Finalized deal saves horse racing, 1,200 jobs at FLGR; del Lago will pony up to help

The deal is finalized. It means that horse racing is preserved for at least two more years in Farmington. While the long-term stability and health of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is anything but certain — the deal finalized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo puts the facility on slightly more solid footing moving forward. As predicted though, the deal will come... more

Area flights already delayed, cancelled ahead of winter storm

If you’re trying to get out of the area ahead of Monday night’s major winter storm — the clock is ticking. As of noontime, thousands of flights had already been delayed or cancelled in Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca. With connecting flights to major hubs along the east coast — plenty are prepping for days of bogged down travel. New York... more

Made in New York? Forget it, as state loses to others

In the middle of New York’s rich dairy farm country rises two mammoth white buildings where the nation’s Greek yogurt fad took hold. On little more than a whim and a Small Business Administration loan, Hamdi Ulukaya reshaped an industry, taking an abandoned Kraft plant located almost in the center of New York to hatch Chobani, the nation’s leading maker... more

Local laws and litigation: Recent history of landfilling debate in Seneca Falls

The polarizing nature of the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls has folks from every walk of life weighing in. While the community remains largely split on the issues at play — this year is shaping up to be as important — if not more important than 2016. On March 14th a Public Hearing is scheduled to take place at... more

Finger Lakes Wines and Grapes: February weather helped water table

February wasn’t too bad. It was more of the same: cold and snow, then warm and rain. Actually, there was some record warmth for Presidents’ Day week! This cycle certainly helps raise our water table, which was badly depleted last summer. And the lack of subzero temperatures is a great thing. As long as we get some more typical colder... more

Design process for CNY tourism center in Auburn begins with city council approval

City and state officials are moving forward with a Brooklyn architectural firm as the lead designers of the Central New York Regional Welcoming Center. The Auburn City Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize a contract with nArchitects to design what has been proposed as an approximately 10,000-square-foot facility. The project will be sited in the South Street parking lot across... more

OFF TO THE RACES: Helming, Funke land deal to keep FLGR racing in 2017

Negotiations are over. On Tuesday the Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack came to terms with an agreement, which ensures that the 2017 racing season will happen. “Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has been a tourist destination for our area for over 50 years, attracting people and families from all parts of New York... more

Brooklyn architects tapped to design central New York tourism center in downtown Auburn

A Brooklyn-based firm has been identified by city and state officials as the top choice to lead the design of a regional tourism center in downtown Auburn. The highest rated of seven applicants that submitted design proposals for the Central New York Regional Welcoming Center was nArchitects. The Auburn site is one of several announced as part of a statewide $55... more

Skepticism of Gov. Cuomo’s plan to save FLGR running high

First, there was the announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that a plan to ‘save’ Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack would include a payment from del Lago Resort & Casino, which opened in Tyre this month. The exact amount of money is still being discussed and debated, but the proposal as Gov. Cuomo announced it would include a $440,000 payment... more

NOT SO FAST: Cuomo plan to ‘save’ FLGR would ’fall short’

It wouldn’t be enough. That was the message from the Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, who is tasked with protecting 1,200 people at the Farmington racetrack. “In its present form the proposal falls short of what we feel is fair,” David Brown, president of the group told the D&C in a recent interview. “They are requiring the most... more

Ontario County tourism leader focused on new ideas

Valerie Knoblauch admits that being the leader of a tourism agency promoting Ontario County is not a bad gig, given the multitude of attractions the county offers. On the west side, there’s shopping Mecca Victor. In the county’s midsection, Canandaigua and its historical downtown and multiethnic cuisine, as well as its lakefront, which is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift. To the... more

City, state officials mull design firms for regional welcoming center in downtown Auburn

City and state officials behind the development of a regional tourism center in downtown Auburn are still working to choose a firm to design the facility. Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert said Tuesday that the search has been narrowed from around seven firms to four to spearhead the design process behind the proposed Central New York Regional Welcoming Center. The... more

Women’s Rights National Historical Park slashes hours again due to staffing woes

The Women’s Rights National Historical Park has cut its hours of operation again due to understaffing, according to a news release. The park will now be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ami Ghazala, the park’s superintendent, couldn’t be reached for comment. The park previously announced that all tours were cancelled until further notice due to understaffing... more

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
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