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Local law enforcement facing troubling times as recruit numbers decline

Local law enforcement facing troubling times as recruit numbers decline
Law enforcement agencies in the Rochester area are facing an uphill battle as the number of recruits decline. Sgt. Matt Kareuzer with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says, in 2013, more than 1,500 hundred people were signed up to take the necessary tests to join the force. However, by 2017, that number had dropped to only 1,100. “It’s a matter... more

Syracuse hospital fights its top doctors for $1.3 million windfall

Syracuse hospital fights its top doctors for $1.3 million windfall
St. Joseph’s Hospital is fighting with some of its most prominent doctors over a $1.3 million windfall from the sale of New York’s biggest medical malpractice insurance company. A subsidiary of billionaire investor Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. bought Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co. – MLMIC for short — last fall for $2.5 billion. Because MLMIC was a customer-owned mutual... more

THE DEBRIEF: Downtown Revitalization Initiative, 2019 Legislative Session Ends, and SUNY Prices Jump Again (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Downtown Revitalization Initiative, 2019 Legislative Session Ends, and SUNY Prices Jump Again (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines. The two discuss the latest on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative contest; the legislative session, which wrapped up this week; tuition increases at SUNY schools; and the still-controversial Finger Lakes Resort project in Canandaigua. Check all of that out and more on YouTube, Spotify, Apple... more

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hears fatal crash details

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hears fatal crash details
Three miles from the Carrier Dome, Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim sat in a cushioned office chair Thursday to try to convince a judge that he should keep his driver’s license after a Feb. 20 crash that killed a man. In a small room at the state DMV office at the Western Lights Plaza, down a hallway behind an... more

Coach Boeheim has DMV hearing Thursday following deadly crash

Coach Boeheim has DMV hearing Thursday following deadly crash
SU Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim is scheduled to take part in a safety hearing Thursday following a deadly crash. He will go before an administrative judge to talk about the status of his driver’s license. The State DMV has an administrative hearing scheduled for Thursday. In February, Coach Boheim was involved in a deadly accident on I-690 East that... more

NY moving forward with cashless tolling along Thruway

NY moving forward with cashless tolling along Thruway
The New York State Thruway Authority has approved a $355.3 million contract that will eliminate toll booths along the entire Thruway by the end of 2020. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the selection of the design-build team. Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC will begin installing cashless tolls across the Thruway system in late summer or early fall of this year. Once... more

Schumer says it’s time to fix the infrastructure along Lake Ontario

Schumer says it’s time to fix the infrastructure along Lake Ontario
New York Senator Chuck Schumer plans to call on the Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for repairs to flood-ravaged infrastructure at Little Sodus Bay Harbor on Lake Ontario. Schumer plans to tour the area Monday morning to survey damage from the winter. A pier and a barrier bar began to collapse in February, putting the village of Fair... more

High water levels on the lake bring new challenges for boaters

High water levels on the lake bring new challenges for boaters
Summer begins Friday and State Park Police are expecting more boaters on the water. They’re urging boaters to use caution as they could face new dangers related with the higher lake levels. State Park Police Officers Deliane Lessard and Travis Praller spent Sunday patrolling Braddock Bay in Greece. The water above the surface near Westpoint Marina was calm but Praller... more

High waters and flooding pose challenges as first responders tend to emergencies along Lake Ontario

High waters and flooding pose challenges as first responders tend to emergencies along Lake Ontario
High water levels and flooding are threatening more than just houses and shoreline. Lake Ontario’s rising levels are also impacting the ability of first responders to do their jobs. Chief Peter Clarcq of the Point Pleasant Fire Department said he is worried for the people living in communities that sit along the shoreline. “The quantity of the water to the... more

As lake flood damage worsens, previously quiet Canadians emerge as critics of IJC

As lake flood damage worsens, previously quiet Canadians emerge as critics of IJC
As homeowners along the south shore of an elevated Lake Ontario braced for a new round of winds bringing the potential for flooding, Canadian communities along the north shore turned up their own call for a rethinking of how lake levels are regulated, and both watched for new signs of possible change from lake managers. “Everybody’s behind giant sandbag walls,”... more

Robinson Cano on rehab assignment in Syracuse

Robinson Cano on rehab assignment in Syracuse
Robinson Cano is striding his way back to the New York Mets in progressive steps of two innings at a time. It’s not his choice. He claims he’s ready for a full plate of action. But that’s not the plan for his rehab assignment with the Syracuse Mets. So he made his debut with a five-inning stretch on Tuesday, was... more

Syracuse New Times to stop publishing by end of this month

Syracuse New Times to stop publishing by end of this month
The Syracuse New Times newspaper announced this week that after 50 years in publication, they will print their final edition June 26. Publisher Bill Brod announced a change in March from a free delivery model to a subscription and newsstand sales business model due to declining print advertising revenue and market pressure from the technology sector. The new subscription model... more

New IJC chair will ask to suspend Plan 2014 amid flooding

New IJC chair will ask to suspect Plan 2014 amid flooding
The incoming International Joint Commission chairwoman, Jane Corwin, and her two fellow incoming IJC members are calling for a meeting to propose the suspension of the group’s current plan that manages Lake Ontario’s water level, according to Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich. Reilich said on Facebook Tuesday night that he confirmed with Congressman Chris Collins that Corwin will seek to... more

Dozens of food trucks to compete at State Fair’s Taste NY Food Truck Competition

Dozens of food trucks to compete at State Fair’s Taste NY Food Truck Competition
New York State Fair officials have announced plans for this year’s Taste NY Food Truck Competition at the 2019 Great New York State Fair. The competition is sponsored by Aldi. Fair officials said 43 food trucks from across New York State are signed up to compete in the event, which is scheduled to be held Sunday, Sept. 1st and Monday,... 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

U-Haul offers 30 days free self-storage for neighbors impacted by flooding

U-Haul offers 30 days free self-storage for neighbors impacted by flooding
Some U-Haul locations in Central New York are offering 30 days free self-storage to New York residents impacted by flooding. Lake Ontario's record high lake levels are causing flooding concerns along the lakeshore. U-Haul Company of Western New York President Todd Schnitzer says "The rains have really been pounding this area lately… many folks have suffered water damage, and with... more

Beak and Skiff’s 1911 launches one its ‘most unique’ products ever

Beak and Skiff’s 1911 launches one its ‘most unique’ products ever
1911 Established, from Beak & Skiff, is rolling out "one of the most unique products" they have ever created. Shipments of 1911's new Canned Cocktails are going out and hitting store shelves. There are two flavors, Honeycrisp Cocktail which uses the farm's fresh Honeycrisp cider, Honeycrisp vodka, and some lemon. It is described as being sweet with the familiar taste... more

Hearings set next week on marine sanctuary proposal along Lake Ontario

Hearings set next week on marine sanctuary proposal along Lake Ontario
The four counties proposing a national marine heritage sanctuary for a 1,700-square-mile area of Lake Ontario are hosting a series of public meetings on the proposal next week. Wayne County Administrator Rick House noted that in 2017, Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego and Jefferson counties, as well as the city of Oswego, applied to the federal government to have the southeastern waters... more
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