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Move Over Law being enforced more than ever after trooper hit in CNY (photo)

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Two weeks after a New York State trooper was hit on Onondaga Lake Parkway in the Town of Salina, New York State police are enforcing the Move Over Law more than ever. It was enacted in 2010, and requires that vehicles slow down and move one lane to the left if possible when an emergency vehicle has its hazard or... more

Cuomo signs bill exempting flights of beer from sales tax

Cuomo signs bill exempting flights of beer from sales tax
The beer and wine industry is getting a boost, thanks to legislation signed into law by Governor Andre Cuomo. Both the beer and wine Industry generate billions of dollars in taxes and lawmakers have been looking for ways to help them grow more. “It’s just one more thing we are doing to help promote New York’s craft beverage industry,” explained... more

Cuomo signs limo safety package into law, prompting swift changes across NYS

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A package of legislation aimed at making limousines safer across New York has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The 10-point package includes new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver’s license requirements... more

Troopers: Tractor-trailer driver fell asleep, caused crash in WB lanes of Thruway over the weekend

Troopers: Tractor-trailer driver fell asleep, caused crash in WB lanes of Thruway over the weekend
State Police say a driver headed west from the Syracuse-area on the New York State Thruway fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road. The operator, identified as Hernandez Bolton, 54, of Mississippi overcorrected when he realized his vehicle was going off the road – and collided with another vehicle. Both went off the road and down an... more

DEBRIEF: Discussing college enrollment decline, economic development, and vaping (podcast)

LIVE AT 9:45 AM: Discussing college enrollment decline, residency requirements, and Cheribundi on The Debrief (podcast)
What’s up with enrollment declines at area community colleges? What about the Wayne County Board of Supervisors’ decision to hold a vacancy in the District Attorney’s office because of a longtime, and often debated residency requirement? This week on The Debrief Podcast both of those questions will be explored, as well as the future of economic development – as the... more

TOP STORIES: Looking back at the most-read headlines of January 2020

TOP STORIES: Looking back at the most-read headlines of January 2020
The month of January was one that saw the highest traffic volume in FingerLakes1.com history, as our website and mobile app were visited more than 3.2 million over the 31 days. Throughout the course of the month – several major stories broke, and were followed in the FingerLakes1.com newsroom. Top 10 stories on FingerLakes1.com as decided by readers: #1 –... more

Opinions vary on legislation to lower BAC to .05 in New York State

Opinions vary on legislation to lower BAC to .05 in New York State
Opinions vary on a move to lower the legal BAC limit from 0.08% to 0.05% in New York State. Lawmakers who support the measure are hopeful that it will be able to be taken up. Others, are hoping it stays buried – like the legislation has in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000... more

Syracuse falls to Duke at the Dome, 97-88 (full coverage)

ORANGE GAME DAY: Syracuse welcomes Duke to the Dome tonight (preview & info)
Just as a boat fights the tide or a snowman withstands the sun, the Syracuse Orange fought the inevitable on Saturday. Syracuse led for the first 19 minutes, but once the lead was relinquished the Orange slowly dropped off the pace in a 97-88 loss to the 9th-ranked Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. Duke overpowered... more

USDA designates several counties disaster areas due to 2019 floods, but Wayne County excluded

USDA designates several counties disaster areas due to 2019 floods, but Wayne County excluded
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is calling the flooding along Lake Ontario’s shoreline in 2019 a natural disaster. The Secretary of the USDA confirmed the designation, which means communities impacted will have access to disaster assistance and emergency loans. It also means that aid programs will be opened up that otherwise would not have been. Oddly enough, though, Wayne County... more

Syracuse women fall to Virginia in Charlottesville, 57-41

Syracuse women fall to Virginia in Charlottesville, 57-41
The Orange couldn’t get an offensive rhythm going Sunday afternoon as they lost, 57-41, to ACC foe Virginia (9-13, 4-7 ACC) in John Paul Jones Arena. Syracuse (10-11, 4-6 ACC) celebrated Emily Engstler recording her eighth double-double in the loss. “We got the ball and just didn’t make plays on the second side of the floor,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “It’s tough when... more

Crunch fall to Bruins, 6-2

Crunch fall to Bruins, 6-2
Taylor Raddysh scored both goals for the Syracuse Crunch in a 6-2 loss to the Providence Bruins tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena. The loss drops the Crunch to 20-21-3-3 on the season. Syracuse and Providence split the two-game season series. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood stopped 24-of-29 shots in net for the Crunch. Max Lagace turned aside 30-of-32 between the pipes for the... more

Amerks defeat Crunch, 4-2, for fourth straight victory

Amerks defeat Crunch, 4-2, for fourth straight victory
Led by a pair of goals and an assist from Scott Wilson, the Rochester Americans (25-13-2-4) doubled-upped the Syracuse Crunch (20-20-3-3) by a 4-2 score for their fourth consecutive victory Friday night at The Blue Cross Arena. The contest was the second of a home-and-home series between the two clubs and sixth overall in the head-to-head series this season. In the... more

REPORT: Wine and grape industries generated $6.65B in economic activity in New York

REPORT: Wine and grape industries generated $6.65B in economic activity in New York
New York is the nation’s third leading wine-producing state, according to an analysis commissioned by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. It was conducted by John Dunham & Associates, who has executed similar studies in the past. The numbers were awe-inspiring – with an annual economic impact of $6.65 billion. In total, the state has more than 470 wineries... more

Syracuse women top Virginia Tech in nailbiter, 67-65

Syracuse tops Virginia Tech in nailbiter, 67-65
It took over 39 minutes, a full team effort, and a wild fourth quarter, but Syracuse topped Virginia Tech 67-65 Thursday night in the Carrier Dome to improve to 10-10 on the year and 4-5 in ACC play. Syracuse erased a 16 point deficit in the fourth en route to the victory, the final effort led by Kiara Lewis and Amaya Finklea-Guity. VT... more

U.S. Attorney’s office says human trafficking cases will be prosecuted to highest extent possible

Rise in human trafficking prompts advocacy by U.S. Attorney’s office
A federal prosecutor in Rochester is calling for more attention to be placed on an issue that’s rising across the U.S. Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney James Kennedy released a new public service announcement to call attention to human trafficking. “We’ve seen such a rise in these human trafficking cases and as the Sheriff mentioned the whole paradigm has shifted... more

Central New York killer to be portrayed in new Lifetime movie

Central New York killer to be portrayed in new Lifetime movie
A new Lifetime movie will air this weekend, and the subject of it will be one of Central New York’s most-prolific murder cases. “Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story” will premiere February 1st at 8 p.m. on Lifetime, starring Nia Vardalos as Stacey Castor. CNYCentral reports that Castor was convicted for the poisoning death of her husband and for trying... more

Syracuse falls to Clemson, ending 5-game win streak (full coverage)

ORANGE GAME DAY: Syracuse takes on Clemson tonight, looking for sixth straight victory (preview & info)
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, falling on the road to the Clemson Tigers by a final score of 71-70. Syracuse had a chance to win with 0.9 seconds remaining, but a well defended set by Clemson forced a 35-foot heave attempt by Elijah Hughes that fell well short of its target. GAME RECAP LINKS:... more

How to file your taxes for free if you make less than $69,000

How to file your taxes for free if you make less than $69,000
It doesn’t have to cost you to file your taxes. At least not in New York State. If your income is $69,000 or less, there are a number of free tax filing services located across the state – both in person and online. Both federal and state can be filed free of charge. Some sites – like Turbo Tax –... more
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