Senator Rachel May

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Rachel May will be among the Democrats in the New York State Senate who will consider proposed changes to the recently enacted criminal justice reforms that have generated several weeks of heated debate. 

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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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A new recreational feature on Onondaga Lake is being seen as a way to get people more connected with the waterway, while honoring one of its champions.  The Ken Lynch Boat Launch not only indicates progress in the lake’s cleanup, officials say, it also shows an increase in the lake’s value to the community. 

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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.