Central New York business leaders and homeowners are publicly expressing their support for Governor Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief plan. They joined government officials Wednesday to urge the state legislature to approve the proposal. DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko says the business community isn’t used to such a friendly atmosphere in tax decision-makers.
Democratic Representative Bill Owens will not be on the ballot this November. He's decided not to seek re-election in the 21st district, which encompasses much of the North Country from Lake Ontario to the Vermont border. A lawyer by trade, Owens was first elected in a special election in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by John McHugh's appointment to Secretary of the Army.
A year later, Owens narrowly won a three-way race against Republican Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman. He's now serving the final year of his second full term. Here's an excerpt from Owens' statement:
A Syracuse Doctor initially skeptical of Governor Cuomo's medical marijuana plan is now embracing what appears to be a closely monitored, research-based model.
Doctor Jeffrey Sneider is an internist at Brighton Medical Associates, and represents a 10 county region for the Medical Society of New York. Sneider says he's still learning the details, but so far likes the limited scope of the program.