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Governor Cuomo brought his regional state of the state message to Syracuse Wednesday, where his localized proposals ranged from transportation to the creation of high tech jobs. 

The governor says 7,700 jobs have been created in Central New York since 2010.  And now, 260 more are coming as a military defense and civil security company looks to expand its presence in the eastern suburbs.

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There’s quite a bit of optimism about the local economy among businesses and analysts at Wednesday's Economic Forecast Breakfast…though much of it is guarded.  There is also some uncertainty and a challenge to businesses to break the status quo. 

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A huge gathering of about 500 education officials, parents and students from across the state were bused to Albany on Tuesday to rally for $4.3 billion in state education funding for public schools.  The Alliance for Quality Education is making the case early in the budget season but, they feel the funds can’t come quickly enough.  Legislative Director Jasmine Gripper says students are not always graduating college ready.

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After nearly two decades of advocacy, it’s finally official:  A national historic park commemorating the legacy of abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be created in Auburn.  

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Governor Cuomo is proposing that New York State allow ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.   

The ride sharing services have been trying unsuccessfully to expand to areas outside of New York City. Upstate and parts of Long Island are among the last places in the country not to have access to companies like Uber and Lyft. Governor Cuomo, in a series State of the State speeches, said in Buffalo that it’s time that changed, calling it an “unfair duality”.

“If it makes sense for downstate, it makes sense for upstate,” Cuomo said.

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Several dozen people took to the streets Monday to have their voices heard – and want you to raise yours – in opposition to Trump Administration cabinet picks who deny climate change.  Local groups joined a national call to block certain appointments.

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  Governor Cuomo’s doing something different with the State of the State this year. Instead of delivering a speech to lawmakers in Albany, who will have to approve his proposals, he’s giving six mini speeches in three days all around the state.  One of them will be given at the Civic Center in Syracuse Wednesday.  Legislative leaders will not be attending.

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A Syracuse organization has some tips on how to follow through on New Year’s Resolutions.  The path to your better future might benefit from some Science and Sensibility.

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One more signature is all that’s needed for the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn to become a National Historic Park.  The Secretary of the Interior is expected to sign the final document any day now.  

The process of becoming a national historic park has been years in the making, and president and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home Karen V. hill says it’s been a long, winding bumpy road. 

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Time is winding down for the biggest exhibit the Museum of Science and Technology has ever had.  Nearly 26,000 people have come through the doors to see “Nature’s Machines” since it opened in late September.  But Sunday marks the final day. 

Natures Machines uses 50 specimens and 22 replicas to give visitors an inside look into how everything from cheetahs to insects survive and adapt to their environments. Director of Communications at the MoST Maria Welych says it shows how humans are similar to or different from other species.

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