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Kolb says costs to farms in labor bill ‘staggering’

KOLB: Costs to farms in Farmworkers Labor bill ‘staggering’
Republicans in New York are pushing back against a bill, which they say would have a huge impact on local farms. Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River), the Conference’s ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, were among a number of signatories who penned a letter to the Assembly Majority leadership calling for... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Stakeholders wrestle with reaching rural vets for services as transportation, housing lag (Part 1)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing ways that the VA is reaching rural communities (podcast)
At this very moment there are more than 18 million veterans living in the United States. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for their well-being. At least in terms of provided care. However, vets aren’t automatically enrolled at their local VA hospital or clinic; and enrolling them is consistently the biggest challenge faced by professionals within the VA... more

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario
Sandbags palletized and ready to go, and docks disappearing. We are reaching a breaking point along Lake Ontario, with water level just inches away from the 2017 peak that led to widespread flooding. So far, homes along the shoreline have been spared, but some docks have not. And that means decision time for boaters. Boaters in Charlotte near Lake Ontario... more

Perine’s junior season gets resurrected for Mynderse tennis

Perine’s junior season gets resurrected for Mynderse tennis
A torn ACL ranks at the top the an athlete’s list of worst nightmare. Meredith Perine knows the pain and misery a debilitating knee injury inflicts. The Mynderse Academy junior tore her ACL during a lacrosse game in the spring of 2018. As a result, she was forced to miss the girls tennis season last fall. Read More: FLTimes.com more

Lawmakers betting on final push to make sports gambling legal

Lawmakers betting on final push to make sports gambling legal
A bill allowing New Yorkers to place wagers on mobile devices for sporting events could gain final passage by the end of the legislative session in June, Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman Gary Pretlow said in an interview Wednesday. Pretlow in the interview said he believes the constitutional questions raised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration surrounding mobile betting are... more

Washington holds off late Mets rally to win, 7-6

Washington holds off late Mets rally to win, 7-6
The Nationals had just played one of their cleanest games of the season to cruise to a victory on Wednesday night, when Howie Kendrick stood in front of his locker and told reporters one of defining messages of this recent stretch — “It’s great for tonight,” he said, “but we got to do it consistently.” Indeed, consistency has been one... more

Passenger killed in Dryden crash

Passenger killed in Dryden crash
A woman was killed after a crash early Wednesday on Livermore Road in Dryden, according to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say the one-car crash occurred at about 3:39 a.m. Wednesday, May 15. A Kia Soul had been traveling north on Livermore Road around that time when it went off the east shoulder and struck a tree. Both the... more

Solar project inches forward in Farmington

Solar project inches forward in Farmington
After approximately five months of delays, the Farmington Town Planning board unanimously voted in agreement that it has all the necessary environmental information to move forward in the decision-making process for the Smith Solar Farm project proposed by Delaware River Solar. The board Wednesday passed a resolution acknowledging that it had received all requested information and suspended the public hearing... more

Penn Yan, Dundee plan football merger

Penn Yan, Dundee plan football merger
Local school sports teams are likely to look a little different in the coming years, because of reductions in student enrollment shrinking the numbers of potential team members for various sports. Now, the wheels are in motion for the merger of Penn Yan and Dundee modified and junior varsity football teams, and officials from the Dundee and Watkins Glen Schools... more

Gov. Cuomo announces results of statewide underage drinking crackdown

Gov. Cuomo announces results of statewide underage drinking crackdown
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the results of joint efforts by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking throughout the state during the month of April. The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, conducted statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor... more

Funding available to help replace sewage systems on or near Cayuga Lake

Funding available to help replace sewage systems on or near Cayuga Lake
Funding is available for property owners along the shore or near Cayuga Lake to replace failing or inadequate sewage systems, the Tompkins County Health Department said in a news release. The health department is in the second year of a grant program established by the 2017 Clean Water Infrastructure Act, that allocates money to “communities along impaired waterbodies for the... more

Ithaca senior among 16 students in world to earn perfect AP history exam score

Ithaca senior among 16 students in world to earn perfect AP history exam score
Rowan Lynch, a senior at Ithaca High School, has achieved a rare academic accomplishment by being one of 16 students in the world to earn a perfect score on last year’s Advanced Placement United States History Exam. In high school, students have the option to enroll in AP classes, which help them earn college credit or advanced placement if they... more

Waterfront restaurant thriving in Fair Haven despite flood concerns

Waterfront restaurant thriving in Fair Haven despite flood concerns
Now entering its sixth year of operations, a once-decaying commercial property on the shore of Little Sodus Bay continues to grow as Turtle Cove Resort & Marina. A little over five years ago, the waterfront property was littered with abandoned trailers, debris and trash, said Brian DiBernardo, Turtle Cove’s owner. The property’s ownership had jumped from management to management over... more

Fire Works Studios celebrates grand re-opening

Fire Works Studios celebrates grand re-opening
Eighteen months after the fire that destroyed their studios, the tools of their crafts, much of their work, and many other possessions, artists Dexter and Faith Benedict were all smiles as they welcomed the public to their open house celebration of their grand reopening. They were also celebrating the completion of Dexter’s life sized Harriet Tubman and William Seward sculpture.... more