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NWS: Winter Weather Advisory for entire region on Friday

It won’t be a widespread event, but there is the chance for some light mixed, or freezing precipitation on Friday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain, which is active on Friday from 6 am until noon. The mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain could accumulate up to two inches in... more

Ontario, Tompkins only counties to see growth as state population declines

Upstate New York lost another 23,434 people from 2015 to 2016, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Downstate saw an increase of 21,540 people, which has resulted in an increase of 426,835 since 2010 for that region. For Upstate New York, the decline has been real since 2010. According to the latest figures from the Census Bureau the... more

Reed, Collins to vote ‘yes’ on health care repeal

Despite the loss of health coverage projected for tens of thousands of people in their districts — especially children, seniors and those with disabilities — Republican Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins said they will vote for the American Health Care Act. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the GOP bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise... more

FLX Weekly: State titles for Watkins Glen & Moravia; Village elections held (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Jessamy Uticone and Josh Durso for Wednesday’s edition of FLX Weekly to recap the top stories of the week in the Finger Lakes. Find out why FingerLakes1.com is not happy with ESPN and take a look at the weekend weather and event slate ahead. more

Committee launching campaign for Tubman sculpture in Auburn

A memorial sculpture in honor of Harriet Tubman in Auburn is the goal of a campaign that kicks-off on Friday, March 31, from 7 – 9 pm, the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee (HTDMC) will host a dessert reception in the Havana Room of the Phoenix Building, located at 2 South Street. The mission of HTDMC is to commission an... more

Sen. Helming sees first sponsored bill pass; will go on to Assembly

The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – 54th District) as part of a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state’s leading industry. This bill is the first piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Helming to pass the Senate. Senate bill 4535 encourages farmers – particularly those located... more

Cuomo: Auburn, CNY hospitals will lose $57M if GOP health care bill passes

If the Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is successful, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals in central New York would lose millions in funding. An analysis conducted by the state Department of Health found the six hospitals in U.S. Rep. John Katko's district, which covers Cayuga, Onondaga, Wayne and a portion of Oswego County, would lose... more

Discussing healthcare, Guardian PILOT, and local elections in the FLX (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast, Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a range of topics, which included the recent firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, as well as developments in the GOP healthcare proposal. The duo also discussed the future of companies like Guardian Glass, who recently won a significant upgrade to their PILOT agreement with the City... more

Parks commission recommends rental fee and parking fee for Auburn graduation

The Cayuga County Parks Commission is recommending that the Auburn Enlarged City School District pay a rental fee to hold high school commencement ceremonies on Deauville Island at Emerson Park and for graduates and their attendees to pay a parking fee. Jeff Pirozzolo, superintendent of the school district, has booked the island for the June 23 graduation while renovations are... more

War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

Organization works to combat substance abuse in FLX (podcast)

It’s a growing issues that will require attention from all stakeholders and community members. On Tuesday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, as well as Tanya Lombardo, an intern for the organization from Keuka College joined Josh Durso to talk about their efforts combating substance abuse... more

Winter returns for Wednesday as cold, lake effect impact FLX

As temperatures moved through the 40s on Tuesday, those in the Finger Lakes were reminded that the cold weather would be making a return — at least once more — on Wednesday. Lake effect snow will develop overnight behind an arctic cold front, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. That front won’t move through the area until after 9... more

Katko: Lake Ontario closer to national marine sanctuary status

Lake Ontario is a step closer to being officially designated as a national marine sanctuary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reviewed the nomination of southeastern Lake Ontario and will include it in a collection of areas under consideration for national marine sanctuary status. Four counties — Cayuga, Jefferson, Oswego and Wayne — partnered to work on the proposal for... more

Cayuga County teacher defeated in race for NYS Board of Regents seat

A longtime teacher and Cayuga County resident wasn't successful in her bid for a seat on the New York State Board of Regents. Ellen Prusinowski, of Locke, challenged incumbent T. Andrew Brown to serve as the Regent representing the 7th Judicial District, which includes Cayuga County. Brown, vice chancellor of the Regents, won re-election with 117 votes. He will serve... more

Will taxpayers foot bill for damaged “I Love NY” signs?

Go ahead and blink. Chances are you won't miss the "I Love NY" signs when you are driving down the thruway. However, an ongoing dispute between the feds and the state about those iconic signs is heating up again. This comes after eight of them were knocked down and damaged in the windstorm. Assemblyman, Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is now calling... more

Fleming woman sentenced for multiple DWIs, drunk driving with child passenger

A Fleming woman has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk on three separate occasions last year. Misty Ellis, of Scipio Townline Road, was arrested for driving while intoxicated twice in August and once in November 2016, Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit said Tuesday in court. As a result, the 30-year-old was charged with seven felonies, including four... more

Auburn man sent to prison for passing counterfeit cash, harassing woman in Cayuga County

An Auburn man who was scheduled to be sentenced last month for passing counterfeit money in Cayuga County pleaded guilty to another felony Tuesday and was then sentenced to state prison. Matthew L. Danforth, formerly of 131 E. Genesee St., was arrested last summer for conducting a counterfeit currency scheme with 39-year-old transient Nathan Nolan and using fake cash on... more

Milo Public Hearing re-scheduled due to storm

A public hearing regarding an application for a special use permit to construct a one room, one story Mennonite School at 3407 Sutherland Road, Penn Yan has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. March 21 at the Milo Town Hall. The hearing had originally been scheduled for March 15,. The application is open to inspection during normal business hours at the... more
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