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An independent budget watchdog group agrees with an idea that Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro has to help bring down local property taxes. But it also says there is a tradeoff to any potential savings.

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A new Siena College poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that a failed primary challenger is still taking points away from the governor’s lead.

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A new Siena College poll has Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo leading over his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro by 22 points among likely voters in the gubernatorial race. Three other minor party candidates, including former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, received less than five percent in the poll.

Miner, who is running as an independent, said she is not surprised she is polling at only one percent.

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A digital video of a Dunkin’ Donuts worker in Syracuse, dumping ice water onto a sleeping homeless man, has gone viral. It is prompting one homeless advocate to urge people to respect the individuals who call the streets their home.

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Gov. Cuomo does not talk a lot about what his agenda would be if voters give him a third term. He says his record of what he’s done in the past is more important than what he’d do in the future.

In a speech before the state’s Business Council, Cuomo devoted most of a forty minute PowerPoint presentation to listing what he said were his accomplishments during his first two terms in office. They include infrastructure projects like revamping the state fairgrounds and renovating airports.

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The neonatal intensive care unit at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse has outgrown its footprint and is planning a major renovation and expansion of the unit.

The current NICU was built in 1999. Since then, neonatology has changed a lot.

"Our equipment is getting larger.  The amount of babies that we have compared to then has increased, and we need more space,” said Erin Coleman, nurse manager at Crouse's NICU.

Coleman said doctors are also realizing the importance of the family dynamic in the health of a newborn.

Our understanding of suicide has evolved over the years, as have prevention methods. The Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS) at the University of Rochester is dedicated to better understanding suicide and how to prevent it.

Joining us on "Take Care" to discuss is Kimberly Van Orden, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and principal investigator at the HOPE (Helping Older People Engage) lab.

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When patients suffer from a mental illness, it can be difficult for their physicians to get an accurate representation of their symptoms because the patients’ self-assessments can vary in accuracy, but one company is out to change that.

Medibio, a mental health technology company with offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Melbourne, Australia, is hoping to bridge the gap with a mission to build tools to objectively measure the link between physiological measures and mental health.

We spoke with Medibio on "Take Care" to get a better idea of their work in this growing field of medicine, which started about 20 years ago.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline serves as a resource for all. It’s not just the phone number. With online resources for loved ones and professionals, and services catering to specific populations, it’s an all-encompassing lifeline when it comes to suicide prevention.

We spoke to the associate director of the lifeline, Shari Sinwelski, about the resources available on “Take Care,” WRVO’s health and wellness show.

Recent CDC study shows rise in suicide across much of US

Sep 30, 2018

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that suicide rates increased in nearly every state in the United States between 1999 and 2016. It’s a significant rise, one that left many health practitioners and citizens asking “Why?”

Joining us today on “Take Care” is one of the authors of the study. Dr. Alex Crosby is Surveillance Branch chief in the Division of Violence Prevention. Crosby’s work includes research and assistance in the prevention of self-directed violence in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC.

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In an article published in Slate Magazine, author Erica S. Perl advocated for an increase in books available and written for children on suicide and severe mental conditions to spread awareness and help eliminate the stigma that often comes with the subject of mental health.

Perl, author of “All Three Stooges” and other books, wrote “Alone in the Dark: Why we need more children’s books about suicide and severe depression” to explain why mental health education is important at a young age. She joined us to discuss her latest book and the article on "Take Care."

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Even though it ranks among the lowest suicide rates in the nation and the highest in mental health resources, Connecticut is still seeing significant increases in suicides, but Mental Health Connecticut is one of the nonprofits working to change that.

Luis Perez is president and CEO of Mental Health Connecticut, a statewide nonprofit that, for over a century, has worked to implement resources for Connecticut citizens to use to live mentally healthier lives. He spoke to us this week on "Take Care."

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What can we learn from the Constitution and the oath of office about how presidents should behave, and the appropriate mechanisms of limits when presidents violate those norms? This week, Grant Reeher speaks with Brown University professor Corey Brettschneider, author of "The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents." 

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination today at 1:30 p.m. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early as next week.

Watch the proceeding live, here (if it is after 1:30 p.m. and the video is not available, please refresh the page):

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Zero suicide is a concept that is a model for reducing suicide across the country. It essentially integrates questions about suicide for patients at all health care visits. New York State has won a grant to use a Onondaga County as a kind of a test lab to see if it can be successfully integrated into an entire community health system.

"Nearly 50 percent of people who die by suicide had a primary care visit within 30 days of their death," said Dr. Jay Carruthers, New York State Suicide Prevention Director.

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New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative is in its third year of awarding communities $10 million to fund projects that improve city centers. The strategy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is also to emphasize the importance of waterfront development. 

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SUNY Upstate Medical University President Danielle Laraque-Arena will step down from her position at the end of the current semester in December, according to a news release from the State University of New York. 

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

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Clean up of a piece of blighted property in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor should clear the way for more development in a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of growth recently. 

For years, the high-profile plot of land along Onondaga Lake owned by Roth Steel was defined by overgrown vegetation and junked cars. But after the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency bought the parcel three years ago, work began to clean it up. Dozens of drums of liquid waste were removed, along with 2,500 tons of the shattered bits of junk cars. 

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Anti-poverty programs are up and running in Oswego thanks to nearly $400,000 in state funding through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Last year, officials selected programs from local organizations to receive the funding.

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow said they wanted to create programs that would help get people out of poverty and be self-sustaining.

“Our programs are developed around workforce development situations where we can help people get the skills they need to get a job and keep a job,” Barlow said. 

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President Trump is holding a news conference this evening, following the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. In a speech yesterday, Trump defended his "America First" agenda and touted the "tremendous progress" made in negotiations with North Korea.

The press conference comes a day before Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, faces questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee after three women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

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The Central New York Diaper Bank has distributed 660,000 diapers to needy families in the area since it was founded in 2016. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not enough to cover the need.

Michela Hugo, founder of the CNY Diaper Bank, said diapers are expensive and when a family can’t pay for new ones, there’s no public safety net for them.

"So when families run out they can’t rely on food stamps, they can’t rely on WIC, they can’t rely on any other sources to rely on that cost," she said.

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The Violence Against Women Act, which provides funding, services and other legislative impacts for domestic and sexual violence survivors, is set to expire at the end of the month. Local advocates are calling on Congress to extend the law.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states.

Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has reversed that trend and improved the local economic situation.

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After serving eleven years as the Onondaga County Executive, Joanie Mahoney is stepping down for a job as the chief operating officer at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. County legislature chairman Ryan McMahon is seeking to fill out the remainder of her term.

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After more than a year, Congress has passed legislation to study the feasibility of designating Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum in Oswego as a national park. 

The House passed the legislation in January 2017. The Senate passed the bill last week. 

In 1944, Fort Ontario acted as the only emergency shelter in the United States for nearly 1,000 refugees who escaped the Holocaust.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro said a compromise approach to replace the aging Interstate-81 viaduct in downtown Syracuse seems to be the most appropriate way to move forward. Molinaro also criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for taking too long to make a decision.

Speaking in Syracuse Thursday, Molinaro weighed in on the I-81 debate and said a tunnel with a street-level community grid above it, makes perfect sense.

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Rachel May has defeated longtime incumbent state Sen. Dave Valesky in a primary and will be the Democratic nominee in the race for the 53rd state Senate District in November. 

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Gov. Cuomo’s former closest aid received a prison sentence Thursday day of six years after being convicted of illegally gaining over $300,000 in bribery schemes.

A leading medical journal has retracted six food research articles by a Cornell University marketing professor, saying the results can’t be verified.

The papers under question include a 2005 study that said people eat more when served food in large bowls and a 2013 article that said hungry grocery shoppers buy foods with more calories but not more food. They appeared in journals published by the JAMA Network, which include the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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