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

Appeal still possible in animal cruelty case involving fallen racehorse

An appeal of Farmington Judge Morris Lew’s decision to throw out an animal cruelty charge last month is still a possibility for the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Heather Hines said Thursday that she is still waiting on a transcript from last month’s trial of Farmington resident Terra Payne, before making any moves toward a possible appeal... more

Ontario Sheriff extends ‘No Unnecessary Travel’ request

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says that conditions are worsening in his county. A Travel Advisory has been issued by Povero until 10 pm. Povero extended the No Unnecessary Travel Advisory active in the county, which will remain until 5 am on Thursday. He says that motorists should use extreme caution on the roadways, especially as those individuals who have... more

Farmington man ID’d after body recovered behind Aldi on SR 332

State Police say nothing appears to be suspicious about a 63-year-old who was discovered dead behind the Aldi grocery store in Farmington. The deceased has been identified as Daniel Kanous, a Farmington resident. State Police are now waiting for a toxicology report to determine what factors could have been at play leading up to his death. His body was discovered... 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

Judge throws out animal cruelty charge in Farmington Court

The woman charged with animal cruelty following the death of a retired racehorse last February had the case against her thrown out on Tuesday in Farmington Town Court. Terra Payne, the owner of a farm on Route 41 in Farmington, faced a potential jail sentence for the allegations that she failed to provide proper sustenance to the horse, which was... 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

Trial set for Farmington couple accused of animal cruelty

The Farmington couple arrested last year for their alleged role in the death of a former racehorse will have their case heard by a jury next week. Terra Payne and Patrick Ryan, charged with animal cruelty under section 353 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law for allegedly failing to provide sustenance to the animal, face a potential... 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

Farmington woman charged with burglary

Deputies in Ontario County say that a Farmington woman has been arrested after she allegedly stole items from a relative on February 1st. Arielle Sorel, 32, of Farmington was charged with second-degree burglary after an investigation into the theft of an XBOX from a relatives home on February 1st. She was arrested by Sheriff’s Investigators who executed the investigation over... 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

Consignment sale draws thousands of horse lovers from across state

The Countrymax Saddle and Tack Consignment Sale is just a week away, but there’s still time to drop off items to sell. Known as the Black Friday in February in the equine world, the sale is next Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. Countrymax representative Mandi Lenhard said people come from all over the state to buy and sell... more

Kolb: Racetrack resolution nears

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, said Monday he expects negotiations involving the future of Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack to be resolved in a week to 10 days. “It is moving forward. There is progress,” said Kolb, whose district includes Ontario and Seneca counties. At issue is competition from the newly opened del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca... more
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