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Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases

The New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. During this time of year, ticks are becoming active once again. In particular, Senator Helming – a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases – co-sponsored measures that would establish a pilot program for Lyme and... more

Schuyler County joins chorus of opposition to Romulus incinerator

Schuyler County is the latest local government to oppose the proposed “Circular enerG” garbage incinerator project at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, Seneca County, New York. Citing environmental concerns, negative effects on agriculture and tourism, and local opposition from the Town of Romulus and County of Seneca, the Schuyler County Legislature voted Monday against the project, which would... more

Damaged “I Love NY” signs going back up just before deadline for removal

Mother Nature recently sided with the Federal Government, ripping down some of the “I Love NY” signs that have been the center of a bitter battle between New York State and the Federal Highway Administration. But the state is doubling-down, using your tax dollars to put them back up despite a federal penalty of $14 million if all the signs... more

Cayuga County Legislator Joseph Bennett to be reappointed following pension resignation

Cayuga County Legislator Joseph Bennett is scheduled to be reappointed to his District 10 seat at Tuesday’s special Legislature session after he resigned last month in order to be eligible for a pension from his job at Cayuga Community College. Bennett, D-Auburn, resigned as a legislator on May 30 in order to receive the pension he earned from 11 years... more

Resident asks state comptroller to re-examine Seneca County water rate hike

Mary Anne Kowalski is an outspoken opponent of a proposed rate hike for customers of Seneca County Water District No. 1. She claims the increase, which is set to take effect July 1, is premature and based on incomplete financial information. “I have tried repeatedly to get this information from the county manager and the Board of Supervisors,” Kowalski said.... more

KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE: Kolb wants focus to be on school safety

June is National Student Safety Month, and the topic could never be more important or relevant. Protecting our students – especially as recent tragedies have highlighted the need to review school safety protocols across the board – is absolutely critical. We need to take a long, hard look at ways to improve New York’s school safety procedures and laws. Earlier... more

Helming successful in advocating for rural health initiatives in Albany

Senator Pam Helming announced that she successfully advocated for several rural health initiatives in the recently enacted New York State budget. These include increases in funding for Iroquois Healthcare Association’s “Take a Look” tours, as well as for Rural Health Networks and Critical Access Hospitals, to bring medical care to rural communities. “The beautiful rural communities that make up the... more

‘Make College Affordable’: Helming’s sponsored bill gets through NY Senate

Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Senate recently passed a bill that she sponsors to help alleviate the financial burden on many college students caused by the additional cost of textbooks and other course materials. The bill (S.6608) would reduce the cost of textbooks by promoting pricing transparency and alternatives to conventional textbooks, such as e-books. “New... more

Seneca Falls finalist for $10M DRI award

The Seneca Falls Development Corporation has announced that the Town of Seneca Falls is a finalist for the Finger Lakes Region’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. The announcement follows an 18-month effort by the SFDC to lay a stronger foundation for economic growth, downtown revitalization, and ongoing grant pursuits for the Seneca Falls area. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic... more

Village of Newark named finalist in $10M ‘Downtown Revitalization Initiative’

The Village of Newark announced on Friday that it has advanced as a finalist to the next round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a statewide competition in which one winner in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council’s will receive $10 million in State funding for local development. The Village of Newark submitted an application titled... more

Sale of former Seneca Falls village hall in jeopardy

The sale of the former Village Hall to a local businessman may be in jeopardy, the Town Board learned Tuesday. Town Attorney David Foster, while giving his monthly report, said George Tilton, owner of 5Star Medical, has told Foster he may not be able to complete the sale. “He said business has been slow and his business plan is changing,”... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Supervisor Baldridge talks challenge to Sen. Pam Helming in 54th (podcast)

Kenan Baldridge believes its time for change. The Rose Town Supervisor made a run for the 54th Senate District in 2016, and again, will make a run – this time challenging sitting Senator Pam Helming, who has represented the district since the retirement of Senator Michael Nozzolio. Supervisor Baldridge believes there is opportunity for improvement, and in an appearance on... more

Auburn City Council approves $34 million budget

The Auburn City Council unanimously approved the 2018-2019 city budget Thursday, and with it a 1-percent spending increase and a 4.6-percent tax levy increase. For the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the city will work with a general fund of $34,257,715. About $12.4 million of the general fund will be raised by taxes. The tax rate is set... more

Bonding motion for Seneca Falls sewer upgrades dies for lack of second

A motion to bond or borrow $3 million to pay for upgrades to the sanitary sewer system in the former village failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting. The bonding motion was made by Supervisor Greg Lazzaro following a 20-minute public hearing. But the motion was met by silence. None of the other three board members present offered a second. Board... more

Democratic hopefuls rally calling for Reed to be ousted this fall (video)

It might have been a chilly, damp day, but that didn’t stop the Democratic hopefuls vying to win this month’s primary for the 23rd Congressional District to turn out for a rally in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s office located in Geneva. “I don’t want to live in a society that gives up on the poor,” said Max Della Pia,... more

Brian Manktelow racks up GOP endorsements

Brian Manktelow’s quest for the Republican nomination in the race for the state Assembly’s 130th District seat seems to be lining up perfectly. On Thursday, he received the overwhelming endorsement of the Wayne County Republican Committee. Additionally, the Lyons town supervisor has landed the endorsements of the GOP committees in Oswego and Cayuga counties, which, with Wayne, make up the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Shipley, Davidson talk future of Seneca County (podcast)

Seneca County is in a good place. That was the message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley and Majority Leader Lee Davidson, who were in-studio on Tuesday talking about the County’s efforts and progress moving forward. They provided an update on the Route 318 sewer project, continued legal action with the Cayuga Indian Nation, and much more. Watch the... more

Seneca County IDA to receive presentation on Greater Rochester Enterprise

Greater Rochester Enterprise has helped arrange site visits for new businesses interested in Seneca County. It has aided three local companies with strategic research. Company official Matt Hurlbutt will speak about Greater Rochester Enterprise’s organization and its relationship to Seneca County at Thursday’s county Industrial Development Agency meeting. The county has contributed $5,000 annually to Greater Rochester Enterprise, and is... more
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