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The Locavore tasting event at Geneva's Cracker Factory
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

New Culinary Boutique Coming to Geneva

On a recent Sunday night, the Cracker Factory was the site a tasting event featuring a variety of food and drink products from around the Finger Lakes. It was hosted by Locavore, which is a new retail shop coming to downtown Geneva. Bethany and James Haswell, who own Stomping Grounds downtown, are two of the owners and operators. They thought that Geneva was ready for a culinary boutique. But, they didn’t think they were ready to take on another store. Friends introduced them to Fay Botham...

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Jury convicts key players in Buffalo Billion corruption case

Jul 13, 2018

A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program.

The jury in Manhattan returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars were awarded for redevelopment projects aimed at revitalizing upstate New York, particularly Syracuse and Buffalo.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is rejecting a proposal to put a controversial gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is denying the proposal by Crestwood Midstream Partners to build an underground liquefied petroleum gas (propane) storage facility in abandoned salt mines in Watkins Glen.

The Locavore tasting event at Geneva's Cracker Factory
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

On a recent Sunday night, the Cracker Factory was the site a tasting event featuring a variety of food and drink products from around the Finger Lakes. It was hosted by Locavore, which is a new retail shop coming to downtown Geneva.

The Families Belong Together rally in Geneva, NY
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

Geneva was the site of a Families Belong Together rally Saturday morning.

By 10 a.m., it was already very hot, but that didn’t stop a crowd of hundreds from gathering in the field next to the newly reopened New York State Finger Lakes Welcome Center. They chanted, and held signs and listened to speakers from local groups working to assistant immigrants including Emily Wayne, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is entering the race for governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. The long time Democrat is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.

Miner, coming to the race relatively late, and with little money and name recognition outside of upstate New York, says she knows she faces an uphill battle.

“The challenges are clearly there,” said Miner, who said there is also an “opportunity” for a new message in what she says is a “toxic” political atmosphere.

Governor Cuomo says he plans within the next several days to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the treatment of immigrant children separated from their parents. He says around 70 children are being held at facilities in New York.

One day before the scheduled end of the legislative session, Governor Cuomo says he’s throwing in  the towel on remaining issues, saying Democrats and Republicans, who are evenly divided in the State Senate, are too dug in right now for compromise.

“I never expected a grand bargain,” said Cuomo.

Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid rigging trial of a former associate of Governor Cuomo and two upstate  development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining  lucrative taxpayer- funded state contracts.  

Meanwhile, Cuomo’s political opponents seized on the trial as evidence of what they say is corruption in the incumbent governor’s administration, while reform groups pressed for changes in New York’s laws.

New York looks to expand access to medical marijuana

Jun 20, 2018

The New York State Health Department plans to make medical marijuana available to more New Yorkers.  Opioid use will be the newest addition to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The health department characterized the decision as a step toward curbing the opioid epidemic, saying that medical marijuana treats the pain that opioids are meant to address while also reducing the chance of addiction and eliminating the risk of a fatal overdose.

On Monday, prosecutors present the second of two corruption cases against former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in federal district court in Manhattan.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, the former head of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and mastermind of the state’s high-tech development efforts, faces charges of bid-rigging and bribery. Three upstate developers are co-defendants.

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