Heat Advisory issued by National Weather Service for Monday

The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the entire Finger Lakes region ahead of an afternoon on Monday, which is expected to see temperatures climb well-into the 90s. While Sunday was warm, as temperatures pushed through the upper-80s, reaching the low-90s in some locations – the humidity will built on Monday – creating tough conditions for those with... more

Deputies: Woman stole over $3,000 from Seneca County business

Deputies say a 59-year-old Avoca resident was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records after an alleged $3,000 theft from a Town of Lodi business at an earlier date. Michelle M. Cornaire, 59, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records after allegedly stealing more than $3,000 from a local business in Lodi. Deputies say she... 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

O’Mara legislation targets methamphetamine-related crimes amid epidemic

The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and across New York State by significantly increasing the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug. The legislation specifically targets meth labs. It would increase the criminal penalties for the possession of... 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

Sheriff: Domestic incident leads to drug charges in Steuben County

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says a 31-year-old Howard resident was arrested after a domestic incident in the presence of a child. Sheriff Allard says Robert A. Stehm, Jr., 31, was first charged with aggravated harassment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; and then charged with third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled... more

Hornell man charged with DWI after crash

On Saturday, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says a Hornell man was taken into custody after an investigation into a single-car crash on Buena Vista Road in Howard. Griffin M. Ellis, 35, was charged with driving while intoxicated, unregistered motor vehicle, unsafe start, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was issued traffic citations, and deputies report that no... 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

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

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

Senator Helming hosts roundtable with local wineries

Senator Pam Helming, Senate Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, recently hosted a Winery Roundtable in Albany with Senator Tom O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, a member of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, joined, as did Pat Hooker, Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The event... more

Cool temps, showery conditions dominate FLX forecast

The first half of this week will feature below-normal temperatures, cloudy conditions, and even a chance for showers. The cool, damp weather will be a change from the record-breaking heat that the region felt last week, as temperatures climbed through the 80s. Now, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday look like they will be spent below normal. Temperatures will struggle to reach... more
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