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

$9.6M in projects funded by state grants in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne counties

Senator Pam Helming today announced that seven towns and villages within the 54th District will receive a combined $9.6 million in state grants for local water infrastructure projects. As Senator, she has led the fight to ensure that New York State prioritizes water infrastructure funding for our local communities in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. “Clean, affordable water isn’t a luxury... more

Yates legislator: I am ‘ostracized and ridiculed’

Saying he and others have experienced “orchestrated disrespect and resistance,” Yates County Legislator Mark Morris said he will not actively pursue re-election on the Conservative Party line after losing in a Republican primary. Morris made the announcement at last week’s Legislature meeting, and later sent his statement to media outlets. In September, he finished fifth in a GOP election for... more

Behind the scenes in Ontario County

Ever wonder what’s inside the dome of the Ontario County Courthouse? Residents who toured county facilities Saturday during a three-hour open house got to see for themselves. At the base of the historic gold dome that tops the 1858 courthouse is a newly renovated office suite, which is occupied by State Supreme Court Justice and 7th District Administrative Judge Craig... 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

Ontario Environmental Quality Committee meets Monday

Ontario County conducted a household hazardous waste collection day on Sept. 16. Now they’ve got to help pay for it. The Planning and Environmental Quality Committee of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors will consider recommending a contract with Clean Harbors Environmental Services of Boston, Mass., for running the event when the committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting... more

Pubic comment on SF garage project due by Oct. 26

Written public comment can be made until Oct. 26 on Robert Harner’s application for a freshwater wetlands permit to build a garage at 2123 Pumphouse Road. Harner proposes to build a new, 32-by-36-foot detached garage of 1,152 square feet which would be constructed entirely within the 100-foot adjacent area of a state freshwater Class 1 wetland, requiring the permit. The... 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

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

County hires Rochester law firm to handle Porsch, Rickerson notices of claim

Seneca County has hired a Rochester law firm to handle hearings related to two recent notices of claim filed against the county. The law firm of Goldberg Segalla will handle the questioning and taking of official depositions from District Attorney Barry Porsch and county Probation Department assistant Debra Rickerson. That news was shared with the Board of Supervisors and public... 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

Newark will host ribbon cutting for wastewater treatment plant

Mayor Jonathan Taylor and the Village of Newark Board of Trustees invite all area residents and local leaders to attend the ribbon cutting and award ceremony for the Village of Newark Wastewater Treatment Plant.   The village is being presented with a plaque from the American Council of Engineering Companies, which awarded the Waste Water Treatment Plant design with recognition... 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

Sen. Helming takes part in Finger Lakes Works event

Senator Pam Helming attended the “Finger Lakes Works … with their hands!” event hosted by the Geneva-based Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board at Rodman Lott & Sons Farms in Seneca Falls. More than 800 students from area schools and BOCES districts spent the day exploring careers in construction, skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and alternative energy. More than 50 businesses, trade... more

Geneva City Supervisor visits Boys and Girls Club

On Wednesday, Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard visited the 21st Century Learning Site at the Geneva Boys & Girls Club. Supervisor Guard spoke with students about his work on the County Board of Supervisors, his path from Geneva Schools, to his current career as an attorney and higher education leader. He also talked about the importance of being involved in... more

Cato-Meridian school district hashes out budget, scope of potential capital project

The specifics of the Cato-Meridian School District’s possible capital project are becoming clearer. The larger details of the project were discussed at a school board meeting Sept. 26. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project is currently set for a $5,470,000 budget. The project was also discussed at a board meeting earlier that month. A board decision on whether to... more
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