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Major announcement made as Landmark Society names Geneva, Seneca Falls churches to ‘Five to Revive’ (video)

The Landmark Society of Western New York announced its 2019 Five to Revive – a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization. The announcement was made at The Historic Parsells Church in Rochester. Two local churches were named on the list. The full-list of sites selected includes: Highland Reservoir and Cobbs Hill Reservoir in Rochester 6 Madison Street in the... more

Cayuga County is mulling a styrofoam ban at restaurants

Cayuga County to consider restaurant Styrofoam ban
A Cayuga County Legislature committee Tuesday approved establishing two public hearings later this year in order to get a sense of whether or not residents would support several other New York counties in banning restaurants from using Styrofoam containers. The full Legislature would still need to approve the measure, but the Ways and Means committee unanimously voted to hold public... more

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Burrall focuses on rebuilding in city council campaign

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT:
Tom Burrall of C. S. Burrall & Son Inc. looks to rebuild Ward 1 under the Democratic Party. As the current vice president of the Geneva Business Improvement District, a member on the board of directors for Finger Lakes Health and the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association as well as a commissioner on Geneva Historic Districts Commission, Burrall believes that... more

Carbon filter may be added to Waterloo water plant upgrade

Carbon filter may be added to village water plant upgrade
While it may cost an additional $2.5 million, the Village Board appears to be leaning toward adding a new carbon-filtering system to its water treatment plant on Seneca Lake. Board members were told at Monday’s meeting carbon filtering would be able to remove algal toxins, per fluoroalkyl and poly fluoroalkyl substances recently detected in low levels in the water. Another... more

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee
In 2014, Ontario County’s Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the state. In 2015, both the county and Casella Waste Services, operator of the county landfill in the town of Seneca, received approval from the state DEC to expand the landfill within the existing footprint by 43.5 acres, extending its life to 2028. Upon getting the expansion approved, Casella... more

What’s next for Port 100 after funding cut from Geneva’s 2020 budget?

Port 100 funding cut from 2020 budget in Geneva
A number of people were surprised when Port 100 lost it’s funding through the city of Geneva, as Council adopted the 2020 budget. Maureen Ballatori manages the Port 100 space, and presented to City Council during the budget process – making the case for continued financial support. “We were seeking $17,000 for 2020 to keep Port 100 open and vastly... more

Siena poll: Cuomo’s job performance rating improving

Siena poll: Cuomo’s job performance rating improving
The latest Siena College poll reveals a positive trend among New York state voters for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The poll released Tuesday finds that while his job performance rating remains in the red, it has gradually improved in recent months. It’s currently at negative 41-57 percent, up from 38-59 percent in September and 34-64 percent in August. Cuomo’s 49-47 favorability... more

New York State DEC files lawsuit against IJC

New York State DEC files
The New York State DEC has filed a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission, claiming negligence stemming from high water levels on Lake Ontario. The lawsuit alleges the IJC’s “Plan 2014” resulted in devastating flooding for communities and residents along the lake’s shoreline in 2017 and 2019. “The persistent high water levels – and the devastation they have caused to... more

Proposal would require children attending school, daycare receive HPV vaccine

Proposal would require children attending school, daycare receive HPV vaccine
Katie Kugler says she wants her 10-month-old son to be safe and healthy, and she knows part of her son staying healthy is being vaccinated. “I really do think, in general, if you’re going to be around other kids, it’s important to be vaccinated,” said Kugler. A new proposal in the state legislature would require all children born after Jan.... more

Giuliani’s associate, accused of violating election law, used fake name to donate to Katko, Tenney

Giuliani’s associate, accused of violating election law, used fake name to donate to Katko, Tenney
Republican Congressman John Katko is donating $2,433 to a local charity to make-up for the same amount given to him by Igor Fruman, an associate of Rudy Giuliani accused of violating campaign finance law. Igor Fruman, along with Lev Parnas, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, have been indicted on accusations they “conspired to circumvent the federal laws against foreign influence... more

Beverage containers from restaurants would need to be 75% recyclable under NYS bill

Bill would require recyclable materials for ‘to go’ containers at restaurants
Single-use beverage containers manufactured or sold at the wholesale or retail level in New York should be composed of at least 75 percent recycle materials by the middle of the next decade, according to a bill introduced this week by Assemblywoman Pat Fahy. The bill would phase in the requirement over the next six years and is meant to reduce... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

Winners and losers in new Geneva city budget

Winners and losers in new Geneva city budget
The Port 100 co-working site was an initiative hatched by the city three years ago as a way to enhance the city’s entrepreneurial culture. In 2018, the city provided Port 100, on Castle Street, $26,487. However, under the 2020 budget adopted this past week by City Council, it will get no funding after city staff previously recommended it receive $9,000.... more

How impeachment could impact Congressional races in Upstate New York

How impeachment could impact Congressional races in Upstate New York
Impeachment could be an impediment when it comes to re-election in certain New York congressional districts. While House Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, voters in various swing districts around the country and in New York State are taking notice. Impeachment has proven to be an incredibly touchy subject, especially in districts that Trump... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Democrats Sauvageau, Weil discuss campaign for at-large supervisor in SF (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Democrats Sauvageau, Weil discuss campaign for at-large supervisor in SF (podcast)
This week, another two-part episode of Inside the FLX. As Election Day draws closer, we’re going to feature more-and-more of these episodes. The goal: To let voters see where candidates stand on issues – against each other. Part I Susan Sauvageau talks about her campaign, how she views the current Board of Supervisors in Seneca County as being “asleep at... more

Canandaigua City Council hears concerns over sidewalks, trees, and a hedge

Canandaigua City Council hears concerns over sidewalks, trees, and a hedge
It’s expensive preserving history. Even if that history isn’t a physical building, like many think when discussing types of historic preservation. In Canandaigua, city officials are trying to determine the best path forward near Sonnenberg Park. At this point, the future remains unclear. Crumbling sidewalks, trees that are taking over, and a hedge that lines the sidewalk are all concerns.... more

‘BUILD LOCAL, HIRE LOCAL’: Gillibrand supports bill for infrastructure, local unions

‘BUILD LOCAL, HIRE LOCAL’: Gillibrand supports bill for infrastructure, local unions
The goal is local for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Infrastructure also offers a major opportunity to revitalize manufacturing jobs across the country, but using American-made products,” Gillibrand said Thursday to a crowd in Menands. Gillibrand returned home to the Capital Region to help further a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act.” “When you revitalize infrastructure, you want to make... more

Tompkins County DA Van Houten: ‘Unfortunate’ result to Commons incident

Tompkins County DA Van Houten: ‘Unfortunate’ result to Commons incident
Tompkins County District Attorney Matt Van Houten responded to his handling of cases stemming from a controversial April 6 incident on the Ithaca Commons, explaining he wanted the two individuals charged to take responsibility for their actions and was disappointed neither did. Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat, who were arrested after the altercation on the Commons, were recently cleared of all charges.... more
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