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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

Sen. Seward says bladder cancer treatments will prevent re-election bid

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Longtime New York State Senator Jim Seward (R-Oneonta) will not seek re-election in the 51st District. The Republican, who was first elected in 1986 made the announcement on Monday that he would end his elected career in 2020. Cancer treatments were said to be the driving force behind his decision. Doctors told him that those treatments for bladder cancer would... 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

Crunch defeat Comets, 4-2

Crunch defeat Comets, 4-2
The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Utica Comets, 4-2, today at Upstate Medical University Arena. Alex Barre-Boulet and Alex Volkov both tallied a goal and an assist as the Crunch advance to 20-18-2-2 on the season and 2-3-0-0 in the 12-game season series against the Comets. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood earned the win in his first start since Dec. 6 turning aside 26-of-28 shots.... more

Syracuse tops Pittsburgh, 68-51

Syracuse tops Pittsburgh, 68-51
Four Syracuse players scored in double-figures as the Orange returned to the win column with a 68-51 victory at Pittsburgh. Junior Kiara Lewis led all scorers with 19 points. She added nine assists, six steals and five rebounds in her 40-minute performance to give Syracuse (9-8 overall, 3-3 ACC) its 17th consecutive win against Pittsburgh (3-14, 0-6). Junior Digna Strautmane scored 13 points and... more

Syracuse wins third straight after beating Virginia Tech, 71-69 (full coverage)

ORANGE GAME DAY: Syracuse takes on Virginia Tech this afternoon (preview & info)
Syracuse escaped with a dramatic win over Virginia Tech, defeating the home Hokies 71-69 in sold-out Cassell Coliseum. The Orange led by 16 in the first half, but Virginia Tech and its band of sharpshooters took the game down to the wire. It was settled only when Landers Nolley missed a deep 3-point shot with about five seconds remaining. The... 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

Crunch downed by Thunderbirds, 4-1

Crunch downed by Thunderbirds, 4-1
The Syracuse Crunch were downed by the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-1, tonight at Upstate Medical University Arena. After heading into the final frame knotted, 1-1, the Thunderbirds rallied for a three-goal period to take the win. The Crunch are now 18-18-2-2 on the season. Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 19-of-22 between the pipes for the Crunch. Ryan Bednard turned aside 36-of-37 in net for... more

Syracuse gets blown out by Georgia Tech, 82-64

Syracuse gets blown out by Georgia Tech, 82-64
Senior Gabrielle Cooper’s milestone night was spoiled by Georgia Tech (14-3, 5-1 ACC) topping the Orange(8-8, 2-3 ACC) 82-64 Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. Cooper became the 29th Orange, and 13th in the Quentin Hillsman era, to hit 1,000 career points. ‘Cuse moves to 6-2 at home with the loss and snaps its three-game winning streak. “Obviously, not a great outing,” Hillsman said.... more

Syracuse pounds Boston College at Carrier Dome, 76-50 (full coverage)

ORANGE GAME DAY: Syracuse takes on Boston College at Carrier Dome tonight (preview & info)
After building a 25-point lead in the first half, Syracuse cruised to its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) victory over Boston College, 76-50, Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. It was the 50th triumph for the Orange over the Eagles in 76 meetings between the teams. Buddy Boeheim led all players with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting including a game-high four... more

Comegys will challenge Republican Assemblyman Manktelow this year

Comegys will challenge Republican Assemblyman Manktelow this year
Assemblyman Brian Manktelow will have a challenger in the 130th District. Democrat Scott Comegys has made his second bid for the seat official. He ran unsuccessfully when Assemblyman Bob Oaks retired two years ago. Manktelow announced is bid for another term in early-January. Meanwhile, Comegys says that while the state has made some meaningful progress in areas – the district... 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

Syracuse’s Jim Brown named greatest College Football player by ESPN

Jim Brown named greatest College Football player by ESPN
Legendary Orange running back Jim Brown is No. 1 on ESPN’s list of the greatest 150 players from the first century and a half of college football. In closing its year-long ESPN College Football 150 celebration, the network revealed its top 25 players, including Brown (No. 1) and Syracuse 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis (No. 15), at halftime of... more

Deputies: Syracuse woman stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Seneca County store

Deputies: Syracuse woman stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Seneca County store
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Syracuse resident on a warrant following a theft investigation. Mercedes Smith, 21, of Syracuse was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. She’s accused of stealing merchandise exceeding a value of $1,000 from a business in Junius in July 2019. Smith was held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility... more
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