Special Olympics New York athletes compete in State Summer Games

Special Olympics New York athletes compete in State Summer Games

ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Special Olympics New York came to Ithaca this weekend for the State Summer Games after COVID postponed the last two years of competition.

4 hrs 25 mins ago by Sam Shapiro
Gov. Wolf and 2022 Candidates React to SCOTUS Decision, Emphasize Importance of Election

Gov. Wolf and 2022 Candidates React to SCOTUS Decision, Emphasize Importance of Election

This morning’s decision from the Supreme Court means the future of abortion access will be decided by the individual states. In Pennsylvania, abortion is currently legal up until the 24th week of pregnancy, with exceptions...

June 24th, 7:24 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Increases Abortion Services

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Increases Abortion Services

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced it has increased abortion appointment availability at all 23 health centers by 20%.

June 24th, 7:20 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
Special Olympics New York kicks off State Summer Games

Special Olympics New York kicks off State Summer Games

ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Special Olympics New York geared up on South Hill Friday evening for the kickoff of the 2022 State Summer Games. 

June 24th, 6:24 PM EDT by Sam Shapiro
PA Officials Offer Firework Safety Reminders Ahead of July 4

PA Officials Offer Firework Safety Reminders Ahead of July 4

Officials in Pennsylvania are giving some firework safety tips for the Fourth of July, now just over a week away. This morning, Acting Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Charles McGarvey said fireworks are not toys, and to always use caution. 

June 23rd, 7:36 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided

Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided

The Supreme Court has struck down a New York gun law in a ruling expected to directly impact half a dozen other populous states.

June 23rd, 3:55 PM EDT
Governor Hochul Announces Pay Increases for New York State Lifeguards

Governor Hochul Announces Pay Increases for New York State Lifeguards

Governor Kathy Hochul directed a pay increase for state lifeguards to help address a staffing shortage at New York State Park beaches and pools.

June 22nd, 7:25 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
New York State Announces More Than 15,000 Summer Job Opportunities

New York State Announces More Than 15,000 Summer Job Opportunities

A record number of summer job opportunities for teenagers are now available in a variety of industries. The state's seasonal job bank has over 15,000 jobs posted.

June 22nd, 7:15 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
PA House Democrats Target Corporate Inflation, Republicans Focused on Root Causes

PA House Democrats Target Corporate Inflation, Republicans Focused on Root Causes

This morning, the House Democratic Policy Committee unveiled efforts to fight corporate inflation and price gouging. The committee held a hearing, “Ending Corporate Inflation.”

June 22nd, 7:06 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
Pennsylvania principal charged with 30 counts of sexual contact with a student

Pennsylvania principal charged with 30 counts of sexual contact with a student

By Amy Simonson, CNN (CNN) -- A high school principal in Pennsylvania has been charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student, according to court documents filed Monday. Roger Weaver Freed, 34, who served as a principal of William

June 22nd, 4:04 AM EDT
New York Announces Funds for Outpatient Treatment Programs

New York Announces Funds for Outpatient Treatment Programs

New York State will award nearly $3.5 million to develop outpatient treatment programs. Locally, $240,880 will be awarded to the Ithaca Alpha House.

June 21st, 7:02 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
PA Democrats, Advocates Seek Increase In Child Care Funding

PA Democrats, Advocates Seek Increase In Child Care Funding

Today, child care advocates and Democratic lawmakers said more funding is needed to address the child care crisis. Their message for Republicans comes just days before 2022-23 budget deadline.

June 21st, 6:55 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
Social Workers, Advocates Call on PA Lawmakers to Support Proposed Budget Increase

Social Workers, Advocates Call on PA Lawmakers to Support Proposed Budget Increase

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed his final state budget, which includes a sizable increase for social workers and mental health services. As budget negotiations and compromises take shape before the Jun 30 deadline advocates hope the money will stay.

June 20th, 7:20 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
New York passes landmark voting rights legislation

New York passes landmark voting rights legislation

New York’s governor has signed a law intended to prevent local officials from enacting rules that might suppress people’s voting rights because of their race.

June 20th, 7:09 PM EDT
Meet Rin, WENY's SPCA Pet of the Week!

Meet Rin, WENY's SPCA Pet of the Week!

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Meet Rin, WENY's Pet of the Week from the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA! Rin is a four-year-old shepherd mix with the energy of a six-month-old. With the amount of energy he has, it is recommended he be adopted by a family wh

June 20th, 8:13 AM EDT by Katerina Belales
Verizon, AT&T delay some 5G service over airlines' concerns

Verizon, AT&T delay some 5G service over airlines' concerns

Verizon and AT&T won't power up some wireless towers near airports until next summer to give airlines more time to make sure the new service won't interfere with planes.

June 17th, 8:50 PM EDT
The history of Juneteenth

The history of Juneteenth

NEW YORK (WENY) -- The celebration of Juneteenth started in 1866. The June 19 celebration memorialized the day that the last African American slave learned of their freedom. 1866 is two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by former Presid

June 17th, 4:58 PM EDT by Kurt Martone
Elmira-Corning NAACP to hold Juneteenth Freedom Day on Saturday

Elmira-Corning NAACP to hold Juneteenth Freedom Day on Saturday

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Elmira-Corning NAACP will hold its annual Juneteenth Freedom Day event on Saturday. According to WENY-TV's media partner The Star Gazette, the event will take place at Ernie Davis Park on Dickinson St. in Elmira from noon to 4 p

June 17th, 7:41 AM EDT by Katerina Belales
Senate Passes Burn Pits Legislation; House Expected to Approve Measure

Senate Passes Burn Pits Legislation; House Expected to Approve Measure

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined other senators for the passing of the Honoring Our Promise To Address Comprehensive Toxins Act (Honoring Our PACT Act).

June 16th, 7:46 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
New York State Gas and Utility Program Available for Low Income Residents

New York State Gas and Utility Program Available for Low Income Residents

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that a total of $567 million is available to help low-income electric and gas utility customers in New York state pay off past utility bills.

June 16th, 6:59 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
New York SNAP Benefits Recipients to Receive Maximum Benefits in June
New York SNAP Benefits Recipients to Receive Maximum Benefits in June

All New Yorkers enrolled in the SNAP benefits program will receive the maximum level of food benefits in the month of June.

Addiction Services in New York State to Receive Funding
Addiction Services in New York State to Receive Funding

More than $5 million will be given to several addiction services in New York State to help people get access to treatment and other support.

Senate close to passing bill to protect veterans impacted by burn pits
Senate close to passing bill to protect veterans impacted by burn pits

(WENY) -- Veterans with ailments associated to burn pits are close to getting help. Burn pits were used primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of military equipment by dousing it in jet fuel, and then setting it on fire. This is a common practice of

Elmira College seeking vendors for 54th Annual Octagon Fair
Elmira College seeking vendors for 54th Annual Octagon Fair

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Preparations are underway for Elmira College's upcoming 54th Annual Octagon Fair, and the institution is now seeking vendors for the event. The Octagon Fair is one of Elmira College's traditional homecoming events. In addition to st

New York Awarded $2.7 Million to Expand Emergency Food Assistance Program
New York Awarded $2.7 Million to Expand Emergency Food Assistance Program

New York state has been awarded $2.7 million in grant funds to expand the emergency food assistance program.

SUNY Updates Name, Pronoun Policy
SUNY Updates Name, Pronoun Policy

Students who attend SUNY colleges and universities can now have their chosen names and pronouns reflected in the school system.

Crystal Chords A Cappella invites all to 'Guest Nite'
Crystal Chords A Cappella invites all to 'Guest Nite'

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Crystal Chords A Cappella encourages women of all ages to stop by their "Guest Nite" on June 14 for some singing and fun. Crystal Chords is an all-female a cappella chorus that specializes in the barbershop style of singing. Chr

Gov. Hochul Signs Bill Unlocking Underutilized Hotel Space
Gov. Hochul Signs Bill Unlocking Underutilized Hotel Space

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a bill today to allow underutilized hotel space to convert to permanent housing.