THE DEBRIEF: Albany corruption, MCC’s failed drill & much more (podcast)

On Episode #20 of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso answer your questions and address recent headlines around issues of school safety, the role of government officials, Eminent Domain, and much more. Listen to the entire podcast below: AUDIO ONLY VERSION: more

Temporary relief from cold in sight, but long-term outlook is chilly

For those who have been hoping for a pattern change, the long-term forecast has ‘good’ and ‘bad’ built into it. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil outlined what he was forecasting for the next week; and even spoke to some of the long-range expectations for the forecast here in the Finger Lakes on Thursday. There’s no snow in the forecast for... more

Rochester/Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Trail up and running

The new Rochester/Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Trail is open for visitors. The trail is a new partnership between the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County’s official tourism promotion agency, and the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail. The marketing partnership connects breweries, brew pubs, distilleries, wineries and hard cideries of Rochester, Ontario County and parts of Wayne County. State legislation was sponsored... more

Deputies: Rochester pair charged in Gorham burglary

A Rochester duo was arrested in Ontario County upon completion of an investigation into a burglary that happened on February 21st. Antonio Brown, 21, and Dhameer Balkum, 19, were both arrested on different charges after the investigation. Brown was charged with second-degree burglary after allegedly entering a home in Gorham and stealing property. The property was valued at $640, according... more

Forecast remains snow-free, but cold through weekend

Don’t expect spring-like warmth on the first official day of Spring in the Finger Lakes. While a major storm system will stay to the south of the region — sparing us of more snowfall — temperatures will struggle to hit 30 degrees, after sinking into the low-teens overnight. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said on Tuesday that the region will... more

Deputies: Driver was under the influence of drugs after Ontario Co. crash on SR 332

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office says a Rochester driver faces numerous charges after causing an accident in Canandaigua due to running a red light, and driving under the influence of drugs. Deputies say they were called to the intersection of State Route 332 and Canandaigua-Farmington Townline Road for a personal injury accident on St. Patrick’s Day around 12:16 p.m. As... more

Rhinos owners plan legal action over stadium lease

The Rochester Rhinos say they are looking to legal options after failing to reach an agreement over the lease for Capelli Sport Stadium. The city moved to evict the team after the Rhinos cancelled their 2018 season due to financial constraints. The team did, however, scheduled other soccer games with the USL and the Rochester Lancers to be played at... more

PLANNING FORECAST: Springs stays away from FLX, but unsettled weather disappears

Don’t expect spring, but the region can celebrate the fact that snow is out of the forecast. While parts of the region might see some snow showers around mid-week – a vast majority of the region will be snow-free. Temperatures will hover in the 30s throughout the week, with low temperatures sinking into the low-20s. A system that has been... more

LOCAL REACTION: Rep. Louise Slaughter passes away at 88 (full coverage)

Liam Fitzsimmons, chief of staff to Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) announced her passing. The 88-year-old had been a staple in local, regional, and federal politics — taking on a wide-variety of issues. The passing comes days after Slaughter was hospitalized — suffering what was reported as a concussion. The injury happened at her Washington D.C. residence. She was the... more

FLX FORECAST: Cold but calm weather for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

The scenes that played out in parts of the Finger Lakes on Friday morning will be a thing of the past by the time we get to the afternoon hours. Peaks of sun can be expected on Friday, as temperatures push into the low-30s. The weekend will remain sunny and calm. For the first time in several days, there is... more

Seneca Falls woman wanted by Rochester PD faces new drug charges

On March 12th at approximately 6:30 a.m. members of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested a 48-year-old resident on drug charges after a traffic stop. The traffic stop was initiated after the report of a suspicious vehicle near the Elks Lodge on River Road. During the investigation, it was determined that Tanya K. Rivkin, 48, of Seneca Falls was in... more

Kolb, Palmesano & Helming draft letter calling on Gov. Cuomo to block Circular enerG incinerator

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-Corning) and Sen. Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials to block a prospective application from Circular EnerG, LLC to construct a waste-to-energy incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus. On Tuesday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a... more

FLX will remain cold, windy over next several days

There will be a chance for some minor, scattered snow showers, but a vast majority of the snowfall is over. At least for the time being. While some outlets are already gearing up for another winter storm that could run up along the coast early-next week – between now-and-then the weather will improve. Temperatures will feel cold on Thursday, especially... more

Gillibrand: National Heritage designation for Finger Lakes passes hurdle

It’s been almost three years since U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stood in Red Jacket Park and announced an effort to have the Finger Lakes Region designated as a National Heritage Area (NHA) Monday, her office announced that the legislation has passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “This will be a big deal for the area,” says... more

185 groups urge Cuomo, NY lawmakers to ban plastic bags

Nearly 185 environmental and civic groups are urging New York state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation banning plastic bags. In a letter sent Friday the groups called on state leaders to follow the lead of California and the hundreds of cities and towns across the nation that have already banned the plastic shopping bags and imposed... more

Maple producers on the cutting edge in the Finger Lakes

Walter and Vance Kannapel, a father-and-son duo making maple syrup at their sugar shack in Farmington, started boiling sap from sugar maples around their cabin in the Adirondacks some three decades ago. These days, their sugar shack is at the Kannapel home on Rushmore Road. They boil sap from a forest of sugar maples on the property into syrup, which... more

Former state Sen. Nozzolio leading initiative to promote region

An initiative spearheaded by former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio is moving forward with plans to promote the Finger Lakes region with a focus on economic development. LOCATE Finger Lakes has created a website, locatefingerlakes.com, featuring links to county and state economic development agencies, local chambers of commerce and educational institutions in the region. Other information is available on the website,... more

Snow, wind will remain locked in the FLX through day (full coverage)

Wednesday will be a snowy, cold, blustery day making it feel like mid-winter, despite spring being a short time away. Check out the latest forecast information below as winter continues to thrash the Finger Lakes. *** PLANNING FORECAST AT A GLANCE *** – Areas of lake effect snow will continue throughout the day, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil.... more
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