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New York could join 41 other states by raising its speed limit to 70 mph on the State Thruway and other state highways. more
County clerks are advising any notary that’s up for renewal soon not to go through the new Department of State’s online portal, which goes live Feb. 1. 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
If the debt ceiling is not raised and the U.S. defaults on its debt, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that it would be an “economic nightmare” for upstate New York. more
Following a nationwide recall for inclined sleep products for infants, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection urges all parents and caregivers to pay attention to product recalls. more
A scam targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, with claims that their benefits card has been locked, is making the rounds in Oneida County. more
A local lawmaker is trying to drive home a point with the New York State Thruway Authority, urging it to study a mileage-based numbering system for the 570-mile Thruway. more
Grant applications are now being accepted for up to $50,000 as part of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. 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
State comptroller said the Office of Children and Family Services, a bureaucracy under the control of Gov. Kathy Hochul, should be doing more to ensure county child welfare agencies improve their response to child abuse complaints. more
Despite a record infusion of federal funds from last year’s infrastructure legislation, New York construction projects have been taking a financial hit due to soaring costs for materials and other inflationary forces roiling the economy, industry advocates say. more
Rep. Brandon Williams R-22, Sennett, has introduced his first bill in Congress, H.R.353, the Protect Local Farms Act on Wednesday, Jan. 25. more
Assemblyman Robert Smullen and Assemblyman Brian Miller, joined with several of their fellow Republican state lawmakers at a press conference on what they contend are the failures of bail reform in New York. 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
New York’s primary lobby for farmers and an advocate for small business owners are headed for a statehouse tussle with progressive groups pushing for a measure that could raise the minimum wage in the upstate region. more
In a recent letter, New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-C-Rome, urged the governor to consider a new initiative that he has proposed that would provide additional resources to law enforcement. more
Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol and Corrections Sgt. Curtis Morgan were both honored this week with awards at the 89th annual Winter Training Conference in Albany. more
The state has approved the first construction contract for the Interstate 81 project, but work cannot begin due to a lawsuit brought by opponents of the community grid plan.  more
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