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Cold Weather, Warm Hearts

Here in Upstate New York, we know what it means to be part of a “close knit” community. It means collaborating to better our region. It means sharing in experiences that bring us closer together. And above all else, it means working alongside one another to help those in need.

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Sportsmen: Important Changes For 2014

If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor activities, there’s no better place to be than in Upstate New York.  From snowmobiling and skiing in the winter, to fishing and boating in the summer, there are so many opportunities for sportsmen to enjoy all that our region has to offer. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to take note of important sporting license changes that went into effect on February 1.

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Give A Pet A New ‘Leash On Life’

I’ve always been a dog person and couldn’t imagine life without my lovable yellow lab. That’s why I’m pleased to report that just recently, a measure I cosponsored to allow municipalities to regulate pet dealers was signed into law. It will give local governments the authority to enact stronger measures to protect the well-being of animals.

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My Christmas Wish For You

Between the shopping, baking, wrapping and seemingly endless to-do lists that are so characteristic of the holidays, often times, there is little time to remember to get in the spirit of the season and enjoy this time of year before it’s over. While the holidays can be a lot of fun, the busyness can cause many people lose sight of the true meaning of the season.

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Seniors: Take The Chill Out Of Winter

Here in Upstate New York, winter can be one of the prettiest times of the year.
However, it can also be one of the most dangerous, especially for our seniors.
From influenza to falls, older members of our population are particularly vulnerable to winter-weather related ailments and accidents. Luckily, there are a number of steps that can be taken to increase safety as the mercury plunges.

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A Helping Of NYS Food and Drink For The Holidays

This time of year, get-togethers are not only a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, they are also an opportunity to treat ourselves to our favorites, whether it be Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, mulled cider, eggnog or any of the season’s specialties. Much of the food and drink we enjoy during the holidays (and in fact year-round) is produced right here in New York.

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