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Upstate NY dad-to-be dies in explosion while making bomb for gender reveal party

Upstate NY dad-to-be dies in explosion while making bomb for gender reveal party

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy An Upstate New York man has died in an explosion while making a bomb for his child’s gender reveal party.New York State Police said they responded to a report of an explosion in the Sullivan County town of Liberty around noon on Sunday. An investigation determined that 28-year-old Christopher Pekny was killed at his home while building an explosive device to be used at a baby gender reveal party.State police Pekny was the father-to-be of the child.Trooper Steven Nevel, Troop F spokesman, told the that the device “was not being built or made for malicious...

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Why wind turbines in New York keep working in bitter cold weather unlike the ones in Texas

Why wind turbines in New York keep working in bitter cold weather unlike the ones in Texas

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Syracuse, N.Y. — Texas Republicans were the state’s wind turbines for the that millions of Texans experienced this week during an unusual blast of cold weather.Texas leads the nation in wind power, with nearly 15,000 wind turbines producing 23% of the Lone Star State’s electricity last year. Many of the turbines shut down when the cold descended on Texas.It turns out that only a third of the power outages in the state resulted from wind turbines failing in the cold. Power plants that use fossil fuels — coal and natural gas ― accounted for .But we couldn’t help...

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CNN bans Chris Cuomo from covering his brother, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

CNN bans Chris Cuomo from covering his brother, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy CNN says it has reinstated a ban on interviewing or covering his brother, New York Gov. , as the governor faces criticism over the state’s delay in providing data on Covid-19 nursing home deaths.Gov. Cuomo appeared on his younger brother’s evening TV show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” multiple times during the pandemic last year. Chris Cuomo spoke about his experiences testing positive for Covid-19 and often bantered with the governor, including and Andrew Cuomo’s celebrity status as the “.”But when Gov. Cuomo came under fire over reports that top aide, Melissa DeRosa,...

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Man organizes drive to deliver Valentine’s Day cards to every Central NY nursing home resident

Man organizes drive to deliver Valentine’s Day cards to every Central NY nursing home resident

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy If you live in a nursing home, the last year has been lonely and sometimes depressing.The coronavirus pandemic has locked down nursing homes with few visitors allowed and residents often stuck in their rooms.It has cancelled holiday and other celebrations.And the virus has in the state and made many other residents sick.“It’s been a crappy year all around for us,’' said Thomas Phillips, 62, who is a resident of Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing home in Rome. “No holidays, no celebrations, no getting together, no visitors. Masks and lockdowns.”So Phillips decided...

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Large stadiums, arenas in NY can reopen to fans: Live sports, music, shows can return

Large stadiums, arenas in NY can reopen to fans: Live sports, music, shows can return

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Albany, N.Y. — Large stadiums and arenas in New York can reopen for events with in-person fans starting Feb. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.Hockey, basketball, football, soccer, baseball, music, shows and performances can all return to the spaces, Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany.The new rules only apply to venues with a total capacity of over 10,000 people. They’ll be allowed to reopen for in-person events with a 10% capacity limit.All attendees will be required to test negative for Covid-19 through a PCR test within 72 hours of the...

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Feb 10
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Cuomo lifts nearly all Covid cluster zones, including those in Central NY

Cuomo lifts nearly all Covid cluster zones, including those in Central NY

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Albany, N.Y. — Nearly all of New York’s Covid-19 cluster zones and the extra restrictions that go with them have been lifted.That includes the yellow and orange zones in Onondaga County and a yellow zone in Oneida County. It also applies to zones in the Buffalo and Rochester areas and other parts of Upstate New York.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move today during a press conference in Albany. The state launched the cluster zone strategy in the fall in an effort to control the in areas seeing spikes.It includes varying levels of restrictions — red, orange and...

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Jan 27
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Tenney nears victory after judge rules against key Brindisi ballots in NY 22nd race

Tenney nears victory after judge rules against key Brindisi ballots in NY 22nd race

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy OSWEGO, N.Y. — State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte on Friday ruled against batches of dozens of votes that Democrat Anthony Brindisi hoped would count in the ongoing 22nd Congressional District.His ruling all but ensures that Republican Claudia Tenney has won the seat in the House of Representatives following a three-month ordeal that made the 22nd district the only undecided Congressional race in the country.Brindisi’s efforts to keep his seat suffered two major blows on Friday. First, Oneida County officials reported that Tenney after they reviewed...

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Jan 29
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A newly elected Republican member of Congress has filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden on his first full day in office.U.S. Rep. (R-Georgia) announced the stunt last week, and followed through on her promise Thursday, Jan. 21, a day after Biden’s inauguration. The Trump loyalist and QAnon conspiracy theorist accused Biden of “abuse of power” while serving as vice president under President Barack Obama.Greene claimed, without providing evidence, that Biden threatened to withhold a loan to Ukraine while then-prosecutor general Viktor Shokin...

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Ali Alexander says 3 GOP lawmakers helped ‘Stop the Steal’ protest that turned into Capitol riot

Ali Alexander says 3 GOP lawmakers helped ‘Stop the Steal’ protest that turned into Capitol riot

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander says three Republican lawmakers helped him put together the protest in Washington, D.C., that turned into a Capitol riot. reports Alexander, a right-wing activist that has repeated President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud, said in a since-deleted video on Periscope that Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Paul A. Gosar of Arizona helped organize the Jan. 6 event during Congress’ vote to certify the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.“We four...

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Jan 13
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Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment

Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Washington – U.S. Rep. said today he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting a riot last week at the U.S. Capitol.Katko, R-Camillus, is the first House Republican to publicly acknowledge that he will join at least 218 House Democrats who signed onto an . A vote is expected Wednesday, a week before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office.Katko said he felt compelled to uphold his oath of office and defend the Constitution by impeaching Trump.“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a...

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Cuomo signs bill banning sale of Confederate, Nazi flags at New York State Fair

Cuomo signs bill banning sale of Confederate, Nazi flags at New York State Fair

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Albany, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law that aims to ban the sale of “hate symbols” on state property, .The ban covers items like the Confederate flag and Nazi symbols like the swastika. It bans sale of those items on public grounds, including local fairs and the New York State Fair in Syracuse.The ban includes some exceptions, including if the images are used in books, museum services or part of an educational or historical purpose, .Even as he signed the bill, Cuomo acknowledged it needs changes so it doesn’t conflict with the First...

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Dec 16
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McConnell warns GOP Senators not to dispute Electoral College results

McConnell warns GOP Senators not to dispute Electoral College results

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Washington — Fending off a messy fight that could damage Republicans ahead of Georgia Senate runoffs, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned fellow GOP senators on Tuesday not to join President Donald Trump’s extended assault on the Electoral College results.In public remarks and private warnings, McConnell worked to push ahead to the and unite a fractured Republican Party ahead of the that will determine Senate control.First, the Republican leader heaped praise on Trump’s “endless” accomplishments as he congratulated President-elect Joe Biden during a morning...

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Dec 16
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NY AG predicts President Trump will step down so VP Pence can pardon him

NY AG predicts President Trump will step down so VP Pence can pardon him

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy New York Attorney General Letitia James is predicting President Donald Trump will step down from office so Vice President Mike Pence can pardon him.“He can preemptively pardon individuals, and the vast majority of legal scholars have indicated that he cannot pardon himself,” James said on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday. “What he could do is step down and allow the vice president — Vice President Pence — to pardon him.”“I suspect at some point in time he will step down and allow the vice president to pardon him.”Trump is facing a number of legal issues when...

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Dec 9
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GOP Rep. John Katko: Joe Biden is president-elect and there’s no evidence of vote fraud

GOP Rep. John Katko: Joe Biden is president-elect and there’s no evidence of vote fraud

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Washington – Rep. says it’s clear that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, despite President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud and a month-long effort to overturn Biden’s win.Katko, R-Camillus, said he’s seen no evidence to back Trump’s allegations that “corrupt forces” stole the election for Biden, who won by more than 7 million votes nationally and leads the electoral vote 306-232.Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said Trump has the right to proceed with legal challenges to the election. But the three-term GOP congressman said he’s seen no...

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Dec 8
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3-sport athlete? Syracuse Mets outfielder Tim Tebow dabbling in hockey

3-sport athlete? Syracuse Mets outfielder Tim Tebow dabbling in hockey

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Syracuse, N.Y. -- If Tim Tebow ever feels the urge to add playing pro hockey to his bucket list, he now has the connections to make it happen.Tebow was announced on Tuesday as an addition to the ownership group of the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen.“I simply love Jacksonville,” Tebow said in a statement. “I am excited to be a part of this new endeavor with the Icemen. It is important to me to invest back into the community that has meant so much to me.  I look forward to including and expanding the Icemen’s involvement in our Tim Tebow Foundation and other...

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Tenney leads Brindisi by 12 in first official vote count in House election

Tenney leads Brindisi by 12 in first official vote count in House election

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Claudia Tenney leads Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 12 votes in the , according to the first official tallies that all eight counties in the district submitted to a judge today.State Supreme Court Justice Scott J. DelConte ordered the counties to provide final counts by 4 p.m. of votes cast on Election Day, during early voting at polling sites, and by absentee, military and affidavit ballots.Until now, the results of the House race have been shrouded in secrecy. For some counties, it was their first public disclosure of final vote totals in the 22nd District race...

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Nov 30
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Renna concedes, sealing historic NY Senate win for Democrat John Mannion

Renna concedes, sealing historic NY Senate win for Democrat John Mannion

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Syracuse, N.Y. -- Democrat made history today, winning a state Senate seat that’s been in Republican control for more than half a century.Mannion, of Geddes, had declared victory at about 3 p.m. today as the absentee ballot count overwhelmingly favored him even with nearly 20,000 ballots left to be counted. As of 5 p.m., he was up by about 2,300 votes, according to unofficial election results.At about 5 p.m. today, Republican Angi Renna, of Manlius, conceded.“I want to extend my congratulations to John Mannion, as he heads to the Senate in January,” Renna said...

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Gov. Cuomo, Dr. Fauci nominated for Time’s Person of the Year

Gov. Cuomo, Dr. Fauci nominated for Time’s Person of the Year

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Anthony Fauci have been nominated for .Time magazine released its list of reader poll nominees Wednesday for the 2020 Person of the Year honor. The governor of New York and Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, were nominated for their roles during the pandemic — along with essential workers as a group.Among the 80 nominees this year include President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New York Rep. Alexandria...

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Nov 27
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Brindisi campaign says he’s taken lead over Tenney in NY22 race

Brindisi campaign says he’s taken lead over Tenney in NY22 race

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy UTICA, N.Y. – U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi on Wednesday said his campaign has taken a lead over challenger Claudia Tenney, a massive comeback after being down by nearly 30,000 votes on election night.Brindisi and Tenney are vying for New York’s 22nd Congressional District, one of the closest House races in the country. About 300,000 voters cast their ballots in the race.Unofficial election results had Tenney, a Republican, in the lead over Brindisi, a Democrat, by about 100 to 300 votes.The candidates are currently in court to resolve the fate of several thousand...

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Nov 25
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Floyd Little has entered hospice care, according to former Syracuse football teammate

Floyd Little has entered hospice care, according to former Syracuse football teammate

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse football legend Floyd Little has entered hospice care, his former teammate Patrick Killorin announced on Saturday night.Killorin shared the information on Facebook, where he has provided periodic updates on Little’s health to teammates and fans since the running back’s bout with cancer became public in May.Killorin and his wife, DeBorah, with medical expenses, and Syracuse fans and teammates rallied to his cause, raising more than $100,000.“Today we are going to talk about a new stage in Floyd’s journey. ... Hospice,” Killorin wrote...

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Nov 22
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Rep. Anthony Brindisi closes to within 300 votes of Claudia Tenney in undecided House race

Rep. Anthony Brindisi closes to within 300 votes of Claudia Tenney in undecided House race

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Rep. closed to within 300 votes of today in the 22nd Congressional District election, capping off a stunning comeback as he won about 75% of the absentee ballots in the district.The final outcome of the election will likely be decided by a judge, who could rule on hundreds of absentee and affidavit ballots that were challenged by the Tenney or Brindisi campaigns. State Supreme Court Justice Scott J. DelConte has asked all parties in the case to appear before him at 11 a.m. Friday.All eight counties in the 22nd District are now finished counting absentee ballots...

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Nov 19
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New York State minimum wage 2021: A raise is coming

New York State minimum wage 2021: A raise is coming

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Syracuse, N.Y. — The minimum wage is set to rise in all parts of New York State outside of New York City next month.The minimum hourly wage will rise to $12.50 from $11.80 on Dec. 31, 2020 everywhere outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. That 70-cent an hour raise will mean an extra $28 a week in the paycheck of a person working a full-time job paying minimum wage.Long Island and Westchester County will see their minimum wage rise to $14 from $13 an hour on Dec. 31. That will mean an extra $40 a week for a person working full-time in a...

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Nov 18
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Rockefeller Christmas tree, from CNY, gets mocked and compared to Charlie Brown

Rockefeller Christmas tree, from CNY, gets mocked and compared to Charlie Brown

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy This year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, which comes from Central New York, is reminding many people of Charlie Brown.The 75-foot Norway spruce, by Al Dick of Daddy Al’s General Store in Oneonta, N.Y., arrived in New York City on Saturday for the annual holiday tradition. Many social media users complained it didn’t look very full after being lifted into its spot by a crane, and compared it to the sad-looking tree from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”Good grief. Some also compared it to the Fountain Square Tree in Cincinnati, which was mocked earlier this...

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Nov 18
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Update: Cuomo says he won’t take $25,000 pay raise as NY faces budget deficit

Update: Cuomo says he won’t take $25,000 pay raise as NY faces budget deficit

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Update: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday afternoon that in 2021.* * * * *From earlier:Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting a $25,000 pay raise in January as New York state faces a massive budget deficit. reports Cuomo’s salary will increase from $225,000 to $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021, making him the highest paid governor in the nation. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who earns $210,000 a year, will be second.The pay hike was , after 10 years of keeping the New York governor’s salary flat at $179,000. Cuomo’s salary rose to $200,000 that year, then increased $225,000 in...

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54 people charged after bust of 3 North Country drug rings, AG says

54 people charged after bust of 3 North Country drug rings, AG says

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Watertown, N.Y. -- Fifty-four people have been charged with drug crimes after three North Country drug rings were busted, state officials announced Thursday.The people face charges that range from various charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance to conspiracy to commit those crimes, according to a news release from New York Attorney General Letitia James' office.In each ring, the drug suppliers often did not come from Jefferson County, James said.In the first ring, which had six people in it, narcotics that flowed into Jefferson County...

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