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Organizers of the FLX Women's Strike fly a banner on 5&20 in Geneva on Wednesday morning.
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FLX Women's Strike Happens in downtown Geneva

A Finger Lakes Women’s Strike is planned for downtown Geneva today. This is the second time the Geneva Women’s Assembly has organized a strike for International Women’s Day. Hannah Dickinson is an organizer with the Geneva Women’s Assembly. She says that this year, they hope to make all of the work that women do visible. In particular, they hope to draw attention to the inequities faced by workers in the hospitality and farm industries which are often hidden from view. But, in a larger sense they help to highlight all of the invisible work that women do each day.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to impose a tax on manufacturers of prescription opioids to help pay for state programs that assist people who are addicted to them. But some say it will be patients who ultimately will have to pay the price.

Cuomo laid out the opioid tax proposal in his state budget address nearly two months ago, saying it’s only fair that the makers of the pain pills shoulder some of the financial burden of treating people who became addicted to the medicines.

The New York State Senate has approved anti-sexual harassment legislation that includes an end to secret settlements. It also no longer allows state officials who admit to sexual harassment to use taxpayer funds to settle their cases.

Senate sponsor Cathy Young, a Republican from Olean, said the bill prohibits mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases, a clause that she said has protected abusers.

“It’s people like Harvey Weinstein and people of that ilk,” said Young.

The developers of a proposal they say will bring a waste-to-energy project to the former Samson Army Depot are seeking approval for the project through through the State Public Service Commission. We invited David Shaw of the Finger Lakes Times into the studio to explain the process.

More of David's reporting on the topic:

Things got heated on the New York State Senate floor this week over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

New York already has some of the strictest gun control measures in the nation, known as the SAFE Act. But since the shootings in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers from both major parties say there’s more to do to prevent school shootings.

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo say they’re deadlocked, but the judge told them to keep deliberating.

While Judge Valerie Caproni is giving jurors Wednesday off for a snow day, she told them they have to come back on Thursday.

The jurors in the bribery trial of Joe Percoco and three other defendants, now in its seventh week, told the judge Tuesday that they are deadlocked, and that the only thing they can agree on is that they disagree.

During a debate in the New York State Senate on enhanced school safety measures, Democrats asked the Republican majority to support a bill to ban teachers from having guns in schools.

Senator Todd Kaminksy, a Democrat from Long Island, says allowing teachers to be armed, as President Trump is proposing, would be “misguided”. Kaminksy’s bill would ban the practice from even starting in New York.

“Guns in our classrooms is dangerous, it’s a matter of time before something goes wrong,” Kaminsky said. “The answer to our gun problem is not more guns.”  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he’ll be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court.

Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed. 

Cuomo signs bill to move primary election date

Mar 8, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State has moved its fall 2018 primary election date back two days so it doesn't interfere with the anniversary of 9/11 or the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he has signed into law a measure moving the date of the primary election from Tuesday, Sept. 11 to Thursday, Sept. 13.

Lawmakers approved the date change earlier this month.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP)  Chele Chiavacci Farley, a private equity executive and Republican Party fundraiser, was chosen Friday by New York state GOP leaders to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in this fall's election. 

Democrats in the State Senate tried to force a vote on gun control legislation in the State Senate, to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says  the measures include banning possession of bump stocks, the ammunition booster used in the Las Vegas shootings. They also permit a judge to limit a person’s access to guns if they are deemed likely to harm themselves or others, known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order.