del Lago will partially fund Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack under proposal

The deal comes down to preserving jobs and a facility, which has been hurting bad over the last several years. A new plan announced by the New York State Gaming Commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ensure that thoroughbred racing at the Farmington track continues. It’s a two-year plan, which will have the option for a third — should... more

DEFEATED: Resolution calling for immediate sale of depot shot down by supervisors

Nearly an hour of debate and speakers. When all was said and done though, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors would defeat the resolution calling for the immediate sale of the former Seneca Army Depot. “It’s a complex deal,” Earl Martin explained to the board during his time addressing the collection of supervisors, county employees and members of the public.... more

Inside the FLX: IDA Exec. Director Bob Aronson talks depot, development, and more

“It was a great opportunity to do something for the home team.” That’s how Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Bob Aronson views his role in driving economic development. The IDA serves as an arm of government, which organizes and establishes deals to foster economic development. His roots run deep in Seneca County, as his grandfather’s business in downtown... more

Group seeks tax breaks to redevelop Nolan block in Auburn

Owners of the Nolan block of properties in downtown Auburn are looking for tax relief to help with efforts to rehabilitate the buildings. Principals with KyleCroft Development LLC have applied for mortgage, sales and use tax exemptions through the Auburn Industrial Development Authority as the firm plans to redevelop the Nolan block — at 41, 43-51, and 53 Genesee St.... more

SHOWDOWN: Motion to ax lease proposal goes before Seneca Co. BOS

It’s showdown time over the proposed lease-purchase of 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between Earl Martin and the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The Board of Supervisors’ Governmental Operations Committee voted 4-1 Jan. 24 on a non-binding resolution asking the IDA to “abandon both the lease and pursuit of a PILOT” for Martin... more

Early reviews good for del Lago Resort & Casino

In its first week of operation, del Lago Resort & Casino already had its first big payout on the slot machines when one player cashed in on a $25,000 jackpot. In fact, casino General Manager Jeff Babinski said the resort paid out over $700,000 in prizes its first week, and in addition to the slot machine winner, he said there... more

Watershed group rejects revised Everwilde plan in Bristol

A revised plan for the Everwilde Inn and Spa project doesn’t satisfy the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association. The nonprofit of 1,100 members is urging the South Bristol Town Board to reject the latest attempt by developers to move the project forward and eventually see their development on 45.7 acres on Seneca Point Road come to fruition. The plan needs “a... more

Rich Funke: NY should give $3M to save Finger Lakes racetrack

Sen. Rich Funke wants the state to pay $3 million to ensure Thoroughbred racing continues at a track in Farmington as competition for gambling dollars grow. The Perinton Republican was set to introduce a bill Tuesday evening calling on the state to appropriate funds to protect purses at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, which employs roughly 1,200. The legislation also... more

Proposed remediation of weapons sites on former Seneca Army Depot land up for comment

Proposed remedies for four military weapon sites on the former Seneca Army Depot land will be the topic of a public information meeting this Thursday. Hosted by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the meeting will cover what has been done to clean up the areas already, and the agencies’ suggestions... more

Thousands converge in Tyre as del Lago Resort & Casino opens for business (full coverage)

It’s time for the Town of Tyre, and Seneca County as a whole, to place it’s bet on del Lago Resort & Casino. The doors officially opened as thousands poured into the venue at 10:39 am. Massive lines were visible outside the venue, which were quickly worked through by the staff, who ensured guests were not waiting too long after... more

Federal freeze prompts cancellation of tours at Women’s Rights Park

All ranger-guided tours at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park have been canceled. The federal hiring freeze imposed by a Jan. 2 executive order signed by President Donald Trump is cited as the reason for the cancellation of the tours. In its latest newsletter, park officials said that “due to the recent federal hiring freeze, the Women’s Rights National Historical... more

Dove Block, others in Geneva make list for possible DRI funding

The Dove Block restoration effort was among the big winners of funding in the city’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative effort, as was a mixed-use project that would fill a long-vacant spot on North Exchange Street. The 17 recipients — both public and private projects — were announced Tuesday evening at the Ramada Inn Lakefront. Thirty projects were under consideration... more

Solar housing project pitched for land near Geneva lakefront tunnel

A Geneva startup is seeking Downtown Revitalization Initiative money to help fund a solar-powered housing project near the lake tunnel downtown. SmallGrid, in tandem with a sister company called Qwiksolar, is proposing to build Solar Village, a project featuring 28 micro apartments and 24 vacation rentals that will be powered by a solar unit that will be manufactured at the... more

New York now ranks 8th for most expensive gas in U.S., says AAA

Gas prices continue to slide nationwide, with the average price dropping 4 cents over the past week to $2.27 per gallon of regular unleaded – but New York prices remain among the highest in the nation with the state now ranked eighth for the most expensive gas. The average price for gas in New York is $2.50 per gallon, down... more

Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack: No date for the races

Jon Buckley has never experienced anything like it. A thoroughbred racing trainer since 1977 at Finger Lakes racetrack, he is waiting – and hoping – he can keep working and living in Ontario County. "We are uncertain as what this year will bring," said Buckley, a Vermont native who owns two race horses and trains 16 thoroughbreds in Farmington near... more

Galen, Clyde ready to draw people as del Lago Resort & Casino opens

Galen Town and Clyde Village officials have been busy since the announcement of a resort and casino in Tyre first hit the news more than two years ago. Galen Supervisor Steve Groat said when he learned about the project he approached Wayne County Economic Development, asking for help on how to approach Wilmorite regarding the project and the benefits Galen could... more

Progress 2017: Outpacing overall growth, Cayuga County tourism jobs up over past decade

Yearly estimates from the state Department of Labor show the number of workers in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cayuga County have gone up over the course of the last 10 years. The preliminary annual average number of leisure and hospitality industry jobs filled by local employers reached a record 2,600, a figure that was up 13 percent from... more

Seneca County IDA gives initial OK to Deer Haven lease application

The public will soon get the opportunity to comment on a financial assistance package being offered to Deer Haven Park LLC, the prospective owner of 7,000 acres at the former Seneca Army Depot. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has given initial approval to an application from Deer Haven owner Earl Martin to lease the land for a year and... more
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