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Sen. O’Mara weighs in on pay raises for legislators in NY

Sen. O’Mara weighs in on pay raises for legislators in NY
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today rejected the New York State Compensation Committee’s report calling for a three-year, phased-in pay increase of roughly 63% for state legislators while also making the state Legislature a full-time occupation by capping a legislator’s ability to earn an income outside of legislative work. The panel earlier this week recommended increasing the base pay... more

How U.S. tariffs are hurting New York farms and businesses

How U.S. tariffs are hurting New York farms and businesses
Edged between cornfields in the largely rural community of Marathon, a company with millions of dollars invested in high-tech cutting and forming machines produces components for some of America’s largest manufacturers. Square Deal Machining in Cortland County makes steel enclosures for military electronics, screws for aerospace and metal pieces for one of the nation’s foremost tent makers. Business has rarely... more

Critics of Moravia’s decision to end youth program speak at meeting

Critics of Moravia’s decision to end youth program speak at meeting
Two community members addressed the Moravia school district about the recently discontinued summer recreation program. Meara Sabin and Erica Heim separately spoke about the program at a district board of education meeting Wednesday. The town of Moravia voted to stop maintaining the program at a council meeting last month. Town supervisor Terry Baxter asked the board to consider having the... more

After new infestation found on Cayuga Lake, experts warn of hydrilla spreading

After new infestation found on Cayuga Lake, experts warn of hydrilla spreading
A new infestation of hydrilla, an invasive species of plant that can choke waterways with its rapid growth, was found on Cayuga Lake in October, prompting experts Wednesday to warn about the plant’s ability to spread. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes the aquatic plant as “the world’s worst invasive plant,” largely for its extreme ability to reproduce. Like... more

Comptroller says landfills cost local government big over time

Comptroller says landfills cost local government big over time
Local governments that own landfills face nearly $300 million in estimated long-term costs for their active and closed landfills, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Much of these costs are associated with the decades-long monitoring and maintenance required to prevent waste and contaminants from seeping into groundwater. “Owning a landfill can generate significant revenues,... more

Cayuga County appoints new county attorney, DPW, emergency management heads

Cayuga County appoints new county attorney, DPW, emergency management heads
At a busy last meeting of the year, the Cayuga County Legislature appointed three department heads and expanded the leadership team at the new Department of Public Works. Acting County Attorney Christopher M. Palermo, Esq. was appointed County Attorney for the balance of his predecessor’s term through December 31, 2019. Following a long career as a firefighter and public safety... more

US to cancel $150 million in student loan debt. Is yours one of them?

US to cancel $150 million in student loan debt. Is yours one of them?
The Education Department said Thursday it will cancel $150 million in federal student loan debt, despite Secretary Betsy DeVos’ efforts to overhaul the Obama-era policy. The decision will affect hundreds of borrowers in the Rochester area, including students at the now closed Everest Institute. When Everest abruptly shut its doors in April 2015, 462 full- and part-time students who had... more

Lawmakers take closer look at social services for the poor

Lawmakers take closer look at social services for the poor
New York lawmakers are taking a close look at one of the state’s leading social service programs. The Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday in Albany focused on educational and work training benefits provided through the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. The program is largely federally funded. Benefits can be... more

Crestwood’s opportunity to appeal permit denial passes; marking end of long-term fight along Seneca Lake

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The time for Crestwood Midstream’s subsidiary Finger Lakes LPG to appeal the Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a permit for underground gas storage along the shores of Seneca Lake expired on December 14, 2018. “Now that we are sure Crestwood cannot challenge the Commissioner’s decision, we can mark our final victory in an 8-year epic David vs. Goliath battle... more

Cuomo unveils legislative priorities, which includes legalization of marijuana

Cuomo unveils legislative priorities, which includes legalization of marijuana
Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed a legalization of marijuana for adult use as part of a sweeping criminal justice reform agenda heading into the 2019 legislative session. Cuomo on Monday at New York City Bar Association outlined his plans for the first three months of the new year and transformed Albany that will be led by an all-Democratic Legislature for the... more

Helming, Palmesano asked to set up south Seneca County sewer meeting

Helming, Palmesano asked to set up south Seneca County sewer meeting
The former administrator of Seneca County’s water and sewer districts is asking two state lawmakers to set up a public meeting in the south end of the county discuss a proposal to centralize the county’s two sewer districts. Mary Anne Kowalski, a Romulus resident, sewer district customer and administrator of the districts in 2014 and 2015, made the appeal to... more

NY legislators facing ‘middle class squeeze’ as pay raise debated

NY legislators facing ‘middle class squeeze’ as pay raise debated
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie sought to make the case on Friday for a legislative pay raise, pointing to the middle-class financial pressures state lawmakers face — including caring for children and older loved ones as well as student loans and mortgages. “Legislators are not insulated from the financial pressures that face their constituents,” he said, noting the majority of the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mitch Rowe discusses the current, future state of Seneca County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Mitch Rowe discusses the current, future state of Seneca County (podcast)
There aren’t any hardline philosophies, and there has been a noticeable reduction in contention between the County Manager’s Office, and the Board of Supervisors since Acting County Manager Mitch Rowe took the helm in September. After the unexpected resignation of former County Manager John Sheppard — Rowe was tapped as an interim solution to the board’s short-term problem: Finding someone... more

Officials warn of ‘deed scam’ in Schuyler County

Officials warn of ‘deed scam’ in Schuyler County
Schuyler County Clerk Theresa Philbin and County Attorney Steven Getman are warning homeowners to be aware of a property deed “scam” that may be taking place in Schuyler County. “Reports have surfaced recently of a company soliciting homeowners in the area who recently have completed real estate transactions, asking them to pay $89.00 for records which contain public information about... more
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