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THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #22 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest political news from the Finger Lakes. Special focus will be placed on a report published by ACT Rochester, which compares cities and counties throughout the Finger Lakes in a number of categories. Check back later for updated link lists, and more from today’s show.... more

Hobart losses to Bryant to fall to 4-9 on the season

Hobart College junior Matthew Pedicine won a top 10 duel against Bryant University senior Kenny Massa at the faceoff X, but the Bulldogs scored a 13-8 Northeast Conference victory this afternoon. Massa came into the game third in the nation in faceoff percentage (.707) and second in ground balls per game (11.92), but Pedicine (6th in FO% at .664, 15th... more

Police: Geneva teen indicted on 10 felony counts of disseminating indecent material to minor

A 19-year-old Geneva resident was indicted on ten felony counts, as well as a misdemeanor charge following an investigation into a series of incidents in Ontario County. On Thursday around 1:30 p.m. Ramaj McCall Durant, 19, of Geneva was charged with ten counts of felony disseminating indecent material to a minor in the second degree, as well as one count... more

State Police: Hopewell man raped teen at underage drinking party

State Police say a 33-year-old Hopewell man was arrested after an investigation into an alleged rape and underage drinking. Troopers say Michael Socciarelli, 33, of Hopewell is accused of raping a 16-year-old while she was drunk. Through an investigation it was determined that Socciarelli supplied alcohol to four minors during an underage drinking party that took place in Ontario County.... more

LOCATE Finger Lakes aims to bring young people back to region

To provide the young people of the Finger Lakes region with a dynamic educational program on business and free enterprise, KeyBank is pleased to announce the KeyBank Foundation is making a substantial donation to LOCATE Finger Lakes, a newly formed regional economic development initiative. This grant is part of the bank’s five year Community Benefits Plan. The $60,000 grant, given... more

Spring is about to arrive in the FLX: But will it stick around?

As temperatures begin to rise this weekend in the Finger Lakes — many are hoping that winter is officially behind us. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said on Friday that persistent, winter weather simply isn’t likely as spring rolls forward. “The forecast for the next 10-15 days seems rather confident that temperatures will hover around normal, which means plenty of... more

Schumer pushes for grape research funds

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, is urging the Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service to provide a robust investment in new equipment for the Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva. Schumer said in a press statement that upgrades to the unit’s technology are necessary to ensure researchers have the state-of-the-art tools needed to respond to the... more

Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report

ACT Rochester released compelling new data evaluating some of the long-term trends in counties and cities throughout the Finger Lakes. The Report Card looks at everything from socio-economic factors — to ultra-specific population data-points that may get lost in the grind of daily governing. The data was collected in an effort to give elected leaders throughout the Finger Lakes better... more

Bristol Mountain stays open for business through this weekend

It appears that Mother Nature is still reluctant to fully give in to spring so Bristol Mountain has once again decided to extend the season that officially launched on November 11, 2017. Right now it appears that out of the 50 New York Ski Areas, only Bristol Mountain and a few other ski areas plan to reopen this weekend. Bristol... more

Deputies search for missing Canandaigua teen who never got on the bus Monday

Deputies in Ontario County are searching for a 16-year-old girl. Bailey Vanderwall was reported missing after she didn’t get on the school bus Monday morning. She’s a student at Canandaigua City School District. Vanderwall is approximately 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 130 lbs. She has brown eyes and long, red hair. She was last seen wearing a purple coat, according... more

FLX WEEKLY: When will the never-ending winter finally end? (podcast)

As we move into the second half of April, we’re still waiting for winter to end here in the Finger Lakes. On this week’s edition of FLX Weekly we’ll tell you if the end is in sight, round up the week’s top local stories, check out some of our favorite local photos from the past several days, round-up your sports... more

POLITICS & MUSIC: Trailblazers mini-musical focuses on increased engagement (video)

It was about telling the story of politics through music. On Tuesday, April 17th a popular venue in Geneva was filled, as actors, music and food brought a discussion about politics to the forefront. That was the purpose of the event, according to Trailblazers PAC Founder Leslie Danks Burke. She described the night as exciting — but also pointed out... more

Linda Andrei leads 23rd Democrats in campaign cash

Linda Andrei has the most cash on hand among the five Democrats expected to take part in the June 26 primary in the race for the 23rd Congressional seat, according to the latest fundraising figures from the Federal Elections Commission. Andrei, an Ithaca doctor, has $210,534 cash on hand after campaign- connected disbursements. “We all know that the only poll... more

Long-standing landfill air pollution dispute heads to federal appeals court

Should state and federal regulators consider the Ontario County Landfill to be one or two separate entities for purposes of air-pollution permits? That question was raised eight years ago — and it’s still winding its way through the court system. The latest development is a hearing before the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Arguments are... more

BOCES teacher charged with forcible touching in Ontario County

Deputies say on April 11th they were called to the BOCES Flint Campus after receiving a call from administration about inappropriate contact between a substitute teacher and student. An investigation was initiated, and it was revealed that a 17-year-old female student had reported that a substitute teacher inappropriately touched her while in a classroom. As result, the teacher — identified... more

Holocaust survivor in Hopewell: ‘Don’t hate anyone’

A black-and-white photograph of herself as a little girl with her older sister and brother, a cherished prayer book and some Polish money given to her by her father the last time she saw him in 1942 are all Helen Levinson has left of her family. She showed the keepsakes to an audience Thursday at Finger Lakes Community College during... more

Geneva City Manager Search Committee meets for first time at HWS

The City Manager Search Community Committee met for its first meeting at Demarest Hall at Hobart William Smith. The group met from 11:30am-1:00pm. Mayor Ron Alcock greeted the members and thanked them for volunteering for this very important task. After introductions, the members signed confidentiality agreements. This process being confidential is an industry practice that allows the privacy of the... more
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