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Upstate casinos haven’t been billed by NYS for $13M in fees, per Comptroller’s audit

Upstate casinos haven’t been billed by NYS for $13M in fees, per Comptroller’s audit
There are still a lot of unpaid fees among New York’s casinos. Specifically, the four casinos opened in Upstate New York owe a total of $13 million in fees. An audit, which was reported earlier this month by The Buffalo News, highlighted the issues that Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found. The costs to regulate casinos in New York State is supposed... more

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County
On Thursday the Ontario County Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to impose an occupancy tax of up to three percent (3%) on lodging facilities of three rooms or less.  Currently, New York’s tax code exempts these facilities from the occupancy tax. According to the resolution, Ontario County’s tourism promotion agency is proposing the occupancy tax change to “level the... more

Sonnenberg will get $500,000 more for Gibson St. entrance

Sonnenberg will get $500,000 more for Gibson St. entrance
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park has received added state funding. The award is worth $500,000, which will go toward a new gateway that will move the park’s entrance to Gibson Street. Sonnenberg Executive Director David Hutchings says he expects the project to move forward, as it has received community support. The plan was unveiled in May 2018. The... more

Cuomo says he’s open to bail reform changes, but skeptical of ‘dangerousness’ clause

Cuomo says he’s “100 percent open” to bail reform changes, but skeptical of ‘dangerousness’ clause
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’s willing to consider changes to the cash bail reforms passed in 2019, which were implemented in recent weeks. “Do I believe the reform is a work in progress? 100 percent,” Cuomo said at a press conference in New York City. “Am I open to changes? 100 percent.” He’s skeptical that a ‘dangerousness’ standard is the... more

Rep. Katko throws support behind President Trump for 2020

Rep. Katko throws support behind President Trump for 2020
Four years ago Congressman John Katko (R-24) called for President Donald Trump to drop out of the race. Now he’s supporting him for a second term. Rep. Katko says he will continue to speak out against Trump when he disagrees, but for now, his support stands with the President in the 2020 election. His main reason for supporting Trump in... more

Push to legalize marijuana in New York gets crucial support

Push to legalize marijuana in New York gets crucial support
A bill legalizing marijuana is gaining traction in Albany. Earlier this week Governor Andrew Cuomo said legalizing the drug for recreational use is the kind of thing that should be included in the budget. Westchester County Sen. Peter Harckham announced he would support the legislation alongside the bill’s Senate sponsor, Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, as reported by NY State of... more

Cuomo announces new $151M to pave local roads, bridges

Cuomo announces new $151M to pave local roads, bridges
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an added $151 million in new funding to coincide with $743 million in direct state aid for local road and bridge projects across New York. The added funding is for fixing roads impacted by extreme weather events. The new funding is part of the PAVE NY Initiative. “New York continues to make nation-leading investments in the... more

Assemblyman Kolb appears in court, next appearance scheduled for March 5th

Assemblyman Kolb appears in court, next appearance scheduled for March 5th
Former Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb appeared in court in Ontario County on Thursday. It was his most-recent appearance in his DWI case, after a crash on New Years Eve near his home. The court scheduled a motions hearing for March 5th. Kolb’s attorney also requested unreacted copies of paperwork released by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, according to 13WHAM-TV.... more

Improvement is coming, even if odors get worse at Ontario County Landfill in short-term

Improvement is coming, even if odors get worse at Ontario County Landfill in short-term
Officials in Ontario County doubled-down on statements made before about the Ontario County Landfill, which is operated by Casella. Carla Jordan, the county’s Director of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management, said things could get worse before they improve in the long-term, according to the Finger Lakes Times. “Over the next few weeks, a construction project will be underway with a... more

Former Seneca Finance Director Brandi Deeds gets another delay in court over felony charges

Former Seneca Finance Director Brandi Deeds gets another delay in court over felony charges
Another delay. Former Seneca County Finance Director Brandi Deeds has had court proceedings delayed again, as arguments on pretrial motions in the charges against her were adjourned. It happened this week as James Doyle, a Rochester attorney who is representing Deeds, met with District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz in Judge Daniel Doyle’s chambers prior to the scheduled court session on Wednesday.... more

Sen. O’Mara calls for tougher penalties connected to meth-related crimes

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State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) has introduced legislation targeting methamphetamine-related crimes locally and across New York. The proposal would significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug. One piece of legislation (S946) targets meth labs. It would increase the criminal penalties for the possession of meth manufacturing material and the unlawful... more

Geneva will approach 2020 differently, with new ideas coming to the surface

Geneva will approach 2020 differently, with new ideas coming to the surface
Geneva City Council took time this week to outline its priorities for 2020. While there are seven new members to the governing body – they are looking at things a little differently than past councils. Two sessions have been held in the last week. Mayor Steve Valentino said that he ‘loved’ the new ideas that had come from the first... more

Congressman Reed will hold pair of town hall sessions in Seneca, Yates counties

Congressman Reed will hold pair of town hall sessions in Seneca, Yates counties
Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) will focus on tax incentives for new energy technologies in a pair of town hall sessions scheduled this weekend. The meetings will be held January 25th at the Tyre Municipal Building, located at 1082 Gravel Road from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the Italy Town Hall, located at 6060 Italy Valley Road from 2 to 3... more

Bids will be accepted for added month as Emerson Park Pavilion RFP debate moves forward

Bids will be accepted for added month as Emerson Park Pavilion RFP debate moves forward
Venders are getting an extra month to submit a bid for a future contract on the Emerson Park Pavilion in Cayuga County. The deadline has been pushed to February 28th at 2 p.m. An issue with the RFP process, which made some businesses feel uncomfortable with the outcome – as only one bidder, the current one, remained standing afterward. The... more

Supervisors take ‘serious’ stand over residency requirements for Wayne County employees at meeting

Supervisors take ‘serious’ stand over residency requirements for Wayne County employees at meeting
Residency is one of those tricky issues that can easily trip-up elected officials as they work in rural communities to find qualified candidates to fill vacancies, or new roles. The Wayne County Board of Supervisors has, for several years, held the view that those who earn a paycheck in their county, live there too. The Finger Lakes Times reports that... more

Judge Doran re-appointed to head of courts in 7th Judicial District

Judge Doran re-appointed to head of courts in 7th Judicial District
Judge Craig Doran was named the administrative judge for the 7th Judicial District. Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, with the approval of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore made the announcement in consultation with Presiding Justices Gerald J. Whalen of the Appellate Division. As Administrative Judge, Judge Doran supervises the operations of the courts in the eight counties of the 7JD... more

Skaneateles moves closer to seeing new 88-room hotel project approved

Skaneateles moves closer to seeing new 88-room hotel project approved
It was a packed house on Tuesday as the Skaneateles Planning Board met to talk about a proposed hotel. Neighbors learned more about the Woodbine Hospitality Group’s proposed project, which would bring an ew 88-room hotel to the village. The hotel would be located along Old Seneca Turnpike, near the Hill-Rom. That’s the former Welch Allyn site. CNYCentral reports that... more
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