New York Awards $400K For Farm-To-School Projects In Finger Lakes, Southern Tier

Education groups in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes will share $400,000 to use for farm-to-school projects. Among the awardees: Broome-Tioga BOCES, Sidney Central School District and the Cornell Cooperative Extensions serving Steuben and Seneca counties. The Farm-to-School program, funded through the FY 2017-2018 state budget and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Program, is meant to connect kindergarten through grade 12 schools with local farms.

The governor proposed an expansion to this program in his 2018 State of the State Address and announced the awards last week.

If Expanded, Farm-To-School Plan Would Offer Students Healthy Meals, Farmers A Diverse Market

As part of his 2018 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing to double the funding for a program that connects schools with local farmers, Farm-to-School. The state currently spends $750,000 on the program, and Cuomo wants to increase that to $1.5 million. The money can go toward capital costs for transporting and storing food, supporting training, and to hiring farm-to-school coordinators. One incentive under the proposal: The state will reimburse districts a quarter per meal if they get 30 percent of the ingredients from New York farms. That's compared to the six cents they get now. "It really helps [farmers] diversify their business.

Cuomo Criticizes Reporter Over Question On Sexual Assault Policy For State Government

Listen to the excerpt on sexual assault policy from the Q&A. At a Q&A with reporters Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized public radio reporter, Karen DeWitt, saying she’s minimizing the issue of sexual assault by asking him what he’d do to address it in state government. Back in November, a woman accused the former head of the state’s economic development agency - Sam Hoyt - of sexually assaulting her. She also said the Cuomo administration knew about it, but didn’t do anything. Cuomo's lawyer says they investigated it.

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Halloween Safety Can Keep Your Pets From Getting Tricked

It’s Halloween and pet owners are making sure their cats and dogs stay safe. Sheryl and her owner Katie Kanazawich live on Binghamton’s West Side. Sheryl is a Plott Hound mix who is excitable and sweet, and loves to dress up. "When you bring [her clothes] out, she knows they're hers, she wags her tail and gets excited to wear it," Katie said. Sheryl has holiday themed shirts and an airplane costume.

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Imperium3 Plans Move Into Old IBM Site

Manufacturing will return to the vacant IBM site in Endicott. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that lithium ion batteries will be made on the Huron Campus.    Joining in the consortium of three companies locating in Endicott is C4V. When New York held its first ever 76West Clean Energy Competition, C4V’s new battery storage technology earned a $500,000 prize.  Within five years, Dr. Shalilesh Upreti, president of C4V, said they will hire and train 232 employees. "Because there is no manufacturing as high scale like this today in the US, we have been bringing folks from overseas—especially from Japan and Korea—for the training purpose," Upreti said.

Chronic Wasting Disease Still A Threat In NY, Despite Few Cases

  The carcass of a deer being tested for disease at the necropsy lab Cornell University. Dr. Elizabeth Buckles can tell by looking at this deer that it did not die from Chronic Wasting Disease. Deer infected become emaciated. Credit Sarah Gager / WSKG News At the Cornell University diagnostics lab, a brain sample is being taken from the corpse of a deer. This is where deer are tested for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD. This deer was acting dazed, walking in circles in a resident's backyard.

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This Huge Plant Can Cause Burns, Blindness

    Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant that can be dangerous to your health and the environment. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has a hotline to call if you think you see the plant. The state even has a Giant Hogweed Control Crew.   Alexander Wyatt is on the crew. On a recent trip to Candor, NY, he and a partner cleared younger, smaller plants from a residence.

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Out Late Tonight? You Can Grab An Uber

Ride-hailing apps are authorized to operate in upstate New York starting today. Apps like Lyft and Uber had been bound to the New York City area until now. James Pontez in Ithaca said he thinks it will be a popular job among college students. It gives them another option for temporary work. "I mean, I'm sure some people don't always want to deliver pizza," he explained, "Sometimes they'd rather pick up a person."

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How They Voted On ACA Repeal And Replace: Southern Tier Edition

   The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Thursday. The count was 217 to 213.  As for the local Congressional delegation, here's how they voted:  Yes Republican Tom Reed (NY-23rd) Republican Claudia Tenney (NY-22nd) Republican John Faso (NY-19) No Republican John Katko (NY-24).Interview highlights: On Congressman Reed: Bret Jaspers: He voted 'Yes' to this bill. That wasn’t much of a surprise because he’s close to the leadership of the House, he’s close to President Trump. Here’s what he told reporters earlier this week. Tom Reed: I do believe the language is protective of the pre-existing condition especially coming from New York State. And knowing what New York State will do when it comes to the ability to have health care regulations in place for our residents.