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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

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
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