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Governor Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the House of Representatives, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

A range of groups, from businesses, school leaders and progressive activists in New York also spoke out against the House vote, and the provision to end the state and local tax deduction, saying they will be harmful to state residents.

The governor also criticized the tax plan as a corporate giveaway.

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Two reports issued in recent days indicate that Governor Cuomo may be facing his most difficult budget in seven years.

The midyear financial report by the governor’s budget office has lowered revenue estimates by $850 million for the current budget year and the next two years. And it finds that next year’s projected deficit is now at $4.4 billion, if spending growth continues unchecked.

Cuomo began sounding the alarm weeks before the report was released.

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Even with Election Day in the books, Syracuse City government still has at least one more seat to fill.  Helen Hudson has been elected Common Council President and the public won’t get to vote on the seat she’s leaving behind. A similar situation was met with controversy in 2015. The Green Party’s recent Councilor-At-Large candidate, Frank Cetera wants to make sure that it’s handled differently this time around.

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Testimony at an Assembly hearing Monday grew heated as Governor Cuomo’s economic development chair defended some faltering job creation programs.

Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky also signaled the state may be backing away from a key program to give tax break to start up entrepreneurs.

nyserda.ny.gov / New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Now that the cold weather has settled in, furnaces across Central New York have been humming to keep us warm.  But for most of us, that natural-gas fueled heat source creates 37 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Geothermal designer and expert Jay Egg says simple math shows the state can’t meet its goal of reducing emissions 50 percent by 2030 without moving away from fossil fuels.

In a talk at the Central New York Engineering Expo Monday, Egg assured the attendees that New York and most of the world are going geothermal, even if it’s not obvious.

NYNOW

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is  marking the 100 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state.  But Hochul says women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.    She spoke with Capital correspondent Karen DeWitt in an interview with public radio and TV.

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Onondaga County’s official tourism promotion agency didn’t have to go far to find its next leader.  Outgoing county legislator and former East Syracuse Mayor Danny Liedka will be the next president and CEO of Visit Syracuse.

Liedka says he had his eye on the job when David Holder stepped down in June. 

“It’s a position that I’ve always admired and tried to build my career towards and when it came open, at that point I put my hat in the ring to go through the search process.”

Scott Willis / WAER News

The President-elect of the Syracuse Common Council says she has high hopes going into a new mayoral administration that will bring a different tone to city hall.  Democrat Helen Hudson publicly supported and campaigned for Independent Ben Walsh over fellow democrat Juanita Perez Williams.  She says she got to know Walsh as a calm, thoughtful person during her time as councilor-at-large, and his six years as the city’s deputy commissioner of business development.

Taylor Epps / WAER News

Twenty-six lives were lost in the most recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Here in Central New York, The Upstate Trauma Center is taking extra steps to prepare the community for any tragedy with their new course called “Stop the Bleed.”  After just an hour of this course, people can control life-threatening bleeding.  Education Coordinator Jerry Morrison says the course is as easy as A-B-C.

"A is for alert, so it's calling 911.  B is looking for life-threatening bleeding.  C is compression with tourniquets, wound packing, and direct pressure."

John Smith / WAER News

PEACE Inc. has a new community center in East Syracuse to offer assistance to families and individuals with the services they may need.  The Guest-House is not a home you stay in, but its appearance makes it feel like one. 

"This location just has a warm glow to it that draws people in.  The Guest House is used for parties, office space, say if you needed a one day office in the community.” 

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