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Farming towns shift toward training community members when it comes to mental health

There are about 20 people in a basement conference room at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, sipping coffee and playing an introductory name game. Today, participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts and more in a course called Mental Health First Aid. These people aren’t mental health professionals. They’re agricultural workers, they’re neighbors, and they just want to help. Charlie Baker said the kind of people who usually end...

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Senator Chuck Schumer in Seneca Falls
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

Senator Chuck Schumer visited Seneca Falls Monday. He stood in front of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and call on the House of Representatives to approve a bill the Senate passed last week of make the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent. The fund helps pay for protecting lands and historic sites.

Schumer says Rochester and the Finger Lakes region have received $11-million dollars has come from the fund.

Schumer says he has not talked to Congressman Tom Reed, but believes he will support the legislation.

 

There are about 20 people in a basement conference room at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, sipping coffee and playing an introductory name game. Today, participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts and more in a course called Mental Health First Aid.

These people aren’t mental health professionals.

They’re agricultural workers, they’re neighbors, and they just want to help.

State prisons on chopping block under Cuomo budget changes

Feb 18, 2019

(AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to close three New York state prisons and make other cost-cutting moves to close what he says is a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall caused by a decrease in tax revenues. 

The Democrat on Friday issued his revenue re-estimates and amendments to the $175 billion spending plan he released to the Legislature on Jan. 15. 

The changes include a plan to this year close three prisons to be chosen after a review by state corrections officials. Cuomo says the state's inmate population has dipped below 47,000, the lowest in 30 years. 

Amazon has announced it is pulling its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City, citing opposition by some state and local politicians.

The company, in a statement, said “after much thought and deliberation,” it has decided not to move forward with plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.

The statement pointed out that a recent poll showed 70 percent of New Yorkers wanted the project, but Amazon said “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the Child Victims Act, which gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse more access to pursue their abusers in court.

The bill had languished at the Capitol for years until Democrats took control of the state Senate from Republicans and joined the Assembly in approving the measure.

It extends the statute of limitations to report crimes of childhood sexual abuse from 23 to 28.The limit for civil suits is age 55.  All survivors get a one-year “lookback” window to bring civil  court cases against those they say abused them.

During the first hearing on sexual harassment in New York’s government in 27 years, state lawmakers closely scrutinized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies on the issue, as victims told harrowing stories about their experiences.

Survivors of sexual harassment by senators and Assembly members spoke before the hearing, saying they’re relieved there is finally a public forum to talk about improving the state’s anti-sexual harassment laws.

Cuomo urges Trump to rethink tax changes

Feb 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House on Tuesday to urge President Donald Trump to rethink a provision in the 2017 tax overhaul that Cuomo says is prompting a sharp decline in state revenues.

The Democratic governor met with the Republican president to discuss the $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes — known as SALT.

Cuomo said the cap is prompting wealthy residents to flee New York and contributing to a recent drop of more than $2 billion in tax receipts.

The New York State Senate began a series of hearings on climate change Tuesday. Democrats who lead the chamber back a measure to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions in New York by 2050, but that may come into conflict with a program being pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo featured in his 2019 State of the State message a plan to require that 100 percent of the electric generated from the state's public utilities come from renewable sources by 2040.

“Let’s take the next step,” Cuomo said on Jan. 15.

Sponsors of a measure to create a single-payer health care system in New York have offered a revised bill, but its future is uncertain. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state might not be able to afford it.

Assembly sponsor Richard Gottfried, who has championed the issue of single-payer for several years, said the bill, known as the New York Health Act, has now been amended to include coverage for long-term health care, including home health aides and nursing homes.

Voters are giving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer their lowest ratings ever in the latest Siena College poll.

But they're not alone, according to pollster Steve Greenberg, who says those polled have lowered their favorability ratings for virtually all statewide officials.

``For Governor Cuomo, Sen. Schumer, Sen Gillibrand, to both the Assembly and the Senate. But what we also see is voters like what Albany did in January," he said.

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