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    I was walking my dog on Town Hall Road in Owasco. At around 4:45 to 5 p.m. I noticed a gray Chevrolet pickup slow down by the bridge. The driver got out of said vehicle, he was wearing a green construction vest. He went to the back of the truck and tossed a mattress and box springs into the creek.

      A recent column titled "Municipalities should avoid pension temptation" does not provide the full story on the investment returns of the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Critics of public pensions conveniently use a selective time frame to discuss performance.

        The Working Families Party extracted some promises from Governor Cuomo as the price of support in his re-election bid. (Times, 6/1) Mr. Cuomo has alienated the party with his numerous unfulfilled campaign promises and tolerance of the Senate GOP-Democratic coalition which blocks progressive …

          What an enjoyable afternoon at the beautiful Westminster Church on Saturday, May 31. The Auburn Maroon Orchestra Boosters Club sponsored the "Prelude to Summer" concert.

            I was disappointed to see your coverage of President Obama’s recent protection of America’s newest national monument in the story “New national monument sparks border concerns.” Why did you let an unfounded claim by a few conservative lawmakers overshadow an incredible victory for America’s …

              Recently, New York state lost two of its most dedicated and honorable public servants. Fran Hurd, former town supervisor of Lodi, passed away on April 29, and Don Colvin, former town supervisor of Savannah, died on April 25.

              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.

              Growing numbers of people are flocking to U.S. churches that center their practice around a bitter psychedelic tea known as ayahuasca. Organizers and their legal advisers argue a 2006 Supreme Court ruling protects them from prosecution and participants say they are taking part in a religious service. Some experts raise concerns that the benefits of ayahuasca haven’t been well studied. Many who attend the ceremonies, which can last for days, argue their experience on the illegal substance brings them closer to God than they ever felt at traditional religious services. Surveys have also found many come away feeling better afterwards, with some saying it helped with depression and problems with risky substance use.

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