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Lawmakers, NYSUT respond critically to Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal

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When the dust settled on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 spending plan, which lawmakers will now debate furiously before the budget is passed in April – some local lawmakers voiced concerns with the proposals inside it. Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) warned that Cuomo’s proposed state budget charts a course for the future of New York that could leave state and... more

Cuomo’s plan for Medicaid includes incentives for savings to local government, more cost if expenditures rise

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Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his vision for changes to the Medicaid program in New York, which has created a shortfall of more than $2 billion for the upcoming budget process. While local officials around the region were worried that Cuomo might push to undo an agreement made in years past, which ensured that the state would pay for any excess... more

Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%

Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%
Enrollment at community colleges is declining. Across the U.S., and also across New York State. Between 2010 and 2019, a report by the Times Union in Albany shows that enrollment has declined by 23 percent at SUNY community colleges. It’s creating a crisis; not only in the operational sense, but in terms of cash – as less enrollment means less... more

Jim Kelly faces backlash after endorsing Republican candidate for NY-27

Jim Kelly faces backlash after endorsing Republican candidate for NY-27
A Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer is facing some backlash after making a political proclamation on social media over the weekend. Jim Kelly, who resides in the 27th Congressional District, endorsed Beth Parlatoon on Saturday. “Jill and I are supporting @BethForCongress,” Kelly wrote on Twitter. “Our daughters grew up together; we know her and trust her to stand for what... more

Rochester Diocese moves to close window for sex abuses claims this summer

Rochester Diocese moves to close window for sex abuses claims this summer
The Rochester Catholic Diocese has filed a motion to set August 13th, 2020 as the deadline to file sex abuse claims. The diocese has filed for bankruptcy amid dozens of claims filed by survivors of abuse as part of the Child Victims Act. If the motion is approved – August 13th would be the final date for claims to be... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating the state of Upstate economy, ending the pledge, and more (podcast)

WATCH LIVE NOW: Debating the state of Upstate economy, ending the pledge, and more (podcast)
What were the biggest stories of the week in the Finger Lakes? There are several that have people talking, and this week on Episode #60 of The Debrief Podcast, Ted Baker, Jackie Augustine, and Josh Durso are in-studio breaking it all down. Topics for discussion this week include: – A recent appointment by the Cuomo Administration to the Committee on... more

Amerks lose seventh straight after 4-1 loss to Bears

Amerks lose seventh straight after 4-1 loss to Bears
In a meeting between the American Hockey League’s two oldest teams, the Hershey Bears (25-13-2-3) scored three times in the third period on their way to a 4-1 win over the Rochester Americans (21-13-2-4) Sunday in the weekend finale at Giant Center. The matchup, which was the 460th all-time meeting among the league’s cornerstone franchises, results in a season split for... more

Pier 1 Imports will close three locations in region

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Pier 1 Imports is closing a number of stores, and several locations in the Finger Lakes will be included. Earlier it was reported that the Pier 1 store in Ithaca would close. At the time, the company announced that around half of its 942 locations would be closed. Then this week it was confirmed that locations in Greece and Henrietta... more

Sabres assign Asplund, Pilut and Wilson to Rochester

Sabres assign Asplund, Pilut and Wilson to Rochester
With the Buffalo Sabres on their bye week, the team announced this morning that forwards Rasmus Asplund and Scott Wilson, and defenseman Lawrence Pilut have been assigned to the Rochester Americans (AHL). The Sabres won’t play again until Jan. 28 against Ottawa at KeyBank Center while the Amerks have four games during that time. Rochester’s next match is tonight in Hershey at 5 p.m. Read more from... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the Finger Lakes Land Trust and conservation in the region (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the Finger Lakes Land Trust and conservation in the region (podcast)
What does the Finger Lakes Land Trust do? That’s a question the newsroom has gotten a number of times over the years. This week a conversation with Andy Zepp. He’s the executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, who works as a conservation advocate in the region. The Land Trust was founded in 1989 to protect forests, farmlands, gorges,... more

Amerks continue to struggle, fall 4-0 to Phantoms

Amerks continue to struggle, fall 4-0 to Phantoms
The Rochester Americans (21-12-2-4) fell into a two-goal deficit midway through the first period against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (18-19-1-4) and could not muster any offense as they suffered a 4-0 defeat Saturday night at the PPL Center. Despite the loss, the Amerks show a 16-9-1-3 record over their last 29 games dating back to Nov. 1, earning points in... more

RIT falls 5-3 at Arizona State

RIT falls 5-3 at Arizona State
Senior forward Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads) scored twice as the RIT men’s hockey team (11-10-3-0, 7-6-3-0-1) lost 5-3 at No. 14 Arizona State (15-8-3, 0-0-0), 5-3 Saturday evening. Sophomore forward Kobe Walker (Lloydminster, Alberta/Lloydminster Bobcats) built off his previous night’s performance by putting RIT on the board a little more than six minutes into the first period. He managed to get past the ASU defense off a... more

Amerks fall in shootout to Monsters, 4-3

Amerks fall in shootout to Monsters, 4-3
The Rochester Americans (21-11-2-4) tied Friday’s contest against the Cleveland Monsters (18-19-1-2) late in regulation, but fell short of the come-from-behind win as the Amerks dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout at The Blue Cross Arena to open a three-game weekend. The matchup was the fourth between the North Division rivals this season with all four games having been... more

RIT falls 6-1 at Arizona State

RIT falls 6-1 at Arizona State
Sophomore forward Kobe Walker (Lloydminster, Alberta/Lloydminster Bobcats) tallied the Tigers lone goal, as the RIT (11-9-3, 7-6-3-0-1) men’s hockey team suffered a 6-1 loss at No. 14 Arizona State University (14-8-3, 0-0-0) Friday evening. ASU got on the board first as Sophomore forward Jordan Sandhu scored off an assist from Johnny Walker following an interception. RIT evened the score in the second period off a goal from Walker.... more

Four hospitalized after three-car wreck, police chase in Macedon

Pursuit begins in Macedon, ends in three-car wreck in Perinton
Four people were taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash in the town of Perinton, which started as an attempted traffic stop in the town of Macedon. The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. on Route 31 near Blackwatch Trail. Police say that one of the vehicles involved in the crash was being pursued by Macedon Police in connection to... more

Pittsford woman accused of stealing $787 in merchandise from Eastview Mall store

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A 35-year-old Pittsford resident was arrested at Eastview Mall following a theft investigation. On Wednesday around 11:23 a.m. deputies arrested Laura Ashley Larkin-Watson, 35, of Pittsford for concealing $787 worth of merchandise from the Von Maur store. Deputies say she passed all points of purchases without rendering payment. She was issued an appearance ticket and its due back in court... more

Nate McMurray will be the Democrat on the ticket for the 27th Congressional District

Nate McMurray will be the Democrat on the ticket for the 27th Congressional District
Nate McMurray will challenge someone other than Chris Collins this time around for the 27th Congressional District. The Democratic hopeful has wrapped up his nomination process. Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner ended efforts to consider an alternate candidate, according to the Messenger Post in Canandaigua. “We’ll be with Nate,” said Zellner. “All the chairs have said Nate is the... more

Local iHeart radio stations gutted through layoffs as company announces new ‘organizational structure’

Local radio operated by iHeartMedia underwent a round of cuts and gutting that employees and fans are calling bad for business. The company said in a statement that the layoffs, which were reported at 1,000+ across the U.S., centered around advancements in technology. However, many critics were quick to point out that after the layoffs – there wasn’t much ‘local’... more
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