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Some Finger Lakes households on verge of having medical debt erased

Almost 8 percent of New Yorkers carry some medical debt, according to data from the Urban Institute think tank in Washington D.C. But now a pair of women in the Finger Lakes are working to change that. Over $2 million of medical debt across New York state is about to be erased. It’s due to the efforts of two friends, 70-year-old Caroline Kenyon and 80-year-old Judy Jones, both of Ithaca, who raised $12,500 that they’ve donated to an organization called RIP Medical Debt. When patients are...

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Women in Games is the focus of a new exhibit now open at the Strong Museum.

Shannon Symonds says as a woman and a gamer herself, this exhibit is something she’s been wanting to do for a while.

Symonds, the curator for electronic games at the Strong, says this exhibit focuses on women behind the scenes.

"The vast majority of the exhibit is going to focus on women who create the games, and that includes all aspects of game creations, so obviously the programmers and designers, but also the composers, the voice actresses, the artists."

Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday, surviving a challenge from upstate Sen. Cathy Young of Olean.

But come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party. In elections earlier this month, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century. 

Over $2 million of medical debt across New York state is about to be erased.

It’s due to the efforts of two friends, 70-year-old Caroline Kenyon and 80-year-old Judy Jones, both of Ithaca, who raised $12,500 that they’ve donated to an organization called RIP Medical Debt.

When the state Legislature convenes for the 2019 session, one of the first items that’s expected to be voted on is the Reproductive Health Act. It would codify the abortion rights in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York state law.

New York administers $372M in home heating aid

Nov 12, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state residents will be able to apply for $372 million in federal home heating assistance starting this week.

The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, helps lower- and middle-income people heat their homes. HEAP applications will be accepted by local social service departments beginning Tuesday.

Eligible household can receive a one-time regular HEAP benefit of up to $726.

For years the Republican leaders of the state Senate have blocked a bill intended to make it easier for molestation victims to sue their abusers. Now, backers of that proposal are confident the bill could soon pass after Democrats flipped the chamber.


Crews start removing highway 'I Love NY' tourism signs

Nov 9, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Hundreds of New York interstate highway tourism signs at the center of a years-long spat between the federal government and the Cuomo administration are being removed and relocated, state transportation officials said Thursday. 

The Department of Transportation said crews for the agency and the Thruway Authority have begun removing the ``I Love NY'' signs along the Thruway system and other state highways, including Interstate 87 linking New York City and the Canadian border in northern New York. 

  

Magic 8 Ball, Uno and pinball have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong.

The three were inducted Thursday in recognition of their staying power and influence. 

Vice President for Collections, Chris Bensch, says this is the first time that three games have been inducted in a single year, and each game is very social in its own way.

Former NY attorney general won't face abuse charges

Nov 9, 2018

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) - The prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused women says she has closed the case without bringing criminal charges.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced her decision Thursday.

She said in a brief statement that investigators did an "exhaustive review" and she personally interviewed each woman who had accused Schneiderman of assault.

Singas says investigators also spoke with members of Schneiderman's security detail.

Democrats are claiming control of the New York State Senate, with several seats now leaning toward the party’s candidates.

In a statement late Tuesday night, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins said while the results of some elections are still being determined,  “at least 32 Senate Democratic Conference members have already won election tonight.” Elections have not yet been called in many races, but Democrats say they could have as many as 39 seats, several more than the minimum needed to rule the chamber.

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