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State announces action plans to combat algal blooms on Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes

Owasco, Cayuga and Skaneateles lakes are among 12 “priority waterbodies” across New York that received tailored action plans to address harmful algal blooms and protect water quality, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Developed in part through regional summits that connected local stakeholders and nationwide experts, the action plans contain a variety of recommendations and proposals on how to use $65... more

Tuesday morning greets FLX residents with cooler temps

The latest Finger Lakes forecast heading into the overnight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2:00 AM,. Cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Check out the latest at our Weather... more

Labatt to feature Seneca Lake, other New York waterways in limited edition cans

Labatt USA will partner with Riverkeeper to further its efforts to sustain the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. Labatt USA will make a $10,000 investment to support Riverkeeper’s efforts, which is part of a larger investment of more than $100,000 with Waterkeepers throughout the Great Lakes region. The partnership and... more

Air quality alert issued for Upstate NY for Father’s Day

An air quality alert has been issued for much of Upstate New York for Sunday. High heat and strong sunlight are expected to boost levels of ozone during the day, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. The alert is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The state Department of Health encourages people who have respiratory problems, including... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

Watkins Glen International racetrack building new terrace

Coming in August, Watkins Glen will be adding a new location to take in the action. Starting with this year’s Go Bowling at the Glen from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, Watkins Glen International will reveal the Turn 10 Terrance to provide an elevated, partially covered view of the racetrack with multiple seating areas and a view of the jumbotron.... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases

The New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. During this time of year, ticks are becoming active once again. In particular, Senator Helming – a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases – co-sponsored measures that would establish a pilot program for Lyme and... more

Schuyler County joins chorus of opposition to Romulus incinerator

Schuyler County is the latest local government to oppose the proposed “Circular enerG” garbage incinerator project at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, Seneca County, New York. Citing environmental concerns, negative effects on agriculture and tourism, and local opposition from the Town of Romulus and County of Seneca, the Schuyler County Legislature voted Monday against the project, which would... more

Helming successful in advocating for rural health initiatives in Albany

Senator Pam Helming announced that she successfully advocated for several rural health initiatives in the recently enacted New York State budget. These include increases in funding for Iroquois Healthcare Association’s “Take a Look” tours, as well as for Rural Health Networks and Critical Access Hospitals, to bring medical care to rural communities. “The beautiful rural communities that make up the... more

Bears on the move in the Finger Lakes

The months of June and July are when black bears mate–and it’s the only time of year when males and females associate with one another. The female, known as a sow, comes into estrus every other year after dispersing the cubs that have lived with her for the previous year-and-a-half. She is promiscuous and will mate with more than one... more

FLX WEEKLY: Early June weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Get ready for your second full weekend of June 2018 here in the Finger Lakes. Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi have your weather outlook, local events, sports line-up and favorite local photos from the past few days on Wednesday’s live edition of FLX Weekly. . more

Democratic hopefuls rally calling for Reed to be ousted this fall (video)

It might have been a chilly, damp day, but that didn’t stop the Democratic hopefuls vying to win this month’s primary for the 23rd Congressional District to turn out for a rally in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s office located in Geneva. “I don’t want to live in a society that gives up on the poor,” said Max Della Pia,... more

Temps warm up over next 48 hours, rain chances increase for Saturday

The weather will greatly improve – closing out the first full work week of June, as temperatures climb into the 70s on both days. It will be a welcomed change after the colder-than-normal temperatures the region experienced during the first half of the week. According to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says temperatures will climb into the low-70s for most... more

Three arrests made after robbery at Dandy Mini Mart in Hector

Deputies say a trio of Schuyler County residents were arrested after an investigation into a robbery that happened on May 28th at the Dandy Mini Mart on State Route 414 in Hector. Thomas A. Aldrich, 28, of Watkins Glen, Samantha M. Rekczis, 28, of Hector, and Allison C. Gallow, 20, of Hector were all arrested after the investigation. Rekczis and... more

Spotted Lanternfly is a new threat to trees

Be on alert for invasive insect that sucks life out of trees that mean big business in the Finger Lakes. As if the fight against the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetles isn’t enough, now there’s a new threat to trees in the Finger Lakes region: The spotted lanternfly. Along with threatening forests and neighborhoods, this insect sucks the... more
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