Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report

ACT Rochester released compelling new data evaluating some of the long-term trends in counties and cities throughout the Finger Lakes. The Report Card looks at everything from socio-economic factors — to ultra-specific population data-points that may get lost in the grind of daily governing. The data was collected in an effort to give elected leaders throughout the Finger Lakes better... more

NY’s minimum wage: How it is affecting workers and businesses

James Valentine works at Dunkin Donuts in Ithaca and has lived with the ups and downs of New York's increasing minimum wage. On one hand, he gets bigger paychecks when he works enough hours. On the other hand, hours can be sporadic as New York annually increases its minimum wage toward $15 an hour in the New York City area... more

For NY winemakers, tariffs mean trouble

The New York wine industry is going strong. With jobs, sales and tax revenue the industry now generates more than $13.8 billion, not to mention what wine and grapes do for upstate tourism and agriculture. In Albany, lawmakers recently stamped their approval with the 2019 budget backing programs and research for wine and grapes that includes $1.023 million for the... more

Repeat offender faces more drug charges in Cayuga County

Richard Bizardi had been out of prison barely a year when he was rearrested in Cayuga County last fall, and now a grand jury has charged him with possessing drugs once again. On Tuesday, Bizardi was arraigned on an indictment charging him with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession... more

Fire closes Savannah Bank in Port Byron

Savannah Bank in Port Byron will be closed for several days after a small fire broke out in the building Thursday evening. A passerby noticed the fire inside the 126 Main St. building and called 911 just before 7 p.m., according to a Cayuga County 911 dispatcher. Initial reports indicated a chair was on fire inside the bank, which had... more

Canandaigua loan program seeks applicants

A revolving loan program intended to help small businesses in the city expand and to help new businesses move here is highly anticipated. Here’s the proof. One application already has been submitted, and this week the city has only just begun to seek applications, according to City Manager John Goodwin. “Hopefully, we’ll get the money out the door to help... more

$161M project breaks ground at Canandaigua VA

A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center marked the kickoff of a $161 million project to give veterans across the region a modern, state-of-the art outpatient clinic and related upgrades. Gathered under the pavilion overlooking the VA courtyard and area where the new 84,200-square-foot clinic will be housed were many involved with the project. They included members... more

Downtown Auburn block’s renovation to begin soon, one tenant signed

After going through "every inch" of the buildings, KyleCroft Development is ready to begin renovating the Nolan block. Asbestos abatement at the downtown Auburn buildings — 41, 43-51, and 53 Genesee St. — will take place April 18 through the end of May. KyleCroft President Grant Kyle said the renovation will cost between $2 million and $2.5 million, and continue... more

Patience tried by trash near Hopewell stores

Plastic bags, crushed bottles, cardboard signs, receipts, plastic sheeting — trash of all sorts has been accumulating for weeks if not longer along Recreation Drive between the Walmart Supercenter and its neighboring Runnings of Canandaigua. The eyesore has people mad and created a lot of chatter on Facebook. Some are blaming Walmart, some are saying don’t blame Walmart; some are... more

Biaggi’s in Victor abruptly shuts down, Eastview management responds

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano is shutting down in Victor. The restaurant, which is located at Eastview Mall became a staple of the shopping center over its 15 year tenure. Mall management issued a statement on the closure: “When Biaggi’s first came to Eastview almost 15 years ago, it was their first restaurant in New York and a potential springboard for more... more

Ontario County laser manufacturer TOPTICA Photonics to expand

A photonics company is creating up to 10 new jobs and retaining 17 others as part of its expansion plans, Empire State Development announced this week. As part of its $665,000 expansion, photonics and laser manufacturer TOPTICA Photonics will purchase new machinery and equipment. It is expected that the expansion of the 5847 County Road 41 company will be completed... more

ALL CLEAR: Bomb threat at Penn Yan business deemed unfounded

On Wednesday, the Penn Yan Police Department was called to Silgan Plastics for a reported bomb threat. The call came in around 1:30 p.m. and resulted in a heavy response to the facility. Officers checked the grounds with Ontario County and New York State Police K9 units assisting. A thorough search of the building and grounds were conducted and no... more

$800,000 to revitalize downtown Penn Yan

Penn Yan’s initiative to attract more upscale residential development in the upper floors of older buildings in the downtown business section, has received a double shot in the arm recently. Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC, Yates County’s IDA) says two grants awarded by the state will bring $800,000 to planned projects to develop apartments... more

Auburn residents concerned Currier Plastics expansion will increase Wright Avenue traffic

On Tuesday, Currier Plastics presented to the Auburn Planning Board plans to build a 45,000-square foot warehouse on its existing property. The warehouse will be built on the Wright Avenue portion of the manufacturer’s facility, in the parking lot behind an existing smaller warehouse. The storage facility will be connected to the rest of the company’s compound via an elevated... more

Public to weigh rules for short-term rentals in Canandaigua

Short-term rentals like Airbnbs would have to follow the same local laws as established bed and breakfasts under proposed changes to city code. On Thursday evening, residents will be able to weigh in on the list of changes at a City Council public hearing. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Jill Myers. Jill and her husband Rob... more

del Lago wins ‘dining and nightlife’ awards in Casino Player magazine

Casino Player magazine announced the results of its 5th annual “Dining and Nightlife Awards” Reader’s Survey – and del Lago Resort & Casino scored a few wins. Each year Casino Player magazine asks its readers to vote for their favorite casinos around the country in a variety of dining and nightlife-related categories. The results have been compiled and the winners... more

Geneva Chamber adds Deckert to growing team

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Andrea Deckert as the newest addition to the Chamber’s growing team. Deckert will be joining the Chamber starting in April as its Member Relations Specialist, a new position that was created in early 2018 to meet the demand for the Chamber’s growing membership. The Chamber began its search for candidates... more

del Lago vs. Albany: Competitors will have billion dollar advantage if state fails to act

The two biggest competitors of del Lago Resort & Casino have a billion dollar ‘Ace’ up their sleeve. Historic filings and reports from the last 20 years showcase a problem not dealt with by New York State officials. While much of the ‘heat’ has been on del Lago for their underperformance — officials in Seneca County are joining the casino’s... more
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