We’re waiting for the dust to settle on the federal level,” Gregoire said. “I think the Congressional Budget Office, CBO is going to come out with some more updated numbers for everyone.
We’re waiting for the dust to settle on the federal level,” Gregoire said. “I think the Congressional Budget Office, CBO is going to come out with some more updated numbers for everyone.
Rachel Murat is a Social Studies teacher at Maine-Endwell.
Millions of absentee ballots were already returned nation-wide, but candidates are still campaigning. So, what if you change your mind?
Eventhough the new law essentially allows universal mail-in balloting, the Governor says New Yorkers might still be confused about how to actually request the absentee voting forms.
“Scheduling bathroom breaks for little kids seems kind of crazy, but it’s just something we have to do to keep them safe.”
Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded absentee voting to include all New Yorkers.
New York is a reliable Democratic state in presidential elections. There are no statewide races for governor or U.S. Senate this year. The state has 27 congressional districts. New York voters must be registered with a political party to participate in its primary elections.
Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad is accused of violating American sanctions laws against Iran, but prosecutors in the Southern District of New York are backing away nearly three months after convicting him.
“It would just be a disaster. It’s, it would just be awful in every area.”
The types of apartments rented in Binghamton do not give tenants much opportunity to organize into a collective bargaining unit.
“We are putting the safety of children, families and educators first […]”
New criminal justice reforms went into effect in the state in January.
The decision comes in the wake of a New York law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.
The Christmas fern gets that name because the leaflets’ shape is similar to a Christmas stocking hung over the fireplace.
The measure creates regulatory standards for hemp products.
Witch Hazel is a small tree with multiple smooth trunks and flowers that look otherworldly, burgundy with yellow petals bursting out that look like crinkled yellow ribbons.
New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker declared the flu “prevalent” on Thursday.
People who work in health care and are not vaccinated now need to wear surgical masks around patients.
Recent reports and studies suggest that the outsized political power of hospitals is a big reason why American health care is so expensive.
The flower blooms for about a month between September and October.
The order, first reported by the New York Law Journal, came less than 24 hours before enforcement was scheduled to begin.
Hunting and fishing bring in billions of dollars into New York State every year.
“There is no doubt that the kids that are in school today are our future.”
The state is rewarding Broome County for cutting costs. The county enacted efficiencies that save taxpayers over three-million dollars.
Beginning next April, residents with the older blue and white plates will have to turn them in for new plates. Mark J.F. Schroder believes that’s enough time to work with the legislature to explore alternatives.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A law that decriminalizes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana took effect Wednesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it’s “long overdue.” But some advocates say the law does not go far enough. Starting Wednesday, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $50 fine. Anyone caught with 2 ounces of cannabis would be fined up to $200.
State Senator Pamela Helming calls them a money grab
Joe Mihalko is pushing back against a proposed fee.
Governor Cuomo said the new law will allow more women to run for public office.
On Monday, the New York Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve regulations for sports betting at Tioga Downs and three other casinos.
The LGBTQ pride flag is flying over the New York state Capitol for the first time in state history in celebration of Pride Month. The flag went up yesterday.
Thousands of visitors converged on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this week for the sixth annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo.
New York City just became the first city in the US to adopt a congestion pricing plan. The plan is expected to raise about $1.5 billion in revenue every year, mostly for its crumbling subway system.
Charter Spectrum promised to hit new goals, but 22nd District Congressman Anthony Brindisi is still skeptical.
A Manhattan law firm has released the names of former Boy Scout leaders across New York who allegedly abused children.
Therese Patricia Okoumou has scaled public monuments, including the Statue of Liberty, to bring attention to the detention of undocumented immigrant children.
Thousands of New Yorkers with severe mental illnesses won the chance to live independently in supported housing, following a 2014 federal court order. FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate what’s happened to people moved from adult homes into apartments and find more than two dozen cases in which the system failed, sometimes with deadly consequences.
Europe’s investments in offshore wind have fueled better technology, more competition and cheaper capital for new projects. That’s driven down the cost of offshore power and now the US is capitalizing on the savings.
Leaders of New York local government groups are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restore municipal aid.
Amazon canceled plans for a New York City HQ after meeting stiff opposition over big tax breaks and other incentives. A California mayor refused to offer similar incentives but landed Google anyway.
The one-year look-back period in New York’s Child Victims Act does a lot, but its effect might be different on the Catholic Church than other institutions.
Beginning January 26, Farm Service Agency offices across New York and Pennsylvania will reopen. Nationwide, the USDA is recalling almost 10,000 workers to help farmers affected by the partial federal shutdown.
Thriller author Brad Meltzer and documentary producer Josh Mensch offer an intriguing look at a true-life, foiled plan that, had it succeeded, may have killed the American dream before it even began.
In her new book, “Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land,” Leah Penniman describes her journey as a woman of color reclaiming space in the agricultural world while providing a comprehensive guide for others who want to follow her path.
You can register in person, online, or by mail, but make sure it’s postmarked today.
“We recommend that you go, actually into the post office and have them stamp it in front of you. Don’t just drop it in the mailbox because we get mail without postmarks and then we can’t count it, unfortunately.”
A photo of three pioneering women doctors has been circulating in social media — but they’re not wearing white lab coats. They’re wearing culturally significant dress and they represent the first women doctors from their countries, back in the 1800s.
Marc Molinaro continues an anti-corruption focus on his campaign tour ahead of the November election.
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.
A year ago, some mysterious stone figures appeared on the banks of the Hudson in Manhattan. They’re the work of Uliks Gryka.
Rain has caused flooding across part of New York and Pennsylvania, but for farmers it’s a welcome sight.
Many New Yorkers may not know David Hosack’s name, but they wouldn’t recognize their city without the public institutions he founded or influenced.
TRANSFORMING HEALTH – Prescriptions for opioids fell 29 percent nationwide from 2013 to 2017, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
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.
The Philippines is the last country in the world that does not allow divorce.
Growing up, Wally Feresten never dreamed of being a cue card holder. Now, 28 years later, he can’t imagine doing anything else.
BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – WSKG’s Gabe Altieri’s conversation with Politico New York’s Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind about the impact New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s resignation has on state and national politics.
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.
More than 30 Chinese immigrants in New York say they have been the victims of a Chinese robocall scam. A local councilor suspects the number is much higher. The NYPD estimates $3 million has been stolen since December.
WBFO (BUFFALO) – A report ranking all 50 states on how they’re dealing with public health issues places New York at number 10 this year. The 2017 America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation looks at 35 measures covering behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes data to rank every state across the nation in how they deal with public health issues. Moving up three ranks since last year, New York State now sits at number 10 in the country. “What that tells us is that New York is doing fairly well and progressing towards becoming a healthier and healthier state,” said Dr. Adam Aponte, Medical Director of UnitedHealthcare Community and State for New York. “It’s still not in the top five, but interestingly enough the top five are all in the northeast region.”
Among the five categories, New York’s best overall average comes in the policy arena where it ranked eighth in the nation.
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.
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.
ALBANY (WSKG) Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s election results in the state and the nation. This year is considered an “off” election year with no presidential race or statewide contests like a governor’s race. Nevertheless, Democrats in New York hungry for signs of encouragement after the 2016 election of President Donald Trump are very happy about Democratic wins in the county executive races in two suburban New York counties, Nassau and Westchester. Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed especially gleeful over the defeat of incumbent Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican who lost to Democratic state Sen. George Latimer. “He was trounced, trounced!” Cuomo said.
Supporters of holding a Constitutional Convention to fix problems in state government say they are disappointed with the resounding defeat of the measure in Tuesday’s voting, but they say they are not giving up. The League of Women Voters’ Jennifer Wilson says while a constitutional convention could have provided a great opportunity to repair flaws in state government, there are other ways, including the normal legislative process. She says both houses were opposed to the convention, saying there are better ways to improve government. She says now lawmakers have the chance to prove that they were right and can achieve changes. “Now do it,” said Wilson. “Stop saying that you can do it and that want to do it, and actually get some things done.” Both legislative leaders opposed the convention, saying they feared it would be taken over by special interests from outside New York.
Governor Cuomo and New York Senator Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved. Schumer, who is Senate Democratic Leader, says while the tax plan has changed from the original version, 71% of the deductions that now benefit state residents would be eliminated. The plan would end deductions for state and local income taxes, and cap the property tax deduction at $10,000 a year. “The plan will increase taxes on New Yorkers by $16 billion,” Schumer said in a joint conference call with Cuomo. Cuomo says the plan would undo seven years of work that his administration has done to keep taxes and spending steady in New York. “President Trump said this is a Christmas gift,” said Cuomo. “ If it’s a Christmas gift, New York gets a lump of coal from Santa Trump on this one.” Cuomo and Schumer are calling on four New York Republican House members- Claudia Tenney, John Faso, John Katko and Elise Stefanik, who have all expressed reservations about the provision, to vote against the tax plan.
ALBANY (WSKG) – A new poll finds that the ballot question on whether to hold a constitutional convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters. The Siena College poll finds likely voters in the Nov. 7 elections are leaning against Proposition One “by a better than two-to-one margin,” said Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg. The numbers are a change from earlier in the year, when a poll showed the majority of voters said they were in favor of holding a constitutional convention, despite the fact that they had not heard much about it. And the negativity about the proposed convention is widespread. Fifty-six percent of voters who identify as liberals and 60 percent of New Yorkers who say they are conservative are against the idea.
See The Gray Riders documentary before it premieres on television. We’re hosting a special screening on Thursday, November 2 for this film, so RSVP to email@example.com. There will be a reception at 5:30pm with light refreshments and snacks. The film will begin at 6pm. This one-hour documentary looks at the remarkable 100-year history of the New York State Police.
New York’s Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state by the end of 2018. This has led to an opportunity for local companies in rural areas, who are taking advantage of the state funds to expand to underserved customers. “How Many of Us Are There?” Husband and wife duo Bill Gruber and Helen McLean live in Franklin, New York. Their home sits among the rolling hills of rural Delaware County.
The deadline for the final round of funding for New York’s Broadband Program is August 31.* The funding will cover projects for the last two percent of the state. These are some of the most remote areas, where the terrain can be rough and population is sparse. Jeff Golden works for HaefeleTV, a small telecom company in Spencer, New York. He said the public investment is needed for these areas. “There isn’t a version of this story where these are areas that are going to be covered via private investment,” Golden said.
State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are touting workers’ compensation reform as a win this legislative session. It was added as part of the recently approved New York State budget. WSKG’s Sarah Gager and Gabe Altieri discuss some of the big changes. Interview Highlights:
On what workers’ compensation is:
Gabe Altieri: Worker’s compensation is the insurance that employers buy to cover employees who are injured at work. It’s a big cost for businesses.
Ninety-six percent of New Yorkers say, “in our state, no one should go hungry,” according to a new poll released from Siena College today. However, about 1 in 8 New Yorkers received food from a pantry last year. Most respondents to the survey said they understand a few things about struggling to get food: it’s harder to plan a meal; it’s harder to get to the store; and it’s harder to eat healthy. In the last year, 45 percent of respondents said they contributed money to an anti-hunger agency. Forty-nine percent said they have donated food.
Earlier this month, New York’s Public Service Commission changed how solar energy is valued in the state. Ahead of the decision, some solar advocates were worried a change in regulations would make solar panels less attractive for homeowners and small businesses. WSKG’s Gabe Altieri spoke with Valessa Souter-Kline, who works with NYSEIA, about what the decision means for the solar industry. NYSEIA is a trade association that advocates for the solar industry. On what the Public Service Commission decided:
Valessa Souter-Kline: This new system gets into ‘what is solar actually providing to the grid?’
The New York Public Service Commission could make a decision this week that would have a big impact on the state’s solar industry. Advocates for small solar producers worry they’ll be left behind. Big Pay Back For Small Producers
Meredith Kohn-Bocek has had solar panels on her house for about five years. She seems to be the only one in her small Tioga County neighborhood who has them. “I’m not aware of anyone else in the terrace that has solar,” she said.
The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Too Old to Work’, explores how as baby boomers age and the gap between rich and poor widens, the number of seniors living in poverty is on the rise. Housing costs are so high that today’s seniors are going to dangerous lengths to save money. Cutting prescription pills in half, living without heat, amongst others. Meet a Central New York senior too old to work and completely dependent on a frayed social safety net. Panelists joining the show:
Patricia Campany, RSVP Project Coordinator, Catholic Charities Elderly Services
Randall Hoak, Associate State Director, AARP, Central and Western New York
Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, NY Statewide Senior Action Council, Inc.
Mason Kaufman, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Syracuse
Watch this new episode on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:00pm.
Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.
New York State wants municipalities to share services and it’s offering $20 million to do it. Chemung County and the City of Elmira had planned to apply for the funds, but that has now changed. The two municipalities already share a lot of services, so they felt they had a good shot at winning the $20 million. They informally agreed to apply for the money, but city leaders had second thoughts. They were worried they’d have to dissolve and the state language on that wasn’t clear.
It’s a time of educational upheaval in New York. Changes are piling up fast: the state Board of Regents delayed state tests’ impact on teacher evaluations, and Governor Cuomo’s task force called for nearly two dozen changes to learning standards. In the midst of it all, here are three things you need to know. One: Remember what’s not changing – the bulk of the Common Core standards themselves. The standards are expectations for students, what we say students should be able to do when they finish a grade.
New York is getting ready for big changes to child care regulations. New federal rules say child care centers have to start fingerprinting employees and increase requirements for background checks, training, and annual inspections, among other changes. State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo expects the rules to take effect next year. She says they’re welcome but have a high price tag. “That’s something we’ve been wanting for a very long time, and we appreciate the federal government stepping in and basically saying, ‘You have to do this,’” she says. “The $90 million impact, however, is what’s a concern to us.”
The run-up to elections can be a tricky time for schools. Rhetoric heightens, and teachers often struggle with how much of it to address in class. For one class at Binghamton High School, the key is a focus on questions. On a late September afternoon, senior Christiana Joseph sits at a computer in search of some solid research. The Syrian refugee crisis is all over the headlines, with harrowing photographs and fearful rhetoric from countries like Hungary, which will close one of its borders in just a few weeks.
Changes to New York standardized testing are in the air. Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force finished its public sessions last month examining the state’s standards and testing program, and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has already pledged to shorten math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams.
According to the New York Times, Cuomo may be ready to de-link tests and evaluations entirely. In the midst of it all, though, a new study from SUNY New Paltz urges the state to re-think how it calculates time spent on tests. Co-author Robin Jacobowitz says testing takes more time in schools than we realize. The report estimates the “fixed costs” of testing: extra chunks of time used to prepare and get students back on track after the exam.
New York state has long been a center for agriculture. and, tonight, WSKG premieres a new documentary that celebrates upstate’s farming history. The movie is called Harvest. Brian Frey directed the film, and he says he misses the presence of farmers in popular culture.
American Graduate Day is tomorrow. It’s a day meant to highlight “education heroes”–the people who inspire kids to graduate. We can’t fully appreciate the day without understanding the trend we’re fighting. The big statistic is that in the United States, 1 in 5 students will drop out. Annie Cartie from WSKG’s education department tells us that finding the dropout rate for the Southern Tier region is difficult.
College students are getting down to work on campuses across New York, and many are also learning a new definition for sexual consent. New York passed a law in July requiring “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. It’s one of the farthest-reaching laws in the country, and the state is selling it to colleges as a marketing tool. Colleges are in fierce competition for students these days. Enrollment is down across the country.
New York’s Common Core is about to get another hard look. Earlier this year the state’s Education Commissioner started a review of the standards. Now Governor Andrew Cuomo is forming his own panel for the same purpose. He says Common Core implementation was flawed and that he sympathizes with parents who opted their children out of state tests. But some educators are skeptical about Cuomo’s effort.
Winners of New York’s five medical marijuana licenses could emerge any day now. The state Department of Health says it will announce the picks in mid-July. One bidder, Salus Scientific, aims to start growing in Johnson City. If the company wins a license, it will have to get right down to business. Co-founder Michael Falcone says he plans to refurbish a former grocery warehouse in the city to use for cultivation.
A senior New York education official is set to leave for a new post. Ken Wagner, Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy, was nominated Wednesday to Rhode Island’s top education job. Wagner oversaw troubled times at the New York education department. He helped hand down multiple revisions to the state’s controversial Common Core rollout, and he’s been even more prominent over the past few months since Commissioner John King left for a job in the federal government. Wagner’s nomination still needs approval from Rhode Island state officials, who are set to consider it next week.
Students at Corning Community College have less than a month to take advantage of a big discount on dorm life. They can get a thousand dollars off their room if they book before August 1. The college built the dorm two years ago to attract students from a wider area and to encourage all students to live closer to class. Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Bill Little says there are advantages to living on campus. “Because they aren’t spending their time in the car driving back and forth to home, they have more time to commit to studies, they have more time to commit to school and they have more time to commit to their own lives,” he says.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax-reduction plan includes a much-discussed property tax cap. But there’s another part that has unfolded with less fanfare. It pushes local governments to consolidate services in order to save money. What does that consolidation look like? The Tompkins County 911 center is a good example.
On state test day at school, all the students file in, sharpen their No. 2 pencils, and bend over their bubble sheets. Or, not. In Cooperstown, New York last month, sixty-one percent of students in grades 3-8 refused to take the state tests. They call it “opting out.” They’re part of a push in New York and elsewhere to refuse tests as a form of protest against controversial education policies.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo calls universal preschool one of his big priorities, and last year state lawmakers approved a big grant program to increase full-day preschool slots. It’s $340 million a year for five years. That grant just got approved for its second round, but the first year brought mixed results. Angela Ray lives just west of Binghamton, in the Southern Tier of New York. On a recent school vacation day, her two kids show up at a family friend’s for dinner with lots of energy.
High-profile campus sexual assault cases are forcing colleges and universities across the country to reconsider how they deal with sexual violence. Now New York’s public university system is the latest to update its sexual assault policies. “Yes means yes” is about to become the rule on SUNY campuses. Affirmative consent for sexual activity is one of the main points in SUNY’s new sexual assault policy. SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm says the affirmative consent part of the policy makes an unwritten rule explicit.