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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 6 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression. A large percentage of those cases, though, are never identified or treated.

One of the problems in diagnosing depression in an individual over 65 is that it does not look the same as depression in a younger person.

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One race that may have flown under the radar this past election, was a councilor-at-large seat on the Syracuse Common Council. Michael Greene, who was appointed to the seat earlier this year, won the election overwhelmingly, after losing a Democratic primary council race last year.

Greene won with 70 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Norm Snyder and Green Party candidate Frank Cetera.

Greene said the first time he ran for office, last year, was a challenging experience.

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Today is Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler’s last day on the job and with the new chief, Kenton Buckner, being sworn in Monday, some advocacy groups see it as an opportunity to start a conversation about the police department’s use of force policy with a new administration. 

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The race for New York's 22nd Congressional District seat came to an end Wendesday, when Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) formally conceded to Democrat Anthony Brindisi. 

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had a "positive" meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the White House to talk about funding for a key train tunnel connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.

Cuomo spent the primary and general election season berating Trump and his policies, including at an appearance last summer at a Brooklyn church.

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The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse has selected Tony-nominated actor Hunter Foster as its next artistic director. Foster said he wants to elevate the status of the theater to have more name recognition around the country.

“I’m hoping that we develop new work that makes its way to New York at some point," Foster said. "I’m hoping it’s a destination people want to come to."

Foster has lived in New York City for 25 years and he said having a connection there will help Redhouse.

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If New York state hopes to reach a goal of getting half of its electricity from renewable resources by the year 2030, wind energy will have to be part of the formula. That was the focus of a wind summit held in Syracuse this week, and boosters of wind power are optimistic it will happen.

Right now energy from wind turbines provides under three percent of the state’s energy portfolio. Alicia Barton, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), expects that number to grow because of a number of projects in the pipeline.

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FULTONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran state trooper arriving for work was killed Tuesday in a chain-reaction crash outside a trooper station in the Mohawk Valley, New York State Police officials.

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand’s private vehicle was stopped in traffic waiting to turn into the station just outside the Montgomery County village of Fultonville around 7:45 a.m. when his vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck and pushed into oncoming traffic on state Route 5S.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again dismissed talk that he will run for president, saying Tuesday that he is focused on leading the nation’s fourth-largest state and not preparing a run for the White House in 2020.

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A two-year community-based campaign has started in central New York meant to drive down heating and cooling costs and greenhouse gas emissions by using geothermal energy.

The campaign is called HeatSmart CNY, and it helps homeowners install ground-source and air-source heat pumps designed for cold climates. 

HeatSmart CNY program manager Lindsay Speer explained how these pumps work.

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Today is Giving Tuesday, and breweries across the region are joining a nationwide effort to raise money for victims of the Camp Fire in northern California. Hundreds of breweries are making the exact same beer recipe and donating the proceeds.

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The New York State Senate made history on two fronts Monday as it elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be the first woman, and the first African-American woman, to head the chamber in January.

Stewart-Cousins, who has led the Democrats in the Senate since 2012, is poised to become the Senate’s next majority party leader after Democrats won 40 seats in November’s elections. She was a teacher and a journalist before being elected to represent Yonkers in the Westchester County Legislature.

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Democratic Congressman-elect Anthony Brindisi, who won a narrow victory over Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford), is sticking to his commitment against voting for Nancy Pelosi as the next speaker of the House. This comes even after some Democrats who initially opposed Pelosi, have switched to backing her.

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A group of 17 hospitals across upstate New York are participating in a pilot program meant to cut down on the number of opioid prescriptions given out after a visit to the emergency room.

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Reaction has been mixed to Amazon’s selection of Long Island City in Queens as one of its new headquarters, promising 25,000 high-paying jobs. But Syracuse business leaders said they are expecting a spill-over effect of investment in central New York, because of the region’s drone corridor.

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Black Friday marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and wearable technology that boosts health tracking benefits are among the most marketed items out there.

But are they worth it?

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The state’s mayors are moving away from a state aid program for localities that they say has not been well-funded in recent years and trying a new way to get the governor’s and the Legislature’s attention as the 2019 state budget season approaches. 

For decades, mayors have received state aid for their cities through the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities program, or AIM. But funding has been flat in recent years, even though cities’ expenses have been steadily growing, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to hold the line on state spending increases.

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Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit veteran resource center in Chittenango, will host a Thanksgiving meal for veterans and their families Thursday. The feast is just one way the organization shows its appreciation for veterans.

Mark Wasileski, who served in the coast guard during the Vietnam War, is one of a few volunteers prepping Thursday's food. He’s blanching broccoli while others are cutting beets.

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Anthony Brindisi has an insurmountable lead over Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) and declared victory again Tuesday in the race for New York's 22nd Congressional District. 

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is making a big push to get the federal government to spend more money on lead removal programs. Specifically, Schumer is pointing to the city of Syracuse is a prime example of why more money needs to be pumped into controlling and removing lead from older homes.

At least 675 children in Syracuse had high lead levels in their blood last year. It’s a symptom of an old housing stock filled with lead paint that wasn’t banned until 1978. To remedy this, Schumer has a two-pronged strategy to get more federal remediation money to central New York.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen Democrats who’ve opposed Nancy Pelosi’s quest to become speaker released a letter Monday saying they will vote for "new leadership" when the House picks its leaders in January, underscoring a significant threat to her effort to lead her party’s House majority in the next Congress.

One of the Democrats who signed the letter is Anthony Brindisi, who holds a lead over Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford), but has not yet been declared the winner in the race for the 22nd Congressional District seat.

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It’s been 20 years since the governor and the Legislature in New York received a pay raise. But that might be changing in January. A panel formed to determine future pay for lawmakers is holding hearings and will make a recommendation by Dec. 10.

Since 1998, there’s been no change to the base pay of $79,500 per year for senators and Assembly members, although many make several thousand dollars more a year in stipends for leadership posts or for chairing committees. They also receive $174 to cover expenses every day that they are in Albany on business. 

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Residents in the city of Syracuse complained to city officials about unplowed streets following last week’s snowstorm, where nearly a foot of snow fell across central New York. Syracuse's Department of Public Works Commissioner Jeremy Robinson admitted Monday they were caught off guard. 

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State Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday, surviving a challenge from upstate Sen. Cathy Young of Olean.

But come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party. In elections earlier this month, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century. 

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The Syracuse Common Council is expected to vote Monday on getting rid of a required city license for snow plow drivers. Last winter, Mayor Ben Walsh's administration began actively enforcing the license law, which has been on the books since the 1970s.

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Joanie Mahoney stepped down as Onondaga County Executive at the beginning of November, after holding the position for the last 11 years. She stepped down to take on a new position as chief operating officer at SUNY ESF, and will also serve in an advisory role at SUNY Upstate Medical University. This week, Grant Reeher speaks with Mahoney about her time as county executive, and her future plans. 

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The Great American Smokeout this week urges smokers to give up smoking for at least one day, in the hopes it leads to quitting for good. Nowhere is that message more important than in some of the more rural communities in upstate New York.

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The issue of gay marriage is at the heart of a disagreement in the Episcopal Church in upstate New York. An Albany Bishop has banned same-sex marriage in his diocese, going so far as to say in a letter to the Albany Diocese that the church has been 'hijacked by the 'gay rights agenda,'" with Satan at the source of this division in the church. 

But the Bishop of the Central New York Diocese strongly disagrees.

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Progressive-leaning groups said Wednesday that now that more Democrats have been elected to the state Senate, they’ll hold the legislators’ feet to the fire in January to ensure that measures like bail reform and legalizing marijuana are swiftly enacted into law.

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Syracuse may get rid of requiring snow plow contractors to have a license to operate in the city. This comes just a month after the common council voted on updating some antiquated aspects of the law.

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