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Despite bitter cold, marchers gather in Seneca Falls to celebrate women's rights

Hundreds of people turned out in the bitter cold and snow on Saturday in Seneca Falls for the 3 rd annual Women March. It was held in conjunction with events around the country with marchers advocating for women, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ rights. The starting point for Saturday’s events had to be changed due to the partial government shutdown. A morning rally at the Women's Rights National Historical Park was moved two blocks down Fall Street to Trinity Park. The march had special...

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Hundreds of people turned out in the bitter cold and snow on Saturday in Seneca Falls for the 3rd annual Women March. It was held in conjunction with events around the country with marchers advocating for women, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ rights. 

The starting point for Saturday’s events had to be changed due to the partial government shutdown. A morning  rally at the Women's Rights National Historical Park was moved two blocks down Fall Street to Trinity Park.

There have been numerous reactions to many of the policy items in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget. But how did the governor’s budgeting skills measure up? Two budget watchdog organizations are giving him mixed reviews.

The New York State Legislature has announced it will hold hearings on Feb. 13 about sexual harassment in state government.

The announcement was hailed by a group of women who have experienced or reported being victims of sexual harassment by state lawmakers. 

Six Assembly and Senate committees will take testimony from those they call “relevant stakeholders,” and said they hope to engage in a “meaningful dialogue” on the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. But they said they won’t take any individual sexual harassment complaints at the hearing.

  The Finger Lakes is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening. For more on what we can expect, we reached out to meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather.

 


The New York State Legislature has been more active during the first few days of the session than it has in many years.

On Monday, both houses of the Legislature got together and approved matching bills to expand voting in the state beyond just Election Day to 11 full days.

On Tuesday, they extended rights in employment and housing to transgender New Yorkers. The bills are now being sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign or veto.

The New York State Legislature for the first time granted civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. And on a busy day at the State Capitol, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also released his $175 billion budget plan.

Senate sponsor Brad Hoylman got a bit emotional on the Senate floor when he spoke about the provisions of a measure that will add “gender identity” and “gender expression” as a protected class in the state’s human rights laws, outlawing discrimination in employment and housing.

Two important pieces of legislation for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers passed Tuesday in the state Senate.

GENDA, or the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act,  has officially passed and will increase protections for transgender and gender non-conforming New York citizens.

Tamara Leigh, communications director at the Out Alliance, said that up until now, there was no New York state law that explicitly protected this group of people from harassment and discrimination in areas like employment and housing.

Poll: Governor, Legislature's favorability ratings rise

Jan 15, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled state Legislature are viewed favorably by a majority of registered New York voters, but salary raises state leaders and lawmakers recently received are not.

The Siena College survey released Monday shows Cuomo with a 51-43 percent favorability rating. That compares to a negative 45-49 percent rating in early November, when the Democrat won a third term.

A Canadian cannabis company could be bringing hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier.

The company is Canopy Growth; that’s the business that locally-based Constellation Brands has taken a major stake in.

On Monday, Canopy Growth announced it has been granted a license by New York State to process and produce hemp, and it plans to establish a hemp industrial park somewhere in the Southern Tier.

The Senate and Assembly are approving measures to expand the window in which New Yorkers can vote in elections, from one day to 11 days. The action comes at the start at what is anticipated to be a busy week at the State Capitol that includes the release of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan.

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, held a victorious press conference before the vote. It was packed with advocates chanting “Let New York vote.” They have worked for years to have New York join 37 other states and allow early voting.

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