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Environmentalists want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make fighting global climate change New York state law in the coming year.

In response to the nomination of climate change deniers to President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet, more than 100 organizations are asking the governor to include a bill called the New York Climate and Community Protection Act in his 2017 to 2018 budget proposal.

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For anxious skiers and snowboarders eager to hit the slopes, Central New York’s mountains have good news: they’re officially open…and staying open as of this weekend.  Recent snowfall and frigid temperatures are already proving this year is off to a better than the last, which has Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Greek Peak Mountain Resort Jessica Sloma both thankful and excited.

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The race for Syracuse mayor officially got underway Friday with an announcement from the first candidate to publicly declare his intentions.   Alfonso Davis is hoping the third time’s the charm to win the democratic nomination.  He tried unsuccessfully in 2009 and in 2013 to secure his spot in the primaries, losing both times to Stephanie Miner.  With miner out of the picture this time around due to term limits, Davis says he won’t settle for what he calls “business as usual.”

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As people think about holiday giving…they might want to think about the legacy they can create long-term.  Central New York’s Baby Boomers will be leaving behind billions of dollars over the next decade, according to a study of local personal worth.  Even a small percentage of that wealth, if bequeathed to charities and other non-profits, could make a big difference in the community.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has made some adjustments to her administrative staff in part to prepare for the uncertainty surrounding a Trump presidency. The appointments will fill out the final year of her tenure.

Most appointments at this point late in a mayoral administration are typically more significant internally than they are to the public.

Miner asked current corporation counsel Bob Stamey to take back his old job as personnel director. She said this shuffling of staff is more strategic.

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If Governor Cuomo and lawmakers hold a special session next week, they are likely to consider whether to allow ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate outside of New York City.  

Ride sharing services have stepped up their lobbying and ad campaigns, in hopes of winning approval to expand into upstate and on Long Island by the end of the year, including a one million dollar campaign by Uber.  The ad in part says, “...there’s one thing New Yorkers really want for Christmas this year. And it isn’t a one horse sleigh.  It's the convenience and safety of Uber”.

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As everyone anticipates what design will be adopted for the I-81 project through Syracuse, one Onondaga County Legislator already predicts how the construction will impact motorists.  John Dougherty wants to formally ask the Governor and the State to make the construction project easier for motorists and communities.

"What I'd like to see is tolls eliminated between exits 39 and 34-A," Dougherty said.  "So anyone getting on or off between any of those exits would simply not pay a toll.”  

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  The state’s Comptroller has a plan to reduce corruption in the awarding of economic development contracts that has led to the indictment of several former associates of Governor Cuomo.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli was taken out of the review process for some state economic development contracts in a state law passed in 2011, and since then a former top aide to Governor Cuomo and a former key State University official, along with seven others, have been charged with bribery and bid rigging, among other crimes.

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Researchers at the Syracuse Center of Excellence are working with Carrier Corp. on whether indoor environments could have impacts on human health and performance. Center Executive Director Ed Bogucz said by controlling factors such as temperature and humidity in buildings, the air quality affects people's productivity.

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Onondaga County’s health commissioner and the American Cancer Society say a recent report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General confirms that more teens are using e-cigarettes and likely getting addicted to nicotine.  Bill Sherman is Vice President of Government Relations with the cancer society out of Albany.   He calls the report a watershed moment that indicates the potential harm of e-cigarettes.

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