Travel In Upstate New York On The Rise

“We are seeing a lot of day- and long-weekend trips to the Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands, Adirondacks, and the Lake George area. State parks remain popular as the tourists enjoy hiking and being out in nature.”

Brindisi, Tenney Fight For Populist Mantle In NY-22

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – When Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) held an expensive fundraiser with President Donald Trump in Utica last week, her Democratic opponent Anthony Brindisi threw a rival fundraiser across town. But his goal was more about message than money.

Brindisi Pushes Independent Message In Town Hall Meetings

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Democratic candidate for Congress, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), finished his town hall tour of the 22nd District over the weekend. During Brindisi’s hour-long Q&A with a crowd of about 25 in Oswego County Sunday, he pledged to work for his district rather than his party, saying Congress needs independent thinkers to achieve progress.

Gillibrand: Prescription Drug Price Gouging Costing Lives

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rising prescription drug costs continue to plague Americans, an issue that the Trump Administration is now trying to address. As the nation’s top lawmakers discuss potential solutions, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is once again pushing her own legislation that would attempt to fix the problem by cracking down on pharmaceutical companies.

Fight Over Finger Lakes Trash Incinerator Going To Court

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A controversial trash incinerator project in the Finger Lakes is headed to court. The company trying to build the $365 million facility, Rochester-based Circular enerG, is asking a judge to void a decision by the town of Romulus’ zoning board that would stop its construction.

Lake Ontario Levels Above Average, But Below 2017 Record Highs

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A year ago, Lake Ontario began an unprecedented climb that resulted in record water levels and catastrophic flooding for those on its shoreline. The lake’s levels are currently 16 inches below where they were in May of 2017, but still eight inches above the long-term average.

DeFrancisco’s NYS Senate Seat Open After 25 Years

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Syracuse-area State Sen. John DeFrancisco does not plan to seek reelection this year, even if his bid for governor is unsuccessful. The Republican, who represents most of Onondaga County and parts of Cayuga County, has served in the senate for 25 years.

Security At Air Force’s Rome Lab Under Scrutiny

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Members of New York’s Congressional delegation are trying to secure funding to build a fence around the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome. Without the proper security, they fear the “Rome Lab” is potentially vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Algal Bloom Battle Gets Funding In New State Budget

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – New York’s new budget sets aside money to combat harmful algal blooms that have closed some of the state’s lakes and threatened the municipalities that use them for drinking water. The funding would be a welcome relief for several communities in central New York that have been battling the blooms for years.

Debate Over Arming Teachers Should Focus On Mental Health, Educators Say

The response to arming teachers as a way to combat school shootings sounds like any other debate about guns. Proponents say it’s a practical way to stop shooters, while opponents argue that it will actually increase the risk of danger. But among some educators, the debate doesn’t fall along those same lines. On a cold Saturday afternoon on top of the Mercy Mountain property in Lafayette, Matt Mallory, an army veteran and owner of a firearms training company, is teaching a concealed carry course. “When I say threat you’re going to press out,” Mallory instructs.

Historic Remington Arms Files For Bankruptcy

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Remington Arms, a firearms manufacturer that was founded in the Mohawk Valley, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, raising concerns about what will become of the company’s Herkimer County plant.

Democrat Promises Primary Challenge To Dana Balter

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Two Democrats running in the 24th Congressional District are dropping out after Syracuse University professor Dana Balter secured endorsements from all four of the district’s county Democratic committees, but one candidate is pledging to stay in the race.