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New York Healthcare Facilities Receive $8-billion Waiver

There is good news for New York healthcare facilities that have been on life support.
Senator Charles Schumer says New York's long-awaited 8-billion dollar Medicaid waiver has come through.
“The federal government cannot dictate which hospitals stay open and which hospitals close,” said Schumer. “But giving the state this unexpected eight-billion dollars, it will give the governor, health commissioner and others a whole lot of flexibility.”
The agreement is less than the 10-billion the state wanted, but this funding would help avoid spending cuts at healthcare facilities.
The five-year waiver allows the state to keep a portion of its Medicaid savings to fund programs.
New York spends more than 50-billion dollars a year on Medicaid.
Batavia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Robbery of Sunoco
A 21-year-old Batavia man accepts a plea deal in County Court today for trying to hold up the Dellinger Avenue Sunoco gas station.

Edward Woods III of Vine Street pleaded guilty to a count of second-degree attempted robbery. There is no sentencing cap.

On January 22nd, Police said Woods was armed when he entered the convenience store at the corner of Dellinger and West Main Street and demanded cash before fleeing on foot.

No one was hurt in the incident.

He was originally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, petit larceny, menacing and criminal mischief.

Hydrofracking Supporters take Fight to Courts

Hydrofracking supporters are taking their fight to the courts.
A coalition representing thousands of upstate landowners are expected to sue the Governor, calling for a decision on the controversial natural gas drilling process.

The Binghamton-based group is asking a judge to force the Department of Environmental Conservation to make a decision.

There has been an over-five-year moratorium on fracking as the state examines its environmental and quality-of-life effects.

The Department of Health and the DEC have blown through self-imposed deadlines for over a year.

It’s the second lawsuit filed against the Cuomo administration since 2008 seeking a final decision on fracking.



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