“I didn’t want to disappoint my mother, 89 years old. She’s thinking how many Thanksgivings will I get, you start to think that way. But it’s hard. But sometimes hard is smart.”
“I didn’t want to disappoint my mother, 89 years old. She’s thinking how many Thanksgivings will I get, you start to think that way. But it’s hard. But sometimes hard is smart.”
“We didn’t have big parties, etc. But we did have too many gatherings of too many people in ways that were not necessarily safe given the COVID situation.”
“We want to make sure, as our students are leaving and departing our system and campuses, they’re not carrying the virus home.”
“We’re anticipating a very big turnout in early voting, it seems easier than Election Day, but we have no idea.”
“People who are unemployed or underemployed, who don’t have the capacity to have $200 or $500 lying around for the fees.”
Judges in both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin threw Hawkins and his running mate off the ballot last week, because of technicalities.
“We cannot continue operating our businesses in New York without a clear regulatory framework, while competing with out of state products being shipped in the state.”
“We’ve been planning this all for a while, so the regulations were about what we thought they were gonna be.”
“The U.S. Postal Service is the only institution that is in the Constitution, that it’s a right for the American people to receive their mail. What he’s doing is illegal, inappropriate, unethical and wrong.”
“Now, we cannot just know what’s going on, we can help better pinpoint the virus, address the virus, contain the virus.”
“We had a great fair planned, a really great fair. Great music. Changing things up again programmatically, we were doing everything we could to keep drawing numbers.”
“Almost 16% of ticks that attach to the human are in the thigh area, and the waist, stomach and groin area are the next ones.”
“When is the optimal time to treat them? And what’s the dose that they should receive? And how many doses should they receive or how many days should they be treated? What are some nuances of patients that could benefit from a standard course of therapy?”
“We’ve administered over 13,000 saliva tests just in the last eight days alone,” Haynie said.
“You could go blind, you could go into a coma, you could have seizures. If anyone even thinks there’s a possibility they got into this product, they would want to call the poison center right away.”
“And the really cool thing is when you fill out a survey on your smartphone, it geolocates you. We’re able to go back to that exact same spot and we’ll do the water quality testing.”
“Please, if you’re in central New York, some of you have kids that have moved away, some have parents that have moved away, call them and ask them to call their senator and say ‘this is needed everywhere.'”
The coronavirus pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for those involved in the 2020 Census. The pandemic wreaked havoc on plans for the every-ten-year population count.
“The pediatric infrastructure, the people who care for your children are struggling to stay afloat, stay available, and we need help.”
In the spirit of bipartisanship, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) got together for a virtual town hall on Facebook this week, the first time they’ve ever done such a joint meeting.
“This is not about anything evil. This is about unity. And we want to make sure that we don’t have the city of Syracuse in 2020 to make a horrible, irretrievable, irreparable mistake.”
This will be the 25th time Hawkins has run for office, but his first national campaign. He’s run for Congress, U.S. Senate, governor and several other state and local offices.
“By testing a pool, if the pool is negative, everyone is clear. If the pool is positive, we break out the samples, we run them individually, so it’s like an individual test.”
“You should really make reservations in advance to make sure you have a place to stay. And with the brand name hotels, they do have cleanliness policies updated.”
“People will now hear from governors, and county execs and their mayors and assembly and senators and realize they better get back to Washington and do their jobs.”
“It’s business critical at this point. We’ve been shut down for three months and we have zero revenue, still having many of the obligations that we had before.”
“Just a confluence of events, like warm weather, we have been indoors for like three months. And suddenly, we get great weather and ready to go out. I think it’s a combination of events that will expose us to the ticks.”
“We want police accountability, we want police reform. We want to make sure that if someone makes a 911 call and a false claim, this is potentially a hate crime.”
There will be a scaled back number of polling places open if voters feel comfortable going to the election sites that follow pandemic protocols.
“The wearing of masks, the cleaning regimen that would have to happen before or after, the airing out of the space, the need to manage things like doorways or bathrooms or places of contact.”
Construction has already started on a $350 million, 3.8 million square foot distribution center, where employees will work alongside robots to fulfill smaller customer orders.
“A lot of the headlines in terms of this pandemic being a great equalizer, isn’t necessarily so, in the way it’s playing out.”
“A typical month for us pre-COVID would be 1.4-1.5 million pounds per month range. And now in April we are in the two million pound range.”
Many of these companies have already instituted a variety of protocols to keep workers safe.
State health officials started testing nearly 200 seasonal workers at the giant hydroponic greenhouse last weekend because of concerns it might be a COVID hotspot.
Visits to any dealership will be by appointment only, and a number of safety precautions will be monitored to keep dealers and buyers safe.
“Without aid from Washington, we’re going to see higher taxes on the local level, and cuts in services as well as laying off teachers, cops, firefighters.”
Local businesses are coming up with plans for restarting, but how and when they go into effect are still an unknown.
“With all health care, your condition dictates the speed of care provided, and that will still be the case as we look to reschedule.”
“With the amount of unemployment we’ve seen in New York, and the number of COVID cases we’ve had, New York should be at the front of the list”
“I think it is a good time to reflect on the power of nature, and where we were as a planet 50 years ago, and where we want to get.”
The allergy season starts taking off right about now, and many of the symptoms of seasonal allergies are the same as COVID-19:
“Every day it’s kind of like, it’s this new thing that’s out there, when it’s been going on for a month.”
“Pastors are trying to stay connected with their flocks, and some are doing it through mailings and through the internet, but a lot of parishes will try to live stream at least Easter Mass.”
“When we don’t provide children with accurate information, they will still seek it out, and the worry is they’ll seek it out from sources that are not accurate and more fearful.”
“I think it was good for them. They got all excited when their friends hopped on. Like, oh so and so is here and so and so is on! So, I think it helped them feel a little connected.”
“Now people are trapped in their homes, sometimes unsafe, non respectful loving homes.”
“For 14 days, you’re going to be staying in your house or apartment. We’re going to ask you to take your temperature twice a day and practice social distancing from anybody.”
“It’s the same with flu, everything is transmissible, and the quicker we can isolate potential patients the better.”
Starting this year, it will cost $5 to get into the fair, down from the $10 price that’s been in place since 2005.
“Any law-abiding citizen has the right to have a gun. That’s okay. But 98% of Americans believe felons shouldn’t buy guns, but they can get around the law.”
“Early detection can be a game changer for those children with autism spectrum disorder, because it could get them access to earlier services and change the trajectory of their life.”
There will be new features. Organizers envision sensory friendly days. They may program a health care worker or school employee day.
“We are taking prompt action on the commitments we made. We are making investments in programs and people. I believe this work, requested emphatically, insisted on by our students will make us a better place.”
In her gut, she thinks she’ll embark on the journey to find her birth mother, but hasn’t made the decision yet.
“With your advocacy, you’re raising awareness. So now, more people will donate diapers, will care for this, and create support for a change in federal law, when I try to find bipartisan support for that.”
Congressmen in two of New York’s swing districts will vote along party lines in this week’s impeachment vote in Washington.
The number of people living on the streets and in shelters in a three-county area is down 6% in the calendar year that ended in September.
This year, the agency is trying to keep the campaign relevant by adding some new technology options for giving.
Chancellor Kent Syverud has agreed to 16 of the 19 demands from student protestors and international students.
“I believe in the next couple of years at least, we’re going to see a decrease in the number of youth who are initiating some form of tobacco use.”
Syracuse University officials have promised action in the wake of criticism of the school’s response following the discovery of racist graffiti in a residence hall last week.
Central New York’s emerging drone industry is taking some major steps forward, as construction of the infrastructure is complete for the unmanned traffic management drone corridor.
Nearly 2,000 people sent ticks to a citizen science tick testing program run by Upstate Medical University in Syracuse this year.
The initiative to end the AIDS epidemic in New York state by the end of 2020 is making progress. Recent data show new HIV diagnoses last year dropped 11%.
This week, one of her stops took her to Rome Lab and the Defense Finance and Accounting Services office at the Griffiss Business Park.
“I would say we had 20 to 30 positions that we ended up having to scrape and scour to fill, and in some cases had to find certified substitute teachers while we looked for long term solutions.”
“For example, Delta used to fly 50-seat regional RJ’s, regional jets, in here. And what we’re seeing now are 737s or A320s which can be roughly 136 seats and above.”
State lawmakers will lead a hearing in Albany Wednesday that focuses on rural access to broadband, an issue the state has tried to improve.
“Traffic debt can become thousands of dollars very easily, because one traffic stop can lead to multiple tickets. And each ticket can lead to, not only the underlining fine, and also fees, and then additional fees to reinstate the license.”
The two men want to propose an alternative to the anger and bitterness the scandal has wrought.
School districts in New York have a new tool to catch drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to drop off or pick up kids.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is calling the Excelsior Scholarship a success despite statistics that show it was used by only 3.2% of SUNY students to help pay tuition costs in its first year. According to the New York State Higher Education Corporation, just over 20,000 students were awarded the scholarship in the 2017-2018 school year. Johnson wants to drill down in those numbers though. She said there are some very positive impacts from the scholarship, specifically when it comes to a lower dropout rate. “The retention rate is 10% higher with Excelsior students, with scholarships which are Excelsior, than for students that don’t have an Excelsior Scholarship,” Johnson said. “And 15% higher for community colleges where a lot of our students get their start.
The New York State Fair opens its gates for a 13-day run today, with more than a million visitors expected to descend on the Syracuse fairgrounds.
Researchers now know patients can become addicted to opioids that are sometimes prescribed by the dozens following surgery, and that has contributed to the continuing nationwide opioid crisis.
New York State will add relief to homeowners to a program meant to rebuild and recover from record high water levels along the Lake Ontario shoreline this year.
“We’re really looking at what the canal is, what it has been, but what it could be,” said New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton.
“Going along and learning the history, you never realize the extent of it. I didn’t know there was different canals done along the way, I thought it was just the one.”
“We look for places we where can get rapid results, this is one of those places, because of the cooperative spirit that is here and the very well defined problem.”
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – The lake once called the most polluted in the country, could be getting closer to becoming a beach destination for central New Yorkers. But not everyone is on board with the idea of swimming in a former Superfund site. At a recent public meeting, Onondaga County announced results of a survey that showed almost 32,000 people would be willing to go swimming in a potential beach at the Willow Bay area of Onondaga Lake. “To us it’s a very good sign that people who come to get close to the lake, and experience the lake with their own personal senses, are more comfortable swimming in Onondaga Lake,” Travis Glazier, head of the county’s Department of the Environment, said. But on the other side, only 22% of respondents felt the lake was safe to swim in.
County officials said there is $45 million that hasn’t been collected in back taxes from property owners around the county.
“…we’ve had catastrophic flooding on the shore of Lake Ontario two out of three years,” said Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus)
“Every time it rains, every time the wind blows from the wrong direction, we’re battling to stay dry, to stay open.”
“If you look at the marina we’re standing in, you see the devastation. And things are particularly dire here in Fair Haven and Little Sodus Bay, because some of the critical infrastructure has collapsed.”
One of the no-brainers Syracuse-area state Sen. Rachel May expects to pass, is legislation that will expand voting rights. Right now plans for automatic voter registration is stuck over details, such as when residents would be able to decline registration.
“One of my own pastors was dismissed because of charges. So I’ve seen the pain in parish communities. I’ve seen people’s lives totally destroyed. So I just want to be a healing presence.”
“It is a very large undertaking, but that’s where we are, and not recognizing realities, doesn’t work.”
“It’ll change the fortunes of this lake forever. What doomed it, was cutting it off and industrializing it and not having that connection with communities.”
The reality is the old averages don’t work anymore. There is a new reality, and relying on the old numbers and the old statistics and the old averages is a fool’s errand at this point. We have to prepare for the worst case scenario.”
Balter lost to Katko by about 5 points in 2018. It was Katko’s closest race since first winning election in 2014.
As a Green Party founder, Hawkins has unsuccessfully run for everything from Syracuse Common Council to governor of New York state to U.S. Senate.
“I’m in a situation where I’m facing brain surgery for the Parkinson’s, and back surgery for the injury that got me discharged. I had to put that all on hold to fight the mortgage company.”
New York lawmakers have also slapped a 20-percent tax increase on the liquid used in e-cigarettes.
“My great uncle back in 1870 was the number one maple producer in New York State. He did it all by buckets.”
“We think we need to come out even stronger and enshrine this two-percent tax cap and make it permanent.”
After April 1, you won’t be able to buy a smoke detector with removable, nine volt batteries in New York State.
Fentanyl is responsible for an uptick in drug overdoses and deaths in recent years.
Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) is setting a moderate tone as he settles into his first year in Congress, joining a coalition of fellow Democrats called the Blue Dogs.
Public transportation advocates in central New York are calling on state budget makers to put more money in this year’s spending plan for bus systems across upstate.
The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, also known as CDPA, lets New Yorkers who qualify for Medicaid benefits hire their own aides and manage their schedule. Sally Johnston, president of Disabled in Action of Greater Syracuse, said it has been an important way to keep disabled individuals independent.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants the Mohawk Valley to be at the center of one of the next big things in the world of technology: quantum computing. And researchers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Rome Labs are already working on it.
Travelers who fly out of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport have a new way to get out west. United Airlines has added a direct flight from Syracuse to a major western hub.
A voting reform package approved in Albany this year will have some costs to local governments. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is among those calling on the state to fully fund the early voting portion of the package.
With frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills affecting central and northern New York over the next few days, health officials are warning residents how to stay safe in subzero temperatures.
Onondaga County continues taking the steps it needs to build a swimmable beach along the northern shore of Onondaga Lake. That includes a series of public meetings showcasing what it would take to create a beach along what was once called the most polluted lake in the country.
Towns and villages across New York State are joining forces to ask the state to restore funding for towns and villages that was mostly eliminated from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $176 billion budget.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday released details of his plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Under the proposal, the drug would be taxed, regulated and sold to those 21 and over. It’s expected to pass the state legislature this year, and drug prevention advocates are getting ready.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is using the shortage of a vaccine in central New York to showcase the impact of a record long partial government shutdown.
Researchers at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse have joined those at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Health in advancing a novel approach to treating heroin addicts. They hope a heroin vaccine can be a factor in the fight against opioid addiction.
The partial government shutdown could be having an impact on some students who get federal financial aid.
Scientists at SUNY ESF have been trying to bring back the American chestnut tree for decades. Three to four billion of the trees were destroyed by blight in the first half of the 20th century, but researchers are now getting close to bringing back an American chestnut resistant to blight.
Department of Motor Vehicle offices across the state are expecting to be busier than usual the next few years as new federal standards for driver’s licenses go into effect. One central New York DMV office is gearing up for the extra time it takes to process these licenses.
Syracuse begins opioid court to help addicts accused of crimes
As the new session of Congress opens in Washington, activists are continuing to keep the pressure on central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). At a rally in Syracuse Thursday, they focused on the issue of campaign finance reform.
One of the longest serving elected officials in central New York is retiring at the end of the month. State Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) has some thoughts about how those who follow him can make politics a productive profession.
A special task force has been holding listening sessions across the state to get an idea about where ride sharing services fit in for individuals with disabilities.
If New York state hopes to reach a goal of getting half of its electricity from renewable resources by the year 2030, wind energy will have to be part of the formula. That was the focus of a wind summit held in Syracuse this week, and boosters of wind power are optimistic it will happen.
A group of 17 hospitals across upstate New York are participating in a pilot program meant to cut down on the number of opioid prescriptions given out after a visit to the emergency room.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Black Friday marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and wearable technology that boosts health tracking benefits are among the most marketed items out there.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The issue of gay marriage is at the heart of a disagreement in the Episcopal Church in upstate New York. An Albany Bishop has banned same-sex marriage in his diocese, going so far as to say in a letter to the Albany Diocese that the church has been ‘hijacked by the ‘gay rights agenda,'” with Satan at the source of this division in the church.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Another series of statewide elections in New York Tuesday resulted in another Democratic sweep, and with a two-to-one voter registration margin in the state, mostly because of New York City, it’s clear the GOP has a steep hill to climb.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – 24th District Republican Congressman John Katko wasn’t knocked over by the “blue wave” that saw Democrats take control of the House in yesterday’s election. But his re-election does mean he will be in the minority when he returns to Washington.
The emergence of a coalition of voters united by opposition to the policies and personal style of President Trump faces its first big test today. This anger over the Trump presidency has been corralled into sophisticated and robust voter mobilization tactics.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The state’s teacher union is trying to figure out how to deal with an impending teacher shortage in New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Dozens of central New York School Districts are coping with a rash of cyberattacks that has put data about students at risk.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Boosters of drone technology in central New York are hoping the federal government comes through with some new research dollars in the coming months.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – One of the battlefields on Election Day will be races for the New York state Senate. Democrats are hoping to corral a majority so they can control all three branches of government in New York State. One of the most closely watched races will be in central New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democratic challenger Dana Balter faced off their first debate Wednesday, which was hosted and streamed by Syracuse.com.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Political ads are one of the battlefields in many of the crucial midterm races for Congress this year, and the race for central New York’s 24th Congressional District is no different.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of six months get the vaccine by the end of October. Central New York health officials are emphasizing there are no reasons to avoid the shot.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As central New York deals with a higher than average suicide rate, a prevention program is providing hope for the future. The Psychiatry High Risk Program at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse focuses on youth and young adults at high risk for suicide, and has started out with extraordinary results.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is calling for a more robust debate schedule in the race for the 24th Congressional District.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO – The Central New York Diaper Bank has distributed 660,000 diapers to needy families in the area since it was founded in 2016. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not enough to cover the need.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – If voter turnout is any indication, last week’s primary race in central New York could mean a more active electorate is in the making.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A hot and humid end of summer could result in dampened fall colors in parts of New York this fall.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A rare Thursday primary in New York means voter turnout will likely be low, but one official thinks it will still be higher than the last state primary in September 2014.
Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter is using a Texas court case to highlight what she claims is complicity by her opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), in the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running in a primary Thursday against Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon. But during campaign stops in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo Monday, Cuomo focused on President Trump, and didn’t mention Nixon once.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – 2018 was another record-breaking year for the New York State Fair near Syracuse. 1,279,010 people visited the Fair this year, smashing last year’s record by 10 percent.
The suburban Lockheed Martin facility is the focus of these protesters carrying signs accusing the company of having blood on its hands. Ariel Gold of Ithaca said a recent Saudi bombing using U.S. made weapons has prompted this gathering.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A shout-out from President Trump has given a boost to a long-shot hopeful in the New York Senate race.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Solar energy advocates are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change the way the state determines compensation for solar projects.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro is on the road this week as his race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo picks up steam. Moliaro and his family are crossing the state looking for votes in an RV, and one of the first stops for the family of five on Sunday was the New York State Fair.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As central New York politicians met with Gov. Cuomo and his staff this week for the opening day of the New York State Fair, the topic of a major project that looms over central New York kept coming up.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – New York will soon have the only nationwide commission that investigates prosecutorial misconduct.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to unveil the new $62 million Expo Center when the New York State Fair begins it’s 13-day run Wednesday morning. It’s part of a major revitalization of the west end of the Syracuse-area fairgrounds.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Drunk driving crashes are on the decline in New York State, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. But at the same time, the number of crashes involving drug impaired drivers is on the rise. Now the state is increasing the numbers of highly trained officers who can identify the signs of drug-impaired driving.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) Access to health care is important for individuals overall physical, social and mental health. But there are barriers for many Americans according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion — including the high cost of care, inadequate insurance coverage (or no coverage at all), or lack of available services.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Some changes will be coming to the 2018 version of the New York State Fair, which starts August 22. Most of it is part of the second phase of a $120 million plan to revitalize the fairgrounds.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Some New York lawmakers are among those criticizing a TSA proposal to allow thousands of passenger a day to board commercial flights at smaller and mid-sized American airports without TSA screening.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Charter Communications has taken a step that could ease tensions between the cable company and New York State after the state Public Service Commission voted last week to kick Charter out of the state in a dispute over extending broadband service.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The Cuomo Administration said will continue its economic development strategy, despite recent criminal convictions connected to some upstate projects, and an uptick in criticism about the policies.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Another spike of synthetic marijuana overdoses has the law enforcement and health communities looking for answers.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Green party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins called on the state Wednesday to get tougher when it comes to preventing lead poisoning in children.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro is putting ethics issues at the top of his campaign. During a stop in Syracuse Thursday, Molinaro has a list of proposals he thinks will make for better government in Albany.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Vice President Mike Pence was in central New York today for a fundraiser for Rep. John Katko, and to visit to a steel factory in Auburn. But he was greeted by protesters as he arrived at a $1,000 per plate fundraiser at a Syracuse hotel.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Primary Day is less than two weeks away for two women who want to be the Democratic candidate in the race for the central New York congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). As their campaigns sprint toward the finish line, they face one factor beyond their control: the calendar.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Organizations that help impoverished central New Yorkers get an education, find jobs or decent housing are getting a boost from a pot of state money meant to help the poor.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – One of the side effects of the opioid epidemic in central New York is the explosion of the number of Hepatitis C cases. Onondaga County now has one of the highest rates of the disease in New York State.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Passengers are flying out of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport in numbers the airport has not seen in a decade.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Onondaga County lawmakers want to make it clear that a potential study that outlines the possibility of a beach along Onondaga Lake, doesn’t mean there will be swimming there anytime soon.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Central New York is taking the next step in the fight against climate change with something called Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA. It’s going to be one of the major topics at a regional Climate Solutions Summit in Syracuse this weekend.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A dramatic spike in the use of a particular type of electronic cigarette among middle and high school students has local parents, educators and activists, clamoring for action. Sen. Charles Schumer is putting pressure on federal agencies to move swiftly on the issue.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The race for the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by longtime Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) is heating up.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A non-profit group is rolling out a set of resources it hopes will make it easier for film companies to shoot a movie in central New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Green party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is calling for an expansion of public housing in New York State. At the same time, Hawkins is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s housing investment strategies.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Students at more than a dozen school in central and northern New York are expected to take part in a national high school walkout today to demand action on gun control. The walkout is being held today, because it is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has been crossing the state talking about some of the items in the recently passed state budget. During a stop in Syracuse recently, Hochul highlighted parts of the $168 budget that New York lawmakers passed last month.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Schools around central and northern New York will soon be able to apply for federal funds to cover school safety and mental health training expenses – part of the recently passed $1.3 trillion spending plan passed by Congress.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to Syracuse this week to talk with community leaders about their concerns in a closed-door session.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Low fare air carrier Frontier Airlines begins service out of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport this summer.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Families with disabled children and adults have some decisions to make in the coming weeks. New York State is replacing the Medicaid Service Coordination Program, that’s served this population for decades, with one called Health Home Care Management.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – It’s the final stretch in Albany as lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo try to cobble together a new budget before the April 1 deadline.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Immigrants rights advocates in Syracuse have joined a nationwide protest calling on bus companies to stop allowing Border Patrol agents to question passengers about their immigration status. Protesters say this action shines a light on an issue that’s been happening locally for years.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Alzheimer’s advocates got on a bus early Tuesday morning and headed for Albany to push for more funding for caregivers of those with the deadly brain disease.
SYRACUSE, NY WRVO) – As the Emerald Ash Borer continues its decimation of ash trees in New York state, it has turned up this winter for the first time in Tompkins County near Ithaca.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – An attorney representing some survivors of clergy sexual abuse is calling on both the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and Ogdensburg to release names of all priests accused of abuse.
It’s been almost 80 years since anyone was able to swim in Onondaga Lake from a public beach. Years of industrial pollution and sewage outflow destroyed any hope of public access until recent years, following a multi-million dollar cleanup of the lake once deemed the most polluted in the country.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, local leaders are convening a task force that will create a blueprint for school safety in central New York.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Americans are starting to see some of the impact of the tax plan in their paychecks, and polls are showing more support for it in recent weeks. But some tax experts say it may be too soon to declare the tax plan a winner.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) is facing a backlash regarding a statement she made Wednesday on a radio talk show that “so many people who commit mass murders end up being Democrats.” But Tenney wouldn’t go into detail about it at a media event in Onondaga County Thursday, regarding the impact of tax reform on businesses.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Hearings begin next month in New York to get input on whether the state should eliminate the tip credit, which allows tipped workers to be paid a lower wage as long as they make the full minimum wage if tips are included.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – New York state has released a concept plan that closes the gap in the Erie Canalway Trail System between Camillus and DeWitt. It would extend the recreation trail through an urban area.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham hopes a new program offering reconciliation and compensation to victims of clergy abuse can move the church past a scandal that has dogged it for years.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – State Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for governor last week. That leaves one fewer obstacle for gubernatorial hopeful John DeFrancisco, but he’s not ready to take on the mantle of front runner yet.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an investment of $65 million into fighting algal blooms that have created an increasing number of problems across the state in recent years. The Cuomo administration will target 12 priority lakes in four different regions that are vulnerable to harmful algal blooms. They are all different, and lessons learned form studying each lake would be applied to other similar lakes going forward. Greg Boyer of SUNY ESF in Syracuse has been studying algal blooms for years. He says this approach works because not all algal blooms are created equally. “It’s not going to be one size fits all,” Boyer said.
(WRVO) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that a new $50 million expo center will be built at the New York State Fairgrounds near Syracuse, and work will happen quickly.