Turning cooler and quieter for the weekend

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The summery warmth will finally break with highs falling back into the 70s and 80s. What You Need To Know The weekend will be cooler and quieter Highs will be in the 70s and low 80s with lower dew points There will be plenty of dry time to enjoy outside As this week has shown,…

Binghamton University trains nurses to serve rural areas

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A program at Binghamton University is trying to meet the needs of rural health care systems. Thirty graduate students visited the university's new nursing facility Monday. Each of them live in rural parts of New York or Pennsylvania and have agreed to work in those areas. The program is paid by a $2.8 million grant…

DeFrancisco recounts his battles with Cuomo in state government

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Former New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco had been an open critic of Governor Andrew Cuomo when they served together, and wrote about some of it in his book. DeFrancisco says Cuomo’s management style gave him pause as he watched him in office for over eight years. “He’s a narcissistic bully,”…

Indoor masking to be required in all State Fair buildings

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Indoor masking will be required in all buildings throughout the New York State Fairgrounds for the upcoming 2021 event, according to an executive order released by the Onondaga County executive Tuesday. The order includes all fairgoers, regardless of vaccination status. The decision was made in order to ensure the success of the fair, according to…

Analysis: Dynastic dreams of a Cuomo fourth term dashed, once

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After leaving behind a possible bid for the U.S. presidency, Mario Cuomo tried instead for another feat — a fourth four-year term as governor of New York — a hurdle only Nelson Rockefeller has been able to cross in the state’s history. But Cuomo could not survive the "Republican Revolution" election year of 1994, losing…

Spectrum donates $2,500 to Westcott Community Center

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The Westcott Community Center has been a valuable resource to Central New Yorkers suffering from food insecurity during the pandemic. And Spectrum is supporting their mission by donating $2,500 to the center's Basic Needs Pantry. The money will allow they pantry to expand its offerings to include refrigerated and frozen products. The donation to the…

Ever-changing policies and shifting prices busy travel agents

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It's been a busy summer for travel agents as many people decide to travel for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit. However, rising airline prices and ever-changing guidelines and regulations haven’t made things easy for travel agents the last few months. Travel agent Martha Alderman-Boyer, owner of Boyer Travel, said she's happy…

Condemned building leaves dozens homeless in Watertown

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Daniel Hall had just fallen asleep in his apartment on Factory Street in Watertown on Sunday evening, when he heard a growing commotion. “I said, 'What’s going on, officers?'" Hall said. "He said, ‘This place is being condemned, so I’ll allow you to get a couple things just for the night, and tomorrow, hopefully, we'll…

Syracuse schools to require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or get

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All teachers and employees in the Syracuse City School District will be required to show proof they received the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis, the district's Board of Education decided Wednesday. According to a resolution passed by the board, all district employees who are not members of a collective…

Onondaga County has high hopes for Hochul

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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh shares the same feelings as many politicians across the state regarding the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Walsh said it was "the right thing to do." But Syracuse has a special tie to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. The governor-in-waiting is a graduate of Syracuse University. "I think a Governor Hochul administration…