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Central New York’s delegation of state lawmakers has been busy in Albany this week voting on several pieces of legislation aimed at reforming police conduct.  The final bills should clear the senate Wednesday. 

New York is one of the first to take up such measures amid protests here and nationwide calling for change after the death of George Floyd.  Most of the bills have been passed by the assembly for years, and this is the first time they’re seeing daylight in the senate.  Senator Rachel May says people of all stripes seem to be questioning police behavior.

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A young attorney and former Syracuse University football captain is trying his hand at politics.  Republican Sam Rodgers officially launched his campaign Wednesday, hoping to unseat freshman Democratic State Senator Rachel May in November. 

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SUNY ESF and Clarkson University have partnered to co-lead a new Center of Excellence to research and solve threats to the state’s water resources.  CoE co-directors Chris Nomura of ESF and Robin Hannigan of Clarkson say both institutions have complementary skill sets to address problems in depth, from invasive species and harmful algal blooms, to pesticides and pharmaceutical drugs. 

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State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined other leaders Friday for a tour of the proposed future site of Onondaga County’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, or STEAM school. 

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The Alliance for Quality Education brought its education equality tour to Syracuse Friday to highlight student needs as the governor and legislature enter the final month of budget negotiations. 

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Syracuse area residents will have two new state senators representing them this term. Democrat Rachel May is taking over for 14 year incumbent Dave Valesky in the 53rd senate district and Republican Bob Antonacci is replacing retried State Seantor John Defransisco.

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The House of Representatives flipped from Republican to Democrat on Tuesday, and New York's 22nd Congressional District contributed to the shift in political power.

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Many voters in the State Senate’s 53rd District might not know the seat is wide open considering it could help tip the balance of the chamber to the Democrats. 


Senator Dave Valesky had decided to end his campaign for re-election, saying the time has come to move on.  Valesky narrowly lost the democratic primary to Rachel May earlier this month.  He released a statement today that indicated the difficult choice he had to make.


Democrats in the state senate’s 53rd district will have a choice on tomorrow’s ballot between a long-term in incumbent and a progressive challenger.  Dave Valesky is trying to fend off strong opposition from Rachel May.