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INSIDE THE FLX: Mark Palmieri talks impact of COVID-19 on small businesses in Geneva (podcast)

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It is truly rare for an entire economy to stop. Except that is essentially what we’ve seen in response to the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The pandemic that started in China, spread to other European countries like Italy with devastating result — is now putting an intense burden on the U.S. healthcare system. Hospitals are stressed, supplies are running low,... more

Study says del Lago Resort & Casino had $270M economic impact in 2019

Study says del Lago Resort & Casino had $270M economic impact in 2019
Things are going well if you ask the folks who run Del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre. CEO Brent Stevens told the Finger Lakes Times that the casino is meeting its benchmarks. A recent report highlighted a $270 million economic impact to the region. “Our economic and fiscal impact study has shown that we are fulfilling New York state’s... more

Region sees significant growth in sales tax collection between 2018-19

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Sales tax collection over the last two years has grown. With the continued success of the various tourism industries in the Finger Lakes - most counties saw an increase of some kind. That said, Seneca and Yates counties saw the biggest increase in the region - each collecting between 6-9% more between 2018 and 2019. more

Cuomo signs bill exempting flights of beer from sales tax

Cuomo signs bill exempting flights of beer from sales tax
The beer and wine industry is getting a boost, thanks to legislation signed into law by Governor Andre Cuomo. Both the beer and wine Industry generate billions of dollars in taxes and lawmakers have been looking for ways to help them grow more. “It’s just one more thing we are doing to help promote New York’s craft beverage industry,” explained... more

Cuomo signs limo safety package into law, prompting swift changes across NYS

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A package of legislation aimed at making limousines safer across New York has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The 10-point package includes new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver’s license requirements... 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

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing Women March in Seneca Falls (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing Women March in Seneca Falls 2020 (podcast)
This weekend organizers hope thousands turn out again, like in past years, to celebrate inclusion and inspire conversations. Women March in Seneca Falls 2020 is an event that will span three days this year, compared to the single-day event, which it has been in the past. While a march will be the major draw, several other important events are scheduled... more

Cuomo announces agreement on limo safety legislation

Cuomo announces agreement on limo safety legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a three-way agreement with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on a limousine safety regulation package. The 10- point package introduces new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal u-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information,... more

Supervisors will consider including more properties in room tax collection in Ontario County

Supervisors will consider including more properties in room tax collection in Ontario County
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors is considering a change to room tax collection. The board will consider requiring this tax be collected on rentals with three or fewer units inside it, in addition to those larger ones. The Finger Lakes Times reports that officials are proposing amendments to remove the exemption for facilities with three or fewer units and... more

Governor’s Erie Canal plan would bring whitewater rafting to Seneca Falls

Governor’s Erie Canal plan would bring whitewater rafting to Seneca Falls
A $300 million plan to improve usage of the Erie Canal includes a proposal to turn a portion of the waterway into a white-water rafting area near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 29th proposal of his 2020 State of the State: a $300... more

Cuomo’s 13th proposal for 2020: High speed rail across New York State

Cuomo’s 13th proposal for 2020: High speed rail across New York State
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s going to enlist experts to study high speed rail as a transportation method in New York State. It’s his 13th proposal for the 2020 agenda. The Governor will task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build... more

More than $1M to be spent on child care expansion at Tompkins YMCA via economic development grants

More than $1M to be spent on child care expansion at Tompkins YMCA via economic development grants
Economic development and childcare have overlapped in Tompkins County. As part of the state’s REDC, or Regional Economic Development Initiative, the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County is going to see funds to expand. Over the last two weeks, we’ve been detailing the projects and spot-lighting where funds will be spent in the Finger Lakes. More than $64 million had... more

Dennis Money responds, will address Board of Supervisors tonight after Seneca White Deer announcement

Money, Martin compete over narrative following announced end of Seneca White Deer, Inc. tours at depot
After the abrupt announcement from Seneca White Deer, Inc. that they would be ceasing tour operations at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, and the follow-up announcement from property owner Earl Martin that tours could resume with new management in the near-future - SWD President Dennis Money is addressing parts of a press release pushed out on Monday by... more

Seneca Falls holds first session to discuss ideas for $10M DRI spending

Seneca Falls holds first session to discuss ideas for $10M DRI spending
People began putting their ideas down on paper Monday on how to spend $10 million in state money to revitalize this community’s 116.2-acre downtown. Four tables of 7-8 people discussed and wrote down what they’d like to see happen. The participants examined easels with proposals from a local planning committee, and wrote notes to consultants about what they liked and... more

Tours could resume at former depot under new management

Martin says tours on former Seneca Army Depot likely again in the future, under new management
Martin says SWD thought they could operate profitable tourism effort at site – By Josh Durso A representative for Earl Martin says that despite Seneca White Deer, Inc. announcing last week that they would cease tour operations at the former Seneca Army Depot – management of the site will continue uninterrupted. “When Earl Martin purchased a portion of the former... more

Seneca Falls ranks #3 on list of best places for solo women travelers

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According to a list of top-destinations for solo female travelers by AARP and Expedia – Seneca Falls is the third best destination in the U.S. The author notes that locations on the list celebrate and recognize women for their contributions to society. “Seneca Falls is one of the best places for single women to travel, because the city has long... more

Shoreline businesses on Lake Ontario eligible for state assistance

Shoreline businesses on Lake Ontario eligible for state assistance
With $300 million in state money committed to efforts to protect shoreline and bays from high Lake Ontario waters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the application period for the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program is now open for businesses and other organizations directly impacted by the historic flooding of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River earlier this year. The... more
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