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#ICYMI in the Finger Lakes: Primary results, stabbing in Canandaigua, and the health of Owasco Lake

It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com newsroom, as absentee results continued to come in from the ongoing battle for the Republican nomination in the 54th Senate District race. The health of numerous local lakes has made headlines this summer, with Blue-Green Algae becoming a prominent and challenging problem.

#ICYMI in the Finger Lakes takes a look back at the top stories from the previous week, highlighting the most-read stories – decided by the readers.

Stabbing in Canandaigua on Friday

Police were called to the V-Pub in Canandaigua for an apparent stabbing. The victim was a 19-year-old Lyons man who suffered injuries to his arm. Those injuries were the only ones reported during the incident, but an investigation into the stabbing is ongoing. Investigators say that the victim, and those witnesses at the scene did not cooperate with police.

Helming defeats Rayburn after absentee ballot count

Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming defeated Ontario County businessman Floyd Rayburn after more than 1,000 absentee ballots were counted. Helming will now go on to face Democrat Kenan Baldridge for the opportunity to represent the 54th District. Rayburn had built a substantial coalition that will be crucial for Helming to capture if she wants to claim victory in her race against Baldridge.

Toxin found in Owasco Lake? Second check is ‘OK’

This week the Owasco Water Treatment plant measured levels of a toxin associated with Blue-Green Algae in water samples. While the report itself was concerning, officials say that the second sample collected did not show significant signs of concern. Officials with various reporting agencies in Cayuga County will continue to monitor the samples, but that all of those collected to date do not fall into EPA Health Advisory Level.

Report: New York State highways among worst in country

New York’s infrastructure continues to receive harsh grades, as a report released this week indicates just how far the state is slipping. Grades that were already considered failing, or low scores – are dropping further – putting the state’s roadways in contention for the title ‘worst in the U.S.’  Check out the video, which highlights the report by following the link above.

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