The 31st Lap #214: Karen Davis-Farage of Pole Position Raceway

On Thursday night’s live edition of The 31st Lap on FingerLakes1.TV, Chris Marquart recaps a busy weekend that saw Stewart Friesen win the Eastern States Championship and Erick Rudolph win Outlaw’s Dutch Hoag Memorial. Then, a discussion with Karen Davis-Farage about the upcoming promotions at Pole Position Raceway at Destiny USA and Marketplace Mall… AUDIO ONLY VERSION: more

Excellus: ‘Superbugs’ infect 30,000 upstate New Yorkers annually

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield reported Wednesday that antibiotic-resistant bacteria — “superbugs” — are infecting some 30,000 upstate New Yorkers annually. “These drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ are a global problem,” stated Dr. Martin Lustick, corporate medical director, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “Bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we have, and there are few new antibiotics in development.” Antibiotics treat such illnesses as strep throat... more

Finger Lakes reaching ‘peak’ for fall foliage this weekend

The latest report from the Empire Center has been released and the Finger Lakes is officially reaching peak season for fall foliage. While we have been receiving many great photos of the fall foliage over the last week, the center expects that the best conditions will be this weekend. Next week, the region will fall back into ‘past peak’ conditions,... more

FLX receives first taste of winter, NYSEG says snow likely caused outages

The calendar says October, but walking outside on Thursday morning made it feel like late-November or December. The temperatures were hanging in the low- to mid-30s with a light layer of snow on the ground. It wasn’t enough to cause any major delays, or even any significant headaches on area roadways – but it was enough to cause some minor... more

Sodus woman charged with stealing, selling dog in Webster

A Sodus woman is facing a variety of charges after she allegedly stole a dog from a facility she worked at, and then sold the animal for $400 to an individual in Canandaigua. The incident took place in Webster at TheraVet Acres, where 23-year-old Cassandra Blake, of Sodus, was an employee. Monroe County deputies say that Blake stole the dog... more

Quick burst of snow possible before changing to all rain Thursday

A storm system will approach the Finger Lakes region from the southwest Wednesday night. High pressure to the northeast and the onset of precipitation during the night will help lock enough cold air in place for some of the precipitation to start as snow. Precipitation will start to overspread the region from southwest to northeast this evening. Some of the... more

DEC forming Finger Lakes watershed team

Prompted by the increase in harmful blue-green algae blooms, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is establishing the Finger Lakes Water Hub, a multi-region watershed team that will address Finger Lakes water-quality issues. The DEC also announced a $600,000 initiative with Cayuga Community College in Auburn and others to study algae blooms and undertake pollution-reduction projects in the Owasco Lake... more

Schumer pushing for funds to battle blue-green algae

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer went to Standing Stone Vineyards on Friday to say he will argue for $1.6 billion in federal funds to battle the growth of dangerous, toxic blue-green algae in Seneca Lake and other upstate bodies of water. Schumer said he is urging the Senate Appropriations Committee putting together a 2017 federal budget to include an additional $1.6... more

$581 one-time payment sought for Social Security recipients

A $5 monthly cost-of-living increase for 2017 isn’t adequate, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday. Schumer is pushing for passage of the Seniors and Veteran Emergency (SAVE) Benefits Act, which would provide a one-time payment of $581 to Social Security recipients — including New York seniors and individuals with disabilities, who were denied a cost of living adjustment (COLA) in... more

When’s your STAR rebate check coming?

New Yorkers should be getting rebate checks for their property taxes any day now, according to the state tax department. The checks started going out earlier this month, and more than 34,600 have already been mailed out, the state Department of Taxation and Finance said Friday. "We continue to process checks and will issue them on a rolling basis throughout... more

Light snow possible in the FLX this week

Parts of Seneca, Ontario, Cayuga, Yates, and Tompkins counties could see their first snowfall of the year this week. The National Weather Service in Binghamton posted a graphic to their Facebook Page on Tuesday, highlighting the risk and outlook for snowfall on Wednesday night. “While some snowflakes are possible tonight, chances are increasing that some may be seeing their first... more

Foliage Report: Finger Lakes nearing peak season

The Empire Center released their updated findings on the gorgeous fall foliage from throughout the state, which was highlighted by near-peak conditions throughout the Finger Lakes. According to the Empire Center’s October 19th assessment: “Many areas of the Finger Lakes region will be awash in gorgeous peak and near peak foliage this weekend. Spotters in Syracuse, in Onondaga County, are... more

Should NY have full-time legislature? State Senate candidates disagree at Auburn forum

An idea floated in the aftermath of several public corruption cases involving New York state legislators received support from the Democratic challenger in the 51st Senate District race. But the incumbent, state Sen. Jim Seward, isn’t a fan. At an hour-long televised forum Thursday at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, Democratic candidate Jermaine Bagnall-Graham said he supports shifting from a... more

FingerLakes1.com to host major debates as candidates for 54th, SF Town Council face off

Throughout the months of September and October voters have been listening to candidates on the national stage talk about issues at crucial debates. Debates are incredibly important because they connect voters and candidates in a way that campaign events, or simple meet-and-greets cannot. When it comes to local politics – debates and forums are discussed – but happen with less... more

UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch issued for FLX as more rain expected

Update: As heavy rain makes it’s way back into the area this morning, temperatures are expected to hang in the mid-50’s throughout Friday. Locations throughout the Finger Lakes have seen 2-3 inches of rainfall already. The Flash Flood Watch now includes the entire Finger Lakes region with more than 2-inches of rain expected additionally on top of what fell Thursday. ... more

Eco Talk: Record-breaking temperatures continue to require our attention

Before I wrote this article, I took a quick look through my past Eco Talks. I was looking at what I’d written before on climate change, on how many times I’d discussed how we’d just seen the warmest year, the warmest month, the highest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, etc. There are moments I missed, but generally, whenever we... more

Rochester pair face multiple charges after theft from Forever 21

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that Domonique A. Jones, 18, and Sabrena Maddox, 44, both of Rochester were arrested following a shoplifting investigation at the Forever 21 store inside Eastview Mall. Jones was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and it is alleged that she stole $77.70 worth of merchandise from Forever 21. Maddox... more
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