Syracuse, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated he will soon propose legislation to cap local property taxes at the rate of inflation.
That seems like a popular move - providing some relief for taxpayers struggling to pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.
But, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says every single dollar Onondaga County receives from property taxes goes to the state, due to a series of programs for which counties are required to pay the state.
Oswego, NY – The Thruway Authority now has a plan for winter weather emergencies. And the projected $10 billion state budget deficit could reach $11 billion. Those stories and the forecast in our newscast.
Oswego, NY – The Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer released a draft report today on the agency's plans for preventing blockages like the one that stranded hundreds of vehicles in Buffalo for up to 24 hours.
Fleischer says Governor Andrew Cuomo "on literally his very first day" convened all of the agencies involved into a "Winter Emergency Action Team" to develop the plans and procedures.
Massena, NY – The company known as "Old GM"- the asset liquidation offshoot created from the General Motors bankruptcy -- must put money aside for the environmental cleanup of several old contaminated factories. It's a condition of the federal government helping give the auto giant new life. Ryan Morden takes us to the home of the most contaminated property in the northern New York town of Massena.
Syracuse, NY – On the sixth floor of Loretto's Cunningham skilled nursing facility in Syracuse, 92-year-old Ben Harkola scoots his feet to wheel himself, and his wife, 88-year-old Margaret, toward the dining room.
"He don't have to," says Margaret Harkola. "I can pump my way wherever the hell I'm going. But he likes to, so, he's a perfect gentleman-- most of the time."
"Most of the time," Ben Harkola laughs, "that would be all of the time!" They laugh.