Executive Director of FLX Red Cross talks Lake Ontario flooding, disaster response (podcast)

When it comes to disaster response, the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross handles hundreds of events and disasters throughout the calendar year. They also spend a significant amount of time working to prevent disasters. Even training and developing core volunteer staff to respond to various disasters throughout the Finger Lakes Chapter’s six county district takes up a... more

Emergency flood funding legislation passes, awaits Cuomo’s signature

The New York State Senate today announced that a bill to accelerate the availability of emergency funding for water infrastructure has passed both houses and been delivered to the Governor. The bill sponsored by Senator Pam Helming (R-C-I, Canandaigua), moved quickly through the Legislature to help provide resources to fix infrastructure damaged by flooding and high water levels in communities... more

Former-employees dispute claim that ‘low salaries’ drive resignations in Seneca County

The Seneca Supervisors say it’s time to deal with employee retention. Earlier this year, County Manager John Sheppard released a report highlighting the losses that Seneca County has experienced. It revealed more than 20 vacancies and 47 resignations. The resignations were attributed to salary deficiencies, as Seneca County came in significantly lower than competing counties in the area. Board moving... more

Pelican Point plan heads to Gorham Town Board

The town Planning Board this week recommended Pelican Point Marina be able to rezone parcels off East Lake Road and Route 364 for its marina business — under certain conditions. At issue are undeveloped parcels adjacent to the marina on Canandaigua Lake that are zoned mostly for residential use. Marina owners requested rezoning 2 acres adjacent to the marina on... more

SFDC holds ‘successful’ community workshop

The Seneca Falls Development Corporation held a community workshop on Monday where residents, business owners, and community leaders gathered to share ideas and explore emerging opportunities for the Town’s ongoing economic development efforts. In addition to working on a draft of tasks, recommendations, and action items for the 2017 Town of Seneca Falls Economic Development Plan, the group heard from... more

Trinity project moves ahead: City ZBA OKs use variance request for church redevelopment

After four months of debate and two public hearings, the city Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night unanimously approved a use variance request by Trinity Episcopal Church that would ultimately allow the church to redevelop its historic property into an inn, events center and restaurant. The church, which has been struggling in recent years with low membership and a... more

Seneca County’s fight to foreclose on tribe’s tax-delinquent properties gets a reset

Seneca County’s legal battle to foreclose on tax-delinquent Cayuga Indian Nation properties is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court — again. The first time, it got short-circuited when a Rochester law firm missed a crucial filing deadline. That forced the litigation to basically start all over again. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors Indian Affairs Committee, new... more

Concern over downtown Auburn parking changes prompts presentation to city council

Auburn city councilors will hear a presentation on plans to repave Genesee Street, which will include a change to back-in parking spaces downtown, during Thursday’s meeting. City council approved the funding for the project in February and the presentation has been requested by the council after concerns over the parking change arose. Currently, parking on Genesse Street is front angle... more

Attorney requests court deny landfill zoning appeal

The state Court of Appeals should deny the motion filed by Seneca Meadows Landfill, the town of Waterloo and the town Zoning Board of Appeals to either reargue a unanimous Appellate Court ruling that went against them or appeal it to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. That’s the position of attorney Douglas Zamelis, lawyer for North Road... more

Legislation would ban type of guardrail from NY roadways

Senator Pam Helming (R,C,I-Canandaigua) announced her co-sponsored bill to make New York State’s roads and highways safer by banning and removing “X-Lite” Guardrail Systems has been approved by the State Senate. The bill would permanently remove “X-Lite” guardrail products from the list of eligible types of materials used for guardrails, ban “X-Lite” and similarly designed products from being installed in... more

Cayuga County Legislature votes down amendment to hiring freeze

A countywide hiring freeze running through July 1 will not include an exception to create and fill two new social services positions. The Cayuga County Legislature voted against the measure at its full meeting Tuesday. Though the vote was 8-6 in favor of the amended hiring freeze, legislators with a heavier weighted vote were against it, leading to the resolution’s... more

Public input wanted for Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application

The City of Auburn is once again applying for a $10 million state grant to revitalize the downtown community and it wants public input on the project. The grant, called the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, is $100 million to be distributed among 10 communities from 10 different regions of the state to revive downtown areas. Auburn is in the Central New... more

Rep. John Katko endorses 11 CNY students for military academy appointments

Eleven central New York students have been nominated by U.S. Rep. John Katko for appointments to military service academies. Six students — Anthony Alberici of the U.S. Military Academy Prep School, Matthew Blejwas of McQuaid Jesuit High School, James Hunter of Liverpool High School, Andrew Marsh and Kiernan Reagan of Marcellus High School and Adrian Vilardi of Fabius-Pompey High School... more

Short on customers, group calls for end of Seneca Lake LPG storage plan

After learning that Arlington Storage Company could not find customers for additional fracked gas storage at Seneca Lake, Gas Free Seneca, represented by environmental law firm Earthjustice, sent letters to the two agencies with jurisdiction over the facility, asking for official disapproval of Arlington’s proposed expansion. The grassroots group, representing more than 400 local businesses and thousands of residents, asked... more

Uber, Lyft battle heads to local level

The New York battle over apps like Uber and Lyft didn’t end when the state legislature approved a ride-hailing system in the state budget last month. It just shifted to the local level. A provision in the state’s new ride-hailing law allows all counties and four major cities — Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse and Buffalo — to block companies like Uber... more

Cuomo announces $10M for locations impacted by Lake Ontario flooding

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure.   The... more

Ten more graduate from Citizen Budget Academy in Geneva

Ten citizens from six of Geneva’s neighborhoods have now graduated the third installment of the Citizen Academies series-the Citizen Budget Academy. City Comptroller Adam Blowers “It was a lot of hard work to create and prepare, but it was so great to get into discussions about the city finances with this group each class. I was grateful for the dialogue... more
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