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Cuomo's former closest aide gets 6 years for bribery

Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide received a prison sentence today of six years after being convicted of illegally gaining over $300,000 in bribery schemes. Judge Valerie Caproni sided with the wishes of federal prosecutors, who sought five or more years in prison for Percoco , following his conviction on three counts of bribery for participating in two illegal schemes to enrich himself while offering illegal services to a power plant company and an Syracuse development firm. The judge,...

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With increasing threats to the health of Seneca Lake, Senator Pam Helming today announced funding for a new position – the Seneca Lake Watershed Manager.

Joseph Campbell is the president of the Seneca Lake Guardian. He says Seneca Lake has had a lot of stress lately.

"With the flooding we just had, the wastewater treatment plants were overwhelmed, we had raw sewage going into the lake – this is a drinking water resource for over a hundred thousand people."

Across the state, migrant farm workers and advocates are drawing attention to an important issue they say could help them: driving privileges regardless of immigration status. 


New York state subpoenas Cohen in Trump Foundation probe

Aug 29, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators in New York state have issued a subpoena to Michael Cohen as part of their probe into the Trump Foundation, an official with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed to The Associated Press Wednesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to rail against President Donald Trump on Wednesday. But some of his political opponents say the governor needs to talk more about issues related to New York state.

At an appearance at the State Fair, Cuomo commented on the felony conviction of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in federal court in Virginia and the guilty plea from Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, where Cohen implicated the president in a crime.

Countless parents across New York are purchasing new school supplies for students.

But Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the government to regulate toxic chemicals in school supplies.

Multiple reports by non-profits and consumer advocacy groups have raised concerns that popular back-to-school supplies contained dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.

He says the results of an independent report from US PIRG were alarming.

Law bars smoking at home day care centers

Aug 29, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers.

The law signed Monday requires facilities licensed or registered for child care services to comply with the smoking ban even when children are not present. Operators and residents of home-based day care centers had previously been permitted to smoke outside of their hours of operation.

Advocates say the law will protect young children from second-hand smoke and from residual contamination from cigarette smoke that can linger on surfaces for many days.

The Cumming Nature Center is a little oasis about an hour south of Rochester. With miles of quiet trails through swamplands and towering pine trees, it’s a great place to talk about citizen science.

So what exactly does that term mean?

Nathan Hayes, the director of the nature center, says its the “crowdsourcing of scientific information. Multiple people all over the place putting the puzzle pieces together to get the picture.”

There is so much information to collect, Hayes says, that scientists alone can’t do it all. That’s where the rest of us can help. He says people can get involved and collect valuable information wherever they may be.

“We can study -- we should study -- these woods, and not worry about the Amazon. I mean, worry about the Amazon, but you don’t have to go away to contribute to important scientific base of knowledge, you can do it in your backyard.”


Even when the skies have been relatively clear in recent days, you may have still seen what looked like some of those wispy, cirrus clouds in Western New York.

But what you may have actually been seeing is smoke from wildfires in Canada.

National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds says this sort of thing has happened before, it really just depends on the Jetstream and other factors.

Between the 25 cent milk and funnel cake, Narcan training will also be available at the New York State Fair.

This is the first time the opioid reversing drug will be available at the fair, with trainings every day, provided by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Rob Kent is the General Council at that office, and says even though its unusual setting, New Yorkers need to be aware that “we’re in a major crisis here with opioids."

He says it’s just another way to get the lifesaving drug into the hands of more New Yorkers.

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is running in the four-way Democratic primary for state attorney general after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over accusations that he physically assaulted women he dated.

It’s a short campaign season before the Sept. 13 primary. Now that Congress is in recess, the 52-year-old Maloney, who represents portions of the Hudson Valley, has stepped up his campaign schedule, with daily events across the state.

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