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Federal reps ask FEMA to reconsider Cayuga County’s flood aid request

Two upstate New York members of Congress and the state’s U.S. senators are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider requests from Cayuga and Monroe counties for assistance after Lake Ontario flooding affected communities along the shoreline this year. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long urging him to add Cayuga... more

‘Achilles heel’ begins to surface on Lake Ontario

What one expert calls the “Achilles' heel” of the controversial plan for regulating Lake Ontario water levels is revealing itself for the first time this fall. The lake is high — at a near-record high level for this time of year — because the new regulatory system, Plan 2014, dictates that it be that way. The water is likely to... more

NY appeals after feds deny Lake Ontario disaster aid for Cayuga County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied New York’s request to extend a Lake Ontario flooding disaster declaration to Cayuga County, according to state and local officials with knowledge of the decision. Last week, the White House announced that President Donald Trump approved the major disaster declaration for six counties along Lake Ontario. However, Cayuga and Monroe counties weren’t included. U.S. Rep.... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

Trump declares ‘disaster’ in Wayne County, but omits Cayuga, Monroe

President Donald Trump has declared a federal disaster for the communities impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario this year. More funding will be available to the state, as well as eligible tribal and local governments for work and efforts to repair damage. It was a request made by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year, who signed legislation providing $45 million... more

Lake Ontario flooding takes center stage at Town Hall

Senator Pam Helming, in partnership with Senator Tom O’Mara, Chair of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, and Assemblyman Bob Oaks, last night hosted a public hearing to examine the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 and its impacts on local communities. The hearing, which drew over 150 people to Wayne High School’s Performing Arts Center in Ontario Center, comes in the... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Gov. Cuomo suggests special session for flood relief

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The Democrat wrote to lawmakers in the affected region on Tuesday. He noted that while officials approved $45 million for flood relief, more help will likely be needed. He... more

Updated Owasco Lake harmful algal bloom reports show anatoxin

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program has added a new column to its harmful algal bloom page — anatoxin levels. The relatively new toxin for Owasco Lake’s algae blooms is still showing up at fluctuating concentrations. The usual toxic culprit seen in Owasco Lake harmful algae is called microcystin. A kind of liver toxin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has... more

IJC to scale back outflows temporarily

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board will temporarily reduce the outflow from Lake Ontario. The IJC said Monday it will happen between October 7 and October 8 to assist with end-of-season boat outhauls on Lake St. Lawrence. The impact of Lake Ontario is supposed to be less than a centimeter and will be offset by a return... more

Deadline for lakeshore homeowners to apply for state help looming

Lake Ontario – once rising – is now receding. But homeowners looking to get help from the state don’t have much time to get their claim on file. Some homeowners have already received help from the state. As this deadline looms, others say there’s one main reason they haven’t. Contractor Walter Morey’s work for a client on Edgemere Drive is... more

Helming urges residents, businesses to apply for flood aid

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, is reminding residents who plan to apply for grant funding through the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Program that the application deadline is quickly approaching. Homeowners must submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 29, while small business owners, farmers, nonprofit corporations, homeowners associations and municipalities have until Sunday, Dec. 31, to send in their... more

5 mph speed limit on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River extended to Oct. 2

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order placing a 5 mile-per-hour boating speed limit on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River has been extended through Monday, Oct. 2, the governor’s office announced on Friday. Under the order, all vessels operating within 600 feet of shore must limit their speed to 5 mph to help reduce impacts to shoreline residents and infrastructure... more

Cuomo: ‘Senseless’ to reduce Lake Ontario outflows

Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized a joint U.S.-Canada board for reducing Lake Ontario outflows as high water levels continue to affect communities along the lake and St. Lawrence River. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced Tuesday that outflows will decrease from 367,300 to 349,970 cubic feet per second. The board first mentioned the decrease in an update that was... more

Cayuga County Legislature holds special meeting on Lake Ontario flood relief

The Cayuga County Legislature will gather for a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposed local law that would allow those affected from the Lake Ontario flooding to obtain some potential tax assessment relief. Lawmakers were critical of the law at their July meeting. Part of the state’s newly passed “Lake Ontario and Connected Waterways Assessment Relief Act,” local... more

Fair Haven mayor: Lake Ontario levels down, but ‘a ways to go’

Sandbagging operations have ceased. Water levels are dropping, albeit slowly. That’s progress for the village of Fair Haven, which has been dealing with flooding since the spring. Heavy rainfall raised Lake Ontario to record levels and impacted several communities along the body of water. Fair Haven Mayor Jim Basile estimated that lake levels have dropped eight inches since the flooding... more
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