Gas Free Seneca joins Seneca Lake Guardian, focuses on incinerator

Gas Free Seneca was formed eight years ago to fight a proposal by a Texas company to store liquid propane and butane in underground, abandoned salt caverns on the southwest side of Seneca Lake in the town of Reading in Schuyler County. A recent decision by state DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to deny Crestwood Midstream LLC of Houston, Texas, a... more

Fremouw drops GOP bid for NY Assembly, will run as independent

There will not be a Republican primary in the 130th Assembly District, but one GOP candidate will attempt to run as an independent. Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw, a Republican, did not submit petitions to force a primary in the 130th district race. The designated GOP candidate is Lyons Supervisor Brian Manktelow. But Fremouw said in an interview that he will... more

Sen. Helming aims to ‘level’ playing field for hops farmers

Senator Pam Helming today announced that the New York State Senate passed a bill that she sponsors to include hop yards in the definition of agricultural land. The legislation (S.8841) would give hops farmers the same opportunities as orchard and vineyard owners to apply for agricultural tax exemptions. This measure will support the continued growth of New York’s hops industry... more

Legislation aims to move farm vehicles faster

Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Senate passed a bill that she sponsored to increase the speed at which a slow moving vehicle may travel on roadways. This legislation (S.6746) would require a slow moving vehicle emblem to be displayed on all farm machinery, whether self-propelled or towed, but would allow farmers to drive their vehicles at... more

Helming holds large financial advantage over Baldridge in NY Senate race

State Sen. Pam Helming’s six-figure war chest is considerably larger than Democratic challenger Kenan Baldridge’s negative balance. Helming, R-Canandaigua, raised $57,928 over the past six months and has $129,764 in the bank. She is seeking a second term representing the 54th Senate District, which includes 13 towns and a portion of Auburn in Cayuga County. Helming’s campaign reported receiving $1,850... more

Neighbors in the Village of Fair Haven fed up with weeds in the water

This is Little Sodus Bay-a slice of paradise that Nancy Howe and her family call home each summer. Just catching their breath after record flooding last year, Nancy says weeds in the water are spoiling this season. "I'm extremely upset about it. We do have weeds, but they never are like they are this year they're way above the water... more

Thompson nursing home center of Snapchat state probe

The state Department of Health and state Office of the Attorney General are investigating an incident at the Thompson Health nursing home involving Snapchat. The probe centers on nursing home employees involved in sharing multimedia images and/or messages of a resident via Snapchat at Thompson’s M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. Snapchat mobile app allows users to share photos,... more

MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae

Along the waterfront near Dresden, residents don’t dare drink their tap water, which is drawn directly from one of the most polluted sections of Seneca Lake. Their water is being fouled by the Keuka Outlet, an eight-mile watercourse that flows east from Keuka Lake past Penn Yan to Dresden, where it empties into Seneca. The outlet carries tainted runoff from... more

Restart of Greenidge Power Plant hinged on DEC downplaying toxic landfill

A coal ash landfill next to the Greenidge Generation power plant continues to discharge heavy metals into the Keuka Outlet and local groundwater more than three years after it formally committed to a complete cleanup by Oct. 1, 2016, documents show.  The landfill, known as Lockwood Hills, holds toxic leachate in an unlined pond that it had agreed to remove... more

MANTIUS: Cuomo’s conflicting interests collide over plan for Cayuga plant

An affiliate of the politically-connected Blackstone Group seeks to convert one of the two coal-fired units at its Cayuga Lake power plant to burn natural gas, hauled in by truck. The plant, built in Lansing in the mid-1950s, is one of only two remaining coal-fired facilities still operating in New York State. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to convert or... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb talks policy inaction, gridlock (podcast)

New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) believes that there is still room for improvement and change. That is why he remains at his post. While frustration boils over regarding Albany’s corruption, Leader Kolb is looking at the ways in which policy can bring on change. To discuss those policy concepts, and talk about some recent news in... more

Dean Skelos guilty: Ex-NY senator, son convicted of bribery, extortion

A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges that they pressured businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support. A jury in federal court in Manhattan deliberated over the course of four days before reaching the verdict at the... more

Despite costly primary, Balter for Congress raises $263K in second quarter

Democratic candidate Dana Balter had to fend off a primary challenger, but she showed in the second quarter of 2018 that she can raise the money necessary to compete against Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race. Balter, D-Syracuse, raised $263,200 in the second quarter, according to her latest Federal Election Commission filing. The total represents... more

GOP Rep. John Katko criticizes Trump for defending Putin

U.S. Rep. John Katko joined a chorus of bipartisan lawmakers criticizing President Donald Trump for his comments regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference Monday in Finland. Trump said Putin denied Russia’s involvement in the cyber attacks, despite mounting evidence and investigations conducted by U.S. intelligence agencies. “He... more

Upstate Lyme disease doctor: Early treatment crucial, but diagnosis can be tricky

Lyme disease is treatable when caught early, and most patients recover fully, said Dr. Kristopher Paolino, an infectious disease expert at Upstate Medical University. “The thing with Lyme disease is, the earlier you catch it, the earlier you treat it, the better the outcomes,” Paolino said today. “There is concern that Lyme disease is a forever illness, and for the... more

What’s behind Canandaigua VA’s one-star rating?

Combat veteran Robert Van Keuren of Canandaigua wants answers. And action. He isn’t alone. With more than 60,000 veterans living in the Finger Lakes region, many are disturbed by the one-star rating recently revealed for nursing home care at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. The Canandaigua Living Center that provides nursing home care at the VA on Fort Hill Avenue... more

MANTIUS: DEC kills Crestwood’s plan to store LPG next to Seneca Lake

The state’s top environmental regulator on Thursday halted a controversial gas storage project proposed for caverns next to Seneca Lake, ending a fierce eight-year battle between midwestern fossil fuel interests and local residents and businesses. Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, announced that he has denied a subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners LP a permit... more

Recreational marijuana should be legalized, New York report concludes

New York could take in up to $678 million in tax revenue in a year if it legalizes marijuana for recreational use, according to a long-awaited report issued Friday by the state Department of Health. The state Health Department's 74-page report officially backed the legalization of marijuana, concluding that the "positive effects" outweigh the "potential negative effects." That conclusion was... more
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