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Scott Willis

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Solvay on Wednesday to speak with labor and community leaders about a proposal to raise the minimum wage.  His message: a salary of $18,000 – about the annual income for a minimum wage worker – isn't enough to cover the necessary expenses in the state of New York.

"You can't pay for food and rent and clothing and medical and heat and electric," Cuomo said. "It just doesn't work. Do the math."

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  Onondaga County's top Politician gave a pretty positive review as regards budget matters, progress and taxpayers.  The State of the County address also gave Joanie Mahoney a chance to review her impacts and legacy as she enters an election year.

Mahoney gave a number of reasons why over her tenure in office property tax levies have been reduced by some 22 %.  She credits belt tightening, increased sales tax revenues due to some wise investments and activities, as well as reduced mandates such as Medicare. 

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  Some Central New Yorkers could unknowingly be moving into a house that once was a methamphetamine lab. Senator Chuck Schumer announced legislation Wednesday that would require home sellers and landlords who know a home was used as a meth lab to disclose that information to potential buyers or renters. 

  He stopped by a neighborhood in East Syracuse to make his point, just down the street from last week's raid of a meth lab.

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The future of I-81 in Syracuse and access to adolescent mental health services  are among 11 priorities Rep. John Katko laid out Tuesday for his inaugural term in office.  Katko says he has lobbied the state, spoken with the federal highway administration, and met with local businesses regarding the future of the highway viaduct through Syracuse.  He wants to stay in front of the issue… 

Central New York Congressmember  John Katko  is hoping to hear from residents on a variety of issues as he launches listening sessions planned for each county of his district.     In a release, Katko says each listening session will focus on a unique topic, providing a platform for a discussion of district-wide priorities.  

Onondaga Historical Association

 Onondaga Lake is on the road to revitalization with its clean-up in progress, the extension of the loop the lake trail and plans to build an Amphitheater.   But the importance of the lake's history and culture has been added to its continued  rejuvenation with a County Legislature committee approval of $100,000 from  create the  Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center. If approved by all lawmakers, the funding will come from the County's room occupancy taxes.  The center is planned to be located on the former grounds of the living history museum Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois which closed about 3 years ago.  Onondaga Historical Association Executive Director Gregg Tripoli says the new center is a result of different parties coming together.

New York State Department of Labor

  New York Workers recovered a record amount of money in 2014 that their employers held back in pay and benefits.  The State Department of Labor reports nearly 27,000 workers have recovered their wages in the past year totaling 30 million dollars. Tully Rinckey Partner Graig Zappia works with clients on labor laws regarding wages and benefits.  He says employees need to be diligent about protecting their rights. 

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Carl Heastie was elected unanimously by Democrats in the Assembly to be the next Speaker, less than two weeks after former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged with  running a massive multi million dollar corruption scheme.

LeMoyne College

A Lemoyne College professor and native of India believes his country is ready to remove some regulatory barriers to spur much needed foreign investment. President Obama pledged 4 billion dollars in investments and loans to facilitate U.S. trade with India. Management professor Bernard Arogyaswamy says it could forge stronger ties and help India become a more formidable economic power.

Karen Dewitt

  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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