(AP) - New York college students can apply for the state's free tuition plan beginning June 7.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees approved Excelsior Scholarship regulations last week.

The initiative was a key priority for Cuomo. It covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less.

Students must pay out of pocket for room, board and other expenses.

(AP) - Cornell University will receive $2.5 million in federal funds to support the development of new cybersecurity software.

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding decision Friday. The two New York Democrats hailed the grant as an example of a smart investment in cutting-edge technology.

The money will come from the National Science Foundation. It's intended to help pay for the research and development associated with new software techniques intended to protect computer networks from cyber criminals.

Spring flooding along Lake Ontario is damaging many homes along the shoreline, and it’s hurting people who have businesses there. Now, business owners say it will take a long time to recover -- even after the floodwaters go away.

Marge’s is a little bungalow bar in Rochester. Inside, there's a small wooden bar and a few games, but you don't go to Marge’s to stay inside.

Out back is a big stretch of beach looking out over Lake Ontario. There's a tiki hut, and frozen drink machine, and live music on the weekends.

For decades, LASIK surgery has offered an alternative to eyeglasses for people who have nearsightedness. Now there's a procedure that can correct presbyopia, the condition that has many people over 40 reaching for reading glasses.

"I wear a Fitbit and I used to have to put on my glasses to see my itty bitty step count, and I didn't have to do that this morning, so that was pretty fun," said Mary Griffith of Rochester, one of the first patients to undergo the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay at the University of Rochester's Flaum Eye Institute this week. 

Eastman Kodak is putting the spotlight on its new smartphone, even though it’s not a product that is reflective of the commercial printing and packaging that the company mainly focuses on now.

Actually, the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone isn’t even made by the company directly. It’s manufactured by a worldwide company called Bullitt Group, but it’s branded with the Kodak name, and director of content marketing Joshua Coon says it’s a very photo-centric smartphone.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the AIM Photonics project in Rochester is in the final planning stages to begin construction this summer.

Empire State Development’s Board of directors on Friday approved an $81 million dollar grant to equip and operate the Testing, Assembly and Packaging or “TAP “ facility.

That is located on Lake Avenue in Rochester at a former Kodak building at the Eastman Business park.  The building is owned by ON Semiconductor.

The state grant will be used for machinery, tools and other equipment.

Sleek, high-tech wristbands are extremely popular these days, promising to measure heart rate, steps taken during the day, sleep, calories burned and even stress.

Governor Cuomo says many people who are heading to their camps or summer homes near Lake Ontario this Memorial Day Weekend will discover for the first time just how much damage has been done due to flooding.

Speaking in Oswego County, Cuomo announced the Department of Environmental Conservation will operate during weekend hours starting this Memorial Day Weekend, and lasting all summer long.

He says many of the parcels along Lake Ontario are summer or weekend homes.

New York State spent more than $600 million building a factory for SolarCity at the RiverBend site in South Buffalo. You might be surprised at what some of that money went for.


The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan today. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes. But that isn’t the only environmental program targeted.


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