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WAER News Round Up: Nov. 14 - 18

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A graphic of notebook paper lists the top stories of the week of Nov. 14-18, 2022.

Just a week before Thanksgiving, the results of two close races from New York's general election are finally becoming clear: Republican Brandon Williams is set to present the 22nd district in Congress and Democrat Toby Shelley is slated to lead the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department.

Meanwhile, Onondaga County's executive announced Verizon will fill local broadband internet service gaps and the city of Syracuse is preparing for the winter season, but still lacking enough drivers for its snowplows.

Read on for more of the top news of the week.

1. State Comptroller: NYS may have lost $11 billion through inept management of unemployment insurance

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NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller has released a report examining the state's unemployment insurance system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The audit found that the system was woefully unprepared to handle the volume of requests in the spring of 2020 and may have handed out at least $11 billion in overpayments.

2. Williams wins 22nd Congressional District race; Toby Shelley to be next Onondaga County Sheriff

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Staff at the Onondaga County Board of Elections work feverishly Wednesday to sort and scan absentee and affidavit ballots.

The results of two of the three closest races from election night are in after Onondaga County finished counting absentee and affidavit ballots. Republican Brandon Williams will represent the 22nd congressional district after holding on to his narrow lead over Democrat Francis Conole.

3. Williams wants to 'solve problems' not play politics as 22nd district's new congressional rep

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Brandon Williams stands in his campaign image for Congress.

After winning his election, congressmember-elect Brandon Williams is focusing on the best way to benefit his constituents.

4. Voters approve the largest Environmental Bond Act in state history

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The Adirondack Park in St. Lawrence County is home to various wildlife and flowing rivers.

The $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Bond Act received enough support from taxpayers to pass.

5. Appellate-level court ruling forces Syracuse Police to release officer disciplinary records

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Syracuse Police Station in downtown on Feb. 16, 2022.

The Syracuse Police Department may soon have to release all disciplinary records regarding officer conduct after a state appellate court ruling.

6. Political parties missed chance to boost Latino turnout

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The American flag flies at the top of a flag pole alongside the Puerto Rican flag.

A recent poll from a Latino rights group finds both political parties neglected outreach to Latino voters.

7. Golisano runs low on cribs, cancels elective procedures amid RSV surge

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An empty medical crib sits inside Golisano Children's Hospital in this undated photo.

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse delayed some medical procedures to expand its capacity after respiratory illnesses sent a surge of young patients to the facility. The hospital also faced a shortage of cribs as a high volume of smaller children filled most of them because of RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus.

8. Verizon selected to close remaining broadband internet service gaps in Onondaga County

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Onondaga County h=selected Verizon to finally close the remaining gaps in broadband internet service, and needed at least $18 million to connect existing and future communities

9. Syracuse plows braced for snow ahead of winter weather advisory

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Snow blankets the grounds and covers vehicles parked outside Syracuse City Hall in this undated photo.

Winter has started in Syracuse, and the city's Department of Public Works is planning ahead for the chilly season.

10. How preserving seeds and crops from centuries past helps keep Native American culture alive

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Rainbow corn, such as these varieties shown in the blog, are examples of legacy crops being preserved by the Braiding the Sacred group, part of the latest episode of The Land You're On podcast series.

An Onondaga Nation member is keeping track of – and trying to preserve – more than 1200 varieties of corn, and some 500 types of beans.