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Downtown continues to grow as brew scene heats up in Geneva

Downtown Geneva is proof that if all parts of a community come together – a dramatic turnaround is possible. The City has evolved in the last two decades, transforming into a diverse, vibrant destination in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Through grants from the state and dedicated community involvement, Geneva is now one of Upstate New York’s most desired locations for... more

Plenty of good news in Tyre as del Lago enjoys second-best week

del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre saw it’s second-best week since opening back in February over the long, holiday weekend. According to state filings, the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday saw pre-tax revenue inside the casino sit at $3,532,995. It fell short of the best week ever by just a couple-hundred thousand dollars. The casino’s 14 poker tables... more

NY launches mobile app for Thruway travel

Just in time for the holidays, New York state is launching a mobile app to help motorists navigate the state Thruway. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the new program earlier this month. Available for free on iPhone and Android mobile devices, the app provides users with real-time traffic information as well as resources about services along the Thruway. It... more

del Lago boosted Thruway traffic, tourism in Seneca County

When del Lago Resort & Casino was proposed, it was billed as a ‘gateway’ to the region. It’s a mantra shared by Seneca County’s lead tourism agency, the Chamber of Commerce. The placement of the casino next to Exit 41 from the New York State Thruway was intentional, feeding off of a central location in the state. Now, del Lago... more

DEBRIEF: Tackling budgets, new hires, and disaster declaration along Lake Ontario (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso dive into election results, ballot measures, the budget process in Seneca Falls as the Town Board weighs usage of landfill revenue, a newly hired Director of Public Works in Seneca County, and disaster declaration along the shores of Lake Ontario. . more

Significant winter weather event looming? Local forecaster says not so fast

Any sunshine that the Finger Lakes is experiencing this morning should be worn away by mid- to late-afternoon as a cold front approaches. According to our local forecast, temperatures will be in the mid-40s thanks to a southerly wind. Rain showers will be possible in developing during the afternoon hours, which will trumped by a period of light rain as... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Bob & Donna Stivers in-studio talking Geneva (podcast)

Meet Bob and Donna Stivers who operate a wide variety of businesses in the Geneva area. They are in-studio along with their marketing partner Casey Fick to talk about their boat tours, Tiki Bar North, Stivers Seneca Marine, Lake Street Winery and their rental business. Also, their thoughts on the state of Geneva heading into 2018. . more

REPORT: Cayuga, Seneca counties lead the way in FLX sales tax revenue

Business is booming in the Finger Lakes. The New York State Association of Counties released an update to county officials on sales tax results in 2017. The numbers are impressive, and while Seneca County has benefited from having a $440 million gaming facility in Tyre, which houses restaurants, a 150-room hotel — the entire region has seen another year of... more

Sen. Helming announces signing of agricultural tourism bill

Senator Pam Helming today announced that a bill that she co-sponsored to reduce the cost of insurance for agritourism businesses was signed into law. The cost of liability insurance is becoming increasingly costly particularly for small farms that host agritourism activities, such as U-Pick produce, U-Cut Christmas trees, farm and winery tours, snowmobiling, hunting, and other forms of outdoor recreation.... more

City of Geneva moving ahead with DRI-funded road projects

The city is wasting no time getting going on street projects that are receiving state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. The city has issued requests for proposals for engineering and planning services for a $4.4 million project that would modify Routes 5&20 between Lake and Elizabeth Blackwell streets to create more connectivity between downtown and Lakefront Park. The cost of the... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Jimmy Wilmot & Matt Ingold of del Lago in-studio (podcast)

Director of Promotions Jimmy Wilmot and VP of Marketing Matt Ingold at del Lago Resort & Casino are in-studio on Monday afternoon to talk about how they develop promotions and special events at the casino and much more as guests on Weber This Week with Harold “Web Dog” Weber. . AUDIO ONLY VERSION: more

CEO: Waterloo Holiday Inn will become Quality Inn this winter

The hotel market is evolving. In 2018, the Holiday Inn located in Waterloo will transition into a Quality Inn, according to Charter One Hotels & Resorts, Inc. CEO John Balliett who spoke with FingerLakes1.com exclusively on Wednesday about the move. “We have decided to make a change from Holiday Inn to Choice Hotel’s Quality brand,” he explained. “But our decision... more

Canal system closing early this year; locks close on Wednesday

The state’s canal system — including the Erie Canal in Wayne County and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca County — will be closing about six weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, the canals, now part of New York Power Authority operations, will be closed as of 5 p.m. today. There are some exceptions, noted Bob Stopper, a member... more

COMPTROLLER: Seneca, Cayuga have highest percentage of ‘structurally deficient’ bridges

Billions of dollars are needed to correct issues with locally owned bridges throughout New York. According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli more than $27.4 billion is needed to fix local bridges. Several counties in the Finger Lakes — ranked among the top in the state for featuring the most ‘structurally deficient’ bridges. Seneca County led the way in... more

Gov. Cuomo says wine trails will receive $215M

The wine and craft beverage industry is a big deal in the Finger Lakes. There are currently 13 wine trails across the State that support New York’s vital agricultural, craft beverage and tourism industries. To enhance the current wine trail system, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in significant upgrades to the region’s roadways, bridges and culverts,... more

Inside the FLX: Talking rural development in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Monday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso was joined by Jillian Kasow, Director and Counsel to the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Christopher Stewart, Special Projects Coordinator with the USDA, and Jim Walfrand, Area Director for Rural Development with the USDA — who discussed shared efforts between regional, state, and federal officials to deliver valuable assets... more

20 years of apple touring in Wayne County

The annual Wayne County Apple Tour returns for the 20th year this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in New York State. The tour runs throughout the month of... more
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