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Tompkins County experiences best sales tax month, quarter and year

Tompkins County Finance Director Rick Snyder presented the county sales tax report Tuesday, showing favorable results for 2017. The county’s share of receipts for 2017 totaled $35,262,872 — 6 percent above receipts for 2016 and more than $1.8 million dollars above budget, said Marcia Lynch, Tompkins County spokeswoman. Reconciled fourth-quarter receipts were up by 9 percent compared to the fourth... more

Study reveals visitor info along Erie Canal corridor

Results from an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor study are out, and they show a picture of what kinds of visitors pass through, strengths of the corridor and areas for improvement. The approximately 500-mile corridor spans the state canal system including the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca and Oswego canals. It provides biking, boating and hiking opportunities, in addition to showcasing many... more

Concerns around del Lago’s performance not worrying local officials

When Moody’s Investors Services downgraded del Lago Resort & Casino’s ‘financial outlook’ — those in the region took notice. While it didn’t dampen the mood of last week’s one year anniversary at the $440 million facility, which employs more than 1,200 people — concerns over financial stability were raised. del Lago was expected to ramp up to about $250 million... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: del Lago Resort & Casino General Manager Jeff Babinski in-studio (podcast)

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of the grand opening of del Lago Casino and Resort in the northern Seneca County Town of Tyre. del Lago General Manager Jeff Babinski is in-studio to talk about the past year and the future at the casino, hotel and entertainment venues. . more

Law enforcement outlines expectations as thousands converge on Seneca Falls for march today

The Town of Seneca Falls Police Department is advising residents and visitors that on Saturday the Women March in Seneca Falls will be taking place. The Women March ceremony will begin at approximately 10 am at the Women’s Rights National Historic Park on Fall Street and conclude at approximately 2 pm at the Community Center. The march will step off... more

NY won’t spend $460,000 on NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, multi-year deal struck with ‘Go Bowling’

New York State won’t spend another $460,000 on race sponsorship at Watkins Glen International in 2018, according to NASCAR officials. In 2017, I LOVE NY sponsored the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. This year that agreement has been agreed to with Go Bowling. The investment last year, came in exchange for multiple promotional opportunities. There... more

Change coming? Deputy supervisor says combination of enforcement, policy change needed with snow removal issue

The Town of Seneca Falls issued a reminder to residents about snow removal policies that are currently in place. The policy from Section 300-95 of the Town books reads as follows: All snow, ice, dirt or other obstruction upon any public sidewalk in the Town of Seneca Falls shall be removed by the owner or occupant of the adjoining land immediately... more

Cayuga County, Airbnb tax collection agreement proposed

Cayuga County could soon collect occupancy tax on Airbnb rentals. A resolution and agreement with Airbnb, an online marketplace for booking accommodations worldwide, is making its way through the county Legislature. The agreement would allow the company to collect occupancy taxes for online bookings in Cayuga County and transfer those funds to the treasurer’s office on a quarterly basis. According... more

Sales tax collections in 2017 down in Auburn, up in rest of Cayuga County

Cayuga County ended the year with a significant increase in sales tax revenue compared with 2016, while the city of Auburn, which receives sales tax funds independently from the county, saw a slight decrease. According to the year-end sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, Cayuga County as a whole has seen a 7.4-percent increase in sales tax... more

Smaller local airports getting funding for construction projects

Several small airports in the central New York region are among those across New York state that are getting a combined $20.5 million in funding under the Aviation Capital Grant Program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Those airports getting funding are: – $1,080,000 to Oswego County Airport for terminal building construction – $1,485,000 to Canandaigua Airport to construct general aviation... more

Roundtable highlights impact of tourism on Cayuga County lodging

Tourism is giving Cayuga County's lodging industry a boost, but there are outside factors that present challenges for local hotels and inns. The state of lodging in the county was the topic at the monthly Wednesday Morning Roundtable. Four panelists participated in the discussion moderated by Laura Coburn. Tourism provides $397 in tax relief per household in Cayuga County, Coburn... more

Women’s Hall of Fame seeking bids for first floor work at new home

The conversion of the first floor of the former Seneca Knitting Mill into a modern space to honor the 276 inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame is moving forward. The Hall of Fame is seeking sealed bids for the Hall’s Center for Great Women First Floor Occupancy Project. The bids will be received until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.... more

Gas prices continue to dip throughout region just in time for holiday travel

Low demand and steady nationwide gasoline stock growth have helped push down the national average price for unleaded gas at the pumps again. The national average for regular unleaded Monday was $2.43 per gallon, down 3 cents since last week, AAA Western and Central New York reports. The state average was $2.63, down 2 cents from last week. Both figures... more

Tourism assets expand as Finger Lakes region grows with new businesses

The last 12 months have seen a significant amount of growth in the Finger Lakes Region, with new businesses opening and attractions, accommodations, culinary options, and more being added to the popular vacation region. According to the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC) – the official tourism promotion agency of the Finger Lakes Region as recognized by I Love NY... more

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
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