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Jackpot elusive for upstate’s new casinos

Three new upstate New York casinos — including Seneca County’s del Lago Resort and Casino — have so far failed to generate the big payoffs they projected, meaning less money shared with towns, cities and counties. Slot machine and table game revenue from casinos in the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and Schenectady have fallen short of the rosy revenue... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more

Black Friday shopping guide for the Finger Lakes

Black Friday. The words draw mixed reviews. A trend that started during the early-morning hours of the Friday following Thanksgiving — has morphed into a shopping experience that starts late-in-the-day on Thursday. As brick-and-mortar retailers began competing directly with online retailers for their dollars — ‘opening’ times for ‘Black Friday’ became late-afternoon, and even some early-afternoon openings on Thursday. The... more

GOP tax bill threatens Geneva, Newark public housing plans

Public housing initiatives in Geneva and Newark could be in jeopardy if a provision in the recently passed House tax reform package makes it to President Trump’s desk. The Republican bill passed last Thursday in the House eliminates tax-exempt private activity bonds, which are a main financing mechanism for affordable housing projects. Four upstate Republican members of Congress — including... more

Cayuga County unemployment rate, job count both decrease

Cayuga County's unemployment rate dropped last month compared with the prior year, but the decrease came as employers within the county filled fewer positions. The state Department of Labor released data Tuesday putting the county jobless rate at 4.3 percent for October, down from 4.6 percent in the same month of 2016. The local rate was above the national rate... more

Thanksgiving dinner will be cheaper this year in New York

Thanksgiving dinner this week is going to cost New Yorkers slightly less to cook. The New York Farm Bureau's annual survey found the average cost for a Thanksgiving meal for 10 this year in New York will cost about $44.74, which is down $1.89 from last year’s $46.63. “The dinner price has dropped for a second consecutive year which means... more

Twisted thinking on Exchange Street in Geneva

The former movie theater on Exchange Street most recently served as a space for kids to play. In its next life, it will still be a place to play, but the clientele will be a bit older. Like at least 21. Ian Boni and John McMullen, owners of Twisted Rail Brewing Co., are edging closer to entering the Geneva market,... more

Miami development company seeking approval to build medical facility on Grant Avenue in Auburn

A Miami development company has plans to transform a Grant Avenue auto shop into a Five Star Urgent Care and Aspen Dental complex. Frontier Development LLC submitted plans for the project at 271 Grant Ave., the current David’s Collision and Body Shop, to the Auburn Planning Board. According to the site plan, the developers plan to demolish the existing building... more

Cornell tech facility to receive $15 million in state funding

The Cornell High Energy Synchotron Source will be receiving $15 million in state funding over three years, government and university officials announced Wednesday. Cornell University will use the funding to invest in capital improvements at CHESS. The funding also will allow for the creation of 50 to 100 high-paying high-technology jobs mostly for engineers and technicians, while allowing for the... more

Strong showing for Ontario County in Top 100 competition

Ontario and Wayne county businesses made strong showings in the recent Rochester Chamber of Commerce Top 100, which recognizes the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the greater Rochester region. Ontario County had 14 businesses on the list, mostly in Victor, which has been the epicenter of the county’s strong business growth for over four decades. Mike Manikowski, who leads economic... more

‘Christmas creep’: State retail council president talks holiday shopping at Auburn forum

It seems that Christmas-themed merchandise and decorations are finding their way into the stores earlier and earlier each year. Ted Potrikus, the president and CEO of the Retail Council of New York State, called this phenomenon the “Christmas creep” during a panel discussion at the monthly Wednesday Morning Roundtable about holiday shopping and retail at the Hilton Garden Inn. Potrikus... more

Locke mobile home park plagued by health violations sold, county fines paid

A Locke mobile home park cited for multiple public health violations over the last decade has been sold and county fines have been paid, the Cayuga County Health Department said. The new owners of the former Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park on Tucker Hill Road plan to keep the property a mobile home park and current tenants are expected to... more

Clifton Springs Hospital will get new $32M medical village

With the first wall “broken,” the renovations for Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic’s new Medical Village are officially underway. Hospital staff members and friends gathered to celebrate the beginning of the work yesterday at a ceremonial wallbreaking. Eric Bieber, MD, president and CEO of Rochester Regional Health, described the event as a “pivotal moment” in the hospital’s history. “Clifton Springs... more

Inspector general: Contractor arrested for not providing workers’ comp in Cayuga County

A central New York contractor was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony for failing to provide proper coverage to his employees during a project in Cayuga County, the New York state inspector general said. According to a press release, 37-year-old Steven Pollot was charged with the workers’ compensation crime of failure to secure compensation. Following an investigation, Inspector General... more

Owner assures: Linden St. project still a go

The redevelopment of a long-vacant Linden Street building has been a slow process. Even the building’s owner, Calvin Ruthven, would agree with that assessment. When the bricks started coming down — one at a time — late last October at 29 Linden St. as part of removing the structure’s damaged second floor walls and dilapidated roof, it was considered the... more

Permit application withdrawn, meeting for Yates Co. puppy-selling business cancelled

Two men looking to open a puppy-selling business in Yates County have withdrawn their permit applications, town officials say, after opposition from the community. A petition circulating online said one of the men trying to open the business is a convicted animal abuser and had a business shut down in Pennsylvania. A meeting was set for Tuesday night to consider... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Bob & Donna Stivers in-studio talking Geneva (podcast)

Meet Bob and Donna Stivers who operate a wide variety of businesses in the Geneva area. They are in-studio along with their marketing partner Casey Fick to talk about their boat tours, Tiki Bar North, Stivers Seneca Marine, Lake Street Winery and their rental business. Also, their thoughts on the state of Geneva heading into 2018. . more

Bristol Mountain opens early

The 2017-18 ski season at Bristol Mountain officially started at noon Saturday, the earliest opening day since Nov. 9, 1991, and the quickest opening time from the first snow coming out of the snow guns to the opening of a trail, according to Drew Broderick, director of sales and marketing. The snowmaking team started Friday morning, Broderick said. Sunset Trail... more
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