New York grants $1M for Erie Canal trails and attractions

New York state is granting $1 million for trails and attractions related to the Erie Canal. The Corning Museum of Glass will get $148,000 to install a mobile glass-blowing studio on a barge. In the Buffalo area, Amherst is getting $65,000 for trail improvements and North Tonawanda will get $100,000 to improve Gateway Harbor Park. The College at Brockport will... more

Environmental oversight to decline sharply in NY, PA with gutting of EPA, officials say

If you're counting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the future to police polluters, enforce regulations and pay for protection for clean air and water, brace yourselves for change. As part of his bid to "Make America Great Again," President Donald Trump wants to shrink the federal environmental watchdog agency to a level it hasn't seen since the 1970s.... more

NY comptroller: Total state debt second-highest in U.S. — and growing

Total state debt is growing, and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says there is no sign of it slowing down. DiNapoli released a report Thursday projecting state-funded debt will reach $63.7 billion by March 31, the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. The New York’s total debt is the second-highest in the U.S. behind California, which has $87 billion in debt.... more

Cayuga County, CNY wins top honors again in Cuomo’s economic contest

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is a big winner yet again in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual competition for state funding. The council, which represents Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, received one of five top performer awards and $86.4 million to support 112 economic development projects. It is the highest total given to any of the... more

Powerball numbers: Did you win Wednesday’s $230 million lottery jackpot?

Here are Wednesday's winning numbers: 02-24-28-51-58, Powerball: 07, PowerPlay: 3X The estimated jackpot is $230 million. The lump sum payment before taxes would be about $144.5 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows even larger for the next drawing. The last time there was a Powerball jackpot winner was Oct. 26 with a single ticket worth $191.1... more

KOLB FOR GOVERNOR: Assembly Leader launches website, campaign for 2018 bid

“I’m Brian Kolb, candidate for Governor to bring honest leadership to New York.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, but with those words on the website KolbForNewYork.com — the Leader formalized his efforts to make New York better. Kolb currently serves as Assemblyman for all of Ontario, and part of Seneca County.... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating incinerators, campus safety & Geneva’s future (podcast)

A number of hot-button issues will be discussed on a special edition of the Debrief Podcast. After a delay to the taping of the podcast last week, the news broke this weekend that Geneva City Manager Matt Horn would be exiting his post as the highest ranking administrative figure in Geneva. His unexpected exit, and what it means for Geneva... more

Grant comes through for Nolan’s rebuild

In the heat of the summer season, Nolan’s restaurant burned to the ground. In the fall, the restaurant received approvals to build again, possibly as soon as spring next year. Now comes information about $416,000 in federal funding that will help the rebuilding process. The city has received a Community Development Block Grant from the state Office of Community Renewal,... more

Two Auburn firms will help construct $10M heritage center

Four New York contractors, including two from the Auburn area, will help construct the $10 million Equal Rights Heritage Center across from Memorial City Hall. J&E Electric, an electrical contractor based in Aurelius, and Siracusa Mechanical, a plumbing and heating contractor, will have roles in the construction of the downtown Auburn facility. J&E Electric was awarded a $344,100 contract for... more

Feds reject aid for Cayuga, 14 NY counties affected by severe weather

A request by the state for a major disaster declaration covering 15 New York counties affected by flooding and severe weather over the summer has been rejected by the federal government. Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, informed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday that the state's request submitted Aug. 31 was denied. Long explained that... more

Federal reps ask FEMA to reconsider Cayuga County’s flood aid request

Two upstate New York members of Congress and the state’s U.S. senators are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider requests from Cayuga and Monroe counties for assistance after Lake Ontario flooding affected communities along the shoreline this year. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long urging him to add Cayuga... more

Ontario, Seneca, Wayne receive ‘Crisis Intervention’ funding for training

Senator Pam Helming announced that the Sheriff’s Offices in Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne Counties have received funding for Crisis Intervention Team training. This important funding covers mental health training, materials, and overtime for police officers. this funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health allows police officers to learn how to identify mental health situations so that officers... more

Group takes a closer look at opioid crisis in the Finger Lakes

In their ongoing effort to better understand and inform others of the social, economic, environmental, and political issues facing the United States and the world, the Yates Progressives invited a panel of diverse experience to discuss the rising heroin and opioid drug abuse problem in our region. Convening at Hunt Country Vineyards Sunday, Nov. 19, the panelists were Penn Yan... more

Holiday season spending may increase this year, says poll

According to a new Siena College survey, Christmas cheer may be in the air, as excitement for the holiday season has increased among New Yorkers this year. Eighty-five percent of people polled plan to celebrate Christmas and ‘Merry Christmas’ is still the top holiday greeting. One-third of New York residents still even say they believe in Santa Claus. The ninth... more

Yates dog dealer turns in state license

Two men who have withdrawn their applications for permits to operate dog-related businesses do not have plans to re-apply for permits, and that’s the way some Barrington residents want things to stay. In a brief phone conversation Dec. 1, Wayne Sensenig said his father, John, plans to cancel his pet dealer license which had been issued by the New York... more

Department of Labor wants servers to share their tips

When you tip a server at a restaurant, you expect that money will go to them, but the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a change to the way restaurant workers are paid. It would allow tip pooling and the proposal is creating some controversy. The Labor Department said in a statement that the rule contributes to pay disparities between... more

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb close to decision on 2018 race for NY governor

ssembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb plans to decide this month whether he will run for governor in 2018. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, has been exploring a potential gubernatorial bid since the summer. He is one of four Republicans considering whether to seek the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. “Everything is going great,” he said in a recent... more

Hello holiday, hello flu in the FLX

Flu is on the rise — just in time for the holidays, when people are out and about more than ever. More shopping, parties and family gatherings make for a perfect storm for spreading flu. Last week, state health officials raised the activity level for this season’s influenza from “sporadic” to “local.” That means more confirmed cases, said registered nurse... more
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