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INSIDE THE FLX: Pride Month, FLX Pride Festival & Improving Dialogue (podcast)

June is ‘Pride Month’ and in Geneva this weekend, the FLX Pride Festival will take place – celebrating this important local event. While there will be the usual ‘festival’ fare – there will be opportunities for learning and dialogue on Saturday that aim to leave the community better than it was found. Organizer Chelsea Snyder was in-studio on Monday talking... more

Wayne County Republicans choose their slate of candidates for November races

On Thursday, May 31st, the Wayne County Republican Committee gathered in Lyons for a Designating Convention to name their slate of candidates for November. During the meeting, Wayne County Chairman, Bob Oaks, informed the committee that the State Republicans had recently made their designations for State positions. He noted that the Republican line up for November would include: Marcus Molinari... more

‘Third time’s the charm’: Auburn applies for $10M downtown grant contest

The city of Auburn revealed the projects that will hopefully propel its application for a $10 million downtown revitalization grant to victory. This is the third year the city has submitted an application to the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative competition, which awards $10 million to 10 municipalities throughout the state. The program was started in 2016 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.... more

Yates County Legislators approve 4-year contract

Yates County Legislators have approved a four-year contract with the Law Enforcement Council 82 bargaining unit that represents 51 county corrections and other employees. The contract, approved unanimously by the legislature May 14 includes pay increases in 2019 (3.5 percent), 2020 (2.5 percent), and 2021 (2.5 percent). The employees do not receive an increase in 2018. Yates County Administrator Robert... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Former Chairman Batman talks challenge to Assemblyman Finch (podcast)

On Tuesday, former Cayuga County Legislature Chairman Keith Batman was in-studio talking about his candidacy for New York Assembly’s 126th District. The move to run for Assembly, and challenge Assemblyman Gary Finch, came after he elected to not seek another term as chairman of the legislature. While the Democrat has received a wave of support from those in Scipio and... more

Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw officially announces his candidacy for 130th

It’s official now. Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw announced his candidacy to succeed Assemblyman Robert Oaks in the 130th District on Friday. “Family, friends, and supporters – this is a short message to inform you that I am at this time seeking the endorsement of the Wayne County Republican, Conservative, and Independant parties to be considered to run for the 130... more

THE DEBRIEF: Brittany’s Law, future of AG’s office, and more (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso tackle a number of political stories impacting the Finger Lakes. Brittany’s Law, former Attorney General Eric Schneidermann, the Geneva City Manager search process, and so much more. Get caught up and watch the podcast below!  . more

Sheriff Lansing will seek third term in Tompkins

Sheriff Kenneth Lansing will be running for a third term as Tompkins County Sheriff this fall, his team announced in a press release on Thursday. In an announcement video distributed to local media, Lansing said the past eight years had been filled with “numerous challenges” and lots of hard work he said he would like to see through in his... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Supervisor Manktelow talks race for 130th Assembly District

Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow says he’s running to restore the American Dream in New York State. He criticized Albany’s deadlock, the stagnation of the state’s economy, and wants to advocate for real change. On Friday, Manktelow was in-studio talking about issues impacting the region as a guest on Inside the FLX. Watch or listen to the entire conversation below:... more

Baldridge hits Helming hard on ethics, environment

When Kenan Baldridge ran for state Senate two years ago, his Republican opponent had no state legislative record that he could address. She does now. Baldridge, a Democrat who was soundly defeated by Republican Pam Helming of Canandaigua two years ago in the race to represent the state Senate’s 54th District, is back and hitting the Republican hard. In remarks... more

In Yates forum Democrats stand united against Reed

Yates County residents got their chance to meet with four of the five candidates running to be the NY-23rd Congressional District’s Democratic Nominee for Congress. The forum, sponsored by the Yates County Democratic Committee, was held at the Benton Fire Hall Sunday, May 20. With Eddie Sund-quist (Chautauqua County) unable to attend due to a family bereavement, Linda Andrei (Tompkins... more

UPDATE: Legislators push back against CIN claim to move more land into trust

On Tuesday, New York State Senator Pam Helming urged the Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny the Cayuga Indian Nation’s request to place additional lands ‘in trust’. A day later, Sen. Helming was joined by Assemblyman Gary Finch, who co-authored a second letter to the Bureau requesting that the 30-day comment period be extended to 120-days. The CIN has already... more

School budget turnout: Why it’s plummeting in New York

If you’re seeing fewer residents at the polls to vote on school budgets each May, you’re not alone. Turnout has plummeted 37 percent since 2012, the state School Boards Association said Tuesday, as voters appear complacent if their districts stay under the property-tax cap. Turnout for last week’s school budget votes was the lowest since the tax cap was put... more

Yates administrator will take job in California

After less than two years on the job, Yates County Administrator Robert Lawton is leaving the position to become City Manager for the City of Turlock, Calif., where he will earn a salary of $215,748 plus a $400 a month car allowance as well as up to $20,000 in moving and relocation expenses, according to a report in the Modesto... more

Board argues via ‘text message’ during official meeting in Jerusalem

The last Jerusalem Town Board Meeting was unusual, even for Jerusalem. Supervisor Patrick Killen was away on vacation, so the meeting was chaired by Councilman Paul Anderson. Several minutes into the meeting, this reporter received a text message on his cell phone from Killen: “If at TOJ meeting, please ask Paul to check his phone.” Doing as asked, Anderson said... more

Barbs fly over geese between Golisano, South Bristol

Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano — who last year launched a website to help homeowners challenge unfair assessments — on Tuesday confronted the town Board of Assessment Review over his lake property in South Bristol. In what became a fiesty exchange between Golisano and the board led by Chairman Henry Savage, Golisano challenged the board to take action — action he... more

New York has a new attorney general

New York has a new attorney general — at least through the end of the year. Barbara Underwood, the state’s solicitor general since 2011, was voted in Tuesday as attorney general for the remainder of the year by the state Legislature in a joint session. She replaces Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, who resigned in disgrace earlier this month amid scandal.... more

Penn Yan boards hear ideas for parks

The Penn Yan Village and Planning Boards held joint meetings May 15 so they could all see a presentation by Cornell University students about suggestions for updates to the Village Park Master Plan, which was last updated in 2010. The students from DesignConnect Studio said one of the major objectives of the master plan is for the village have a... more
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