The community portrait project, We Are Ithaca, held its final photo session Thursday. The project was created by three local photographers. One of them is Robyn Wishna. The project began last Fall, she says, to offer the community something positive in a year that had so much negativity. "We came up with this project to celebrate the community through portraits.
The front row of folding chairs was empty. Eight people showed up to the meeting in the hall at the First United Methodist Church on McKenzie Avenue, just a block away from the Huron Campus. It’s a tragic story: IBM employed the town, cut their jobs, then left Endicott contaminated. These folks have been through a lot - they have friends and relatives with cancer. One guy is working on a film about the contamination.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The Syracuse job market has been mixed recently, with some companies adding and others eliminating jobs in the area. While the national economy is booming, some experts say the outlook is not as good for upstate.
ALBANY (WSKG) - Governor Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three quarters of a billion dollars, or around 3% from last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - After hearing oral arguments Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to rule quickly on a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional district boundaries. Eighteen registered Democrats — one for each of the state’s districts — claim the congressional map violates multiple parts of the state constitution, including its free expression clause, because it discriminates against them for their political viewpoint. The case names Republican legislative leaders as defendants because the GOP controlled the General Assembly, and thus redistricting, the last two times it happened. The plaintiffs, who are seeking a new map in time for the 2018 midterms, successfully sought an expedited review by the majority-Democrat Pa. Supreme Court.
ALBANY (WSKG) - A report by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax department lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new law. But all of them come with complications. When the federal tax overhaul law was signed by President Donald Trump in December, Americans lost their ability to deduct much of their state and local taxes from their federal tax forms. As Cuomo has said repeatedly, the loss of what are known as the SALT deductions harms taxpayers the most in relatively high-tax states like New York. Cuomo said in his budget presentation on Tuesday that it’s “complicated” to change New York’s tax code to try to make up for the loss, but it has to be explored. “Washington hit a button and launched an economic missile, and it said ‘New York’ on it, and it's heading our way,” Cuomo said.
WASHINGTON DC (WSKG) -- The US Supreme Court is slated to hear a case that could change how online sales are taxed. It's an issue that might sound a little familiar to Pennsylvanians--lawmakers tried to improve online sales tax collections in last year's budget, as the state struggled to find enough revenue balance its books. The case is likely to come before the high court in April. Justices will decide whether to uphold a South Dakota decision maintaining a long-held standard: if a seller doesn't have a physical location in a state, they don't have to charge sales taxes there. It's an issue that may have lost state and local governments around $13 billion last year, according to the Congressional Government Accountability Office.