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A new Siena College poll shows that Governor Andrew Cuomo still has a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, but that lead has narrowed.

The survey shows that the incumbent Democrat has a 13 point lead over Molinaro, 49-36 percent, compared to a 22 point lead of 50-28 percent in October.

Pollster Steve Greenberg says that more Republicans are supporting Molinaro than a month ago.

Office of Gov. Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Residents in New York's Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region who were impacted by damaging storms and floods in August are eligible for financial help.

Officials announced Friday that $13 million is available in the form of grants to homeowners whose damage was not entirely covered by insurance or other assistance programs.

To be eligible for the help, homeowners must live in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Delaware or Chenango counties. Individual grants are capped at $50,000.

Empire State Development

Members of a local group that helps determine how state aid is distributed among various economic development projects got to make their case Friday before some state officials.

Representatives of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council made the presentation at the Brighton campus of Monroe Community College.

Co-Chair of the council, Bob Duffy, who also heads up the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, says that a number of projects on their wish list involve the agriculture and food processing industry.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo/Facebook

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo released her 2019 budget proposal on Thursday, a $1.2 billion spending plan that Dinolfo says will cut taxes for the first time in a decade. The budget will cut the tax rate by ten cents, from $8.99 to $8.89 per thousand of assessed value.

Dinolfo says that will save taxpayers more than $4 million.

She continues to criticize the amount of the budget that goes to state mandate costs, which Dinolfo says makes up about 85 percent of the county’s total spending for the coming year.

Albany lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy is facing federal charges, accused of bribing Assemblyman Joe Errigo.

The federal complaint was filed Thursday, less than a month after Errigo was charged with bribery and wire fraud.

The U.S. Attorney for Western NY, James Kennedy, says that during an investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption involving a large re-development project in the City of Rochester, the FBI identified potential corrupt acts by Gaddy and various public officials. As a result, they began looking into the relationship between Gaddy and Errigo.

Voting twice in the 25th Congressional district

Oct 31, 2018

Voters in the 25th Congressional district will get a chance to vote twice this election day.

They’ll select between Democrat Joe Morelle and Republican Jim Maxwell for a two-year term.

And they’ll also vote for those same candidates in a special election to fill out the remainder of the term for the late Louise Slaughter.

Democratic Monroe County Elections Commissioner Tom Ferrarese says this concurrent election will be held on November 6th, the day of the general election.

Siena College Poll

A new poll in the 24th Congressional District shows that Republican incumbent John Katko continues to maintain a double-digit lead over Democrat challenger, Dana Balter. 

Katko leads Balter 53-39 percent, virtually unchanged from a lead that he held in August.

The Syracuse.com/Spectrum News/Siena College poll also shows that Katko has a 13-point lead with independent voters. That’s according to Siena pollster Steve Greenberg.

NEW YORK (AP)  Mayor Bill de Blasio joined New York's religious leaders and other elected officials Sunday to condemn the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting and vowing to protect the city's Jewish communities from anti-Semitic violence. 

The Democrat gathered outside a Manhattan synagogue Sunday afternoon with Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders, including Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. Al Sharpton. 

University at Buffalo

LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he hopes the shock of a mail bomb plot targeting him and other public figures has been enough to help end the country's divide.

"We've got to get off this hate machine. We've got to come together," Biden said inside a suburban Buffalo restaurant, where he stopped to show his support for a New York congressional candidate ahead of a speech at the University at Buffalo.

Biden and Democrat Nate McMurray, a town supervisor of Grand Island, ate pancakes and spoke with patrons and staff.

The Voice of the Voter 25th Congressional District debate with candidates Joe Morelle (D,WF,I,WE) and Jim Maxwell (R,C,REF) from the WXXI studios.