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City of Ithaca reacts to losing out on $10M DRI grant again

City of Ithaca reacts to losing out on $10M DRI grant again
It’s starting to play out like a broken record. The City of Ithaca has come up short in its efforts to obtain a $10 million grant from Empire State Development, New York State government’s economic development division. The state announced the Southern Tier regional winner, the small city of Hornell in Steuben County, on Tuesday afternoon. This marks the fourth failed... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

Seneca County renews room occupancy tax for three more years

Seneca County renews room occupancy tax for three more years
Seneca County wants to raise its room occupancy tax to 4 or 5 percent. But it has had to settle for renewing its 3 percent tax for another three years. The county has been unable to convince local state lawmakers to introduce the necessary state legislation to allow the increase. The Economic Development & Tourism Committee met in special session... more

Options, more proposed charging stations, spark interest in electric cars

Options, more proposed charging stations, spark interest in electric cars
The electric car maker Tesla sparked some excitement on Wednesday with the news of a new service center in Henrietta. But, the town leaders quickly pulled the plug on the idea, at least for now. Town leaders said they never received the necessary inspection needed for the facility to open up. The service center will remain closed until it gets an approval... more

Wayne County rescinds state of emergency for boaters on bays

Wayne County rescinds state of emergency for boaters on bays
A State of Emergency on certain bays in Wayne County has been lifted by the Wayne County Board of Supervisors. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts announced Wednesday morning that the no wake policy is no longer in effect for Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay in Wayne County. However, Virts did say boaters should maintain a... more

Odd price structure for some E-ZPass users could hurt tourism along Thruway, per report

Odd pricing structure for
You may have heard, the New York State Thruway will soon have all-electronic tolls, which means no more booths. But will a rule you may not know exist, stay in place when the change takes place? Pat Taney was asked to look into it for this week’s Good Question report. As it stands now, out of state cars with an... more

More than a dozen projects ID’d by Cuomo for Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Penn Yan

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 15 transformational projects for Penn Yan as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in Penn Yan highlight its historic mixed-use core, the Lake Street commercial corridor, a robust craft food and beverage industry, and the Keuka Marsh and Outlet in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The investments... more

Question about Canadian motorists, cashless tolling get answered by Hochul

Question about Canadian motorists and cashless tolling get answered by Hochul
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said Canadians who drive on New York state toll roads are required to pay and promised the state will take the necessary steps to collect money. Currently, cashless tolling exists at the Grand Island bridges in Western New York. The system scans license plates as vehicles enter the bridge and for those who don’t have an... more

THE DEBRIEF: Future of the Depot, Musselman, and War with Con Ed (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, Josh Durso is joined by Jackie Augustine and Ted Baker to discuss the week’s biggest headlines. The trio will discuss the latest on the waste-elimination efforts in Ontario County; the future of a galvanizing plant at the former Seneca Army Depot; a recently-filled Geneva City Council seat; the latest in Seneca Falls; Gov. Andrew... more

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX
The first suspicious algal blooms of the season have been reported on Conesus, Honeoye, Otisco and Keuka lakes, although none has been confirmed with high toxins — yet.  But conditions are ripe for severe outbreaks later this summer, according to a leading regional expert on harmful algal blooms, or HABs. “I think this is going to be a very busy... more

Facial recognition at ROC Airport about to ‘take off’

Facial recognition at ROC Airport about to ‘take off’
There’s a new form of security coming to the Greater Rochester International Airport. Facial recognition technology is part of the nearly $80 million in upgrades completed last fall. The high-tech new measure will feature the latest software from IK Systems, Inc. in Victor to identify travelers on specific lists from the FBI. “When somebody’s coming through the airport terminal,” the... more

Millions expected to travel for July 4th holiday, according to AAA

Millions expected to travel for July 4th holiday, according to AAA
A record-breaking 49-Million Americans are expected to travel this Independence Day. According to AAA, that is nearly 2 million more travelers than last year. 41 million people plan to travel by car, while just less than 4 million by plane. INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts drivers could face delays as much as four times a normal commute, with... more

Constitutional concerns remain about mobile sports betting

Constitutional concerns remain about mobile sports betting
Allowing bets on sporting events on mobile devices continued to stall at the Capitol on Tuesday, as Democrats in the Assembly continue to have concerns over the measure’s constitutionality. The bill, approved in the state Senate on Monday, would allow sports bets to take place on apps for smartphones and tablets, with severs placed in casinos. But Assembly Speaker Carl... more

DMV encourages New Yorkers to get REAL ID ahead of summer travel season

DMV encourages New Yorkers to get REAL ID ahead of summer travel season
With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer travel season, the Department of Motor Vehicles reminded New Yorkers to make sure they are prepared for future travel. According to the federal REAL ID Act, which begins October 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant document such as a REAL ID, Enhanced Driver License or a U.S. Passport will be needed to fly... more

WATCH: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 100 year commemorative video

WATCH: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 100 year commemorative video
On April 25, 1919, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance founders came together in Auburn, New York to organize a cooperative to promote tourism in the region. 100 years later the tourism industry in the region has grown beyond their wildest expectations. Below is an outstanding video the FLTA produced to commemorate their 100 year anniversary. more

AAA: Nearly 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend

AAA: Nearly 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and many Americans will be celebrating away! AAA says nearly 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend in what will be the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA starting tracking holiday travel in 2000. That's a 3.6 percent increase from last year. According to AAA, most travelers will... more
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