Government news

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A spokesman for New York's economic development agency says federal auditors who faulted the state's oversight of $22 million in tourism promotions funding are off-base.

Jason Conwall, a spokesman for Empire State Development, said Tuesday that the critical report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General relied on an incorrect interpretation of federal regulations.

The Rochester Housing Authority announced that they will be reopening the waiting list for Section 8 housing this September.

The rental assistance program uses funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help subsidize the cost of housing for low income families and individuals who meet program eligibility requirements.

The RHA announced the reopening of the list Tuesday morning, after it had been closed since 2009. At that time the list had more than 20,000 applications.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) - Rail inspectors report checking another 251 miles of track and 91 switches in the ongoing effort to reduce the danger from crude oil shipments across the state.

Inspectors say they found three critical defects, requiring immediate repairs, including an improperly placed fastener on the CSX mainline track between Catskill and Kingston. The report finding 24 non-critical defects.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new poll says Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 30-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in their home state of New York.  

The Siena College survey released Monday gave Clinton a 25 percentage point advantage over Trump when the Green and Libertarian party candidates were included.  

While sixty percent of respondents answered ``no'' when asked if Clinton is honest and trustworthy, they still rated her as more trustworthy than Trump.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Fair visitors won't have to fork over 25 cents more when buying a cup of milk after all.

Since 1983, the New York State Dairy Exhibits has charged 25 cents for a cup of cold milk. The group that runs the milk bar at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds had said it would double the price to 50 cents this year.

New York State Dairy Exhibits Secretary Bruce Krupke said the group held off increasing the cost for several years, but dwindling cash reserves and operating costs drove the increase.

Martin Kaufman / WXXI

WARREN, Mich. (AP)  Hillary Clinton is expected to play up her focus on job development, public works projects and tax policy when she outlines her economic plan during a visit to a manufacturing company in Warren, Michigan today. We'll have live coverage of her remarks on WXXI-AM 1370, WRUR 88.5 FM, on our live stream and our mobile apps.


She's not expected to come out with any major new policies during her remarks. But Clinton intends to try to make the case that rival Donald Trump's agenda would benefit him and his wealthy friends.

Julia Botero / WRVO News

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of issuing a disaster declaration to help Upstate New York farmers who suffer major losses and crop damage from the severe drought.

Schumer is calling on the USDA to stand ready to make the declaration so that low-interest emergency loans can be made to farmers.  He says that farmers across many counties, including in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions, have already detected evidence of severe drought conditions.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has named David Moore to be the Director of the Office of Public Integrity.  Dinolfo created that office earlier this year.

Moore is currently Director of Public Safety for Monroe County. Previously he also served as Rochester Police Chief and from 2010 to 2011 he served as the Director of the Office of Public Integrity for the City of Rochester.

Dinolfo says that Moore is "the perfect candidate" to head the office and she says she looks forward to establishing the office with "full autonomy and independence."


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making progress on its goal of providing broadband internet to every corner of the state by the end of 2018.

During a series of upstate appearances Wednesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo said some 97 percent of the state will soon have high-speed internet access thanks to ongoing efforts to boost connectivity within the state.

The Democratic governor says quality, speedy internet access is vital to ensuring the state states economically competitive.

  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law Wednesday to allow the resumption of daily fantasy sports in New York.

The measure calls the popular online contests a "game of skill." That legal definition resolves the central argument in a lawsuit brought against the country's two top fantasy sports companies by the state attorney general. He had likened the online matches to illegal gambling operations based on chance.