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New state-of-the-art lab in Geneva will promote grape research

A new, state-of-the-art lab will be built in Geneva where researchers will study the genetics of grapes. Senator Chuck Schumer says $68.9 million in funding will support the project through a federal agriculture appropriations package. The facility will be located at the Cornell AgriTech campus in Geneva where researchers are currently working out of leased space. Sam Filler, executive director of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, says the investment in the new lab will ensure that New...

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Gambling casino companies are pressing Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to allow them to open gaming centers in New York City as part of the new state budget. There are a number of obstacles to overcome, but the proposal may seem tempting to lawmakers, who are strapped for cash this year.

With just 10 days left in this year’s budget services, organizations are making their last efforts to get funding for the year. Thursday, local veterans and leaders pushed Albany to reverse cuts to veteran programs.

Veterans and other local leaders stood with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo urging Albany to reverse cuts to veteran services in the 2019 state budget.

Hillside Family of Agencies has announced that it will not renew a lease on its facility in Varick in Seneca County at the site of the former Seneca Army Depot.

The nonprofit human services organization says it won’t renew a 15-year lease for its residential treatment facility when that lease expires in March 2020. Hillside assumed the lease in 2004, at the request of the state, after a previous provider stopped operations at the site.

The chance to include legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the state budget is fading, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be backing away from the proposal.

The commission that oversees the Great Lakes still has vacant positions, and Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for congress to vote on current nominees.

The International Joint Commission has been around for more of a century, and this is the second longest time its been unable to function due to empty seats.

U.S. Chair Lana Pollack says it's extremely unusual.

"Oh, it's awful," she said via phone. "And very frustrating."

NEW YORK (AP)  Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers will headline one of the 50th anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival this summer.

Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announced Tuesday that Miley Cyrus, Santana, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant, the Black Keys and Chance the Rapper will also perform at Woodstock 50, which will take place Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site. The event is separate from an anniversary concert planned at the site of the original festival in 1969.

In just about three months, Gibbs Street will be transformed into "Jazz Street" as the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival hits downtown.

Now in its 18th year, the festival will be held June 21 to 29 and present more than 320 shows. All club passes will also be shareable.

Producer John Nugent talked about what it takes to schedule a line up for a festival like this.

A new Siena College poll covers a range of issues, from what New Yorkers think of the fall of the Amazon deal in Queens, to vaccinations and marijuana legalization.

Steve Greenberg, pollster at Siena, says a majority of voters in the state think it was a bad idea for Amazon to cancel putting a second headquarters in Queens.

"Two thirds, 67 percent say it was bad for the state. It's across the board. 64 percent of city voters, 69 percent of downstate suburban voters," Greenberg said.

With just a little over two weeks to go before the state budget is due, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top budget officials say they have to revise their spending proposal, now that President Donald Trump has released a budget plan that they say could devastate New York’s health care system.

They’re pressuring the Legislature to rein in their spending proposals as well.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is advising owners, boarders and riders to watch their horses closely for signs of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) after several cases of the virus were confirmed in horses boarded in Canton, St. Lawrence County and Geneseo, Livingston County.

The virus is not a threat to humans, but people can also spread the virus from infected horses to other horses.