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A white deer on the Seneca Army Depot
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

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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David Shaw of The Finger Lakes Times returned to our studios for an update on what's happening with the Seneca Meadows Landfill and how the upcoming election may affect it.

The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up Monday to urge New York’s congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and economy.

Speaking outside a suburban home in Albany County, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the federal plan to get rid of the state and local tax deductions “double taxation.” Schumer said middle-class New Yorkers will pay more money in taxes each year if the proposal is approved.

New law provides health benefits to volunteer firefighters

Oct 24, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers will be eligible for health care benefits under a new state law. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he had signed legislation that will provide the benefit to the nearly 100,000 New Yorkers who serve as volunteers with fire companies across the state.

Threat of microplastics topic of Healing Our Waters meeting

Oct 23, 2017

It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds  are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including microplastics.


We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot.

The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

“We’re looking at the most marvelous combination of balsam fir and northern hardwood trees on a ridge line that stretches north,” said David Gibson with Adirondack Wild. “From here we can see the high peaks of the Adirondack Park.”

A view of Hosmer Winery on Cayuga Lake.
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

My most recent stop visiting winemakers during harvest around the Finger Lakes was at Hosmer Winery on Cayuga Lake. It was a beautiful, sunny day when I visited last week. Head winemaker Julia Hoyle agreed with her fellow winemakers that the wet growing season had an impact, but that the warm dry spell in September was a big help.

 

 

A view of the vineyards at Red Tail Ridge on an overcast harvest day
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


As part of continuing coverage of the 2017 grape harvest in the Finger Lakes, I drove out to Red Tail Ridge last week on the west side of Seneca Lake. Winemaker and co-owner Nancy Irelan walked me around and introduced me to her staff and intern. Like many in the Finger Lakes wine industry, they’ve worked and have friends in the northern California wine industry that’s been affected by the historic wildfires.

The fallout continues from President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies to help lower-income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.

As soon as the president followed through with his threat to end the subsidies, New York and several other states filed a lawsuit to try to get the money back. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said it will sow dysfunction in the state’s and the nation’s health care system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined other New York Democrats in condemning the federal tax overhaul plan in the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to western New York.

Cuomo, also speaking in Buffalo where the vice president was attending a fundraiser for Rep. Chris Collins, said a provision in the tax overhaul to eliminate deductibility for state and local taxes would deliver a “death blow” to New York. He said it would result in “double taxation” and be a windfall for other states at New York’s expense.

A wide variety of groups have spent over $1.3 million dollars to urge voters to vote no on  holding a Constitutional Convention. The opponents have far outspent a smaller number of advocates who urge a "yes" vote on the November ballot.  

The more than 150-member coalition opposing a constitutional convention includes labor unions, and the state’s Conservative Party, which often opposes unions. Also against the convention- both pro and anti abortion groups, environmentalists and gun rights organizations.

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