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State Department of Labor announces farm worker overtime changes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The New York State Department of Labor announced Friday that they have accepted a recommendation from the Farm Laborers Wage Board to lower the current 60-hour threshold for overtime pay to 40 hours.

The rate will be lowered by January 1, 2032, allowing 10 years for the transition to take place.

This is a process that began in 2020, with the board gathering testimony from farm owners, workers, advocacy groups and academic researchers. Over the course of those two years, the state enacted three new tax credits to help farm employers transition. The Investment Tax Credit was increased from 4% to 20% for farm businesses, the Farm Workforce Retention Tax Credit was increased to $1,200 per employee and a new refundable overtime tax credit was established for overtime hours paid by farm employers.

From now until 2032, it was recommended that the overtime threshold be reduced by four hours every two years beginning in 2024, giving agriculture businesses time to adjust.

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“I thank the Farm Laborers Wage Board and all New Yorkers who provided insight and input during this inclusive process,” said New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “I come from a farm community myself, so I know how important the agricultural sector is to the New York State economy. Based on the findings, I feel the Farm Laborers Wage Board’s recommendations are the best path forward to ensure equity for farm workers and success for agricultural businesses.”

However, some are against the decision.

“This is a difficult day for all those who care about New York being able to feed itself. Commissioner Reardon’s decision to lower the farm labor overtime threshold will make it even tougher to farm in this state and will be a financial blow to the workers we all support,” New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher said. “Moving forward, farms will be forced to make difficult decisions on what they grow, the available hours they can provide to their employees, and their ability to compete in the marketplace. All of this was highlighted in the testimony and data that the wage board report and the commissioner simply ignored.”

For more information on the process and next steps, click here.

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Grant Street fire causes $500,000 in damage

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fire on Grant Street Friday morning at a mixed-use building caused an estimated $500,000 in damages, Buffalo fire said.

Buffalo fire responded to the call at 83 Grant Street just before 9:30 a.m. Friday for a two-alarm fire that started on the third floor of the building.

The Red Cross is assisting eight adults and four children after the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

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Bills Basements: “Dane” that’s a nice Tonawanda basement

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jeffrey Gerber welcomed News 4 into his home this morning to share his Bills Basement. In the beautifully organized and decorated basement you can see lots of pictures from games he’s attended since he was a kid.

Believe it or not this basement was his “Covid project,” so he’s only been working on it for about three years.

He has signed jerseys and helmets, but there a some really unique pieces, too. Gerber was able to get his hands on a piece of the field from the stadium. A patch of grass showing the 20 yard line is almost the centerpiece of the room. He also has a sign from the stadium that he got from a maintenance worker at Highmark.

News 4’s Chelsea Lovell had a great time exploring the basement but she says the real stars of the show were Gerber’s two Great Danes, Phil and Phoebe!

Do you think you have an epic Bills Basement? Send pictures to ReportIt@wivb.com for your chance to be featured on the Wake Up morning show!

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Medical marijuana home growing regulations: Those certified can start growing Oct. 5

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Starting October 5, medical cannabis patients and caregivers who are 21 and older and are certified through the Office of Cannabis Management will be able to grow it at home.

Joseph Ortiz, Founder of Private Caregivers Collective, specializes in home cultivation. His business is now setting its sights on helping New Yorkers who want to grow their own plants.

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“There’s nothing like being able to take control of your medicine and know exactly what’s into it,” said Ortiz.

According to the state, a patient will soon be able to plant, cultivate, harvest, dry, process and possess three mature and three immature medical marijuana plants at one time. This is something that only can happen at their primary private residence.

While they can lawfully be grown inside or outside, the plants cannot located in shared outdoor spaces and must not be easily seen by the public. Patients and caregivers are also not allowed to sell the product.

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Nikki Lawley, a patient and advocate for medical cannabis, said overall she thinks the state is off to a good start with the new law, but she’s heard some concerns about the number of plants allowed.

“To supply medicine for oneself, you almost need like; they call it a sea of green. A perpetual growing cycle so that every 4 months approximately you’re harvesting new medicine. But you will usually will have failures in your growth. That three and three, while it sounds ideal, a lot of people are complaining that you need to have more clones, you need to have some back up plants,” explained Lawley.

Still, she said this is a big step forward for New York State.

“We need to recognize that cannabis has real benefits and can improve others quality of life.”

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This is the wealthiest person in your state, according to Forbes

(NEXSTAR) — Each year, Forbes releases a list of the richest people in the U.S. In recent history, the list has included national figures like Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, and Warren Buffett, but it also includes people that have a larger reputation closer to home.

The Forbes list features the 400 wealthiest people living in America who have made their fortunes through tech companies, retailers, investing, real estate and more. These billionaires range in age from their 20s to their 90s, and are worth a combined $4 trillion.

Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX, is the richest person in America with a net worth of $251 billion. He edged out Jeff Bezos, whose wealth stems from Amazon, by $100 billion. Rounding out the top 10 are Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Bloomberg LP’s Michael Bloomberg, and Walmart’s Jim Walton.

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With a total of 80 billionaires, California had the most residents on the list. New York had the second-most at 65, followed by Texas with 43 and Florida at 42. Though only eight of the Forbes 400 call it home, Washington had the most individuals landing in the top 10 of any state — Bezos, Gates, and Ballmer.

Ten states didn’t have a resident that met the criteria to make Forbes’ rankings: Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Below is a list of the richest person in each state, as well as their net worth and source of wealth, according to Forbes.

StateNameOverall RankNet WorthSourceArizonaMark Shoen214$4.8 billionU-HaulArkansasJim Walton10$57.9 billionWalmartCaliforniaLarry Page6$93 billionGoogleColoradoPhilip Anschutz56$11 billionInvestmentsConnecticutRay Dalio32$19.1 billionBridgewater AssociatesFloridaThomas Peterffy31$20.3 billionInteractive BrokersGeorgiaJim Kennedy77$8.4 billionCox EnterprisesHawaiiLarry Ellison4$101 billionOracleIdahoFrank VanderSloot351$3.1 billionMelaleucaIllinoisKen Griffin21$30.8 billionCitadelIndianaCarl Cook66$9.7 billionCook GroupIowaHarry Stine93$7.7 billionStine SeedKansasCharles Koch13$56 billionKoch IndustriesKentuckyTamara Gustavson83$8.1 billionPublic StorageLouisianaGayle Benson224$4.7 billionNew Orleans Saints, New Orleans PelicansMarylandStephen Bisciotti143$6.4 billionAerotek, Allegis Group, Baltimore RavensMassachusettsAbigail Johnson29$20.5 billionFidelity InvestmentsMichiganDaniel Gilbert40$17.3 billionQuicken LoansMissouriJohn Morris92$7.8 billionBass Pro ShopsMontanaDennis Washington150$6.3 billionWashington CompaniesNebraskaWarren Buffett5$97 billionBerkshire HathawayNevadaMiriam Adelson & family26$26.4 billionLas Vegas SandsNew HampshireRick Cohen & family99$7.6 billionC&S Wholesale GrocersNew JerseyRocco Commisso93$7.7 billionMediacomNew YorkMichael Bloomberg9$76.8 billionBloomberg LPNorth CarolinaTim Sweeney99$7.6 billionEpic GamesOhioLes Wexner & family155$6 billionL Brands ( Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Boy Works)OklahomaHarold Hamm & family28$21.1 billionContinental ResourcesOregonPhil Knight & family17$41.5 billionNikePennsylvaniaJeff Yass23$30 billionSusquehanna International GroupRhode IslandJonathan Nelson351$3.1 billionProvidence Equity PartnersSouth CarolinaRobert Faith190$5.2 billionGreystarTennesseeThomas Frist, Jr. & family42$17 billionHospital Corp. of AmericaTexasElon Musk1$251 billionTesla, Space XUtahGail Miller271$4 billionLarry H. Miller GroupVirginiaJacqueline Mars19$37 billionMarsWashingtonJeff Bezos2$151 billionAmazonWisconsinJohn Menard, Jr. 42$17 billionMenards home improvement storeWyomingJohn Mars19$37 billionMars

The wealthiest woman on Forbes’ list is Julia Koch, who, along with her three children, inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries after her husband David passed away in August 2019. Following her is Alice Walton, the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. They rank 13th and 15th, respectively (there is no 14th, Koch and her brother-in-law Charles Koch tied for 13th).

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Notably missing from the 10 wealthiest is Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, who dropped out of the top rankings for the first time in 2014. Twenty-two people on the list, including Donald Trump, who had made the list before and fell off it, are back again.

Forbes also found that of the 400 wealthiest people in America, 275 created their fortune while the rest inherited it. You can view the full list on Forbes’ website here. This was the publication’s 41st edition of the Forbes 400.

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Big Ditch Brewing rolls out “Turkey Trotter” supporting YMCA

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s a first in the Buffalo Turkey Trot’s history, an official beer of the race — “Turkey Trotter.”

The new beer is brewed by Big Ditch Brewing Company, with a portion of sales donated to the YMCA Buffalo Niagara.

The brew is a blonde ale featuring a “crackery” malt flavor and light hoppy fruit flavor. President and co-Founder of Big Ditch Matt Kahn called it a “perfect finish line beer.”

Turkey Trotter is available on draft or in 6-packs of 12oz cans at Big Ditch Brewing Company’s taproom at 55 East Huron Street in Buffalo. The beer will also go on sale at craft beer retailers and supermarkets.

“We are honored to work with the YMCA on the first official beer of the Buffalo Turkey Trot,” Kahn said. “Not only is this beer brewed specifically for the Turkey Trot, but a portion of sales proceeds from this beer will be donated to YMCA Buffalo Niagara to support their efforts to strengthen the WNY Community.”

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“We are grateful to Big Ditch Brewing Company for their partnership and for creating this tribute to the thousands of trotters who have participated in this Buffalo tradition,” said John Ehrbar, president and CEO, of YMCA Buffalo Niagara. “The YMCA prides itself on creating strong, meaningful relationships that strengthen the Western New York community. Big Ditch’s support of the YMCA will help us continue the important work we have done for the last 170 years.”

Runners will pound the pavement on Nov. 24 for the 127th annual Turkey Trot.

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Patrick Ryan is a JANY award-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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Fetterman, Oz virtually tied in Pennsylvania Senate Race poll

(WHTM) – A new WHTM/Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll shows a virtual tie in the race to represent Pennsylvania in the United States Senate between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz.

In the poll of 1,000 likely Pennsylvania voters, Fetterman led Oz 44.6% to 42.6% with a +/-3% margin of error. Third-party candidates received 5% and 7.9% were undecided.

Nine percent of Republicans (twice as much compared to Democrats) said there were undecided. Independents leaned towards Oz at 45.5% and 11.8% were undecided.

Despite the race appearing to be tight, nearly 55% of voters surveyed said they expect Fetterman to win. Twenty-one percent of Republicans said they expect Fetterman to win, while 13% of Democrats expect Oz to win.

Oz led among Hispanic voters with 46%, while Fetterman received more than 65% support from African Americans.

More than half of those surveyed (58.5%) said Fetterman’s May stroke and hospitalization made no difference in their decision whether to vote for him. Twenty-seven percent said it made it less likely they’ll support him. Forty-seven percent of Republicans said the stroke made them less likely to vote for Fetterman.

Since the August Emerson Pennsylvania poll, the share of voters who say Fetterman’s stroke makes no difference on their vote has decreased by nine percentage points, 68% to 59%, and the share of voters who say it makes them less likely to support him has increased by five points to 19%.

Forty-seven percent of voters said Oz’s longtime New Jersey residency had no effect on their vote, and 38.5% said it makes it less likely they’ll support him. Nearly 60% of Democrats said Oz’s residency made it less likely they’ll support him.

Since the August Emerson Pennsylvania poll, the share of voters who say they are less likely to support Oz because of his residence decreased by 12 points from 51% to 39%.

Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling said, “There is a gender divide in the race for US Senate: men break for Oz over Fetterman by six points, while women voters break for Fetterman by seven.”

Female voters supported Fetterman with 46% support vs Oz’s 39%. Nearly 10% of women are undecided in the Senate race.

Fetterman led among urban and suburban voters, while Oz had a significant lead (33%) among rural voters.

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Eighty-three percent of voters find it somewhat important (18%) or very important (65%) for the candidates running for either Governor or US Senate to participate in a debate prior to the November election. Seventeen percent find it not too important (11%) or not at all important (6%).

President Biden holds a 43% approval among Pennsylvania voters, while 51% disapprove of the job he is doing.

“Since last month, President Biden’s approval in Pennsylvania has increased by four points and his disapproval has dropped by six. This movement in favor of Democrats is not seen evenly in the race for US Senate and Governor, where Fetterman’s race is tightening and Shapiro’s lead is extending,” Kimball said.

In a hypothetical election between President Biden and former President Trump, Trump leads Biden among Pennsylvania voters 46% to 45%; 6% would support someone else and 3% are undecided. Concerning the recent FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate makes them more or less likely to support Trump in 2024, 38% say it makes them more likely to support the former President, 33% say it makes them less likely to support Trump in 2024, and 29% say it makes no difference on their vote.

The economy is the most important issue for 39% of Pennsylvania voters, followed by threats to democracy (14%), and abortion access (13%).

Voters were asked if the forgiving of $10,000 of student loan debt for borrowers making under $125,000 make them more or less likely to vote in the 2022 elections. Forty-seven percent are either much more likely (40%) or somewhat more likely (7%) to vote, while 47% say it makes no difference on their vote.

Methodology

The Emerson College Polling survey of Pennsylvania voters was conducted September 23-26, 2022. The sample consisted of very likely general election voters, n=1,000, with a margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, age, education, race, party affiliation and region based on 2022 turnout modeling. It is important to remember that subsets based on demographics carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using a cellphone sample using SMS-to-web, web survey via email, an online panel, and an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines.

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$500K PICK 10 lotto ticket sold in Depew

DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — If you bought a PICK 10 lottery ticket in Depew for September 29, check your ticket.

A $500,000 ticket was sold at the 2150 George Urban Blvd. Speedway gas station.

The ten winning numbers for PICK 10 are drawn from a field of one to 80.

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The lasting impacts of Hurricane Ian: Travel plans derailed as clean-up continues

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some Western New Yorkers are stuck in Southwest Florida as the tremendous clean-up effort begins. Hurricane Ian will not only have a lasting impact on these communities, but also on Florida tourism, as travel to some destinations is impossible.

Steven Piscitelli is from Great Valley, N.Y., but is in Fort Myers and rode the storm out there. He says the hurricane left behind damage similar to an ice storm, except it is much worse. Now that the storm has passed, a massive clean-up effort is underway.

“There are big huge cement piers that are sitting in the middle of downtown Fort Myers,” Piscitelli said Thursday night.

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Hurricane Ian blasted through Florida on Wednesday leaving destruction in its wake. Piscitelli was in Miami for the Bills game against the Dolphins and decided to visit his condo in Fort Myers. He was not forced to evacuate, so he stayed in his condo hunkered down.

“The hurricane is a lot worse than a blizzard up there because of just the way it comes in,” Piscitelli continued. “It was just unreal. The wind, the wind is so much stronger. The water too.”

Eleven National Guardsmen and two Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Rochester traveled to Fort Myers Thursday to transport people who need help and move heavy cargo in the storm zone.

“When you have roads that might be flooded out and facilities are destroyed and you need to get people, again they carry about 30 people, or high value equipment to there, then a CH-47 can do that,” Eric Durr, director of public affairs for the New York State division of military and naval affairs, told News 4.

Travel plans for many Western New Yorkers may take a turn as the clean-up effort begins. Flights are still canceled to many Florida destinations. Even when the airports reopen, AAA says vacation plans could still be derailed.

“If you’re supposed to go to Sanibel Island, you probably can’t get there. If you’re supposed to go to Disney, they’re going to have these parks back up and running, so its a matter of where your destination is and where you are going,” Elizabeth Carey, director of public relations for AAA, said. This is something you have to think about.”

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Travel experts say it is important to check on every aspect of travel if you are heading to Florida, which includes flights, hotels, and rental cars.

The Tampa and Orlando airports are scheduled to reopen Friday. Some of the Orlando-area theme parks will have a phased opening Friday, including Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando. Sea World says they plan to reopen on Saturday.

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as a reporter in 2022. She previously worked at WETM in Elmira, N.Y., a sister station of News 4. You can follow Tara on Facebook and Twitter and find more of her work here.

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Make-A-Wish Radiothon: Evening interviews from Thursday

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — News 4 and 97 Rock are partnering at the Make-A-Wish Radiothon at the Eastern Hills Mall. Below, you can find live interviews from Thursday afternoon.

Kyle Bakowski, Kenilworth Fire Department

Ben Marchione, Regional Director of WNY Chapter, Make-A-Wish

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Wish Kid Desmond, mother Meghan and Dr. Barbara Bambach, Pediatric Oncologist at Roswell Park

Maxine Awner, Make-A-Wish WNY Board Member

Wish Kid Natalie Berg and her mother Krista

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