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THE DEBRIEF: Discussing possibilities in legislative session, and political engagement in 2019 (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing possibilities in legislative session, and political engagement in 2019 (podcast)
On a special edition of The Debrief Podcast, Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso will be joined by Leslie Danks Burke, founder of the Trailblazers PAC, to discuss a wide-range of political stories from the last month. They will also take a close look at the policy that could come out of the recently-started legislative session, and the impacts it could... more

Tractor-trailer has fuel tank ruptured during Macedon incident

Tractor-trailer has fuel tank ruptured after Macedon incident
Around 4 p.m. first responders in Wayne County were called to an incident involving a tractor-trailer, which hit a ballard in a parking lot – puncturing its fuel tank. First responders say the tank was full, but emptied out completely along State Route 31. South Macedon Fire Department and Macedon Center Fire Department responded to the scene at West Wayne... more

Some critical of Judge Doran after comments at Ontario County Court ceremony

Some critical of Judge Doran after comments at Ontario County Court ceremony
It took several weeks to come to light – but Judge Craig Doran, who serves the 7th judicial district – has come under fire for comments made during the swearing-in of Ontario County Court Judge Kitty Karle, who won election in November. Judge Craig Doran, Administrative Judge 7th Judicial District said the following, which can be heard and seen in... more

Jeramy Clingerman named next Superintendent of School in Seneca Falls

The Seneca Falls Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Jeramy Clingerman as our next Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Clingerman, the current superintendent of the Marcus-Whitman School District, is a life-long resident of Seneca County with deep roots in our area. As the Board embarked upon this search, we asked our staff and community to guide... more

Section V Basketball releases championship weekend details; Boys finals remain in the Big House

Section V boys basketball tournament games at “The Big House” have been happening for decades, and indications are that games will remain inside Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial for the next two years. .@DandC High School Basketball #Rochester NY area* Section V boys basketball tournament remain at @BlueCrossArena for now. Click link – https://t.co/ydkbHYCQMm@WIEagles @SecVAthletics @SecVBBasketball... more

Ex-codes officer charged in long-running Barrington bar dispute

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It’s a beer drama that never seems to end. It’s been four years since an upscale food market overlooking Keuka Lake attempted to add a beer tap room and deck to its offerings. The Olney Place, on Route 54 in the Yates County town of Barrington, waged an ultimately successful legal battle with town officials and the State Liquor Authority,... more

Sen. Gillibrand eyes upstate NY for 2020 presidential campaign base

Sen. Gillibrand eyes upstate NY for 2020 presidential campaign base
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking at basing a potential 2020 presidential campaign in Troy, New York, a small upstate city on the banks of the Hudson River, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. The search for a headquarters is the strongest signal yet that the New York senator will soon enter a presidential race that could ultimately... more

W-FL THURSDAY: Gananda cruises past Lyons girls; South Seneca buries rival Romo & Izzy Wilbur drops 45 on ER

W-FL THURSDAY: Gananda cruises past Lyons girls; South Seneca buries rival Romo & Izzy Wilbur drops 45 on ER
Just two days after Lyons stunned undefeated Wayne County leading Marion, they gave one right back at the hands of the Lady Blue Panthers of Gananda creating a tight, three-way race for the league title heading into the second half of January. Also on Thursday night in Wayne-Finger Lakes girls high school basketball, sophomore Isabella Wilbur of Red Creek continued... more

SPORTSBOOK CONFIDENTIAL: Sports Betting Championship & NFL Playoffs (podcast)

SPORTSBOOK CONFIDENTIAL: Sports Betting Championship & NFL Playoffs (podcast)
This weekend kicks off the inaugural sports betting championship tournament in Newark, NJ. John looks at the possibilities and pitfalls of short term betting contests. He previews NHL & NFL playoffs and guesses lines for college hoops. Plus blockbuster news regarding the local sports betting scene.  .   more

Helming secures funding for FLCC machinist program

Helming secures funding for FLCC machinist program
Senator Pam Helming announced that she has secured $68,000 in grant funding for Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) to purchase manufacturing equipment. This equipment will be used as part of the College’s advanced manufacturing training program to prepare graduates for positions as entry-level machinists at local Upstate New York companies. The grant funding has been secured through the State and... more

Cuomo outlines ethics reforms for Albany, but is change possible?

Cuomo outlines ethics reforms for Albany, but is change possible?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again signaled Thursday he would be open to changes to how procurement and contracting is done in the state as well as expanding the state’s Freedom of Information of Law. “I’ll have a very aggressive ethics program,” Cuomo said in an interview with WAMC. “I want to do real contract procurement. I want to FOIL for... more

Study finds many medical marijuana users driving high

Study finds many medical marijuana users driving high
The state legislature is expected to consider legalizing recreational marijuana for adults this year, but an alarming new study suggests many medical marijuana users have driven under the influence. Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed nearly 800 medical marijuana users and found that more than half reported driving with two hours of using the drug. More than twenty-percent of... more

Waterloo man charged with damaging hotel, taking car in Auburn

Waterloo man charged with damaging hotel, taking car in Auburn
A Waterloo man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage to an elevator door, then taking someone’s car from their home. The Auburn Police Department reported Thursday that Robert Louis Barnes, Jr., 23, of 97 Stark St., Waterloo, had a warrant out for his arrest and turned himself in Wednesday. The warrant was issued Dec. 19... more

Former “Big pharma” CEO pleads guilty to opioid kickback scheme

Former “Big pharma” CEO pleads guilty to opioid kickback scheme
The former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics Inc., one of the pharmaceutical companies being sued by Schuyler County and other area municipalities over prescription painkillers, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (January 9) to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid medication.Michael Babich, who resigned as the company’s CEO in 2015, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy and mail fraud charges.  The government alleges that,... more

Deputies: SUV collides with RG&E utility pole on County Road 10, temporarily closing it

Deputies: SUV collides with RG&E utility pole on County Road 10, temporarily closing it
Deputies say that on Thursday at approximately 3:35 p.m. they were called along with other first responders to a crash involving an SUV and utility pole. They say Alexander Gardner, 19, of Canandaigua was driving on County Road 10 when he lost control his the vehicle in a snow drift and collided with the RG&E pole. As result County Road... more

Former Auburn inmate maintains innocence of manslaughter charges, refuses plea offer

Former Auburn inmate maintains innocence of manslaughter charges, refuses plea offer
A former Auburn inmate maintains his innocence of causing the death of a fellow inmate following an altercation in 2017. Ashton Bellamy, 32, is facing one count each of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault for his connection in the death of former Auburn prison inmate Daniel Wingate. On July 9, 2017, Wingate was found in his cell unresponsive and covered... more

Two sent to the hospital after crash on SR 5 in W. Bloomfield

Two sent to the hospital after crash on SR 5 in W. Bloomfield
Deputies say that on Thursday an SUV slid off State Route 5 in West Bloomfield, overturning, and causing minor injuries to a 45-year-old and her daughter. Ruth Smith, of West Bloomfield was slid off Route 5, allowing her vehicle to overturn. According to deputies, she was protected by her seatbelt and airbag, which successfully deployed during the crash. Her daughter,... more
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