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State & Nation
July 16, 2016
Negotiators aim for sale to keep FitzPatrick nuke plant open

By MICHAEL HILL Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Negotiations to save the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant from closure by selling it to the operators of a nearby nuclear plant on Lake Ontario are underway. Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.'s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than […]

July 9, 2016
If payday loans go away, what replaces them?

By KEN SWEET AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) The lenders who advance poor people money on their paychecks charge exorbitant interest rates that often snare the most vulnerable customers in a cycle of debt, the industry’s critics have long said. Yet even consumer advocates who loathe the industry admit it fulfills a need: Providing […]

June 25, 2016
Producers and consumers benefit from New York’s “Brunch Bill” and recent changes in PA Liquor Laws

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, and separately, the Pennsylvania state legislature, have been cleaning up many of its prohibition era and blue laws over the past few weeks. It’s been a step-by-step process in New York as Governor Cuomo has put in place reforms to allow small businesses to be less burdened by the restrictions […]

June 15, 2016
NY nonprofits say caregiver staff shortage nears crisis

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Nonprofits that care for thousands of developmentally disabled New Yorkers said Wednesday that their chronic understaffing is reaching a crisis, with nearly 10 percent job vacancies last year. They said they can't fill the jobs because of the low pay for challenging work, and upcoming minimum wage […]

June 4, 2016
NY lawmakers consider limit on opioid drug prescriptions

By KASSIE PARISI Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York lawmakers are considering legislation to limit the amount of prescription opioid drugs patients can get after an initial visit to the doctor's office, part of an effort to reduce the amount of pills that accumulate in medicine cabinets and help fuel a statewide addiction crisis. […]

May 21, 2016
Premium hikes proposed by New York health insurers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York health insurers have proposed premium increases averaging 17.3 percent for next year in the market for individuals and 12 percent for small groups. The Department of Financial Services often reduces proposed increases before approving them. Approved rates are expected in early August. The amounts posted Wednesday by the department are […]

May 14, 2016
Honor at last: Former slaves reburied centuries later

By MICHAEL HILL Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Their exhumed bones point to the hard lives of slaves: arthritic backs, missing teeth, muscular frames. In death, they were wrapped in shrouds, buried in pine boxes and, over centuries, forgotten. Remains of the 14 presumed slaves will soon be reburied near the Hudson River, 11 years […]

April 30, 2016
House committee votes to require women to register for draft

WASHINGTON (AP) Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units. A divided Armed Services Committee backed the provision in a sweeping defense policy bill that the full House will consider next month, […]

April 23, 2016
Cuomo vows to support organized labor in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he believes in the labor movement, telling union construction workers he won’t sign legislation in New York that’s not fair to organized labor. Addressing a North America’s Building Trades Unions conference in Washington, Cuomo said unions built the middle class in America and protect it, and […]

April 9, 2016
Uber, Lyft reignite plans to expand into upstate NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Uber and Lyft are gearing up for a campaign to expand their ride-hailing operations into upstate New York to include Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. New Yorkers for Ridesharing, a coalition of more than 50 groups that support the expansion, is launching a new effort this month to use letters, phone calls […]

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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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