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FRESH TAKES: NFL Championship Weekend, LSU’s title & the Astros scandal (podcast)

FRESH TAKES: NFL Championship Weekend, LSU’s title & the Astros scandal (podcast)
This week Paul Russo and Nick Felice focus on football as college football crowns LSU as National Champs and the NFL heads into Conference Championship weekend. Also, a preview of the Australian Open, local high school basketball talk and reaction to the penalties handed down by MLB on the Houston Astros for stealing signs.  . more

Local iHeart radio stations gutted through layoffs as company announces new ‘organizational structure’

Local radio operated by iHeartMedia underwent a round of cuts and gutting that employees and fans are calling bad for business. The company said in a statement that the layoffs, which were reported at 1,000+ across the U.S., centered around advancements in technology. However, many critics were quick to point out that after the layoffs – there wasn’t much ‘local’... more

Geneva cop facing misdemeanor charge will take case to trial in March

Geneva cop facing misdemeanor charge will take case to trial in March
Jury selection will begin on March 16th, with a trail beginning the next day in the case involving Geneva Police Officer Jack Montesanto. The 40-year-old faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing. Last year, he was arrested on the charge following an investigation by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. A resident was being booked on a noise violation... more

State auditors give Yates County IDA good marks in review of receipt practices

State auditors give Yates County IDA good marks in review of receipt practices
The Yates County Industrial Development Agency received generally favorable marks from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office, who conducted an audit of cash receipts, disbursements, and payroll documentation. The report notes that while no significant errors were found in how cash receipts and disbursements were recorded and reported, they found a few weaknesses. Those weaknesses included: The Board did... more

eSports program getting more attention, acclaim at Keuka College

eSports program getting more attention, acclaim at Keuka College
Keuka College’s pioneering – and growing – Esports programs are once again making news. University Business magazine profiled the successful program this month in a story headlined “2 models for powering your Esports program.” “Keuka College, a small school in New York’s Finger Lakes region, has had an outsize influence on colleges with Esports,” the story began. What started a... more

Municipalities could end up paying more for Medicaid if New York doesn’t fill budget gap

Municipalities could end up paying more for Medicaid if New York doesn’t fill budget gap
The concern right now is that local governments may be tapped out. And simultaneously, the state could look at them to help fill a budget gap that has reached $6.1 billion across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, without details, pointed to the state in recent years capping Medicaid growth for local governments, New... more

Seneca Lake Pure Waters exceeds fundraising goal for 2020

Seneca Lake Pure Waters exceeds fundraising goal for 2020
For Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association – this fundraising period has been all about exceeding expectations. The organization announced that it exceeded its annual fundraising goal for 2020, which means that the “Lake Friendly Living” initiative will take shape. SLPWA President Jacob Welch said they initially set out to raise $20,000; and instead raised $22,000. “Our Pure Waters team is... more

Homeless shelter for women opens doors officially in Waterloo

Homeless shelter for women opens doors officially in Waterloo
There’s a new shelter in Seneca County, which recently opened with a lot of community support. Officials at Community Action Programs Cayuga/Seneca — or CAP — have announced that a nine-bed shelter in the former St. Mary’s convent at 23 Center St. has been completed, according to reporting by the Finger Lakes Times. They say the units provide transitional housing... more

Economic development pros looking to educate students about opportunities in Wayne County

Economic development pros looking to educate students about opportunities in Wayne County
What to do next? That’s the question for a lot of high school students who struggle with the process between K-12 and college. Then, students who go away to college – graduate – and can’t find openings as easily as they might have imagined. Frequently, students find themselves under employed because they can’t find work in the field they studied... more

Newark woman sent to Strong after two-car crash along Route 31

Newark woman sent to Strong after two-car crash along Route 31
A Newark woman was sent to Strong Hospital, and a Macedon man was ticketed following a two-car crash at a busy intersection along Route 31. Deputies say that Elvin Garcia, 19, of Macedon was traveling south on Whitbeck Road and came to a stop at a signed intersection with State Route 31. He proceeded into the intersection and was struck... more

New York rules that embattled Owasco highway superintendent’s personal business can’t participate in public projects

New York rules that embattled Owasco highway superintendent’s personal business can’t participate in public projects
The Department of Labor ruled in 2019 that Robert Bruno, the embattled public works official in Cayuga County who is accused of official misconduct, also failed to pay more than $112,843 worth of wages to employees of his business. The Auburn Citizen uncovered the failure to pay wages on four Auburn public works projects. Bruno operates ‘Robert Bruno and Bob... more

Odor could get worse at Ontario County Landfill before it improves this winter

Odor could get worse at Ontario County Landfill before it improves this winter
Casella says things may get worse, before they improve. At least as it pertains to the ever-worrisome smell associated with the Ontario County Landfill along 5&20. Mark Johnson of Casella Waste Systems says changes are coming, but that those changes will take time to implement. “We want to put them on the slopes, but we need it to freeze to... more

W-FL Monday: Mynderse boys and girls take down South Seneca

W-FL Monday: Mynderse boys and girls take down South Seneca
On Monday night, the Mynderse boys and girls took down South Seneca at Arthur L. Baker Gymnasium in Seneca Falls. First, the boys played and absolutely pounded the Falcons. Troy Kabat scored a game-high 20 points to help lead the Blue Devils to a 30-point win. With the loss, South Seneca falls to 2-7 and Mynderse improves to 4-6. For... more

Sen. Helming vows to continue fight to designate English as New York’s official language

Sen. Helming vows to continue fight to designate English as New York’s official language
Citing the need to promote unity and create a common bond amongst all New York’s citizens, Senator Helming says she will continue efforts to pass S.163, which would designate English as New York’s official language. In prior years, the New York State Legislature has taken action to designate an official state bird, flower, fish, insect, and even a state snack.... more

Thompson undergoes shoulder surgery

Thompson undergoes shoulder surgery
Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday. After further evaluation with the Sabres’ team doctors during the rehab process for his injury sustained on Nov. 17, it was determined that surgery was the appropriate next step in Thompson’s recovery process. Thompson’s expected recovery time will be five to six months. The Sabres have announced the... more

Could marijuana legalization finally happen in New York?

Could marijuana legalization finally happen in New York?
In 2019 it looked like marijuana legalization could happen. It had passed in some nearby states, and Democrats, who controlled both chambers in New York State were generally supportive of the idea. The legislation stalled, though, and subsequent vaping illnesses stirred up new concerns that residents and voters hadn’t thought of before. “This year, let’s work with our neighbors …... more

KENNY’S 2 PENNIES: LSU’s National Title, ‘Cuse on the winning track & stealing signs (podcast)

KENNY’S 2 PENNIES: LSU’s National Title, ‘Cuse on the winning track & stealing signs (podcast)
Kenny recaps Monday night’s national championship game between LSU and Clemson before celebrating Syracuse’s win over Virginia in the Dome and Dino Babers’ newest hire. Also, thoughts on the Houston Astros stealing signs and some new nicknames for the Mynderse varsity girls basketball players.  . more
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