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Keuka Spring Vineyards Awarded Governor's Cup

The 33rd New York Wine Classic announced its winners Wednesday afternoon. The Governor’s Cup once again went to a Finger Lakes wine, a 2017 Gewurtztraminer from Keuka Spring Vineyards. It’s not a common varietal to take top honors, but winemaker August Deimel says it’s a grape that shows off the unique qualities of the Finger Lakes.

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Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum cable and internet services, released a statement on Thursday related to its advertising.

The brief statement said that, "In an effort to help bring about a resolution of outstanding disputed matters with the Public Service Commission of New York, Charter will halt airing certain advertising. We look forward to resolving all matters currently disputed with the PSC in the not too distant future."

Lifespan, the Monroe County based organization that provides services to older adults and caregivers, will help coordinate an expanded statewide effort to combat elder abuse.

Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced $8.4 million in state and federal funding to help provide those services, and the NYS Office for the Aging is partnering with Lifespan  and Weill Cornell Medicine’s NYC Elder Abuse Center to help distribute and manage the funding through September of 2020.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has both a primary challenger and several general election opponents as he seeks a third term.

But New Yorkers could be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the governor is actually running against President Donald Trump.

On nearly a daily basis, Cuomo spends a portion of his public events railing against Trump.

He spent three days in a row in late July critiquing what he said is the president’s failed cleanup efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of two major hurricanes.

Schumer: More rail safety specialists needed

Aug 9, 2018

The aging rail infrastructure in New York and across the country needs immediate attention before a “nightmare scenario” occurs, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer.

The senator said Wednesday that is why he’s pushing to hire more railroad bridge safety specialists.

He said there are only five specialists with the Federal Railroad Administration who oversee audits of privately owned train bridges. Schumer said that number is only enough to audit about 1 percent of the bridges in any given year.

"That’s astounding,” he said.

What some may have once written off as a pipe dream is about to get real for a small western New York city.

Wednesday, August 1 is the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. The $50 million high tech venue has been years in the making.  It was inspired by hometown hero and comedy legend Lucille Ball.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently leading Cynthia Nixon for the governor nomination 2-to-1 in polls among likely Democratic primary voters in New York.

That’s according to a recent Siena Poll with just about six weeks until Primary Day.

Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg says there is no question Cuomo holds a commanding lead across the state.

"He leads by 21 points in NYC, he leads by 58 points in the downstate suburbs. But he even leads by 21 points upstate, 54 to 33."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying solid support from the leaders of most of the major unions in New York as he runs for a third term in office. But Cuomo’s relationship with organized labor was not always so sunny.

Cuomo’s frequent appearances with union leaders in recent months have included lavish praise on both sides.

Mario Cilento, head of the state’s AFL-CIO, which has 2.5 million members, spoke at an event with Cuomo in the spring.

A western New York woman filed suit against Canada Dry over what she said is false advertising for the company’s ginger ales.

Julie Fletcher, of Bolivar in Allegany County, said she relied on Canada Dry’s claims that it was “made from real ginger” to signify its health benefits.

Fletcher said in a court filing that she knew that ginger root could “calm an upset stomach, and she often purchased Canada Dry for her children [when they] were sick, believing that the ginger root in the beverage would soothe their stomach aches.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s ordered his Department of Financial Services to reject requests by health insurance companies to raise rates in response to actions by the Trump administration to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

Cuomo said health insurance carriers have asked for an average of a 24 percent rate increase in response to the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the individual mandate under the ACA. That provision required healthy people to buy insurance in order to stabilize rates for all policyholders.

New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand is taking on pharmaceutical companies, in an effort to keep prescription costs low. She made a stop in Canandaigua Monday morning to talk about price gouging on many brand name medicines.

Gillbrand spoke at the Ferris Hills senior living community, saying she hears complaints about drug costs all the time from constituents, and while it’s a problem with really anyone who needs a prescription, it’s an urgent issue for many seniors, many of whom lived on a fixed income.

She says she’s working on a number of bills to battle this crisis.

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