Kolb, Molinaro in talks to form GOP ticket against Cuomo in 2018

Two former colleagues could reunite in an attempt to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, both of whom are exploring gubernatorial bids, are in discussions to form a Republican ticket to challenge Cuomo, a Democrat, in next year’s election. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and Molinaro revealed their potential plan during a... more

Frost Advisory issued for most of the Finger Lakes

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for most of the region, which includes Ontario, Wayne, Cayuga and Yates counties in the Finger Lakes. #FrostAdvisory for tonight. Protect sensitive plants. Read more: https://t.co/mogWf67aRg pic.twitter.com/XXr6sCJBYp — NWS Buffalo (@NWSBUFFALO) October 16, 2017 Temperatures are expected to dip into the low- to mid-30s, which means that sensitive vegetation will be... more

State fair’s Orange Lot to get $27 million makeover to add parking, improve traffic flow

A $27 million project to pave the Orange Lot at the New York State Fairgrounds will begin this fall, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a release, Cuomo’s office announced Monday the project would be complete in time for the 2018 edition of the State Fair, which begins on August 22, 2018. The 65-acre Orange Lot is currently unpaved and... more

SBH opens new regional open access center for addiction

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare’s (SBH) Integrated Outpatient Clinic is opening a Regional Open Access Center for Addiction (ROACA), providing open access assessments and evaluations 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals seeking immediate assistance for substance use disorder. The ROACA provides individuals in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Cortland, Oneida and Oswego counties with screening and assessment to determine an... more

Finger Lakes getting closer to mid-point in foliage report

Considerably brighter fall foliage is predicted for this weekend throughout New York State, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Peak conditions will be found in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes and Chautauqua-Allegheny regions. I LOVE NEW YORK defines “peak” foliage as the period when the leaves are displaying their best... more

DEBRIEF: Failing bridges, affordable housing, and accountable law enforcement (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso talked about a range of topics, including what it takes to create accountable and trusted law enforcement, an L.L.C loophole desperate for state action, the latest on a complicated affordable housing project in Trumansburg, and much more. Check out each segment from Wednesday’s pod in the video windows... more

$17M on way to FLX to fix aging infrastructure

A growing number of MRB Group clients will be receiving substantial financial support for water infrastructure, thanks to a grant opportunity created by a new funding source initiated in 2017. The Clean Water Infrastructure Act, adopted earlier this year, created a much needed focus on improvements to aging infrastructure that threatens waterways and drinking water sources. Recently announced awards included... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Talking weight loss in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #74 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Josh Durso was joined by Brad Jones, along with two successful graduates of the Ideal Weigh Protocol Diet, which has taken the region by storm. The trio discussed the benefits of the program, how little time is required once in the program, and their own stories. Combined the two graduates of... more

Canal system closing early this year; locks close on Wednesday

The state’s canal system — including the Erie Canal in Wayne County and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca County — will be closing about six weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, the canals, now part of New York Power Authority operations, will be closed as of 5 p.m. today. There are some exceptions, noted Bob Stopper, a member... more

FLX forecast calls for a little bit of everything this weekend

It’s going to be an up-and-down weekend in the Finger Lakes. Temperatures are going to begin trending upwards through Sunday, until a cold front pushes through the region — dropping temperatures significantly. While high temps will struggle to get into the 50s on Monday, the weather will be warm and comfortable on Saturday and for part of Sunday. FLX Weather... more

GOP group launches $500K digital ad campaign to boost tax reform

A Republican-aligned group is continuing its advocacy for tax reform. The American Action Network’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative is investing $500,000 to support a two-week digital advertising campaign. The ads will appear on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms in 42 congressional districts, including six in New York. The ad focuses on what Republicans believe is a major benefit of the... more

COMPTROLLER: Seneca, Cayuga have highest percentage of ‘structurally deficient’ bridges

Billions of dollars are needed to correct issues with locally owned bridges throughout New York. According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli more than $27.4 billion is needed to fix local bridges. Several counties in the Finger Lakes — ranked among the top in the state for featuring the most ‘structurally deficient’ bridges. Seneca County led the way in... more

New York Mets will buy Syracuse Chiefs, bring its Triple-A team to Syracuse

The New York Mets have reached an agreement to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the International League baseball team its top minor league affiliate, according to two sources briefed about the deal. Under terms of the agreement, the Mets will acquire ownership of the Triple-A Chiefs from the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc., and continue to... more

Sun returns to the Finger Lakes on Tuesday

If you thought Monday was too rainy, or that the gloomy-gray weather was a bit much — especially given the unseasonable warmth we were feeling a week ago — Tuesday will be a nice recovery. Sunshine will dominate the forecast on Tuesday, before things get unsettled again throughout the remainder of the week. Temperatures will range in the low-70s, with... more

Tickmaggedon? Maybe not, but Lyme disease DID surge this summer

As the Lyme disease season enters its autumn phase, it appears that predictions the bacterial illness would spike this year have so far been somewhat accurate. But Tickmaggedon it was not, at least not in the Rochester region. Social media was abuzz this past spring with contentions that deer ticks, the tiny bugs that transmit Lyme disease, would be especially... more

Heavy rain will taper as day progresses; winds kick up during afternoon

The Finger Lakes is receiving the first soaking rain its received in more than a month and it’s all due to the remains of Hurricane Nate. Steady rain began overnight, and according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil is expected to continue through part of the day on Monday. By the mid- to late-afternoon hours, though, most of the precipitation... more

Cold and snowy winter? Forecasters say it’s possible

Some chilly winter weather is in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, with January threatening to bring the coldest air of the season. Although however cold, low temperatures will pale in comparison to those in the northern Plains where the mercury is set to dip to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit at times. Meanwhile, the southern Plains, Southwest and California can... more

State lawmakers propose banning purchase of bump-fire stocks in NY

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, state lawmakers are rallying behind a bill that would ban the type of device that accelerates the firing rate of a semi-automatic weapon. A bipartisan proposal announced Thursday would make bump-fire stocks illegal. This bill would close any loopholes that now allow people to purchase and possess what... more
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