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State officials on the lookout for a new invasive insect

There’s a new invasive insect that state officials want to keep out of New York. It’s called the spotted lanternfly, and it has the potential to cause great damage to crops like grapes, hops and apples. Native to Asia, it has been found in parts of Pennsylvania, and a dead adult was found in New York last fall. Statewide grape and hop specialist with Cornell’s Integrated Pest Management Program, Tim Weigle, says the large insect, with its colorful wings, can also be a noxious pest to...

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The political activist group Citizen Action has endorsed Cynthia Nixon, a Democratic primary candidate for governor. It’s the second grass-roots organization to endorse the New York City actor in two days.

On Monday, the New York City-based progressive group New York Communities for Change, which advocates for tenants’ rights and affordable housing, endorsed Nixon, saying that Gov. Andrew Cuomo “caters” too much to the real estate industry.

(AP) New York students will sit for the first round of annual Common Core testing this week.

English language arts assessments for public school students in grades 3-8 starts on Wednesday.  Math testing is next month.

The state has reduced the number of testing days for each subject from three days to two and made other changes in response to opposition that's led large numbers of students to opt out of the high-stakes assessments in recent years.


On Saturday, April 7th, Geneva hosts its annual celebration of the life of Scott LaFaro. The celebrated jazz bass player grew up in Geneva and over the years a downtown street has been named in his honor and a group is working to bring a statue of LaFaro to a downtown street corner. The model of that statue will be on display at the Smith Opera House Saturday night, which is the site of the annual celebration concert. The headliners are bassist Marc Johnson and grammy award winning pianist Eliane Elias. Concert organizer Kelby Russell is delighted to bring music with a direct connection to LaFaro’s legacy for the celebration.


A new event on April 24th in Geneva will highlight the culinary offerings of the Finger Lakes and draw attention to food insecurity in the community. Chef Samantha Buyskes is with Three Brothers Winery, which operates the restaurant HJ Stead Company on Linden Street in downtown Geneva. She’s organizing FEAST in the Heart of the Finger Lakes.


A commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. happens this evening in Geneva. The event is organized by the Upsilon Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Geneva African American Men’s Association. It’s hosted by the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverend Donald Golden is pastor at Mt. Olive.

Two warring factions of Democrats in the state Senate are rejoining forces as pressure has mounted from the party’s left-leaning base for a reunification.

But the Democrats are still one vote short of the 32 seats they need to regain the majority.

The nearly decade-long split between the mainstream Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference is over. At a hastily arranged news conference in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York City offices, Cuomo said it’s essential that the Democrats get back together to fight a “common enemy” – President Donald Trump.

A top official with Hobart and William Smith Colleges is providing some more details about the investigation into questions raised concerning allegations of plagiarism against the president of that Geneva-based institution.

The recent allegations against Gregory Vincent, who was just appointed to the president’s post last year, are that the dissertation he did for his doctorate in education repeatedly uses long passages from other works without properly identifying them.

Schneiderman sues administration over census question

Apr 11, 2018

New York's attorney general is leading a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration over a decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.

Eric Schneiderman joined a coalition of groups at a union hall in New York City to announce the suit.

He says the Census Bureau, dating back to 1980, has rejected the addition of the citizenship question, saying it would jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seeking a third term in office, is facing challenges both from the left of his party and from a new Republican candidate. But the two candidates, Cynthia Nixon and Marc Molinaro, share a common theme — they say they are nicer than Cuomo.

Actor and progressive Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon said Cuomo is more than simply a hard-charging type of politician.

“We’ve all seen it,” Nixon said in an appearance in Albany on March 26. “Andrew the bully. He bullies other elected officials. He bullies anyone who criticizes him.”

Another candidate has announced he will challenge Andrew Cuomo for governor. This time, it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

The 42-year-old Molinaro made his announcement in Tivoli, the small Hudson Valley village where he grew up and where he became mayor at the age of 19. He also served in the state Assembly before holding his current job running a county that is part New York City suburb and part country.

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