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A white deer on the Seneca Army Depot
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Tours Resume at Former Seneca Army Depot

The first guided tours inside the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot began Thursday morning. Finger Lakes Public Radio’s Greg Cotterill went along for the ride. Dennis Money has been working with his group Seneca White Deer for two decades to make the day happen. “Welcome, welcome, welcome. I’ve been trying to think what to say today. After all of 20 years of frustration and political problems and so on we finally have this opportunity to showcase the Seneca Army Depot to the people of...

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Governor Cuomo and New York Senator Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.

Schumer, who is Senate Democratic Leader, says while the tax plan has changed from the original version, 71% of the deductions that now benefit state residents would be eliminated. The plan would end deductions for state and local income taxes, and cap the property tax deduction at $10,000 a year.  

New York Fed chief William Dudley retiring next year

Nov 8, 2017

(AP & WXXI News) William Dudley will retire as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York next year. 

The retirement will open the way for new leadership of the system's largest reserve bank. Dudley's term ends in 2019 and he plans the retirement for the middle of 2018 to make sure a successor is in place. 

Dudley is a close ally of Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who is being replaced by Jerome Powell when her term ends in February. 

We preview the races for Ontario County Supervisor from the City of Geneva and the Wayne County District Attorney's race with Mike Hibbard and Steve Buchere of the Finger Lakes Times.

Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voters whether there should be a constitutional convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts.

But there are two other proposals for voters to consider.

Proposition Two would modify the state’s constitution to allow judges the discretion to strip the pensions from some elected officials convicted of felonies. It was prompted by a corruption crime wave that’s hit the State Capitol in recent years and resulted in dozens of arrests, indictments, convictions and imprisonments.

Governor Cuomo is not pleased with the Republican House of Representatives tax overhaul plan, calling a key provision “double taxation” on some New Yorkers.

Cuomo says the proposal to eliminate the deduction of  state and local income taxes from federal tax forms is a  “diabolical dimension” that will raise taxes overall for many middle and upper middle class New Yorkers.  That’s because New York is a relatively high tax state.

“It is a tax on your taxes,” Cuomo said.

It appears opponents of holding a state constitutional convention have the momentum as Election Day approaches. They’ve spent more money than supporters, and a recent poll shows the public is leaning against it. But backers are not giving up just yet. 

A new poll finds that the ballot question on whether to hold a constitutional convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters. 

The Siena College poll finds likely voters in the Nov. 7 elections are leaning against Proposition One “by a better than two-to-one margin,” said Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg.

There are billions of dollars in state contracts that are going to be available to minority and women owned businesses, or MWBE's, in New York State.

That's according to Lourdes Zapata, Executive Director of Minority and Women's Business Development at Empire State Development.

Zapata is working to develop programs and policies which are designed to increase contracting opportunities for that group.

The state’s Lieutenant Governor , Kathy Hochul says “there’s no tolerance for harassment in the workplace” in New York State, following revelations that a former top Cuomo economic development official paid $50,000 to a woman who says he sexually harassed her.

Ontario County Supervisor candidate Lou Guard visits with voters
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

One of the incumbent candidates for Ontario County Board of Supervisors is also a first-time candidate. Lou Guard was appointed to the seat representing Wards 3 & 4 when Charlie Evangelista accepted a position on the Ontario County Board of Elections. Guard was the unanimous choice by the City of Geneva Council, but is now making his case to the voters to retain that seat.

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