New York State Police charged Nauman Hussain just days after an accident killed 20 people in New York. His father’s company has a record of failed inspections.
New York State Police charged Nauman Hussain just days after an accident killed 20 people in New York. His father’s company has a record of failed inspections.
In response to the transformation of views on sexual harassment, New York state and New York City passed laws requiring training of all workers. Now, business owners are scrambling to comply.
The stretch SUV that crashed outside Albany had recently failed a safety inspection, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Such modified vehicles often fall through the cracks of regulatory agencies.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — The state legislature has passed a bill that would force convicted domestic abusers to give up their guns more quickly, and make them harder to get back without permission.
“It’s way, way more important what we do with Mexico and China and what our general trade posture is,” he said. “Trade is important to us, but trade with Canada is not the biggest worrier.”
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Some constituents are urging Congressman Tom Reed to take action to support net neutrality. Reed represents New York’s 23rd congressional district, which stretches from Ithaca to Jamestown. Seven people met with a member of his staff in Ithaca on Tuesday morning. Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission repealed 2015 net neutrality rules that required internet providers to allow equal access to all web content. Congressman Reed supported the repeal.
The Fall Membership Campaign is history! Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Together, we raised over $155,000, and will send more than 10,000 meals to neighbors in need through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The lucky winners of the Hamilton tickets were Sondra and David Pruden of Endwell. Congratulations!
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Leaders in Ithaca City Schools say the water should be turned on by the end of the year.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Pennsylvania sentences more people to life in prison without the possibility of parole than any other state–and indeed, any other country–per capita, according to a new study from the Abolitionist Law Center.
Parts of the Southern Tier are again under a state of emergency due to rain and flooding. Tioga County is under a state of emergency due to flash flooding from the overnight rain that are the result of Hurricane Florence.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A hot and humid end of summer could result in dampened fall colors in parts of New York this fall.
The primary battle between incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and actress Cynthia Nixon had become a nasty feud, emblematic of the divergent and often warring forces within the Democratic Party.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Thursday is primary day in New York, and the biggest race is between Democratic incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger, actor and education advocate, Cynthia Nixon.
In New York’s 122nd Assembly District, long-time representative Cliff Crouch faces a challenge from a new face, but a familiar name: Nick Libous.
Drillers withheld information on at least one chemical in some 2,500 wells, citing trade secrets
The storm gained winds of 140 mph — a day earlier than predicted, and it is expected to intensify as it crosses over water. Forecasters predict Florence will hit the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday.
Pennsylvania is trying to figure out how to regrow forests after fracking.
The first week of the new school year is wrapping up. In Walton, students returned to a district that’s lost a superintendent and three other administrators in the last month.
Ten people were taken off the plane for treatment at Jamaica Hospital, says Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Others were being evaluated.
Major party candidates in New York’s 19th congressional district both say a recent Siena College Poll is good news for them.
Seventeen people also have been sickened in an outbreak that federal officials say has been linked to Empire Kosher brand chicken.
The case in Pennsylvania follows similar incidents in Ohio and Arkansas in which prison staff and inmates have been exposed to drugs, including fentanyl and K2.
Sen. Richard Russell, whose name is on the building, represented Georgia in the Senate for nearly four decades. Russell’s legislative accomplishments were many, but his legacy has a darker side.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Cortland to hear the concerns of dairy farmers in the region. Dairy farmers told Perdue about the dire situation the industry is facing.
Fellow farmers helped Erik Landowne at Blue Heron Farm quickly harvest an onion crop before it could begin to rot.
Professor Adam Pratt says removing the names following Pennsylvania’s report on clergy sex abuse is “part of a healing process … that we need to do as a community.”
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A Bennington College survey of residents in the PFOA-contaminated village of Hoosick Falls in eastern New York finds higher rates of illnesses among residents exposed to the toxic substance than did a previous study conducted by the New York State Health Department.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Amid the fallout from a massive grand jury investigation into sex abuse by Pennsylvania clergy, victim advocates and others are waiting to see how state lawmakers will respond.
To people who have spent their lives studying and combating the Catholic child abuse scandal, the revelations from last week’s grand jury report on six dioceses in Pennsylvania are numbingly familiar.
People are still displaced following recent flash floods in New York and Pennsylvania. The Red Cross of the Southern Tier said they sheltered nearly 140 people in several affected counties. The Red Cross is distributing recovery materials and food at Five Mile Point fire station in Kirkwood this weekend.
Stacy Mulford grabbed two bins of supplies the Lodi Fire Department was distributing for people affected by the flood. She wasn’t home when the flood hit Tuesday, but her daughter was until folks came by banging on the door. “Get out! Get out, now!”
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – More than 300 “predator priests” allegedly sexually abused over one thousand victims in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses for decades, while bishops and other high-ranking church officials covered it up and urged victims not to go to the police.
Red Cross has shut down shelters in Harpursville, Ovid, Vestal and Watkins Glen. They are still operating them in Conklin. The Salvation Army has deployed a feeding truck to Ovid and Lodi, where 50 people were trapped in their homes Tuesday.
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 gives troops their largest pay increase in nearly a decade and starts laying the groundwork for the president’s proposed Space Force.
Lyme disease is continuing its westward march across New York state.
The NRA is suing the Cuomo Administration over a decision to end the sale of liability insurance for gun owners because it’s illegal under state laws. In rural parts of New York residents have their own view.
Buffalo, NY (WBFO) – Federal court documents portray a scramble by Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and others in the wake of bad news about testing of MIS416, an Innate Immunotherapeutics drug designed to treat multiple sclerosis.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A political ad by Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi has been rejected from airing on Charter Spectrum cable channels. Brindisi said the company is censoring him by refusing to air it.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the National Rifle Association’s lawsuit against him is “frivolous.” The lawsuit claims that Cuomo’s policies are trying to deprive it of its First Amendment rights.
WILKES-BARRE, PA (WHYY) — President Trump rallied supporters in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to push for the Senate candidacy Lou Barletta, a challenger to two-term Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The boundaries of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts changed this year after protracted court hearings. The issues facing citizens didn’t change, including for dairy farmers. In the new 12th District, Democrat Marc Friedenberg is running against Republican incumbent Tom Marino. Friedenberg is a first-time candidate. The district includes Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has both a primary challenger and several general election opponents as he seeks a third term. But New Yorkers might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the governor is actually running against President Donald Trump.
The judge said the untraceable weapons could end up in the wrong hands. But it’s unclear how effective the order is since some gun plans have already been online for four days.
At Rep. Reed’s manufacturing summit, he said there’s an opportunity for growing the high tech industry in his district, which includes Geneva, Jamestown and Elmira. But, one manufacturer in the area says her biggest challenge is just finding employees who can show up for work on time and read a tape measure.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A national farmers market association announced Thursday that it’s staving off the closure of the company that processes food stamp benefits at 40 percent of the farmers markets across the country, including hundreds in New York state.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just over $31 million in his campaign coffers, according to the most recent July filings.
NEW YORK — A former New York State Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support.
It’s been a week since Tracy Mitrano won the tight Democratic primary in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. The 23rd covers the western Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and includes Ithaca, Geneva and Hornell. Mitrano is campaigning at rallies across the district this week.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – For the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.
A Pennsylvania judge heard uncontested evidence that ICE agents violated constitutional rights during an arrest last year, but that wasn’t enough to stop deportation proceedings.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump, highlighted the benefits of Republicans’ tax law while in Tully Monday at the Suit-Kote paving company.
ALFRED, N.Y. (AP) — A New York State trooper killed on duty by a suicidal man was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – President Donald Trump is set to announce his choice for a new Supreme Court justice, which he’s said could eventually result in the reversal of the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.
This year’s wave of women candidates could reshape a Congress that is overwhelmingly old and male. But those women face multiple hurdles, from doubts to being hit on by voters
About 15 protesters took over Congressman Tom Reed’s office, demanding he condemn the “zero tolerance” immigration policy and work to reunite families separated under it.
The Democratic primary in New York’s 23rd Congressional District to pick the candidate to challenge Rep. Tom Reed is too close to call. Now, it’s time to count the absentee votes.
In a stunning upset, the 28-year-old socialist whose mother was born in Puerto Rico unseated Democratic stalwart Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s diverse 14th Congressional District.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced steps that New York officials will take to help detained immigrant children separated from their families, but he said he isn’t getting a lot of details from the federal government.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The 2018 legislative session ended quietly, as Democrats and Republicans in the legislature failed to agree on major issues and exited the Capitol until next January. Although Gov. Cuomo is now leaving the door open to calling them back.
On Monday, officials from the New York State Office of Mental Health visited Ithaca to tell the public about a suicide prevention strategy. The approach is called Zero Suicide.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Groundwater quality in rural Bradford County has slightly improved since the 1980s despite the introduction of Marcellus Shale gas development, according to a newly released study out of Penn State.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Members of Congress from New York, on both sides of the aisle, are focusing in on how their parties can win seats in November’s midterm elections. The economy and women are two factors that could push each party towards victory.
Some people abused as children by clergy in the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese, which includes Binghamton and Cortland, must decide by Wednesday whether to participate in the diocese’s compensation program, or wait to see if state lawmakers pass a bill that would extend the statute of limitations, so they could sue later.
The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since 2001. Many say they are motivated by climate change.
The directors of the foundation named in the suit are President Trump and three of his children. The suit alleges unlawful political coordination and “self-dealing” that benefits Trump businesses.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A Siena college poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro in his re election bid. Meanwhile, Cuomo is using some of his substantial $30 million dollar campaign war chest to promote an anti- gun violence measure.
Cotton was the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, former director of student activities at Cornell, and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. She focused on empowering ordinary people to exercise their rights.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – A Rochester company is suing the Town of Romulus for the way they changed their zoning rules to ban trash incinerators.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A report from the state ethics commission clears Governor Cuomo’s former high level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Congressman Tom Reed declared his adamant opposition to the use of heroin injection sites recently.
THE ALLEGHENY FRONT – To save the bats of Pennsylvania, Greg Turner wants to build a better bat cave.
Students running around the track at Cornell University’s Charles F. Berman field might not realize that about five stories down there’s another track sending atoms circling – a particle accelerator. It was shut down this week for massive upgrades.
Dozens of people sat in the bleachers of the Spencer-Van Etten Elementary School gymnasium for a public hearing on Wednesday detailing the plan to dissolve the Village of Van Etten.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups pressed for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.
Multi-generations debate and reminisce about the legacy left by the slain Democratic senator from New York. He championed for better treatment of the poor and people of color.
New York Senator took issue both with the president’s legal team arguing he has the authority to self-pardon and Trump calling special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe “unconstitutional.”
The New York State United Teachers union is setting up protests at several district offices in the state on Friday. That includes Fred Akshar’s office in Binghamton and Tom O’Mara’s office in Elmira.
As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, U.S. retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target.
Upstate dairy farmers are in trouble. They’re not earning enough to live on. Federal representatives are pushing for stopgaps, but experts say, it’s not enough.
Starbucks closed thousands of stores across the country Tuesday for racial bias training. The sessions were closed to the public, but the company hosted an event for reporters in New York.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is the latest politician to speak out against a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus on Seneca Lake.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – A college student struggles with studies — and untreated mental illness — but is far from family members who might provide support. That combination can lead to suicide.
ALBANY NY (WSKG) – Republicans meeting at the state convention in New York City nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor Wednesday and offered a scathing critique of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in office.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The New York State Legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31.
A warming planet means some migrating birds miss mealtime.
It’s been 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Kennerly, who covered his short-lived run for president, describes what it was like on the ground.
A growing number of House Republicans want to force votes on immigration legislation this summer despite opposition from GOP leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
When a bunch of New York investors sniffed out a potential price fixing scheme in the poultry business, they bet against big chicken. Then they targeted a price index published in Georgia.
Progressive candidates beat more centrist Democrats in key races Tuesday night in the types of competitive districts the party needs to win to take back the House this fall.
Buffalo, NY (WBFO) – On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a longtime champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser.
Legislators in Albany are expected to continue working on a bill that seeks to permit state prosecutions of people who have received a presidential pardon under federal law.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office says it’s investigating allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused four women.
The New Yorker reports the women, with whom Schneiderman had romantic relationships, say he physically abused them. Schneiderman denies the accusations but says they prevent him from doing his work.
Large cities like New York, along with smaller cities and counties in California, want the big oil companies to pay for the harm their products have caused in the form of rising seas, floods and drought. Better science and clear evidence of deception give these lawsuits far more traction than in the past.
TATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Freshwater mussels function as nature’s water treatment plants. Each animal can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. Working together, they can dramatically clean the water of the rivers they live in.
To turn a profit again, upstate dairy farmers say they need better advertising to help increase demand. Removing sanctions on Russia and ending tariff disputes with China would help, too.
“Ugly. It’s ugly right now,” said Cub Frisbie, head of the Tioga County Farm Bureau.
A judge in New York said Trump Place, a condominium building on Manhattan’s West Side, can remove the Trump name from the building if enough residents agree.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The newly reunited Senate Democrats held their first press conference, where they focused on what they said was their No. 1 priority — a package of bills making it easier to vote.
An invasive insect is attacking hemlock trees in Michigan and along the East Coast. The hemlock woolly adelgid is an aphid-like bug, and it can kill hemlocks.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Andrew Cuomo has two main challengers in the governor’s race, Cynthia Nixon on the left and Marc Molinaro on the right. Surprisingly the two agree on a number of key items as they make their case against the incumbent governor, including a laser like focus on the incumbent governor’s’ perceived weaknesses.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Researchers from Penn State University will be part of a major, international effort to better understand an Antarctic glacier, dubbed the “doomsday glacier” for its potential to contribute significantly to global sea level rise.
Buffalo, NY (WBFO) – A recent discovery at the Buffalo Museum of Science has the scientific community buzzing. A team uncovered a fully-intact elephant bird egg while digitally cataloging the museum’s oological collection.
Myneca Ojo, one of the golfers kicked off the course, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the experience.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Wegmans is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this week to ban single-use plastic bags.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Now that white communities have shifted from prescription opioid addiction to heroin addiction, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says the conversation has shifted from incarceration to treatment.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Even before the results of two special elections Tuesday in the State Senate were decided, the lone Democratic Senator who caucuses with the Republicans says he’s sticking with the GOP. That means Democrats will likely not control the Senate any time this year.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — A new poll from Muhlenberg College is giving Democrats reason to feel hopeful about their midterm chances in November.
The top Senate Democrat will introduce a bill to decriminalize pot at the federal level. It is one of the furthest-reaching legislative efforts by any congressional leader affecting marijuana policy.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — State House lawmakers have voted to create work requirements for able-bodied people to get Medicaid coverage.Such requirements weren’t federally permitted for Medicaid until the Trump administration changed the policy several months ago.
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.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Monday marked the first day that the former breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate were working with the mainstream Democrats after they agreed to reunify earlier this month.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – TV’s Sex and the City star and education advocate Cynthia Nixon won the endorsement of the Working Families Party at a meeting in Albany Saturday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running in a Democratic primary against Nixon, dropped out of contention for the party’s nomination Friday night, after delegates were leaning toward Nixon. “I am so proud to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party,” Nixon told the enthusiastic crowd of progressive and activist groups. She said that New York would be different if she were in charge, she promised to end cash bail, make New York a sanctuary state for immigrants, and phase out fossil fuels. “When I am governor I will push this state ambitiously, aggressively toward a 100 percent renewal energy economy,” said Nixon, who said thousands of green jobs could be created, including in communities hard hit by “corporate polluters”.
Opposition is growing against a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus. In recent months several Finger Lakes municipalities have voted resolutions opposing the proposed incinerator in the town of Romulus. Article Ten allows for state review for proposals like this. Now, lawmakers have proposed a law eliminating trash or waste incinerators from the Article Ten process. When the project faces strong local opposition the company withdrew it’s application for local permitting. They said they would bypass local permission and seek a permit from the state under Article Ten instead.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) –Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon has outlined her plans for legalizing marijuana in New York in a video, saying the state lags far behind some other states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s studying the issue. Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary, said New York should follow the lead of eight other states and end a “key front” in what she called the “racist” war on drugs. “I believe it’s time for New York to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C. and legalize the recreational use of marijuana,” Nixon said in the video. Nixon said 80 percent of the New Yorkers arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates.
A bill that would extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse was not part of the New York State budget approved this month.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Across Pennsylvania, four in 10 registered voters say they have personally experienced problems related to climate change, according to a recent poll from StateImpact Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall College.
Starting Friday morning, people seeking detox services in Broome County can go to the Syracuse Behavioral Health facility. The state funded facility will help patients with detox and stabilization.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Two warring factions of Democrats in the state Senate are rejoining forces as pressure has mounted from the party’s left-leaning base for a reunification.
There was a memorial service Tuesday night at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, NY, to remember the 13 victims of the shooting that happened there nine years ago.
The new lawsuit comes more than a week after California filed a similar lawsuit in San Francisco federal court against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Census Bureau officials.
“It’s one of the challenges of the human spirit – developing a positive outlook in the face of the fact that we’re all going to die and birth is a fatal disease,” said David Marsland, whose wife was killed in the attack. “It’s a question of how you live as opposed to how you die.
Our series takes a global look at the problem: why women are ending up in prison, what it’s like for them inside and how activists are fighting to keep people out.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The new state budget includes anti-sexual harassment measures that will apply to both government and private-sector workplaces.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – Last week’s 2,200-page omnibus congressional spending bill nearly doubled funding for construction work led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Exactly how the money will be allocated is still being determined by Army Corps’ headquarters.
The Diocese of Syracuse just started a program to compensate people who were abused by clergy when they were kids. Right now, it’s only open to cases the diocese knows about already. However, other dioceses in New York with similar programs eventually opened them up to new allegations. Syracuse isn’t sure if it will.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – State lawmakers started passing budget bills late Thursday night into Friday morning, even though some major issues related to the spending plan are still not resolved. They need to finish by mid-day Friday so legislators and staff can get home for the Passover and Easter holidays.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Budget talks are stalled shortly before a self-imposed deadline of March 30 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature. Meanwhile, groups left out of the deal expressed their dismay.
With millions of lives in immigration limbo, the long-term effects of uncertainty are beginning to worry mental health experts.
An ancient Greek shopping list that reads like a modern text. Broken eggs that signal a “ruined” woman. The food depicted in the Met’s collection is ripe with hidden references.
In many states, menstrual products are subject to a sales tax whereas items like ChapStick are not. It’s just one example of women paying a premium, known as the “pink tax,” for various products.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – A Trumansburg carpenter has just begun to help with Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – It’s just over a week until the state budget is due, and there’s no resolution on an array of proposed new taxes and spending proposals, as well as several unrelated items that are tied to the budget.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – Within hours of one another on Monday afternoon, the US Supreme Court and a lower federal district court rejected Republican appeals against the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to redraw the state’s congressional map.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) Actor and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign for governor of New York in a video Monday. She’ll be in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for Governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.
“We need to honor the victims of school shootings with change. We need to honor them with policy,” said Lena Kennell, sophomore at Newfield High School. “We can make a difference even if we can’t vote.”
Students across the nation walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to, as organizers put it, ”protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” At Maine-Endwell High School, it was pretty quiet.
Hundreds of Ithaca High School students walked out of school at 10:00am to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence. They invited parents, teachers and community members to join them for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the Parkland, Florida shooting one month ago.
Students in the Southern Tier plan to walk out of their classrooms later this morning to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence. The protest is exactly one month after the Parkland, Florida shooting.
Ithaca, NY (WSKG) – Emerald ash borers have been found in Tompkins County. Researchers at Cornell University spotted the insects in one tree in the University’s Arnot Forest. The forest is 4,500 acres and stretches across Tompkins and Schuyler counties.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – STAP said they would be a good fit to run Ithaca’s proposed supervised injection site because they already have the staff and resources in place. The group runs three syringe exchange programs in Ithaca, Johnson City and Norwich. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, who proposed the injection facility in 2016, said approval for it would need to come from the state.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Cuomo has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.
SCRANTON, PA (State Impact PA) Pennsylvania environmental regulators are looking into health complaints after residents say a natural gas power plant being built near Scranton started emitting noxious, greenish-yellow smoke over the weekend.
Albany, NY (WSKG) – Things got heated on the New York State Senate floor this week over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.
Residents in Elmira are about to see their property tax bill go way up. The city proposed a 17 percent increase to fund staffing and services at the current level. It passed last night without a vote.
Albany, NY (WSKG) – During a debate in the New York state Senate on enhanced school safety measures Monday, Democrats asked the Republican majority to support a bill to ban teachers from having guns in schools.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) announced her reelection bid at the same restaurant in New Hartford where she found out in 2016 that she would be headed to Washington, D.C. She reminisced with her an enthusiastic crowd of supporters Saturday, saying that was a turning point for the entire country.
Anti-Semitic incidents have risen significantly in the commonwealth for the second straight year. A report from the Anti-Defamation League shows they rose in four of the last five years after declining between 2008 and 2012. The ADL’s Nancy Baron-Baer says it’s a troubling trend.
A nor’easter could dump as much as a foot of snow in parts of New York, Pennsylvania and northern New England. Meanwhile, in Southern California, evacuations were ordered due to fears of mudslides.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Democrats in the state Senate tried to force a vote on gun control legislation Wednesday, to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP senators’ resistance to the bills.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Advocates who want the Child Victims Act passed in New York are stepping up pressure on Republicans in the state Senate. Some GOP senators are the final holdouts on the bill that would extend the statute of limitations and open up a one-year window for victims to file civil lawsuits.
People who are poor move a lot – between homes, to get groceries and healthcare. It can be difficult to achieve upward mobility, leaving people feeling like they’re running in place. Click here to check out the stories.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – In the ongoing debate over a proposed waste to energy facility at the Seneca Army Depot, a group of residents and business owners who are opposed to the project traveled to Albany Tuesday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject it.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – In a decision which could have national ramifications, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that onlookers say is much more favorable to Democrats, replacing one the court overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — A monthlong debacle over redrawing Pennsylvania’s unconstitutional congressional maps is coming to an end. Today is the deadline the state Supreme Court gave itself to either pick new maps from a number of submissions, or draw its own.
Albany, NY (WSKG) – Some Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a measure that would make anonymous political ads on Facebook and other social media illegal. They say the ads are being abused to falsely represent their positions on issues.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said a former student, Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody, suspected of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz was arrested off campus without incident.
Skunks may be roaming more freely these days as it’s skunk mating season.
Ithaca, NY (WSKG) – With around 700 people in attendance, Tracy Mitrano was the winner of a Democratic straw poll on Monday at the State Theater in Ithaca. Six of the seven candidates vying for the seat held by Republican Tom Reed took part.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Hours before the state Supreme Court-imposed deadline expired Friday night, Republican legislative leaders submitted drafts of a new congressional map to Governor Tom Wolf.
In the month since the Dick’s Sporting Goods distribution center opened Conklin, it’s given a bump to employment in the Southern Tier.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Remsen native Erin Hamlin will carry the American flag during the opening ceremonies Friday at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Governor Tom Wolf is releasing his fourth budget proposal today. It will lay out his preferences for spending and funding for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – The number of people testing positive for the flu this winter has been rising rapidly in New York State and central New York. According to the state health department, more than 11,000 thousand cases of the flu were confirmed in the state during the week ending January 27, a 50 percent increase from the week before.
ALBANY (WSKG) The bribery trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, begins its third week in federal court Monday. Cuomo has not commented on the proceedings, and has instead been busy focusing on other topics.
ALBANY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections to be held April 24 to fill two empty Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.
ALBANY (WSKG) – A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco said he thinks it’s time for a change.
President Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. Watch or listen live online, on TV, or on the air.
The Delaware River Basin Commission heard its first public comments on the proposal to ban fracking in the watershed this week in Wayne County and Philadelphia. If the DRBC approves the proposal, it would cement a current de-facto moratorium on drilling. But it remains controversial.
NEW YORK CITY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.
The Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town of Fenton in Broome County wants some time to go over information before deciding whether a proposed natural transfer station can move forward.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS -(Harrisburg) – Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court struck down the state’s congressional district map in a split decision issued Monday.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will stay open amidst the government shutdown. They’re part of the National Park Service. Governor Cuomo reached a deal with the Interior Department to have the state pay $65,000 a day to keep them open. Cuomo says New York State will keep paying to operate the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as long as Congress is at an impasse. He says the closure of the statue is a metaphor for what he says President Trump and Congress are doing through their policies on immigration.
The community portrait project, We Are Ithaca, held its final photo session Thursday. The project was created by two local photographers in collaboration with the Community Arts Partnership. 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 McKinley 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.
Governor Cuomo introduced legislation to end what’s known as the carried interest loophole, a measure long sought by the left of the governors’ Democratic Party.
After a holiday season of eating and eating and eating, many of us are packing gyms, trying to get back in shape for the New Year. Your exercising options in the winter might seem bleak. Gyms can be crowded and, if I can editorialize a bit, running on a treadmill is boring. The good news is running outside in cold winter months can be a great alternative. “I think it’s wonderful to be out of doors in the winter,” said Sarah Thompson, a Health and Wellness Lecturer at Binghamton University.
Every third Monday of January, the nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth and service of racial and economic equality. This year, the holiday falls on what would have been King’s 89th birthday. MLK Day was first observed in 1986, and, in 1994, Senator and civil rights leader John Lewis of Georgia sponsored the King Holiday and Service Act, making the holiday one to encourage people to volunteer in their communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service says the holiday : “[…] calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community.'”
The All for Good website has a list of volunteer opportunities.
A new company from Rochester wants to build the largest trash incinerator in the state in the small town of Romulus in the Finger Lakes. Many in the area don’t like the idea. About 4,300 people live in the town of Romulus between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. People packed the Town Planning Board meeting Monday night to hear from Circular enerG, which wants to build the 200,000 square foot incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot. Some, like Michael Davis, support the project. He’s the president of Finger Lakes Building Trades and the Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 840.
Davis and several of his fellow union members sat up front.
President Trump is holding a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. Live stream will begin at 3:20pm ET
Part of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address last week was an expansion of his shared services plan. That’s a push by the state to get local governments to be more efficient to ease property tax burden. Cuomo said property taxes have been a major burden on taxpayers for a long time, but a change to the federal tax law limits what people can deduct on their state and local taxes to $10,000. There had been no limit. “Our property taxes have long been an obstacle to growth, but today with the federal SALT provision, it’s an economic cancer,” Cuomo said during his State of the State speech.
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.
One of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State proposals would protect Cayuga Lake from toxic algal blooms.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal targets the 12 lakes that have the biggest algal bloom problems in the state. He said, “In the beautiful lakes of upstate New York we now have toxic algal that is spreading it is literally endangering the drinking water. No more procrastination, Let’s resolve these issues and let’s do it this year.” It’s a $65 million plan he wants begun in February, finished in May and enacted this summer. After years of inaction, Greg Boyer, professor of biochemistry at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, thinks the “aggressive timeline.”
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On Friday, the Crime Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) expanded programming into an old school building in Endicott. CVAC works with Broome County and federal programs to counsel people who have survived sex trafficking, accompany them to court, and offer them tools to cope, among other things. “I think there’s a misconception,” said Raini Baudendistel, executive director of CVAC. “When you say ‘human trafficking,’ people think that it might be immigrants or refugees and people are being shoved in a van and driven across state lines, and that’s not what we’re talking about here.
New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance requires counties to collect fees from homeless people staying in shelters. Some counties are pushing back. The regulation was first enacted in the mid 1990s but in 2015 it was updated. Under the existing regulation, a person who is homeless could be required to pay up to $70.54 per night depending on a state formula based on all of their income, earned and unearned. Tompkins County has not been collecting the fees.
ALBANY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech, told lawmakers that 2018 will be the “most challenging” year, and he said they will have to fight against what he said are “threats” from the federal government. He also announced steps to combat sexual harassment and reform the state’s criminal justice system. Cuomo told lawmakers, the state’s top judges and hundreds of others assembled inside the state convention center that 2017 “was a tough year by any measure.”
But he said “2018 may be the hardest year in modern political history.”
Cuomo said they will all have to work together to fix changes from the federal tax overhaul that no longer allows New Yorkers to deduct state and local taxes from their federal tax returns. Calling the tax overhaul an “economic civil war,” he said he’s studying how to revamp the state’s tax structure to convert the income tax into a payroll tax. And he generated applause when he vowed to file a lawsuit to overturn what he said is double taxation.
ALBANY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, kicking off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races. Cuomo begins his eighth year in office facing the largest budget deficit since 2011. New York is short $4.4 billion, and there’s uncertainty over federal policies, including the overhaul of the tax code, that could leave the state with even a bigger budget hole in the future. The governor fought unsuccessfully to reverse the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes, which harms some middle-class and wealthy taxpayers in the state. Cuomo, speaking on CNN over the holidays, said he’ll announce in his State of the State a plan to re-engineer the state’s tax code to try to mitigate the effects.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – New state laws are taking effect this month, including an increase in the minimum wage to $10.40 an hour in upstate. That’s a $0.70 increase from the end of 2017, and the wage will continue rising to $12.50 an hour by the end of 2020. In addition, New York’s new paid family leave program is now in effect. The program will allow workers to get paid a portion of their earnings while they take time off to tend to a new child or sick relative. Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) says the program will keep people in work, which helps all New Yorkers.
In front of a standing room only crowd, the Broome County Legislature voted to accept New York state funding for an addiction treatment center on Wednesday. The nearly $2.7 million comes through the state’s Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, or OASAS. The facility will be located at the former Broome County Developmental Center in Binghamton. It’s expected to be hold 50 beds for supervised withdrawal and stabilization. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will provide services.
Governor Cuomo has not officially announced a candidacy for a third term, but has told everyone he’s planning to run next year. But it’s hard to talk about Governor Cuomo’s potential race for reelection next year without discussing the Presidential race in 2020, and whether Cuomo will be a candidate. The governor for his first six years in office, kept a low national profile, but in 2017 he stepped up his appearances on national news shows, and took on President Trump on issues like climate change. He’s been very vocal in his opposition to the federal tax overhaul, calling it a “dagger in the heart” of the state, and saying it penalizes blue, high tax states like New York. “They’re using New York as a piggy bank to pay for the tax cuts in other states,” Cuomo said on December 13th.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out Jan. 3. But a top aide to the governor said it might be awhile before the proposals could become law and take effect. The proposal would require each county to set up at least one early voting poll site during the 12 days leading up to Election Day. The sites would be open for five hours a day on the two weekends leading up to elections, as well as eight hours a day on weekdays.
A lawsuit is moving forward by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office alleging natural gas companies didn’t pay royalties to landowners as they’d promised. Bradford County Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth Brown denied the preliminary objections raised by the defendants, Chesapeake Energy and Anadarko Petroleum. The lawsuit, filed in 2015, accuses the companies of violating the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, by promising landowners royalty money they never paid. You can read the full story here.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — On the heels of recent Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stories on alleged sexual harassment by state lawmakers, a number of officials are calling for a change. The latest story concerns 40-year veteran lawmaker Thomas Caltagirone, a Berks County Democrat. The House Democratic caucus paid a quarter million taxpayer dollars to settle a harassment complaint a staffer made against him. A non-disclosure agreement kept the whole thing under wraps. A few weeks before that was reported, fellow House Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky, of Delaware County, said a different news story made her realize the settlements were happening and being kept secret.
ALBANY (WSKG) – 2018 might finally be the year that Democrats regain control of the state Senate. But they face a number of obstacles, and Republicans aren’t ready to give up any time soon. Two feuding factions of Democrats in the Senate have agreed to reunite later next year and perhaps rule the chamber, but it can happen only if a number of events occur first. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, under pressure from left-leaning Democrats to be a peace broker, last month called on the eight breakaway members of the Independent Democratic Conference to rejoin with the rest of the Democrats. “I urge both sides to stop their intramural disputes and unify,” Cuomo said on Nov.
ALBANY (WSKG) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s vowed to lead a campaign against the state’s Republican Congressional representatives in the 2018 elections, has spent the final weeks of 2017 feuding with them over their votes on the federal tax overhaul bill. Cuomo has been saying for weeks that the overhaul would be “devastating” to New York’s finances and to many of its taxpayers, and he’s called Republican House members who support the plan “traitors” and “Benedict Arnolds.”
The governor is particularly incensed over the loss of the deduction for state and local taxes, which harms people in relatively high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California. In the hours leading up to the House vote, Cuomo stepped up his rhetoric. In response to a reporter’s question, he said Democrats, including New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, would be “justified” if they threatened to shut down the government when the temporary spending measure runs out at the end of the week, if the tax bill passes.
ALBANY (WSKG) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has instituted a minimum wage increase for most workers in the state, now wants to extend that rate to tipped workers, including wait staff and car washers. That news is causing a backlash from restaurant owners and small business groups. The current state minimum wage for tipped workers is $7.50 an hour. That’s lower than the minimum wage for non-tipped workers, which ranges from $9.70 an hour upstate in some industries to $12 an hour for fast-food workers in New York City. But under a provision known as the tip credit, employers are required by law to monitor the tips that wait staff and other tipped workers receive.
ALBANY (WSKG) – With a projected multibillion-dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost the state billions more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget. The second-highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, John DeFrancisco, said the budget will be “horrible” and the worst in at least seven years. “I think it’s going to be very, very difficult,” DeFrancisco said. “Probably the most difficult budget year the governor has had since he’s been governor.”
The state’s comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, agreed. He said the projected $4.4 billion deficit and lower-than-expected tax collections are only the beginning of the trouble.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – Many college students will tell you one of the best ways to secure a good job after graduating is to find an internship. That’s an easy enough task, but finding one that’s paid can be a little more challenging. Abbey Buttacavoli is a junior at SUNY Oswego. She couldn’t pursue an internship with a company she wanted to work for because it didn’t provide pay. “It just wouldn’t have worked,” Buttacavoli said. “And I wish it could have, because it is a really good opportunity, but not having that financial support or stability is not an option.”
But some students are willing to live with a little financial instability in exchange for experience, even if it means they’ll be heading into the workforce with an empty bank account.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – The plaintiffs’ argument in the state lawsuit over Pennsylvania’s congressional district map hinges on whether they can prove the state legislature designed a map meant to dilute Democratic votes. Much of the trial’s third day was spent by plaintiffs trying to quantify the map’s alleged partisan advantages by looking at decades of data, spurring a debate about how many votes are “wasted” because of the way congressional boundary lines were drawn. Say you have five congressional districts each with 100 voters. Democrats win two by wide margins, and Republicans win three in tight races. That’s what redistricting experts would call a map with an “efficiency gap” designed to advantage Republicans by wasting votes for Democrats.
ALBANY (WSKG) – There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader Brian Kolb. He announced in a video released Tuesday. Kolb, who’s been an Assembly member since 2000, is also a businessman. He’s the founder and past President of two companies in the Rochester area, where he grew up. Kolb says he’d draw on the experiences of both worlds if he were to lead the state. He says he’s been traveling and meeting with New Yorkers, and asking them whether or not state government is working for them.
Residents voted on Monday to dissolve the Village of Van Etten. Village services will now be absorbed by the Town of Van Etten. Village dissolution passed 103-76. The town of the Van Etten has the highest property tax rate among towns in Chemung County. Supporters of dissolution hope absorbing things like the village sales tax will help lower those rates.
KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — Testimony in a fast-tracked lawsuit alleging gerrymandering got underway in Pa. Commonwealth Court Monday. The case could force a new state congressional map before the 2018 midterm election. Eighteen registered Democrats — one from each congressional district — claim Pennsylvania’s map was drawn unfairly by state GOP leaders to advantage Republicans. Congressional maps have to follow certain rules, such as distributing equal numbers of voters between districts. Advocates for fairer congressional maps say it’s also a best practice to avoid dividing counties and municipalities when drawing district boundary lines.
In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a bold statement by banning hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State, declaring alongside his health commissioner that “no child should live near” a shale-gas well because of its potential harm.
The governor’s proclamation made him a hero among environmentalists and persona non grata in the oil and gas industry. Energy in Depth, an industry-funded website, criticized Cuomo for basing the moratorium on dubious science “to kowtow to Yoko Ono, Mark Ruffalo, and all of the environmental pressure groups in New York.”
In truth, though, the picture is murkier, and Cuomo’s ban is less than absolute. Moratorium notwithstanding, New York is still reaping the rewards of fracking, importing shale gas from neighboring Pennsylvania and preparing to process it in a mammoth power plant under construction 65 miles northwest of New York City. Read full story here.
Pennsylvania is one of more than a dozen states suing the EPA for failing to enforce on an important air pollution regulation. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Pennsylvania and 13 other states, plus the District of Columbia, say the EPA blew by an October 1 deadline to designate which parts of the country are failing to meet recently tightened federal standards for ozone, or ground level smog. States use those designations to issue regulations on the amount of pollution that power plants, cars and factories can produce within their borders. Read full story here.
Residents in the Village of Van Etten are split over whether to dissolve their government. They vote on it next week. If yes, the village would be absorbed by the Town of Van Etten, but, the decision is not just about saving money. It’s about a deep rift between the village and town governments. Heather Gable and a small group of people took it upon themselves earlier this year to circulate a petition and bring village dissolution up for a vote.
ALBANY (WSKG) – One of the biggest challenges that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers will face in 2018 is balancing the state’s budget, which already has a structural deficit of more than $4 billion. On top of that, federal changes to taxes and health care could cost the state billions more in lost funding. State tax revenues are down, contributing to the largest structural budget gap in seven years. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimates the deficit to be about $4.4 billion. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Liz Krueger, said that news alone would be bad enough. “That disturbs me, but that’s not what keeps me up at night,” Krueger said in an interview with public radio and television. “What Washington might do to us is what keeps me up at night.” Krueger said the tax overhaul plan now being negotiated by the Republican-led House and Senate is an “endless list” of policy changes that will cost New York, including the ripple effect of ending deductions for state and local taxes. “The loss of money to taxpayers in New York state through federal actions, will absolutely have enormous ramifications,” said Krueger, who predicted it will result in a loss of “billions and billions” of revenue for the state to fund key programs. Cuomo, who calls the federal tax proposal “devastating” for New York, said some tough decisions will need to be made. “The budget is not going to be an easy budget,” Cuomo said.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A bill narrowing the window to get an abortion in Pennsylvania could be on a fast track to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk sometime soon. Under current law, abortions are permitted until 24 weeks of pregnancy. This would roll the limit back to 20, except in medical emergencies. The measure would also outlaw a procedure referred to as “dismemberment abortion,” which is not a medically recognized term. It already passed the House last session, and made it through the Senate earlier this year.
Broome County is taking public comment on a possible addiction treatment center Tuesday night. This comes as Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is pressuring the legislature to approve $2.7 million funding for the facility. That funding comes from the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and would bring addiction treatment services at the site of the former Broome Developmental Center. County Executive Jason Garnar is holding Tuesday’s hearing in the wake of an announcement last week that the Broome legislature wouldn’t vote to approve the funding until at least the new year. Republican Chairman Dan Reynolds said that’s because he doesn’t believe the legislature has all the information. For example, Reynolds wants a detailed report of how the public funds will be used, according to WBNG. A call to Chairman Reynolds was not returned.
ALBANY (WSKG) – Two reports issued in recent days indicate that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be facing his most difficult budget in seven years. The midyear financial report by the governor’s budget office has lowered revenue estimates by $850 million for the current budget year and the next two years. And it finds that next year’s projected deficit is now at $4.4 billion, if spending growth continues unchecked. Cuomo began sounding the alarm weeks before the report was released. “The state is already facing a $4 billion deficit going into next year,” Cuomo first said in late September.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) – Several activists were arrested Monday while blocking a hallway during a rally at the state Capitol. Many had just finished a three-day walk from Lancaster to Harrisburg–the second one they’ve done this year. The group’s goal is to call attention to stalled bills that would ban gifts to lawmakers and seek to make the redistricting process less partisan. The walk to the Capitol was 36 miles, and temperatures fell below freezing at times. But when the March on Harrisburg group reached the Capitol, their energy was high Several members dressed in the red stripes of children’s book character Where’s Waldo–a dig at House members, who had canceled their regular session day for an informal nonvoting session. Rachel Brewer, of national anti-corruption group Represent.US, called out Republican House State Government Committee Chair Daryl Metcalfe in particular.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) – State lawmakers are running into legal issues over a component of the budget plan they passed last month. Some $200 million of the plan is slated to b