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Cuomo announces new $151M to pave local roads, bridges

Cuomo announces new $151M to pave local roads, bridges
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an added $151 million in new funding to coincide with $743 million in direct state aid for local road and bridge projects across New York. The added funding is for fixing roads impacted by extreme weather events. The new funding is part of the PAVE NY Initiative. “New York continues to make nation-leading investments in the... more

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing Women March in Seneca Falls (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing Women March in Seneca Falls 2020 (podcast)
This weekend organizers hope thousands turn out again, like in past years, to celebrate inclusion and inspire conversations. Women March in Seneca Falls 2020 is an event that will span three days this year, compared to the single-day event, which it has been in the past. While a march will be the major draw, several other important events are scheduled... more

Cuomo announces agreement on limo safety legislation

Cuomo announces agreement on limo safety legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a three-way agreement with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on a limousine safety regulation package. The 10- point package introduces new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal u-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information,... more

Supervisors will consider including more properties in room tax collection in Ontario County

Supervisors will consider including more properties in room tax collection in Ontario County
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors is considering a change to room tax collection. The board will consider requiring this tax be collected on rentals with three or fewer units inside it, in addition to those larger ones. The Finger Lakes Times reports that officials are proposing amendments to remove the exemption for facilities with three or fewer units and... more

Governor’s Erie Canal plan would bring whitewater rafting to Seneca Falls

Governor’s Erie Canal plan would bring whitewater rafting to Seneca Falls
A $300 million plan to improve usage of the Erie Canal includes a proposal to turn a portion of the waterway into a white-water rafting area near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 29th proposal of his 2020 State of the State: a $300... more

Cuomo’s 13th proposal for 2020: High speed rail across New York State

Cuomo’s 13th proposal for 2020: High speed rail across New York State
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s going to enlist experts to study high speed rail as a transportation method in New York State. It’s his 13th proposal for the 2020 agenda. The Governor will task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build... more

More than $1M to be spent on child care expansion at Tompkins YMCA via economic development grants

More than $1M to be spent on child care expansion at Tompkins YMCA via economic development grants
Economic development and childcare have overlapped in Tompkins County. As part of the state’s REDC, or Regional Economic Development Initiative, the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County is going to see funds to expand. Over the last two weeks, we’ve been detailing the projects and spot-lighting where funds will be spent in the Finger Lakes. More than $64 million had... more

Dennis Money responds, will address Board of Supervisors tonight after Seneca White Deer announcement

Money, Martin compete over narrative following announced end of Seneca White Deer, Inc. tours at depot
After the abrupt announcement from Seneca White Deer, Inc. that they would be ceasing tour operations at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, and the follow-up announcement from property owner Earl Martin that tours could resume with new management in the near-future - SWD President Dennis Money is addressing parts of a press release pushed out on Monday by... more

Seneca Falls holds first session to discuss ideas for $10M DRI spending

Seneca Falls holds first session to discuss ideas for $10M DRI spending
People began putting their ideas down on paper Monday on how to spend $10 million in state money to revitalize this community’s 116.2-acre downtown. Four tables of 7-8 people discussed and wrote down what they’d like to see happen. The participants examined easels with proposals from a local planning committee, and wrote notes to consultants about what they liked and... more

Tours could resume at former depot under new management

Martin says tours on former Seneca Army Depot likely again in the future, under new management
Martin says SWD thought they could operate profitable tourism effort at site – By Josh Durso A representative for Earl Martin says that despite Seneca White Deer, Inc. announcing last week that they would cease tour operations at the former Seneca Army Depot – management of the site will continue uninterrupted. “When Earl Martin purchased a portion of the former... more

Seneca Falls ranks #3 on list of best places for solo women travelers

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According to a list of top-destinations for solo female travelers by AARP and Expedia – Seneca Falls is the third best destination in the U.S. The author notes that locations on the list celebrate and recognize women for their contributions to society. “Seneca Falls is one of the best places for single women to travel, because the city has long... more

Shoreline businesses on Lake Ontario eligible for state assistance

Shoreline businesses on Lake Ontario eligible for state assistance
With $300 million in state money committed to efforts to protect shoreline and bays from high Lake Ontario waters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the application period for the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program is now open for businesses and other organizations directly impacted by the historic flooding of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River earlier this year. The... more

Despite what some TSA agents claim, New York’s enhanced license meets REAL ID requirements

Despite what some TSA agents claim, New York’s enhanced license meets REAL ID requirements
New York State’s enhanced drivers license meets all REAL ID requirements, despite some TSA agents telling Central New Yorker travelers it doesn’t. Lori Burke, a business traveler from Canastota who’s away 45 of the 52 weeks a year, tells the Your Stories team she’s meet TSA officers at airports across the country have told her it won’t work when the... more

Plane makes emergency landing at Syracuse Hancock airport

Plane makes emergency landing at Syracuse Hancock airport
A plane has made a safe emergency landing at Syracuse Hancock International airport Friday night. Airport officials tell CNYCentral the Delta 2531 flight was heading from Boston to Los Angeles when it started to experience oil pressure issues. It was diverted to Syracuse and made a safe landing just after 7:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. Read more from CNYCentral.com more

Seneca, Yates both see significant increases in sales tax revenue

Seneca, Yates both see significant increases in sales tax revenue
Yates County leads New York State in the year-over-year increase of third quarter sales tax revenue with a 9% gain, bringing the year-to-date revenues to $11.1 million, just shy of the $12.2 million anticipated in the 2019 budget. Acting Administrator Nonie Flynn says the county’s pace is pointing toward total revenues that will eclipse the target for this year’s budget.... more

Thanksgiving gas prices forecasted to be at their highest levels in five years

Thanksgiving gas prices forecasted to be at their highest levels in five years
GasBuddy projects that the national average gas price for regular unleaded will be at its highest level since 2014. The company estimates the national average for a gallon of regular will be $2.56/gallon this year. GasBuddy reports that prices are about a penny higher per gallon than this time last year. According to a GasBuddy survey, 30 percent of Americans... more

Comptroller: Local sales tax collection strong across NYS

Comptroller: Local sales tax collection strong across NYS
New York state’s comptroller says local sales tax collections are up from last year. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported Friday that third-quarter local sales tax collections in New York totaled $4.8 billion. That’s up 6.3% over the same July-through-September period last year and the strongest quarter of this year. DiNapoli says increased internet sales tax revenue may have contributed to the... more
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