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Legislators are weighing in with their thoughts on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed $227 billion spending plan for the 2024 fiscal year, both positive and negative.  more
The upcoming bitter cold this weekend is especially dangerous to dogs, cats and other pets, so the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Central New York SPCA have some advice and tips. more
In her state-of-the-state address, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed strengthening New York’s approach to cybersecurity, but one local expert says that will likely take time. more

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will dip into the single digits — and below — on Friday and Saturday. more
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed increasing state school aid by 10%, tuition hikes for public universities and raising cigarette taxes to a nation-high $5.35 per pack as part of her budget proposal Wednesday. more
A 35-foot humpback whale washed ashore and later died on a New York beach, one of several cetaceans discovered over the past two months along the shores of New York and New Jersey. more
Numerous upstate hospitals are wrestling with fiscal shortfalls and staffing shortages that could be lessened by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates that only pay for a portion of care. more
Rep. Elise Stefanik announced she has been appointed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. more
Six years after its nomination, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a proposal to designate eastern Lake Ontario as a national marine sanctuary. more
“Our undisrupted reliance on fossil fuels and our aging building stock — the median New York home is the oldest in the nation — not only result in higher energy costs but also in higher emissions,” notes a written part of Gov. Hochul's state address. more
To combat dwindling numbers of volunteer firefighters across the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed a pair of options she is seeking to have enacted this year: more
In pushing for a major expansion of New York’s housing stock, Gov. Kathy Hochul is taking aim at restrictive local zoning policies by proposing a fast-track state approval process. more
There were a record number of assaults in New York state prisons last year, against both staff members and other prisoners, according to statistics. more
For more than 200 years — since 1810, according to the historic marker — the expansive woolen mill has dominated the landscape in the village of Oriskany. more
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that online registration for the 2023 Summer Camps program will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2. more
With bipartisan congressional support and just under $1 billion in federal funds, the 988 mental health helpline has quickly expanded its reach in the six months since it launched. more
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer has secured $2 million in federal funding to create a semiconductor and advanced manufacturing training facility. more
New York can for now continue to enforce a sweeping new law that bans guns from “sensitive places” including schools, playgrounds and Times Square, the Supreme Court said. more
Following Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State 2023 address, local representatives are calling for more specificity in how she plans to address the issues she identified.   more
Gov. Hochul announced plans Tuesday to add 1,000 beds for inpatient psychiatric treatment and create 3,500 housing units to address gaps in the state’s mental health care system. more
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