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Progress coming for stalled Canandaigua resort site?

New information on the stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort development may soon be available. Developer David Genecco has requested to meet with City Council’s planned unit development committee to present potential changes to the permitted use of the property, according to the agenda released by the city. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Thursday, January 26th, at the Hurley... more

Katko, Collins urge Trump to reverse decision on Lake Ontario management plan

A pair of Republican congressmen are asking President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to review and reverse the International Joint Commission’s decision to adopt Plan 2014, which sets a new strategy for managing Lake Ontario water levels. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins and John Katko sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who’s leading Trump’s transition team, requesting another look at... more

Inside del Lago: With 1,400 employees hired, Seneca County casino preps for opening day

As the Feb. 1 opening day nears, a vast majority of the available positions at del Lago Resort & Casino have been filled. Jeff Babinski, executive vice president and general manager at del Lago, said Monday that nearly 1,400 employees have been hired. This includes table game dealers, cleaners, food service workers and administrative positions. The casino will have just... more

DEPOT DELAY: Seneca Co. Board members sound off over IDA bid process, lease agreement

For Seneca Falls Supervisor Stephen Churchill and Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti there were always questions about controversial Depot sale. The sale of the former Seneca Army Depot has been a contentious issue within the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, as well as with bidders and constituents who now feel they were misled through the IDA’s process. It was a... more

Bald eagle survey reveals new occupied nest at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

One of the largest groups of volunteers Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has seen for the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey counted 44 eagles from the north end of Cayuga Lake to the southern shores of Lake Ontario Friday morning. Though last year’s milder weather brought the eagles in droves — 77 of the raptors in total — experienced and novice birders... more

IDA seeks input on downtown Waterloo project

Should developer Lee Bieber receive financial benefits in his effort to rehabilitate a large historic chunk of downtown Waterloo? If you have an opinion on the issue and want to express either support or disapproval, you can at a January 26th public hearing. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency will conduct the hearing prior to making a final decision on... more

Depot bid process, IDA get spotlight at Seneca Co. BOS meeting

It’s hard to identify an issue that has been more polarizing in Seneca County than the handling of the former-Seneca Army Depot property. Those 7,000-acres were put through a bid process, which ended last year with a winner — and initially — a buyer. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, who owns the Depot property, which is in Romulus and... more

Sen. Helming named chairwoman of the Rural Resources Commission

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) today announced that she was named Chairwoman of the Rural Resources Commission. Senator Helming noted that the bipartisan Commission is charged with examining the impact of rural resources on the State’s economy, reviewing existing laws and regulations as they relate to rural resources and assessing the effectiveness of programs designed to promote rural viability. “I... more

Interior secretary formally establishes Harriet Tubman national park in Auburn

After nearly two decades of work, it’s now official: Cayuga County is home to the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell formally established the park at ceremony Tuesday at the Department of the Interior’s Washington headquarters. The park will consist of Tubman’s residence in Fleming and the Home for the Aged in Auburn. Along with the South... more

Cuomo proposes $2 billion clean water infrastructure fund that could help Owasco Lake

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for record investment in the state’s water infrastructure — funding that could benefit Owasco Lake and its surrounding communities. Cuomo, who spoke in Buffalo Monday, unveiled the Clean Water Infrastructure Act as part of his 2017 State of the State agenda. He wants to provide $2 billion for water infrastructure throughout the state. The Citizen:... more

Days after USA Today win FLX Table owner speaks out against Seneca Lake LPG project

Days after his restaurant was named the ‘Best New Restaurant‘ in the U.S., owner and chef Christopher Bates spoke out against the gas storage project, which had been a major headline around Seneca Lake for several years. His restaurant, which rose to national acclaim during the voting process serves wins from local wineries and vineyards throughout the Finger Lakes. These... more

Seneca IDA gives go ahead for Depot’s Deer Haven Park

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency gave the green light to begin Phase 1 of the Deer Haven Park project that will ultimately make way for planned development of the 7,000 acres at the Seneca Army Depot. At their regular meeting January 5th, the board agreed to a $50,000 Payment In Lieu of Taxes from Earl Martin, of Deer Haven... more

Lease agreement for former Seneca Army Depot land causes stir among former bidders

While assessors work out a new tax arrangement for the 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot land’s current $28 million value, a purchase and sale agreement has been signed by the winning bidder, Earl Martin. The property is the home of a rare herd of white, white-tailed deer, and was subject to an extensive bidding process that closed... more

Finger Lakes Museum applies for wetlands permit

The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium has applied for a freshwater wetlands permit for its planned wildlife trail. Public comments on the application and the trail project will be accepted in writing by the state Department of Environmental Conservation until Jan. 12. Comments should be sent to Matthew Griffiths, NYSDEC Region 8 headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, 14414. FL... more

Soil cleanup done for Pinnacle North project

The environmental cleanup of the Pinnacle North Apartments project on Lakeshore Drive has been completed and approved by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC officials have determined that the cleanup requirements related to soil contamination at 24, 50, 60, 100 and 150 Lakeshore Drive and 40 Muar St. have been or will be met. The cleanup was done under... more

Geneva City Councilor calls for meeting on Linden St. closures

Geneva City Councilor Jason Hagerman has called for a meeting between residents and business owners to discuss the Linden Street closures, which was subject to scrutiny and discussion at the start of 2016. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 3rd at 6 pm. The location for the meeting will be at the 2nd Floor Conference Room in City... more
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