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IT'S A HOT ONE
12:23 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Beat the Heat! Free Admission Today at Onondaga County Park Beaches

Jamesville Beach
Credit onondagacountyparks.com

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney today announced that admission fees would be waived at Onondaga County Parks Beaches Tuesday to help county residents beat the heat. 

Mahoney says in a release, “Today  is going to be one of our warmest days of the year and we encourage everyone  to take the steps necessary to remain cool.”

Temperatures are predicted to reach into the 90's, with heat indices topping 100. 

  • Jamesville Beach is located on Apulia Road in Jamesville and is open today from Noon until 6pm.
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Water Pollution
5:02 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Environmental Research Group Reports Widespread Water Pollution in New York State

One information graphic from the Wasting our Waters report from Environment New York
Credit Environment New York Center

New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York.  That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.”  Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4  million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010. 

It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.

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SENATE CONTROL
12:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Sen. John DeFrancisco Concerned that Democrats will Neglect Upstate

Sen. John DeFrancisco, (R) Syracuse
Credit nysenate.gov

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about Upstate and Long Island.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
11:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Medical Marijuana Program Poses Potential Legal Dilemma for Employers, Employees

Some Central New York employers and employees might face a legal dilemma when the state’s medical marijuana program takes effect. 

 Partner at Tully Rinckey law firm in Syracuse Graig Zappia  says the  federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with “no accepted medical use.” 

Lawyer Graig Zappia says an employee who might be fired for using medical marijuana has no protection under federal statutes like the Americans With Disabilities Act. But, he says, the employee likely has recourse under state laws.

  Zappia says both sides have to be wary of anything that might infringe on the rights of others.  He says medical marijuana also introduces liabilities for doctors participating in the program.  Zappia says health care providers will have to be very certain to just whom they’re prescribing the medication so they don’t run afoul of the law.  

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Local News
12:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

CNY Restaurant Owners Express Anger, Seek Help for Business Lost to Destiny Eateries

Are local establishments losing out to people flocking to the mall? Asti Cafe owners joined a meeting looking for answers.

  A number of restaurant owners from around the Syracuse Area were pretty mad at seeing a dip in their business blamed largely on a government decision.  Al Barbagallo and his family have run Barbagallo’s Restaurant for 38 years and he shared his feelings.

“Anger…because small businesses employ 95% of the people in this country.  Why should somebody get a tax break that I can’t get, why should the empire zone get a tax break or why should Destiny get a tax break.”

 

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