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    With Thursday night the official deadline for a state budget to be passed but no deal on a full budget agreement among leaders announced as of Tuesday morning, let alone the thousands of pages of budget bills that must be published, it seems certain an on-time budget won't be possible this y…

      New York's supposed government watchdog, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, this week formally rescinded the approval its own staff had given former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to write a book about how he dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.

        A major manure spill at a Cayuga County farm should serve as a reminder that everything must be done to protect the quality of the Finger Lakes and that there must be consequences for anyone who carelessly endangers them.

        U.S. health officials say a company is recalling its over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the maker of EzriCare Artificial Tears was voluntarily recalling its product after health officials sent a warning to doctors. The outbreak includes at least 55 people in 12 states. One died and at least five others had permanent vision loss. The outbreak is considered worrisome because the bacteria driving it are resistant to standard antibiotics.

        He gets most of the PR, at least nationally, but Punxsutawney Phil isn't the only groundhog to purport to predict the weather. Not hardly. From Staten Island Chuck in New York City to Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin, there are a lot of them. And their predictions, which of course is a generous term, can be all over the map just as they are. And please do remember Charlotte, a groundhog who died in 2014 a week after the New York City mayor dropped her during festivities.

        A published report says federal authorities are investigating whether embattled New York Rep. George Santos raised $3,000 for life-saving surgery for a disabled veteran’s dog and then kept the money for himself. Politico reports that two FBI agents contacted U.S. Navy veteran Richard Osthoff on Wednesday on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. The local news site Patch reported last month that Santos set up a GoFundMe account to treat Osthoff's dog but refused to turn over the funds. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he could not comment. A message seeking comment was left with Santos’ attorney.

        Federal prosecutors say a New York man has pleaded guilty to making threatening phone calls to Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. The U.S. attorney's office in Syracuse says 51-year-old Joseph Morelli pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening to harm Greene in several March 2022 calls to her Washington, D.C., office. Prosecutors say Morelli threatened in one call to “pay someone 500 bucks" to crack Greene's skull with a baseball bat. Morelli faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on June 1. A message seeking comment was left with Morelli's attorney from the federal public defender's office.

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