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MEGA DONATION: SC Johnson gifts $150 million to Cornell

SC Johnson, and Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson are giving Cornell University's Ithaca campus its largest gift in history — a $150 million donation. The gift will go to the newly named Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. The Cornell University Board of Trustees voted Saturday morning in New York City to rename the college, which was previously known... more

January thaw to February chill: FLX expected to remain cold through week

Snow will be possible most days this week in the Finger Lakes, but much of it will be quite light. Areas of lake effect snow showers are ongoing across parts of the Finger Lakes Monday morning. Most of the snow is concentrating across the northeastern half of the region, roughly along and north of a Rochester to Ithaca line. This... more

Lansing school taxes will likely increase due to power plant devaluation

For eight years the fate of the Cayuga Power Plant has loomed over the Lansing Board Of Education's budgets. Starting in 2010 the value of the district's largest taxpayer has plummeted by 100 million dollars, and Lansing School District Business Administrator Mary June King says it is likely to lose even more value after the current negotiations with Tompkins County... more

Siena poll: Most voters support Cuomo’s free college tuition plan, other key proposals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free college tuition proposal is supported by most New York voters, according to the latest Siena College poll. The poll found 60 percent of voters surveyed support the plan to offer free college tuition to any State University of New York institution for students whose families earn no more than $125,000 annually. The Citizen: Read More more

Deputies investigating shooting on NYS Thruway in Onondaga County

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting that happened near the toll booth at Exit 36 on the New York State Thruway. Onondaga County 911 says someone inside of a car was shot at around 1:40 am and taken to the hospital. The victim is a man in his 30s. His injuries are considered life threatening at this... more

Retired Waterloo Police Chief honored with lifetime achievement award

Doyle Marquart retired from the Waterloo Police Department in November 2016, having served more than 38 years as its Police Chief. Over the course of his distinguished career, Marquart helped grow the village department in every way imaginable — from its size to its reputation as a leader in community policing. Born and raised in Waterloo, Doyle grew up on... more

del Lago Resort & Casino will open doors on Wednesday

A lot has changed in one year. It was January 2016. Wilmorite and Peninsula Pacific, the entities behind the $440 million del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, held a beam signing ceremony. State and local elected officials attended and added their names to the imposing steel beam. Del Lago was nothing more than a dirt lot at... more

Upstate Orange: Marquee win & eighties ‘Cuse trivia (podcast)

Syracuse finally gets a marquee win over #6 Florida State in the Carrier Dome on Saturday but they still have a lot of work to do before Orange fans can get excited about Selection Sunday. Jim Sinicropi and Brad Conner talk about it on Sunday morning’s live edition of the Upstate Orange Podcast along with some fantastic 1980’s Syracuse basketball... more

Cuomo, AG pledge help to immigrants affected by Trump ban

Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a state hotline Sunday to assist immigrants affected by President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, vowing legal assistance to anyone facing detainment. Cuomo and Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said between six and eight people remained detained Sunday afternoon at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens under Trump's order, which temporarily barred citizens... more

FLCC professor named ‘Citizen of the Year’

John J. Van Niel is a professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, where he has taught for the last 22 years. In addition to his classroom instruction, for which he received the 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, he is also the Director of FLCC’s East Hill Campus. His efforts have helped position the college... more

Ontario man charged with DWI in Palmyra

Deputies in Wayne County arrested an Ontario man after he was found to be driving while intoxicated on State Route 21. Deputies say that Donald A. Stanton, 65, of Ontario was charged with driving while intoxicated in the Town of Palmyra after a traffic stop. He was additionally charged with operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or... more

Wayne County IT Director: “You can Never let your guard down” when it comes to cyber security

Following accusations that Russia was involved with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 United States elections, the subject of cyber security dominated news cycles last month. During a “State of the County” interview with the Times of Wayne County last week, Wayne County Administrator Rick House said that they are aware of how important cyber security... more

Geneva woman drove drunk, crashed with 11-year-old in car

Deputies say a 22-year-old Geneva woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child less than 15-years-old in the car on Saturday after a minor crash. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday around 9:45 am deputies arrested Victoria A. Golden, 22, of Geneva for driving while intoxicated, and aggravated driving while intoxicated for operating a... more

Cayuga County’s lodging industry experiences tremendous growth over last decade

You don't need to look any further than revenue from Cayuga County's "bed tax" — the room occupancy tax — over the last decade for the best indicator of how the lodging industry is performing. Figures provided by the Cayuga County treasurer's office show the county collected $246,796.54 in bed tax revenue in 2007. Last year, the total revenue was... more

Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack: No date for the races

Jon Buckley has never experienced anything like it. A thoroughbred racing trainer since 1977 at Finger Lakes racetrack, he is waiting – and hoping – he can keep working and living in Ontario County. "We are uncertain as what this year will bring," said Buckley, a Vermont native who owns two race horses and trains 16 thoroughbreds in Farmington near... more

SPEAKING OF NATURE: Owls are a hoot to learn about, listen to and look for

Parliament is in session. For about a month now, birders from near and far have been flocking to Seneca Falls to search for Snowy Owls. Four different individuals can be seen in a pretty small area. I cannot recall such a concentration of “snowies” in all my years of birding. There are names for groups of animals (called collective nouns),... more

Upstate Hoops: Looking ahead to Sectionals & W-FL round-up (podcast)

Jim Sinicropi and Matt Verkey recap the short-week of action for Wayne-Finger Lakes varsity basketball on Sunday morning and breakdown the Sectional Point Standings as we head into the final three weeks of the regular season. Also, a look at the week ahead and our latest Power Rankings and Girls Super Six. AUDIO ONLY VERSION: more

Wilmots discuss opening week as del Lago Resort & Casino sets to open

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the ceremonial first roll of the dice at del Lago Resort & Casino will take place. Many involved with the more than year-long project are hoping the dice show lucky sevens, considered a sign of good things to come. Then, the doors of the $440 million facility on Route 414 will open for the first... more
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