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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...

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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....

Cuomo vetoes farm to food bank bill

Nov 30, 2016
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have given farmers a tax credit for giving food to food banks. In the past few days, many healthy food advocates, farmers and lawmakers had been urging the governor to sign the bill into law. Under it, farmers would have gotten a tax credit worth 25 percent of the value of the food they donate to food banks.

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The Oswego Common Council has approved amendments to its taxi cab laws that lawmakers say will improve public safety. The new resolution adopted Monday night establishes a "good moral character" clause to help city officials determine who can get a license to drive a cab in the city. It spells out what crimes could preclude someone from obtaining a license, such as murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography and others. "Ultimately, the good moral character is for the protection...

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Anyone who’s looked for a home in Tompkins County knows there’s a housing crunch. A recent study from the county shows there’s not enough. Organizers of an upcoming housing summit hope they’ll find some solutions. Decision makers from town governments and non-profits and realty groups are scheduled to speak . Martha Robertson, Tompkins County legislator and event organizer, wants people to speak up no matter what their stake is. Student housing will definitely be a discussion topic. “We have...

Opening date set for del Lago Resort & Casino

Nov 29, 2016
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Officials with the del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County have announced Feb. 1 is the opening date for the $440 million project. It's one of four new gambling facilities planned for upstate New York. The general manager for the del Lago resort, Jeff Babinski, says he expects it to eventually become a destination for some convention business as well. “We’re actually starting to take some; we’ve booked I think one, early already, for October of next year… as people look to stay and keep...

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Syracuse’s Land Bank is applying for a new round of funding from settlements the New York State Attorney General’s Office made with banks after the 2008 mortgage crisis. The land bank wants to use the new funding on renovations in areas of the city it has previously neglected.

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New York state is wrapping up a restoration of the historic New York Central Railroad station platform along Interstate 690 in Syracuse. And that also means several ghost-like fiberglass statues will again take up their station, waiting for a train that never comes. A couple of nuns, a soldier, a luggage handler and members of a northside family are once again waiting for the night train along Interstate 690 in Syracuse. Duke Epolito, the Syracuse sculptor who created the series of bright...

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The Oswego City School District is still feeling the pain from the $5 million budget gap earlier this year when the district cut 50 positions. Next school year isn't looking much easier as the district faces a $4 million deficit. But, school officials are beginning to make some headway with avoiding a repeat of those layoffs.

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Syracuse’s Salvation Army welcomes a new executive director at a time when central New York is taking aim at the issue of chronic poverty. Linda Lopez has worked in the human services field for more than 30 years in central New York. And she has seen how chronic poverty can be invasive. "I’ve been doing human service long enough in this community to know that there were individuals that I served when I worked for other agencies, I’ve seen their children, I’ve seen their grandchildren. So I’ve...

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Syracuse’s Buy Local Bash is Monday and it highlights local food, beverages, arts and retail in the central New York area. The event has been growing for the past seven years and this one could be the biggest yet. The event is being held from 5-9 p.m. at the Central New York Regional Market. Syracuse First, the nonprofit that organizes the bash, was founded in 2009 by Chris Fowler, who says he remembers well what it was like in those early days. “So the first year we did the event, we only...

Maritime school teaches Great Lakes skills

Nov 26, 2016
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At the Maritime Academy of Toledo, students learn basics like math and English. They also take classes on boatbuilding. On a fall day in the boat lab, a few students are working on the inside of a small wooden boat. They’re gluing pieces of wood together along the inside of the boat before sanding it down. “This boat’s going to be a tug boat, and hopefully we’re going to finish it by this spring,” says Rick Brown, who runs the career tech program, which includes navigation, engineering,...

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Ruth Gruber died last week at 105. She was an accomplished journalist and humanitarian. But in Oswego she is remembered and celebrated for the role she played when the United States offered safe harbor to 986 European refugees during World War II. Gruber worked for the department of the interior when she was chosen to escort the mostly Jewish refugees on their voyage to America. They were housed at Fort Ontario in Oswego for the remainder of the war. Eventually, Gruber championed the refugees...

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Thousand Island dressing gets its name from the chain of islands straddling northern New York and Canada. At the turn of the century, this region along the St. Lawrence River was a summer destination for the nation’s elite. It was the Gilded Age. The creamy pink salad dressing was all the rage among cooks at the hotels and resorts dotting the river. There are two competing local legends on who first came up with the dressing. The first story involves a billionaire, true love, an island castle...

Rescue Mission

Syracuse’s Rescue Mission will be serving hundreds of Thanksgiving meals today to individuals who otherwise might not have one. CEO Alan Thornton says meal preparations started early this morning to feed an estimated 2,000 individuals. "I think we’re in the vicinity of 1,300 pounds of cooked turkey, 45 trays of stuffing, of potatoes, over 300 pies, more trays of vegetables, lots of cookies. You name it, we’re going to have it,” said Thornton. While many of the meals will be served at the...

Office of the Utica Mayor

At a time when many communities across the country are wrestling with how to improve the relationship between the police and residents they serve after horrific events like a police shooting, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says his city is taking a proactive approach.

Researchers scope Cayuga Lake for invasive plant

Nov 24, 2016
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In September, a class from Wells College was on Cayuga Lake near Aurora when someone noticed a non-native weed in the water. It was hydrilla, an invasive plant that can cause big problems. Hillary Lambert with the Cayuga Lake Watershed is trying to figure out how widespread the hydrilla is before the lake gets even colder and freezes. “If we let hydrilla take control, over several years time, it could make large areas of the shoreline impassable every summer,” she said. Hydrilla grows quickly...

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The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau in Syracuse is wrapping up registration for this holiday season. The yearly food and toy giveaway can be a harbinger of the local economy. The number of people signing up for this year’s toy and food giveaway looks to be about the same as last year, according to Salvation Army Executive Director Linda Lopez. And she says that shows her that there are still hundreds of central New York families that need some help getting through the holidays. "I think we...

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State officials helped deliver Thanksgiving dinners to residents in need in cities all across New York. In Syracuse, that happened at the Southwest Community Center, which targeted seniors and others who could use the meals the most. Forty-five big boxes that can each feed a family of 12 were donated by Wegmans. They each include a turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, butternut squash, green bean casserole and cranberry relish. Sharon Owens of the Southwest Community Center said they...

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Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow is preparing to replace the city's fire department chief after a contentious year between the two that included battles over layoffs and overtime expenses.

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The city of Syracuse will enter into a three-year agreement with a company it has been using to boot cars with unpaid parking tickets. The contract was held up over questions about how aggressive the company has been in booting vehicles. The city of Syracuse is owed $6 million from 80,000 unpaid parking tickets. Of those tickets, 18,000 are on boot-eligible vehicles, meaning they have three or more overdue tickets. The city has been using the company PayLock to boot cars since 2009. But...

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Genetically modified food is something that’s discussed a lot. But scientists in Syracuse are trying to take that technology one step further, and create the first genetically modified wild forest tree. And with that, rest hopes that the American chestnut tree could make a comeback with a scientific nudge. Chestnut trees once dominated swaths of the Eastern seaboard. That was more than a century ago, before an Asian fungus decimated a population known for delivering chestnuts to holiday...

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Indictments are due by Wednesday in an economic development corruption scandal involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide and other former associates. The governor has been active in recent days on other matters, including taking steps to counteract a rise in hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump as president.

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For the fourth year in a row, the Oneida County Board of Legislators has passed a budget without an increase in the property tax levy. County officials say they are pleased about saving residents money, but they are also concerned about what the frugal approach could mean for Oneida County's financial future. The Board of Legislators made few changes to the budget proposed by County Executive Anthony Picente . Most notably, they removed the proposed raises for legislators, the county...

Payne Horning / WRVO News

Ruth Gruber, who played a key role in helping Oswego’s Fort Ontario harbor nearly 1,000 refugees during World War II, has died. She was an accomplished journalist and humanitarian, but she is most fondly remembered in Oswego for the difference she made in the lives of the refugees she helped save.

Will disillusioned U.S. voters really move to Canada?

Nov 21, 2016
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The election of Donald Trump has some Americans looking north, perhaps to make a new home in a country removed from Trump's style of Republicanism. Many said jokingly if Trump were elected they would move to Canada. For some, it's no longer a joke. "You'll never be my president because I'm moving to Canada!" shouted one woman at a protest. The declaration was born in anger and frustration, but also reflects what many Americans have been soberly contemplating. On election night in the United...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has directed the New York State Police to create a hate crime investigation unit, in response to a number of racial incidents reported around the state since the presidential election Nov. 8. "Fliers promoting the KKK were found on parked cars in Patchogue, Long Island. A swastika was discovered on the B Train in Manhattan. In Wellsville, outside of Buffalo, someone painted a swastika surrounded by the words 'Make America White Again'," Cuomo said during a speech at...

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Will there be a special session of the legislature this December? Gov. Andrew Cuomo is offering lawmakers an incentive to come back to meet — a possible pay raise, in exchange for ethics reforms.

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Airports could be getting some love with the current emphasis on infrastructure improvements. President-elect Donald Trump has often mentioned airports as a key part of infrastructure improvements he would like to see, and New York state continues investing in airports. And these are things local airport officials are happy to hear. Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport is pretty typical of many airports across the country. The terminal was constructed in 1962, a golden age of airport...

A different kind of doctor

Nov 19, 2016
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The nurse comes in to take vitals and ask some questions. Then, he or she says the doctor will be in shortly. Short. That ends up describing the time the doctor spends with you. Many have had a similar experience when going to see their doctor. But, what if that didn’t have to be the case? What if there were doctors who took more time to really dig into a patient’s problem? This week on "Take Care," Dr. Pina LoGiudice , a naturopathic doctor, joins the program to talk about who exactly those in her field are, what it is they do for their patients, and how they are different from traditional medical doctors.

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