DEC plans to nearly double Foundry-area property cleanups in 2018

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is preparing for a second year of cleaning up contaminated properties near the former Geneva Foundry, with nearly twice as many on the to-do list for 2018. With work set to begin next month, the DEC and state Department of Health are co-hosting public availability sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to... more

Harmful Algae Bloom Summit is streaming online

A recording of the live stream of the March 6 Central New York HABs Summit evening session is available for viewing online, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website, at https://livestream.com/hvccstreaming/HABsSummits/videos/171166280 This was the second of four summits being held to guide the state’s comprehensive effort to protect vulnerable lakes and water bodies in Upstate New York from HABs.... more

Shipley encouraged, skeptical about Medicaid reform

Seneca County pays more than $111,000 per week for its share of the federal Medicaid program. That equals about 60 percent of the county’s 2018 tax levy, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley. Speaking at the March 13 board meeting, Shipley, R-Waterloo, cited the Assembly Minority Conference March 12 unveiling of a plan to restructure Medicaid with a... more

LOCAL REACTION: Rep. Louise Slaughter passes away at 88 (full coverage)

Liam Fitzsimmons, chief of staff to Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) announced her passing. The 88-year-old had been a staple in local, regional, and federal politics — taking on a wide-variety of issues. The passing comes days after Slaughter was hospitalized — suffering what was reported as a concussion. The injury happened at her Washington D.C. residence. She was the... more

Trichter forms campaign committee to run for NY comptroller

Jonathan Trichter, who said last week that he is preparing to challenge state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, is inching closer to formally declaring his candidacy. Records show Trichter created a campaign committee, Trichter for New York, to run for state comptroller. He registered the committee Thursday, according to the state Board of Elections. Trichter’s interest in the race for state comptroller... more

Molinaro wins support to lock up GOP nomination for NY governor

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Thursday passed a key milestone needed to lock up the Republican nomination for governor after winning the latest in a series of endorsements from state GOP committee members. The Manhattan Republican Party said it voted overwhelmingly to support Molinaro in his bid for the nomination to take on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November.... more

Circular enerG takes first step in Siting Board process

The same day the Seneca County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution opposing the $365 million waste-to-energy incinerator, Circular enerG LLC, filed its draft Public Involvement Program (PIP) — initiating the first step of the state-regulated process to determine the future of an incinerator on a 48-acre parcel formerly home to the Seneca Army Depot. The cover letter reads: “Circular... more

Legislation aims to crackdown on contraband in NYS prisons

Senator Pam Heming announced legislation (S.7582A) she sponsors to crackdown on contraband in New York’s state correctional facilities moved through the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The bill would require the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to establish a contraband screening plan in correctional facilities. As Vice-Chair of the Senate’s Committee on... more

Upstate NY reps want Lake Ontario shoreline damage report

A trio of upstate New York members of Congress is requesting a report examining the damage to Lake Ontario's shoreline last year. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, John Katko and Claudia Tenney have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to include language requiring the report in an upcoming omnibus spending bill. The language would authorize... more

John DeFrancisco ‘very unlikely’ to seek re-election to NY Senate

State Sen. John DeFrancisco says his 40-year political career will likely come to an end if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination for governor in May. DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, the deputy majority leader of the Senate, said Thursday “it’s very unlikely” he will seek re-election to the 50th Senate District seat he has held for 25 years. DeFrancisco, 71, talked about... more

Phase 2: Update on contaminated soil in Geneva

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is about to begin Phase- 2 in the cleanup of properties near the former foundry in Geneva. A public availability session has been set for March 27. The DEC says 40 properties will be cleaned this year. At this point, 21 properties have already been cleaned. Daily Messenger: Read More more

Should New York end the tipped wage for servers? What you should know

What would getting rid of the tip credit mean for the restaurant industry in New York? That’s a debate that is growing in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address in January announced the state Labor Department will be holding hearings to look into the possibility of eliminating the tip credit in New York.... more

Study ranks Ontario, Yates high for health

Your zip code can be a good indicator of your health. A new report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation breaks down health factors in nearly every county in the United States. Yates County is ranked sixth of New York’s 62 counties for overall health outcomes, and Ontario County is ranked 12th. Monroe... more

Kolb, Palmesano & Helming draft letter calling on Gov. Cuomo to block Circular enerG incinerator

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-Corning) and Sen. Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials to block a prospective application from Circular EnerG, LLC to construct a waste-to-energy incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus. On Tuesday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a... more

Poll: Wegmans ranks 2nd for best company reputation

Wegmans has the second-best corporate reputation, according to a poll monitoring the top 100 most visible companies. That was the finding of a Harris poll that received feedback from thousands of U.S. adults about the 100 companies' social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, vision and leadership, financial performance and workplace environment. Wegmans led the way when it came to... more

Powerball numbers: Did you win Wednesday’s $420 million lottery jackpot?

The latest Powerball drawing offers another huge jackpot for someone who holds a lottery ticket with the right numbers. Here are Wednesday's winning numbers: 06-12-24-41-68, Powerball: 09, PowerPlay: 3x The estimated jackpot is $420 million. The lump sum payment before taxes would be about $248.7 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even larger for the next... more

SENECA CO. BOS: Resolution to oppose incinerator passes unanimously (full coverage)

On Tuesday the Seneca County Board of Supervisors held their regularly scheduled meeting for March, taking what some felt was a ‘significant’ step in opposing the proposed Circular enerG incinerator in Romulus. Multiple speakers at the session railed against the proposed facility, pointing out potential threats to a nearby school, the environment, and local tourism economy. David Lock, a Fayette... more

Gillibrand: National Heritage designation for Finger Lakes passes hurdle

It’s been almost three years since U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stood in Red Jacket Park and announced an effort to have the Finger Lakes Region designated as a National Heritage Area (NHA) Monday, her office announced that the legislation has passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “This will be a big deal for the area,” says... more
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