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Cam’s Pizzeria founders indicted over 70 felony counts after tax fraud investigation

Cam’s Pizzeria founders failed to report $5 million in sales
The Democrat & Chronicle reports that the couple who founded Cam’s Pizzeria were indicted on Thursday by a Monroe County Grand Jury on 78 felony counts each following an investigation into underreported sales. Prosecutors allege that Carmelo Calascibetta, 58, and Rosanna Calascibetta, 57, the husband and wife who founded Cam’s failed to report nearly $5 million in sales to New... more

Constellation Brands betting big on marijuana legalization

Constellation Brands betting big on marijuana legalization
One of the area’s largest employers is making moves in the marijuana business. Late last year, Constellation Brands invested billions in a Canadian-based marijuana company and now it wants to make sure it gets first dibs to take a bigger stake in it as that company grows. Last fall, News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke traveled to Canopy Growth in Ontario,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget
New York State has adopted a $175.5 billion budget. What does that mean for Upstate New York? Well, it has serious implications – as noted by Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate advocates on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in Upstate New York who are working to create a better, more-favorable environment for development. Michael Kracker, Director of Unshackle Upstate was... more

Tops investing $40M in upstate New York stores

Tops investing $40M in upstate New York stores
Tops Friendly Markets is putting millions of dollars into some of its stores in upstate New York. The announcement comes months after the chain closed several stores in our area. The grocery chain will spend $40 million on renovations to at least six stores including the one in LeRoy. The first phase of work is already underway. A re-grand opening... more

Freedom Village is leaving Yates County; heading to South Carolina

Freedom Village is leaving NY; heading to South Carolina
Freedom Village is moving to South Carolina, according to Finger Lakes News Radio. Pastor Fletcher Brothers, who calls his ministry “North America’s premier Christian home for at-risk youth” addressed the reason why the facility is moving to Charleston, South Carolina on a local daily radio program. “Part of the reason we’re leaving is probably the same reason a lot of... more

FILLING A VOID: Waste Not looks to succeed Mother Earth Natural Foods in Geneva this summer

FILLING A VOID: Waste Not looks to succeed Mother Earth Natural Foods in Geneva this summer
With her business plans and model intact, Marilla Gonzalez, founder and owner of Waste Not is anxious to bring-back a nutritious health-food and commerce store to Exchange Street by July. Since the July 1979, Mother Earth Natural Foods stood as the central health-nutrition scene in Geneva. However, after Cindy Bowen, former owner of Mother Earth retired last fall, her notable... more

Councilor says town drawing away city development in Geneva

Councilor says town drawing away city development in Geneva
With two major developments in the town underway and a third in the planning stages, the town and the city are teaming up to determine if the city’s sewer system is able to handle the additional wastewater they will generate. But City Councilor Ken Camera suggested at last week’s City Council meeting that such studies simply encourage growth outside a... more

Residents give feedback about Carpenter Business Park proposal

Residents give feedback about Carpenter Business Park proposal
At a public information session earlier this week, the proposed Carpenter Business Park was given a firm shakedown by residents living near the site as well as other members of the Ithaca community. One of the project’s leaders, Scott Whitham of Whitham Planning and Design, showed a presentation detailing the layout of the project. Whitham is working on behalf of... more

Sen. Schumer asks Dept. of Labor to investigate Friendly’s sudden shutdown

Sen. Schumer asks Dept. of Labor to investigate Friendly’s sudden shutdown
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is slamming Friendly’s decision to abruptly shut down 23 restaurants, calling it “anything but friendly.” Sen. Schumer says workers put their blood, sweat and tears into their jobs. He calls Friendly’s closing down without warning cruel and inhumane. Friendly’s suddenly closed 23 restaurants over the weekend, including 14 in New York. Four of those 14... more

Tessy Plastics acquires Pennsylvania companies, gets recognized for environmental record

Tessy Plastics acquires Pennsylvania companies, gets recognized for environmental record
Tessy Plastics Corp., a global contract manufacturer based in Skaneateles with local facilities in Elbridge and Auburn, announced it has acquired NuTec Tooling Systems Inc., located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Custom Tool & Design of Erie, Pennsylvania. These acquisitions increase Tessy Plastic’s capabilities to support customer needs and expand the company’s tool manufacturing expertise, Tessy said in a press release... more

KanPak plans get support

KanPak plans get support
Following the public hearing April 3 to consider a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement for KanPak’s possible expansion of their Penn Yan manufacturing plant located in the Horizon Business Park, the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center’s (FLEDC, the Yates County industrial/economic development agency) Board of Directors met the next morning to approve the agreement. FLEDC CEO Steve Griffin... more

Signs of life on the lakefront: Work observed on resort project in Canandaigua

Signs of life on the lakefront: Work observed on resort project in Canandaigua
The unfinished structure on Lakeshore Drive that has stood in its skeletal state since work was halted in 2015 may not warrant critics’ “birdcage” nickname for much longer. Late last month, developer Robert Murphy said he expected to close a financing deal that week, clearing the way for work to resume on the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort and Hotel. On... more

New Airbnb regulations proposed for New York

New Airbnb regulations proposed for New York
New York lawmakers have a new proposal for statewide regulations for home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb. Legislation announced Tuesday would limit New Yorkers to listing a single property on home-sharing sites, and prohibit short-term rentals in affordable housing units. The measure would also require shot-term rentals to be registered with the state. The bill would replace rules that subjected some... more

Geneva location remains open as Friendly’s restaurants abruptly close

Friendly’s restaurants abruptly shut down; Geneva location has uncertain future
It looks like Friendly’s locations will be few-and-far between. Friendly’s locations throughout the state and region were abruptly shutting down on Sunday, with no plans of reopening. There were already very few Friendly’s locations left in the Finger Lakes. At this point, locations in Geneva and Victor – at the Eastview Mall – will stay open. That said, employees in... more

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles
The decor at Elephant and the Dove is as enticing as anything on its menu. The new Skaneateles restaurant, opening Thursday, takes its visual inspiration from the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It also takes its name from the husband and wife, who were described as “an elephant and a dove” due to the contrast between their statures:... more

Cayuga County brewery expanding; opening Sodus Bay taproom

Cayuga County brewery expanding; opening Sodus Bay taproom
or a brewery that produces beer on a such a small scale, Cayuga County’s Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing has a strong reputation in Rochester, according to its owner. That speaks to the quality of the beer. And that’s also part of the allure of opening a new taproom closer to Monroe County, brewery co-owner Derric Slocum said earlier this week. “The... more

MRB Group opens new Finger Lakes Office located in downtown Geneva

MRB Group opens new Finger Lakes Office located in downtown Geneva
MRB Group President Ryan Colvin announced that a new office is opening this week in Geneva. The “Finger Lakes Office,” located at 44 Castle Street will be the home for the firm’s Municipal Services Director, Matt Horn, who formerly served as the City Manager for Geneva. “It’s great to be able to serve Finger Lakes communities from the heart of... more

Lawmakers begin push to expand plastic bag ban to restaurants

Plastic bag ban could be coming to restaurants
Days after lawmakers approved a measure in the budget banning plastic bags statewide, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy wants to expand it. Fahy on Thursday announced she would introduce a bill that would ban restaurants from distributing single-use plastic bags. The bag ban in the state budget exempted restaurants, as well as businesses like dry cleaners, from the ban. Fahy called the... more
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