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Members of Congress from New York are reacting to President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump’s remarks on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Democrats and Republicans agree, Russia is not a friend to the U.S.

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The second set of corruption convictions of former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has renewed calls to reform the governor’s multibillion-dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid-rigging cases. But Cuomo said the problem is already fixed.

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Watertown's $10 million downtown revitalization can move forward now that state officials have decided how the city can spend the prize money

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Syracuse hospitals had 10-15 overdoses coming in almost every day last week, believed to be from synthetic cannabinoids or “spike.” The number of overdoses from spike are up significantly and health officials worry about another potential threat.

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The Watertown City Council has hired Rick Finn as its next city manager. The New York native has served as a city manager for five other municipalities, most recently in Bay City, Michigan. 

The SUNY Brockport graduate has ties to Watertown. His son was stationed at the Fort Drum Military Base three years ago.

Primary challengers to a group of former breakaway Democrats in the state Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements.

Many are encouraged by the June upset win of primary challenger, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to longtime Queens Congressman Joe Crowley.

The Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon, has challenged several of the candidates challenging former members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released action plans for 12 waterbodies affected by harmful algal blooms. The state is partnering with local communities to reduce and eliminate the blooms.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is rejecting a proposal to put a controversial gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is denying the proposal by Crestwood Midstream Partners to build an underground liquefied petroleum gas (propane) storage facility in abandoned salt mines in Watkins Glen.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor, the candidate announced Thursday.

The number of signatures collected by the former “Sex and the City” star and political activist is more than four times the amount required under state election law. More than 3,500 volunteers helped collect the signatures around the state before Thursday’s deadline for signatures.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.

The jury in Manhattan returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars were awarded for redevelopment projects aimed at revitalizing upstate New York, particularly Syracuse and Buffalo.

Prosecutors maintained the bidding process was corrupt and that deals were steered to favored developers. Defense lawyers said it was not.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is upping the stakes in his disagreement with Republicans on the state and federal levels over the right to choose abortion, now that President Donald Trump has announced his choice of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cuomo now says he’ll sue the federal government if the court overturns Roe v. Wade.

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Already facing opposition from local municipalities and hundreds of businesses and property owners, a Houston company's plans to store propane and natural gas in abandoned salt mines on the shore of Seneca Lake has been dealt another blow.

On Monday night, the Schuyler County legislature voted unanimously to withdraw its support for the Finger Lakes project proposed by Crestwood Midstream Partners.

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The New York State Department of Transportation is awarding CSX railways $19 million for the creation of an inland port at the DeWitt rail yard. The upgrade will allow the facility to load and unload containers from the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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New York’s senators are vowing to do everything they can to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats say among the rights that would be threatened, health care is at the top of the list.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Trump promised he would appoint a nominee that would undo health care in the form of the Affordable Care Act and reproductive and abortion rights like Roe v. Wade.

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For the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.

Cuomo, in Westchester and on Long Island, continued to urge the Republicans who lead the state Senate to return to the Capitol and vote on a measure that would codify the abortion rights in the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade and modernize New York’s 1970 laws that legalized abortion.

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Hours before President Donald Trump announced his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed against the selection. He also signed an executive order to help protect the reproductive choice rights of New York’s women should a future court overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump, highlighted the benefits of Republicans’ tax law while in Tully Monday at the Suit-Kote paving company. Trump said six million Americans across the country have directly benefited from the tax plan through wage increases or bonuses.

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The Onondaga Citizens League is trying to get a sense of just how plugged in central New Yorkers are to their community with a year-long study that found some issues, and suggestions on how to improve things. Researchers found plenty of agencies and organizations that help a plethora of issues, but they also found many struggling. 

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SUNY ESF in Syracuse has a new interim president to replace Quentin Wheeler, who resigned earlier this year after disputes with faculty.

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Officials in Syracuse say they are still waiting for safety information from the federal government on all railroad bridges in the city. 

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Rising prescription drug costs continue to plague Americans, an issue that the Trump Administration is now trying to address. As the nation's top lawmakers discuss potential solutions, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is once again pushing her own legislation that would attempt to fix the problem by cracking down on pharmaceutical companies.

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The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for animal shelters trying to reunite missing pets with their owners. Animal advocates say it is fireworks that are causing dogs and cats to run away.   

Dee Schaefer, a humane educator with the Central New York SPCA, said phones were blowing up at the shelter Thursday morning with about 30 calls regarding missing or stray animals. They have already taken in at least five dogs this week, and she said intakes in shelters across the nation are 80 percent higher immediately following the Fourth of July.

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The 500 block of Clinton St. in Syracuse remains closed Friday after the sidewall of an elevated railroad track in downtown Syracuse collapsed Thursday afternoon. No one was injured, but the debris did knock over a streetlight. 

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The Syracuse Social Security field office holds a dubious distinction in New York. It has the largest backlog of any office in the state.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says it can’t keep up with requests because of a lack of resources, and a flood of new retirees.

"The Syracuse hearing office has a backlog of 9,000 claims," Schumer said. "That’s a lot of people in a city of 200,000. It takes 620 days for a hearing. So if they’ve not given you the money your entitled, you will wait two years, or one and three quarters.”

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Democrat Gail Tosh has worked a variety of jobs during her lifetime - a language consultant for video games, English teacher in eastern Europe and currrently the owner of a small chicken farm in Baldwinsville. But she's never held elected office.

Now is the time for change though, she says, not only for her but for all residents of the 120th Assembly District, which covers parts of Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties.

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The jury could begin deliberating as early as next Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of the former head of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs.

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The city of Syracuse is expanding a program meant to improve compliance with housing codes.

The Tenant-Owner-Proactive (TOP) program started last fall on the city’s northside. It makes the code inspection system more proactive. Code inspectors establish relationships with tenants and landlords before code violations get too bad, and the city is forced to take legal action.

"We’re shocked by the numbers we’re seeing with owner compliance without sending out violation letters," said Ken Towsley, head of code enforcement.

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The city of Rome has outlined how it plans to spend the $10 million award it received through New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. A number of transformative projects focus on key topics the state wants to highlight.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated Monday that redesigning downtown areas will attract young people and jobs.

“The businesses are coming," Cuomo said. "The businesses will come. We have to now have the community that attracts the youth and the talent.”

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New York’s members of Congress disagree as to how the next Supreme Court Justice should be chosen, after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will retire at the end of July. 

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The city of Syracuse and Onondaga County have been designated as a Hidden Heroes community, which signifies support for Central New Yorkers who care for military veterans.

While many Americans will be watching fireworks and parades and lighting up barbecues at family gatherings this Fourth of July, the celebrations for some military veterans will be starkly different.

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