Category: Politics

Race for Congress: 2020 – A Conversation with Congressman John Kakto (R)

RACE IN THE 24TH: A conversation with Rep. John Katko ahead of Election Day (read & listen)

Rep. John Katko [NY-24] is locked in a contentious race by seeking reelection to Congress for a fourth term in a rematch against Dana Balter, a Democratic challenger who vied for the coveted congressional seat and lost in 2018.  Since then, Katko ... MORE
Race for Congress: 2020 – A Conversation with Dana Balter

RACE IN THE 24TH: A conversation with Dana Balter ahead of Election Day (read & listen)

Dana Balter, the Democratic Party challenger for NY-24 believes that “the stakes get higher with every passing week” as this year’s Election Day keeps creaking closer.  In her 2018 rematch against Rep. John Katko [R-NY], she is confident that voter turnout won't ... MORE
DEBRIEF: Leslie Danks Burke focuses campaign on rural schools & small biz support (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Leslie Danks Burke focuses campaign on rural schools & small biz support (podcast)

Leslie Danks Burke is running for New York State Senate in the 58th District again. It's not the first time, but she says challenging incumbent Republican Tom O'Mara was necessary. "We need our elected leaders to lead, and they need to have ... MORE
California added to travel quarantine list, but Massachusetts gets exemption

California added to NYS travel quarantine list, but Massachusetts gets exemption

Another state has been added to the COVID-19 travel restriction list. Another neighboring state has reached the threshold to be included, but was omitted by state leaders. The latest addition is California, which was added to the travel advisory on Tuesday. Meanwhile, ... MORE
SUNY schools will require students to test negative for COVID-19 before being allowed to go home for Thanksgiving

SUNY leaders: Students must test negative for COVID-19 before heading home for Thanksgiving break

SUNY campuses across New York are taking an unusual and far-reaching step to address the spread of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. Students at SUNY schools will be required to test negative before they are allowed to leave for Thanksgiving break, according ... MORE
Geneva City Council Revisits Budget Deletions And  Returns $8,700 For Foundry Voucher Program And $2,500 For Colony Care Givers

Geneva City Council revisits budget items cut in last session, returns foundry voucher program

The Geneva City Council met Monday for a budget work session. The Council resumed virtual meetings via Zoom due to the increase in COVID-19. The Council continued to try and cut enough spending from the 2021 budget to reduce the anticipated 13% ... MORE
EDITORIAL: Don’t Vote. Cuomo only wants “assault weapons”

EDITORIAL: Don’t Vote. Cuomo only wants “assault weapons”

– From Seneca County SCOPE There are many gun owners in New York (perhaps millions) who do not believe that Cuomo and company are coming for their weapons and, thus, there is no need to vote. Well, guess what? There is now ... MORE
News, Politics, Seneca County
Republicans hold rally in Ontario County on first day of early voting ahead of Election Day

Republicans hold rally in Ontario County on first day of early voting ahead of Election Day

Republicans from across Ontario County came together on Saturday for a Get Out the Vote Rally on the first day of early voting. Organized by the Ontario County Republican Committee, the socially distanced event brought together candidates for office from every level ... MORE
In Contentious Meeting Geneva City Council Makes Deep Cuts to 2021 Budget Including Eliminating Foundry Voucher Program and Funding for Finger Lakes Television Broadcast of Council Meetings

Geneva City Council makes deep cuts to 2021 budget at contentious meeting

The Geneva City Council met Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Council held a public hearing regarding lifting the New York State cap on property taxes and conducted a Council budget workshop. The meeting was held both in person for Council members and ... MORE
Divided Geneva City Council struggles with PAB law at another meeting on topic of policing

Divided Geneva City Council struggles with PAB law at another meeting on topic of policing

The Geneva City Council met Thursday in an attempt to finish redrafting the proposed public law that would establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB). Despite having seven sections of the proposed law to review, and a desire by some Councilors to revisit ... MORE
Rep. Reed: Local, federal authorities investigating after incident at home involving dead animal, brick

Rep. Reed: Local, federal authorities investigating after incident at home involving dead animal, brick

Congressman Tom Reed released a statement on Friday after an unusual and threatening set of circumstances unfolded at his family’s home. “Today my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning,” Rep. Reed began in a statement. “The cowards used ... MORE
Wayne County manages to close multi-million dollar budget gap by leaving 60 positions vacant

Wayne County manages to close multi-million dollar budget gap by leaving 60 positions vacant

The tax rate is expected to fall by 30 cents in Wayne County. It’s welcomed news, as municipalities across the region deal with losses in state aid and sales tax revenue caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. At a meeting this week, County ... MORE
News, Politics, Wayne County
National news correspondent joins human rights program on WRFI about RBG, ACB and Women’s March

National news correspondent joins human rights program on WRFI about RBG, ACB and Women’s March

This week FingerLakes1.com National News Correspondent Gabriel Pietrorazio has joined Ute Ritz-Deutch, who hosts the Human Rights and Social Justice Program on WRFI amid their annual fundraising week for the community radio station. Ritz-Deutch has taught at SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF:

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing FLH/URMC partnership, NY’s evolving quarantine guidelines, COVID fines on local biz, and block party clusters (podcast)

A closer look at upcoming elections with big time local implications, a discussion about the future of medicine after an announcement by Finger Lakes Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center that they would be working together, and the controversial story ... MORE
Seneca Falls TB can’t decide what to do with landfill revenue, as tax levy increase of 43% looms

Seneca Falls TB can’t decide what to do with landfill revenue, as tax levy increase of 43% looms

This week the Seneca Falls Town Board decided to delay a final decision on what it would do with landfill revenue in the 2021 budget. The board couldn’t make a final decision on what to do with revenue from the Seneca Meadows ... MORE