Finger Lakes Community Health gets national award

Since it started nearly 30 years ago, Finger Lakes Community Health has been recognized on a local, regional and state level for providing quality health care. The Penn Yan-based organization has now been recognized on a national level. During a ceremony in the Washington, D.C. area, Finger Lakes Community Health received the 2017 Organizational Excellence Award from the Association of... more

Molinaro for New York: Republican creates campaign committee to run for governor

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has created a campaign committee to run for governor in 2018, according to state election records. Molinaro for New York was registered with the state Board of Elections Wednesday. It's the latest indication that the Republican will enter the 2018 race. Molinaro has been exploring a gubernatorial bid for months. He has traveled around the... more

Canandaigua VA project could start in 2018

Construction could start next summer on a long-awaited $141 million modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In a recent news release, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received bids for the project after setting an Oct. 2 deadline. The Corps expects to award contracts in January, with construction... more

Kolb, Molinaro in talks to form GOP ticket against Cuomo in 2018

Two former colleagues could reunite in an attempt to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, both of whom are exploring gubernatorial bids, are in discussions to form a Republican ticket to challenge Cuomo, a Democrat, in next year’s election. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and Molinaro revealed their potential plan during a... more

Partnership for Ontario County director retires

One of Ontario County residents’ most tenacious, focused and gracious advocates has hung up her leadership hat and stepped into retirement. Partnership for Ontario County Executive Director Bonnie Ross retired Sunday, Oct. 15, after serving in her role since 2013. Under her tenure, the independent not-for-profit organization has grown 140 percent, and today serves more than 40 percent of the... more

Oaks says pension forfeiture is getting closer to law

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R-C Macedon) is reminding New Yorkers there is more at stake this November than just voting for elected officials; on the back of the ballot will be three important statewide initiatives. Voters will decide whether to establish a constitutional convention, allow the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is convicted... more

Katko for Congress leads money race over potential Democratic foes

With more than a year to go until the 2018 election, U.S. Rep. John Katko holds a large financial advantage over one of his potential Democratic opponents. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $260,736.38 and spent $92,757.12 in the third quarter of 2017, according to his latest campaign finance report submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Entering the final quarter of the year,... more

State fair’s Orange Lot to get $27 million makeover to add parking, improve traffic flow

A $27 million project to pave the Orange Lot at the New York State Fairgrounds will begin this fall, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a release, Cuomo’s office announced Monday the project would be complete in time for the 2018 edition of the State Fair, which begins on August 22, 2018. The 65-acre Orange Lot is currently unpaved and... more

NY hopes to restore lake sturgeon populations

New York state environmental officials are accepting public comment on a plan to increase lake sturgeon populations. The number of lake sturgeon remains low compared to historical levels due to commercial fishing, dam building and habitat loss. The freshwater fish can still be found in Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and some other New... more

Residents ‘hopeful’ about Labelon cleanup in Canandaigua

It’s only a 1.75 acre parcel, but the 82,444-square-foot Labelon site is a polarizing topic. Located at 10 Chapin St., Canandaigua City Council moved forward earlier this month with a request for grant funding from the Restore NY Communities Initiative. That grant, which is administered by the Empire State Development Corporation would net $1 million, and could cover a majority... more

Cuomo names Geneva as 100th ‘Clean Energy Community’

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the City of Geneva is the 100th community in New York to be designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities. This announcement complements Finger Lakes Forward, the regional economic blueprint aimed at attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving... more

Comptroller’s office: Some New York schools not reporting bullying

New York state schools are not doing enough to protect students from harassment and discrimination, according to a report from the state comptroller’s office. The office said Friday that many schools districts are underreporting bullying incidents, according to a press release. The office looked at how the state education department has gone about ensuring school districts are reporting harassment incidents... more

DEBRIEF: Failing bridges, affordable housing, and accountable law enforcement (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso talked about a range of topics, including what it takes to create accountable and trusted law enforcement, an L.L.C loophole desperate for state action, the latest on a complicated affordable housing project in Trumansburg, and much more. Check out each segment from Wednesday’s pod in the video windows... more

$17M on way to FLX to fix aging infrastructure

A growing number of MRB Group clients will be receiving substantial financial support for water infrastructure, thanks to a grant opportunity created by a new funding source initiated in 2017. The Clean Water Infrastructure Act, adopted earlier this year, created a much needed focus on improvements to aging infrastructure that threatens waterways and drinking water sources. Recently announced awards included... more

Residents, businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to halt Crestwood project

Residents are stepping up the fight against a plan to store millions of barrels of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in unlined abandoned salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Nearly 500 local business owners, including leaders of the region’s winery and tourism industries, sent a letter to Governor... more

Nolan’s seeks federal aid, faces community skepticism

The owner of Nolan’s restaurant in Canandaigua, destroyed by fire in July, predicted growth, more jobs, and more tax revenue for the city if the restaurant receives community development aid to rebuild, as skeptics question such a use a public money. “From my perspective, the answer is ‘yes,’ it’s appropriate,’” Nick Violas, co-owner of Nolan’s told News 10 NBC. “I... more

Cider maker looks to branch out under Start-Up NY program

An Ontario County cider maker is taking advantage of a state economic program that provides companies the ability to operate tax-free for 10 years. Star Cider has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, Empire State Development announced. The family-owned company plans to build a new production facility and create at least five new jobs as part of its expansion.... more

About 1,300 STAR checks unclaimed, possibly tossed out as junk mail, state says

New York tax department officials say about 1,300 STAR checks — or 1 percent of the total mailed out in 2016 — have not been cashed. Last year was the first year the state switched from up-front exemptions on tax bills to mailing out checks to more than 130,000 homeowners. The checks — which are for about $750 for most... more
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