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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.

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.

A new state law for 2017 allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to sign up as organ donors can make a significant improvement in the ability to get a life-saving organ to a patient waiting for one.  The law brings New York in alignment with most other states, allowing the teens to sign as donors on a driver’s license or permit.  Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Marketing Director Nancy Ryan stresses the importance of accessing young peo

Central New York State Senator Dave Valesky says he’s ready to resume working with the Independent Democratic Conference as state lawmakers prepare to re-convene Wednesday in Albany…

"It's important to continue something that has been working very well," Valesky said.  "The bipartisan coalition that the Independent Democratic Conference has participated in over 6 years now in one form or another has delivered results." @SenSchumer

Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor today to officially begin his new role as Democratic Minority Leader, succeeding Harry Reid of Nevada, who did not seek re-election.  Below are Schumer's comments as prepared for delivery:

A set of new laws that went into effect at the start of 2017 can make it easier for people with heroin and opioid addictions to get help…and for treatment providers to help them.  One change for treatment involves whether insurance will cover it.  Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare CEO Jeremy Klemanski will have one less hurdle when trying to provide treatment to an addict…and having to prove they need it.


Central New York Congressmember John Katko will be sworn into a second term in office Tuesday, something the district hasn’t seen since Jim Walsh held the seat.  But  what’s likely to be on the agenda when he returns to Washington?

It probably comes as no surprise by now that Obamacare will be one of the first items to be addressed by the 115th congress.  But Katko warns any changes have to be done carefully…