminalize prostitution in New York

Some lawmakers want to decriminalize prostitution in New York
A group of Democratic lawmakers in Albany want to decriminalize prostitution. A new bill introduced Monday would change the state’s penal code to effectively allow consenting adults to engage in sex work without the threat of prosecution. The change is being pushed by lawmakers and advocates that say the state’s current laws create an unsafe environment for sex workers and... more

Customs says hack exposed traveler, license plate images

Customs says hack exposed traveler, license plate images
Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a “major privacy breach.” The federal agency did not name the subcontractor whose computer network was hacked, but the announcement followed news that a Tennessee-based company that... more

Cuomo pledges $300M for Lake Ontario REDI plan to address shoreline flooding

Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI Commission on Monday in Rochester – promising upwards of $300 million to improve infrastructure along Lake Ontario. @NYGovCuomo kicking off the multi-agency Resiliency & Economic Development Initiative (REDI) in Rochester taking a proactive investment approach to the environmental challenge at Lake Ontario pic.twitter.com/DJINZfM7EE — Matthew... more
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