News

governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal. The governor said he’s met with federal prosecutors since former top aide Joe Percoco, a former lobbyist who was a close Cuomo associate, the head of SUNY Polytechnic and six others were charged with bribery, bid-rigging and other corruption charges in connection with the governor’s upstate economic development programs. Two...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The Interstate-81 project to replace the current viaduct in downtown Syracuse is down to two options. But regardless of whether a community grid or new viaduct is built, common features are proposed for another section of I-81 north of the viaduct. Those features include a new I-81 and I-690 interchange known as flyovers. It will also expand lanes and reconstruct several bridges.

governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out more than $700 million in Regional Economic Development Council awards in Albany on Thursday. The governor has held an annual contest to make regions of the state compete to win millions of dollars in economic development funds. They are judged by the strength of their plans. The awards ranged from over $80 million for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, New York City and the Mid-Hudson Valley to over $60 million each for Western New...

Entergy

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant from Entergy to Exelon. The deal to keep the plant open is now one step closer to completion. In their decision , FERC said the acquisition of FitzPatrick would not give Exelon too much market influence. The company already owns the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility, which is also located in Oswego County, and the Ginna Nuclear Plant in Wayne County. FERC's stamp of approval was one of...

Governor Andrew Cuomo

A long-term energy plan by the Cuomo administration that includes a nearly $8 billion subsidy to upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The Syracuse Common Council will create a youth advisory council to get more young people involved with local government. The youth council will also give councilors the chance to hear what problems young people face in the city. Common Council President Van Robinson said the youth council will help young people learn more about city hall. “I have run across many of our students, who have absolutely no idea what government is all about and are totally oblivious to the fact that we live in a...

Payne Horning / WRVO News

In Oswego, a massive, rust-covered container ship glided across Lake Ontario Wednesday morning. It eased toward the Port of Oswego and abruptly came to rest after bumping against the dock. The 24-foot-tall ship was carrying equipment from Germany that will head to a brewery in Rochester. The port is expecting another shipment of similar equipment next year for a brewery in Fulton. Port director Zelko Kirincich wants to see more container ships visit the port because he says it's more cost...

Ryan Delaney / WRVO News File Photo

The New York attorney general has proposed a package of bills aimed at improving to what he said are “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential New York voters from casting ballots. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began a statewide inquiry after his office received a record number of complaints about lack of voter access during the April presidential primary. “In New York, we have what amounts to legal voter suppression,” Schneiderman said Tuesday at a news conference in...

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

There’s a new restaurant opening up in Syracuse -- but it’s a little different. It’s a teaching restaurant for Onondaga Community College, which will alternate world or regional cuisines every six months. First up -- Pakistani food. Sarah Robin, an immigrant from Pakistan who now lives in Syracuse, is the restaurateur in residence who will be running the North Salina Street restaurant called “With Love” for the next six months. "There’s not any Pakistani restaurant so introducing the first...

David Rodriguez Martin / via Flickr

A 50-mile drone corridor from Rome to Syracuse will be the center of the burgeoning unmanned aircraft systems industry in central New York.

Karen DeWitt / WRVO News

State lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month where they would vote on, among other things, a pay raise for themselves.

Payne Horning / WRVO News

In the basement of Penfield Library at SUNY Oswego, there's a room where the shelves are not filled with books. "We've got pastas, and we've got popcorn, Jell-O, beans, cereals, jelly -- a lot of jelly," said SUNY Oswego Student Government Association President Emily Nassir as she surveyed the recently created food pantry. Just a few months ago, this was an empty space. Now it's covered in a plethora of canned and boxed foods and toiletries. And there's even a mini clothing store and adjacent...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The city of Syracuse has sworn in 34 new police officers. It comes at a challenging time for law enforcement in Syracuse and across the country. Syracuse has had 28 murders so far in 2016, the most in the last five years. The Syracuse Police Department has received more calls reporting shootings this year compared to 2015. Police Chief Frank Fowler said the department is committed to trying to make a difference. On top of that, Fowler said, the police in general, can be targeted unfairly by...

Julia Botero / WRVO News File Photo

Every year, the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, raises millions of fish to be stocked in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The hatchery raises several species of fish, but their pride and joy is the chinook salmon. Each fall, employees harvest millions of eggs, fertilize them, incubate them, and raise the fish until they're ready to be released into the wild. This time of year, Les Resseguie and his team are overseeing millions of chinook eggs -- each about the size of a pea -- incubating in...

Payne Horning / WRVO News

Oswego residents had their first chance to provide input on the city's downtown revitalization project last week. Dozens of residents and community leaders came out to the city's first public meeting last week to help shape the direction of the project.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

The era of Howard Johnson’s Restaurants and Motor Lodges is long gone. But a vestige of the one of the largest hospitality chains in the country remained for years in central New York, on Carrier Circle in DeWitt. Now, after years of negotiation, a deal has been struck that allows access to the property, so the iconic orange roof has finally come down. The ubiquitous orange tiles violently slid off the roof during Friday’s demolition of the former restaurant and motor lodge. During it’s...

Southern Arkansas University / Flickr

Tioga Downs opened Friday as a full Las Vegas-style casino, complete with 33 table games and a poker room. It's making good on its claim that of the four new upstate casinos, it would be the first to open. The facility is in Tioga County and has offered harness racing and slot machines for years. It tried twice for a full casino license, first in 2014 . The second time was successful , and a full gaming license came in August. That license allows it to offer poker, blackjack and other table...

TTY Dialer Podcast #7

Dec 3, 2016

It's the seventh episode of the Tuned to Yesterday Dialer podcast for the week of December 5 - December 10, 2016. In this episode: A signature radio siren silenced for the war, voices from the day after Pearl Harbor, the radio institution the "Grand Ole Opry", memories from radio's first full time announcer and a look at the shows coming up this week. The TTY Dialer podcast is here to enhance your listening to Tuned to Yesterday during the week. You'll hear about what's coming up on the air...

Mark Ordonez / Flickr

Is your cookware posing a hazard to your health? In recent years, some lightweight, non-stick materials have been scrutinized for containing toxic chemicals that can seep into food. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Laura Vandenberg , assistant professor in the environmental health sciences department at the UMass-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, joins the program to discuss which materials are safe to use when cooking.

Inside the surgical suite

Dec 3, 2016
Ruhrfisch / Flickr

For many of us, our knowledge of what happens in an operating room may come from medical dramas on TV. But what really happens in the surgical suite after the patient is anesthesized? This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Hoyt , executive director of the American College of Surgeons takes us inside the surgical suite. Hoyt is also Professor Emeritus of surgery at the University of California, Irvine. For those of us who have had surgery, we remember what happens beforehand. In the pre-op area,...

Pots, pans & PFOAs

Dec 2, 2016
sarah / Flickr

The chemicals used to make Teflon have been in the news in New York state this year, as one area deals with water contamination from a manufacturing plant that made pots and pans. But how healthy is the Teflon and other kinds of cookware Americans use in their kitchens every day? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Laura Vandenberg, professor at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Science. She is an expert...

Great Lakes plan to combat marine debris

Dec 2, 2016
Elizabeth Miller / Great Lakes Today

A conference in Cleveland is tackling marine debris, the pieces of plastic that wash up on the river, ocean, or Great Lake shores. It's a issue that has affected the health and appearances of beaches around the world. Marine debris also has a deadly effect on wildlife, especially birds. “They can get entangled in fishing line or balloon string,” says Jill Bartolotta, an educator with Ohio Sea Grant. “They also eat plastic because they think its fish or a food item, which will eventually cause...

New York State Senate

New York State Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority. But in the state Senate, it’s more complicated than that.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The Syracuse Common Council may soon request a pilot program from the state to bus all students living one mile or further from schools. Currently, the Syracuse City School District transports students that live one and a half miles away of further from schools. The new change could affect more than 1,100 students. The pilot program would fund the cost plus remove a penalty the state assesses for transporting students who live closer to school. Councilor Susan Boyle said there is an immediate...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

A small protest outside of Chase Bank in downtown Syracuse gave information on the various banks financing the Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters encouraged people to pull their money out of the big banks supporting the pipeline and reinvest it into local credit unions. The protest was part of a national day of divestment. Renee Vogelsang, one of the organizers of the event, said it is a powerful way to take action against the banks. "They could pull their money out of the pipeline,"...

For many families, the burden of student loan debt is overwhelming; and while Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a new student loan forgiveness program , the steady rise in percentage of student debt remains an issue. The New York State Assembly held a public hearing Wednesday to examine both the impact that rising higher education costs are having on students and families across the state and ways in which student loan debt can be reduced. State education officials gave testimonies on the...

governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. In exchange, he said, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise. Cuomo is trying to convince state lawmakers to return to the Capitol before the end of the year to hold a special session. The governor is seeking some reforms, including changes to the state’s procurement process for contracts, saying he wants a ...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The next piece to the revitalization of the downtown Syracuse area home to the former Hotel Syracuse will soon be in place. Developers and the city of Syracuse have struck a tax deal that will lead to a Hyatt Hotel, across the street from the Marriott Downtown Syracuse.

Some rights reserved by SalFalko

The New York state attorney general's office is bringing charges against a village judge in Jefferson County over claims that he used his position to elicit sexual favors from a defendant. Village of West Carthage Justice Delmar House is facing two felony charges for allegedly reducing a fine for a defendant who appeared before him in exchange for sexual favors. In a statement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the 49-year-old also paid a portion of the defendant's fines for...

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

A Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Syracuse on Tuesday focused on the issue of violence against black women. Protesters highlighted one incident in particular as part of the group’s continuing effort to push for police accountability. Maleatra Montanez is suing the city of Syracuse for an incident involving former Syracuse Police Officer Chester Thompson in 2015. Thompson admitted to having sexual encounters with Montanez and another woman in separate incidents while on the job....

Pages