THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #22 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest political news from the Finger Lakes. Special focus will be placed on a report published by ACT Rochester, which compares cities and counties throughout the Finger Lakes in a number of categories. Check back later for updated link lists, and more from today’s show.... more

LOCATE Finger Lakes aims to bring young people back to region

To provide the young people of the Finger Lakes region with a dynamic educational program on business and free enterprise, KeyBank is pleased to announce the KeyBank Foundation is making a substantial donation to LOCATE Finger Lakes, a newly formed regional economic development initiative. This grant is part of the bank’s five year Community Benefits Plan. The $60,000 grant, given... more

Schumer pushes for grape research funds

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, is urging the Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service to provide a robust investment in new equipment for the Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva. Schumer said in a press statement that upgrades to the unit’s technology are necessary to ensure researchers have the state-of-the-art tools needed to respond to the... more

Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report

ACT Rochester released compelling new data evaluating some of the long-term trends in counties and cities throughout the Finger Lakes. The Report Card looks at everything from socio-economic factors — to ultra-specific population data-points that may get lost in the grind of daily governing. The data was collected in an effort to give elected leaders throughout the Finger Lakes better... more

Did a cyberattack strike New York’s student tests?

New York was one of seven states earlier this week whose student tests were hit by what was reportedly a "deliberate attack" on the computer system operated by Questar, an outside vendor. On Tuesday, New York was one of the states whose students in grades 3-8 were taking computerized English tests, but were interrupted by what the Tennessee education commissioner... more

Newark will hold public meeting to talk South Main Street reconstruction

With many exciting improvement projects on the horizon, the Village of Newark is holding a meeting to discuss the South Main Street Reconstruction Project and the Military Brook Culvert Project. The public will have a chance to meet the Resident Engineer, learn the potential construction schedule, and find out how these projects will affect plans for parades and festivals this... more

NY’s minimum wage: How it is affecting workers and businesses

James Valentine works at Dunkin Donuts in Ithaca and has lived with the ups and downs of New York's increasing minimum wage. On one hand, he gets bigger paychecks when he works enough hours. On the other hand, hours can be sporadic as New York annually increases its minimum wage toward $15 an hour in the New York City area... more

LISTEN: Circular enerG & an interesting Assembly race on Finger Lakes Morning News

On Friday, FingerLakes1.com News Director Josh Durso was on WGVA’s Finger Lakes Morning News talking about local headlines with host Ted Baker. The Circular enerG incinerator, charges against a Seneca Falls supervisor, and latest from an interesting Assembly race – all were part of the conversation. Listen to the discussion below: more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Co. Legislature Chairman Doug Paddock talks Finger Lakes, issues, & future (podcast)

Whether it’s continued growth on the economic development front, or expanding on broadband access – the news for the Yates County Legislature has been overwhelmingly positive. Newly-selected Yates County Legislature Chairman Doug Paddock is in-studio talking about the future of the county he leads, the biggest challenges they face in 2018, and what taxpayers can expect with new leadership. Watch... more

POLITICS & MUSIC: Trailblazers mini-musical focuses on increased engagement (video)

It was about telling the story of politics through music. On Tuesday, April 17th a popular venue in Geneva was filled, as actors, music and food brought a discussion about politics to the forefront. That was the purpose of the event, according to Trailblazers PAC Founder Leslie Danks Burke. She described the night as exciting — but also pointed out... more

Linda Andrei leads 23rd Democrats in campaign cash

Linda Andrei has the most cash on hand among the five Democrats expected to take part in the June 26 primary in the race for the 23rd Congressional seat, according to the latest fundraising figures from the Federal Elections Commission. Andrei, an Ithaca doctor, has $210,534 cash on hand after campaign- connected disbursements. “We all know that the only poll... more

Auburn City Council supports new hires, software upgrades, police safety equipment

The Auburn City Council gave its input on the proposed 2018-19 city budget Thursday. Before offering his opinions, Councilor Jimmy Giannettino recognized the work city department heads put into making their budgets every year. "We must constantly do more with less," he said. "We're not different than any other municipality across the state." Councilors supported several staffing changes, such as... more

DELAYED: Harassment case involving supervisor postponed to May 2nd

State Police say Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro has been charged with a harassment violation following an incident last year. State Police filed the charge on March 29th in connection with the incident. The charge filed against Lazzaro was second-degree harassment, according to state police. The incident took place on December 7th, 2017. Lazzaro is accused of striking a... more

‘I’m running’: Assemblyman Gary Finch to seek re-election, awaits Batman

Assemblyman Gary Finch has unfinished business in Albany. Finch, R-Springport, said in an interview with The Citizen that he is running for re-election to represent the 126th Assembly District. The district includes the city of Auburn and the southern half of Cayuga County. Portions of Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga counties are also in the district. There are several issues Finch... more

DEC cites Ontario County Landfill for permit violations

As reported first in the Finger Lakes Times last week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has cited Casella Waste Systems for two violations of its permit at the Ontario County Landfill. Casella has operated the landfill through a contract with Ontario County since 2003. In a March 26 letter to landfill General Manager Rob Fadden, DEC environmental engineer Gary... more

Naloxone program gains approval in Tompkins County

Tompkins County officials authorized the Department of Emergency Response to partner with other organizations in creating a naloxone distribution and training program. A resolution to establish the program passed by a unanimous vote at a Tompkins County Legislature meeting Tuesday. According to the measure, the ready availability of naloxone “will improve safety of our workforce and help make naloxone a... more

Attorneys bill Weedsport $25,572 so far for undisclosed employee issue

Weedsport has run up more than $25,000 in attorney fees in connection with an investigation of a complaint that a village employee filed in December, records obtained by The Citizen show. Invoices to the village from the Syracuse-based law firm of Bond, Schoeneck, & King were disclosed in response to a state Freedom of Information Law request made by the... more

Dresden approves water deal with Penn Yan; Torrey water districts will have a supply

After a protracted negotiation period lasting over a year, the villages of Dresden and Penn Yan have reached an agreement on the expansion of Dresden’s permissive district to extend their municipal water mains, and sell the water they purchase from Penn Yan. The original permissive district included properties on Rte. 54 east of Penn Yan and Arrowhead Beach north of... more
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