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State & Nation
April 17, 2021
Swap the Crop: New York hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana

By Michael HillAssociated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Legal marijuana is coming to New York and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline. Farmers dealing with depressed prices for plants that produce CBD are eager to take part in a statewide marijuana market expected to generate billions of dollars a year once retail […]

April 10, 2021
NY set to hike taxes on rich, boost spending in budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York will spend billions of dollars of federal funds over the next year on schools and relief for struggling businesses, tenants and landlords under a spending plan that New York’s Legislature passed Wednesday. The state Senate passed the revenue bill early Wednesday morning with a 38-25 vote, while the 150-member Assembly […]

April 5, 2021
Analysis: Bumpy road ahead for Biden's infrastructure plan

By Josh BoakAssociated Press Infrastructure was a road to nowhere for former presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama. But Joe Biden believes he can use it to drive America to the future after a dozen years of false starts. The trip is unlikely to be smooth. Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package, released Wednesday, would go […]

March 27, 2021
NYS closes in on recreational pot legalization

by Andrew Banas13WHAM - News Partner ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM)  New York now stands to become the 16th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The law legalizes and decriminalizes limited amounts of pot for people 21 and over.  Attorney Tristan Hujer says he expects the bill to pass any day now. But people shouldn’t […]

March 27, 2021
Cuomo quiet on how office protects aides amid allegations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to say Wednesday what his office is doing to ensure a safe work environment for two female aides who have accused him of sexually harassing or groping them.Speaking to reporters from his Manhattan office, Cuomo said “there are rules” about how employers are supposed to handle […]

March 20, 2021
For Biden, questions about Cuomo grow harder to ignore

NEW YORK (AP) President Joe Biden’s relentless effort to avoid the day-to-day distractions of the political world is being put to the test by the growing calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. Throughout the campaign and during his first two months in office, Biden’s team installed zealous message discipline, ignoring the outcries […]

March 13, 2021
U.S. prosecutors allege Honduras president helped move drugs

By Marina VilleneuveAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) An accountant witnessed meetings between Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez and a drug trafficker in which they planned the trafficking of cocaine to the U.S., federal prosecutors in New York said Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob Gutwillig said during his opening statement at the trial of accused Honduran […]

March 13, 2021
Cuomo: New York restaurants outside NYC can go to 75% on March 19

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Restaurants in all of New York state outside of New York City will be allowed to fill three-fourths of their seats starting March 19 as the state gradually loosens coronavirus restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. The move to 75% capacity, up from the current 50%, will take place on the same […]

March 6, 2021
Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

By Marina VilleneuveAssociated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday rejected calls for his resignation in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have threatened his hold on power and damaged his national political standing. The Democrat, speaking somberly in his first public appearance since three women accused him of inappropriate […]

February 27, 2021
Two Democratic governors see stars dimmed by virus woes

By Marina VilleneuveAssociated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis. Now they’re leaders on the ropes. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in distinct political woes. […]

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Recent Obituaries

Schwartz, George

PORT GIBSON: George Schwartz, 77, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at his home in Newark surrounded by family. Friends may call on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 6-7 PM at the Paul L. Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, 127 E. Miller St., Newark, NY.  A funeral service will follow at the funeral home.  […]

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Schifano, Peter J.

MARION: Entered into rest on April 17, 2021 at the age of 73.  Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Veronica Schifano; survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Ilse; children, Jennifer (CJ) Cogliadro, Jonathan (Sherry Wickum) Schifano, Christopher (Jocelyn) Schifano and Jeremy (Olivia) Schifano; 9 grandchildren, brother, William (Terry) Schifano; several nieces, nephews, cousins […]

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