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According to published reports, some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hiring practices are the subject of an FBI investigation .

The Albany Times Union first reported that the FBI is looking at Governor Cuomo’s longstanding practice of hiring employees for his office but paying them through other state agencies.

The custom dates back to at least the days of former Governor George Pataki, and is seen as a way to, on paper , keep down costs in the governor’s office while benefiting from more staff.

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County leaders across New York are the latest to complain about the tax overhaul plan now being crafted in Congress. They predict higher taxes for many New Yorkers, declining home prices, and slowed economic growth.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the federal tax bill will lead to many middle and upper class New Yorkers paying higher taxes, because of the proposed end to state and local tax deductions. And he says the state’s over $4 billion dollar projected deficit and potential funding cuts isn’t helping either.

“Brace yourselves,” McCoy said.

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The kitchen at Syracuse’s Fowler High School was in the spotlight Thursday as the president of a national nutrition organization stopped by to gather information about the dire need for increased funding for food service equipment.  Fowler appears to be ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing healthy options for students.

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Organizations in Syracuse have joined forces in an international effort to bring awareness to gender-based violence.  The 16-day effort by the Near East Foundation and its partners, Planned Parenthood, Vera House and New Feminists for Justice, led from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov.

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Starting January first, Onondaga County residents who want to buy tobacco products must be 21 years old.  Lawmakers by a vote of 11 to 5 Tuesday amended a local law that raises the age from 19, which was set in 2009.    Executive Director of the Regional Chapter of the American Heart Association Franklin Fry says the measure had the support of residents, school districts, hospitals, and dozens of companies.

"We've seen it work elsewhere.  We know from our science that if someone can get to 21 without smoking, there's only a two percent chance they ever will."

Greater Syracuse HOPE Calls For Partners To Battle Poverty

Dec 5, 2017

More than 90 people from local groups and organizations learned more about how they can help battle poverty in Syracuse. They attended a meeting Monday, responding to a call from Greater Syracuse HOPE for partners in its initiative to tackle poverty problems in the city.

"It really rejuvenated my spirit and hope, no pun intended as to the community and their care and concern for what’s going on," said Ocesa Keaton, executive director of Greater Syracuse HOPE.

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A unique multi-cultural crafts show arrives just in time for the first weekend of December with food and entertainment. Regardless if you’re planning on doing some holiday shopping or not, the 47th Annual Plowshares Crafts-fair and Peace Festival could be a summer flashback.

“Plowshares is the indoor Westcott Street Fair.”

That’s Lanny Freshmen, an organizer of the event committee. He says the festival draws more than 3,000 people in two days.

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Central New Yorkers marked World AIDS day today by remembering those who died of the disease, but also celebrating progress of AIDS prevention in New York State.  ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says the state’s increase in the supplement of Pre-exposure Pills, or PrEP, is helping stop the disease before it can be contracted.

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WAER launches City Limits: A Poverty Project, a year-long initiative to examine the gripping, pervasive poverty problem facing Syracuse.  Over the course of the next year, WAER staff will tell stories about some of the impacts of poverty, how the city finds itself as the 13th most impoverished city in the nation and the myriad issues involved in trying to reduce the number of people in poverty. 

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