News

AMSNY

Without sustainable federal investment in medical research, innovation in the field will be stunted say academic leaders. Colleagues from across the country join in their appeal to Congress.

New York medical school administrators join 17 others in a recent open letter in the Journal Science Translational Medicine.  The letter says unstable funding for biomedical research drives investigators out of the country.

Karen DeWitt / WRVO News

Lawmakers are struggling to reach end of session deals, as the corruption scandals and on going federal investigations seem to be hampering their progress.  

With just over one week left until the session is scheduled to end, lawmakers seem far apart on many key issues. New York City’s rent regulations expire next week, along with a property tax break for real estate developers who agree to set aside some of their project for affordable housing, known as 421a.  

Destoinie Cormier / Save RCWP Facebook page

State Sen. Patty Ritchie has secured 185 thousand dollars in funding to treat troops and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Part of the money will go towards a program at Alexandria Bay’s River Hospital that treats Fort Drum soldiers.

The announcement comes just days after the hospital was given the ok to continue the program.

The River Hospital’s Community Wellness program was in danger of shutting its doors last month. The Army had decided to move all PTSD treatment programs back onto bases across the country.

Escaped prisoners 'could be anywhere'

Jun 8, 2015
New York State Police

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says two prisoners who escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility could be "anywhere in the country." In an interview on NBC's Today Show Monday morning, the governor called the two escapees "dangerous, desperate men."

  Waiting lists for treatment of opioid addiction continue to grow in central New York. That’s why local addiction experts are hoping proposed federal legislation that could help the situation becomes law.  

Monika Taylor, director of behavioral health services at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse says Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, can be key to someone getting off their addiction to opioids -- heroin or prescription painkillers.

stgermh / Flickr

It’s the second to the last week of the legislative session, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers still have a long way to go before they can agree on key issues.

Rent regulations and the mayor’s control of public schools in New York City expire in June 15, as well as a tax break for real estate developers who set aside a portion of their project for affordable housing. The rent laws are tied, through legislation, to an issue important to suburban and upstate residents, the continuation of a property tax cap.

governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to extend the state’s property tax cap. The law limits annual tax increases, and it’s set to expire next year. Cuomo released a report last week that said the cap has saved more than $800 for the typical New Yorker over the past three years. He calls that success.

But Dryden town supervisor Mary Ann Sumner wants Cuomo to look back a few more years. She says in 2008 when the recession hit, Dryden cut taxes to give people a break. The town leaned on money it had in reserve instead.

Ellory Smith / WHMT

The state legislative session is scheduled to end June 17 and a ranking Senate Democrat says there's a lot to be done. But Sen. Mike Gianaris of New York City says he thinks it's a mistake to end the session without acting on ethics reform -- in a year where both leaders of the legislature have resigned over corruption charges. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt interviewed Gianaris about the state of ethics in Albany.

Preventing falls as you get older: exercise is the key

Jun 7, 2015
Rosie O'Beirne / Flickr

Many older people have a great fear of falling – and with good reason. When a senior citizen falls, the likelihood of serious injury is far greater than when a younger person does. And for the elderly, falls can be disabling and even lead to death.

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Laurence Z. Rubenstein, professor and chairman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Rubenstein has researched and worked extensively on the development of interventions to prevent falls in older adults.

Vienze Ziction / Flickr

Not only do sunglasses reduce glare while we’re driving and help us to see more comfortably when we’re outside, but they also help to reduce the risk of eye damage.

This week on “Take Care,” professor of ophthalmology at the University of California Davis Medical School and spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ivan Schwab, explains why sunglasses can prevent damage to the eyes and what damage the sun can cause.

Medical marijuana applications due

Jun 5, 2015
Spiritual Enlightenment / Flickr

The next step for New York’s new medical marijuana industry is today. Companies that want to grow or dispense the drug must submit applications to the state health department.

Only five licenses will be awarded to companies that want to grow and sell medical marijuana. But each company can have up to four dispensaries. So, as many as 20 places where New York patients could get the drug.

What seniors can do to help prevent falls

Jun 5, 2015

When younger people fall down, it may lead to some bumps and bruises. But for senior citizens, falls are much more likely to be life changing -- leading to broken hips or disability. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. Laurence Rubenstein, chairman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine about the dangers of falls for the elderly and how to prevent them.

baasiilb15 / Flickr

Health insurance companies are asking New York state to approve increases in 2016 premium costs.

If this year’s increase serves as a guide, 18 New York insurance companies will not be allowed to raise their premium rates the full 13.5 percent they’re requesting for 2016.

Last year, the state Department of Financial Services allowed plans on the individual insurance market to go up an average 5.7 percent, less than half the requested increase of nearly 14 percent.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

What goes up must come down, and luckily for researchers at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, a weather balloon they launched just over a month ago from their Syracuse campus, was finally discovered along a remote area in Cortland County.

The project was part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, and engineering students, led by professor Giorgos Mountrakis, fashioned the high-altitude balloon so it could carry information-gathering electronics thousands of miles high.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The craft beverage industry is revitalizing the upstate economy with billions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The nonprofit Syracuse First held its New Economy Summit this week to discuss improving the region's service and craft beverage industry.

Karen Dewitt / WRVO

 

A reform group is taking a new approach to trying to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance laws, as years long attempts to crack down on what’s known as “dark money” donations have failed.

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center / Facebook

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will be offering pasteurized donor human milk for premature infants.  

St. Joseph’s will become one of 12 hospitals in New York state that will offer donor’s milk, from a Boston-based milk bank in its Level III neonatal intensive care unit.  

Pediatrics chairman Dr. Larry Consenstein says the milk would be used in cases where a mother’s milk is not available for a premature infant. He says studies show that feeding formula to a premature baby can cause severe complications, especially infections in the digestive tract.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

 

The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council is studying how to improve transportation in Central New York over the next 35 years. But at a public meeting this week, the council said the biggest roadblock is funding.

The transportation council said they are studying a light rail transit or bus rapid transit system along two heavy traffic corridors in Syracuse: Destiny USA to Syracuse University and James Street to Onondaga Community College.

governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

A third poll in as many weeks shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo losing popularity with voters. This time it’s by Quinnipiac University, which puts the governor’s rating at it’s lowest ever.

Karen DeWitt / WRVO News

About two dozen tenants rights activists, as well as several Democratic state lawmakers were arrested at a protest on the lack of action so far on reforming New York City’s rent laws. The law is scheduled to expire June 15, and protestors want it to not only be renewed, but include more protections for tenants.

Julia Botero / WRVO News

Professional baseball fans in Watertown rejoice. After nearly 20 years, the sport has returned to the city. The Watertown Bucks are an independent pro team with players from all over the country.  The team may not be affiliated with a major league team, but the players could still be picked up by one. In Watertown, fans are overjoyed to have a baseball team they can call their own again.

Karen Dewitt / WRVO News

One day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo arranged a meeting  with some state lawmakers and Catholic Church leaders to promote the education tax credit, the measure seems to be losing support among Assembly Democrats, with some Democrats saying they are angered by tactics used by backers, which has included picketing their offices.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

Gaming facilities have some new competition in upstate New York. The Yellow Brick Road Casino has opened in Chittenango, a small town about 20 miles east of Syracuse.  

Gamblers started waiting along a yellow brick path in front of the casino, the night before the opening; From Albany, from nearby Syracuse and all around central New York.

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego is expanding to Syracuse.

The state university has had an extension site on Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse for a little over six years. Now the New York State Board of Regents just approved designating SUNY Oswego's Metro Center a "branch campus." That means starting in fall 2016, SUNY Oswego student will now be able to complete degree and certificate programs in Syracuse. Currently, students are required to take a course at the main campus.

Questions remain about teacher evaluation timeline

Jun 2, 2015
Colleen / via Flickr

While ethics reform may be dominating much of the conversation in Albany, education advocates are hoping the public and lawmakers don't forget there's much work to be done regarding teacher evaluations. Last month, the Assembly passed legislation to push back the deadline for local school districts to implement their teacher evaluation system. But final action has not been taken on that legislation.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston / Flickr

Catholic bishops met at the governor’s mansion with some state lawmakers Monday for a meeting arranged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the earned income tax credit.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, speaking after the lunch with assemblymembers and senators, says it was a positive discussion, and there may be hopes of compromise. The bill includes tax credits for donors who give money for scholarships for children at private and parochial schools.

“There seemed to be a conciliatory atmosphere,” Dolan said. “I just found it very helpful.”

Alex Crichton / WXXI

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says in a legislative session in which the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate are both indicted on corruption charges, the need for ethics reform in Albany is shockingly clear.

Speaking in Rochester -- one of several stops -- Schneiderman outlined his "End New York Corruption Now Act," which he says has three main goals: end the pernicious effect of outside money in politics and government; ensure every act of corruption is met with a swift, serious response; and encourage more honorable people to pursue public service.

Matt Ryan / New York Now

Despite the arrest of the leaders of both houses of the legislature on corruption charges, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers say they have no plans to pass any additional ethics reforms this session.
 
It appears likely that a legislative session in which the speaker of the Assembly and president of the Senate have both been indicted will  not end with any significant new reforms.

Ryan Delaney / WRVO file photo

Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) says more resources are needed to fight recruitment of individuals by radical organizations like ISIS and groups linked to al-Qaida.  He says one of the big goals should be an anti-messaging campaign aimed at extremist groups.

Julia Botero / WRVO News

A group from Jefferson and Lewis Counties has helped set a new world record... by planting a whole bunch of trees in just one hour.  Groups all over North America joined in the challenge in their communities. More than 200,000 trees were planted in nearly 30 different places across the continent. 

At the Sand Flats State Forest in the Tug Hill, people were racing to get new saplings into the ground.

Pages