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New York Legal Marijuana Law Should Include Reparations, Supporters Say

People who support legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in New York say 2019 may be the year that it happens. At a conference to explore the best way to craft legislation, participants said it needs to include reparative justice for communities most adversely affected by the decades long marijuana prohibition in New York. Kassandra Frederique is the New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance, which sponsored the conference held in downtown Albany. She says if the state does...

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What could have become a contentious, divisive issue has ended with a proposed sales tax agreement that appears to please both city and county leaders. 

"The agreement hasn't changed," said Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.  "We're proposing to extend it another 10 years off of the last year of the existing agreement."  

"It was a very good deal in 2010,  and it's a very good deal in 2018,”  said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh.                                     

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People who support legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in New York say 2019 may be the year that it happens. At a conference to explore the best way to craft legislation, participants  said it needs to include reparative justice for communities most adversely affected by the decades long marijuana prohibition in New York.

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Each new dawn seems to bring a major new headline in the Russia investigation, including a number of important courtroom developments this month.

Here's what you need to know about what has happened so far this week in this often complex and fast-moving saga.

Michael Cohen is going to prison, but he says he isn't finished yet

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Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to overhaul the system for handling accusations of sexual misconduct against members, including a requirement that members pay out of pocket for some settlements and court judgments.

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Onondaga County is looking to ensure the stability of its 15 villages for the next decade.  County Executive Ryan McMahon says the renewed Enhanced Village Improvement Program aims to help them address public safety, neighborhood development, and other needs.  


"Christmas from Dublin"

A holiday concert this weekend will include music from a range of cultures, while also touching one of Syracuse’s most pressing problems – poverty.  “Christmas from Dublin” will be performed in the Palace Theater this Saturday.  Organizer Live Space Entertainment is working with organizations that help the homeless and families in need. 


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The former head of key economic develop programs for Governor Andrew Cuomo, including the Buffalo Billion, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday.  Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, who was convicted in July of bid rigging and other corruption charges, was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.


The United Kingdom is embroiled in its biggest political crisis in decades. On Wednesday evening, members of Parliament in Prime Minister Theresa May's own Conservative Party are casting ballots in a no-confidence vote over her leadership. May needs to win a simple majority of votes from her party's parliamentarians to keep her job.

Here's what you need to know.

Why do members of the prime minister's own party want to sack her?

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he backs a pay commission’s recommendation that he and the legislature receive a more than 60 percent pay increase over the next three years, which would make Cuomo the highest paid governor in the nation.


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The Romaine lettuce recall from three weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving, is probably still fresh in the minds of many Central New Yorkers.  The shelves were bare at just about every supermarket and salads weren’t available at restaurants for at least a week due to e-coli contamination. 


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