THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #22 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest political news from the Finger Lakes. Special focus will be placed on a report published by ACT Rochester, which compares cities and counties throughout the Finger Lakes in a number of categories. Check back later for updated link lists, and more from today’s show.... more

LOCATE Finger Lakes aims to bring young people back to region

To provide the young people of the Finger Lakes region with a dynamic educational program on business and free enterprise, KeyBank is pleased to announce the KeyBank Foundation is making a substantial donation to LOCATE Finger Lakes, a newly formed regional economic development initiative. This grant is part of the bank’s five year Community Benefits Plan. The $60,000 grant, given... more

Spring is about to arrive in the FLX: But will it stick around?

As temperatures begin to rise this weekend in the Finger Lakes — many are hoping that winter is officially behind us. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said on Friday that persistent, winter weather simply isn’t likely as spring rolls forward. “The forecast for the next 10-15 days seems rather confident that temperatures will hover around normal, which means plenty of... more

POLITICS & MUSIC: Trailblazers mini-musical focuses on increased engagement (video)

It was about telling the story of politics through music. On Tuesday, April 17th a popular venue in Geneva was filled, as actors, music and food brought a discussion about politics to the forefront. That was the purpose of the event, according to Trailblazers PAC Founder Leslie Danks Burke. She described the night as exciting — but also pointed out... more

‘I’m running’: Assemblyman Gary Finch to seek re-election, awaits Batman

Assemblyman Gary Finch has unfinished business in Albany. Finch, R-Springport, said in an interview with The Citizen that he is running for re-election to represent the 126th Assembly District. The district includes the city of Auburn and the southern half of Cayuga County. Portions of Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga counties are also in the district. There are several issues Finch... more

Suspended Syracuse parks commissioner & former Orange point guard Lazarus Sims charged with grand larceny

Suspended Syracuse parks commissioner Lazarus Sims is accused of taking property valued over $3,000 from the city, according to court documents. Sims was arraigned Tuesday morning in Syracuse City Court. He was charged with third-degree grand larceny, according to court documents. The property was allegedly taken from the city of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation between Oct. 16, 2017... more

Thursday will offer one last shot of winter for the Finger Lakes

Wednesday will be a nice day in the Finger Lakes. It won’t feel like spring yet, but temperatures will moderate slightly — with highs pushing into the 40s, and the chance of precipitation going away almost completely. All of that will change on Thursday, though, as rain and wet snow returns to the Finger Lakes. While it shouldn’t provide much... more

Winter holds on through end of week, then things warm up

Winter in April? It’s felt like that over the last few weeks, and it looks like the forecast has two more ‘wintry’ days in store for the Finger Lakes. Snow showers will dominate the forecast this afternoon as temperatures remain cold enough for precipitation to come down as snow. It won’t be as persistent or heavy as the rainfall was... more

Perez Williams donated to Balter before challenging her in primary for Congress

Juanita Perez Williams was for Dana Balter a few days before she was against her. Perez Williams, D-Syracuse, donated $250 to Balter, D-Syracuse, on March 31 — the final day of the first fundraising quarter. The contribution was disclosed in Balter's Federal Election Commission filing that was posted online Sunday night. Three days after Perez Williams contributed to Balter's campaign,... more

#ICYMI: Vincent out at HWS, Circular enerG told to make ‘revisions’, & more

Once again winter weather made headlines this week, as temperatures bounced from 30-something to 60-something depending on exact location in the Finger Lakes. The region has gotten used to it, but the weather wasn’t the only headline we watched this week in the FL1 Newsroom. Here are the biggest headlines from the week on FingerLakes1.com. Touring ‘Deer Haven Park’ at... more

Katko for Congress opens 2018 by raising $266K, has $1.24M for re-election bid

U.S. Rep. John Katko added to his hefty campaign war chest in the first fundraising quarter of 2018. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $266,648.34 from Jan. 1 through March 31, according to a quarterly filing submitted to the Federal Election Commission. His campaign closed the first quarter with $1,247,942.22 in the bank. The fundraising haul should give Katko a huge advantage over... more

FLX FORECAST: Heavy rain on Monday; snow showers return on Tuesday

The rain will be steady at times throughout the afternoon, and eventually — parts of the Finger Lakes will see that dissipate to lighter snow showers as temperatures fall. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says that upwards of 1.5 inches of snow will be possible. Some locations could even see upwards of 2 inches when the rain finally stops. Winds... more

NWS: Advisories set to expire later today

As winter takes one last swipe at the Finger Lakes — the region is preparing for an event that could be much worse than a typical, snowy evening. *** PLANNING FORECAST AT A GLANCE *** The National Weather Service has issued Ice Storm Warnings for Cayuga, Wayne, Ontario, Monroe and Livingston counties, which are active until 2 p.m. on Sunday.... more

FLX FORECAST: Showers, wind & warmer conditions on Thursday – but changes coming

Thursday is going to be the warming day. Temperatures will push into the mid-50s, allowing for the Finger Lakes to feel more like spring. However, it will be a cool start as the region starts in the low-30s. Temperatures will then stay up over the next two days, but cooler, winter-like weather will be on our doorstep by Saturday. There... more

What’s with all the tree cutting on the Thruway?

Jonathan Dougherty, deputy director of media relations and communications for the Thruway Authority, said Monday that the tree cutting is part of a capital project on I-90 between exits 42 (Geneva) and 44 (Canandaigua). He called it a “safety- related project, which includes pavement resurfacing, guiderail replacement, drainage improvements and other miscellaneous work to a 20-mile section of the Thruway.... more

Steady rain coming Thursday, setting up for wild weather weekend

It’s going to be a wild weather ride over the next several days. While forecasters remain uncertain about the exact temperature trend through the weekend — high temperatures will likely vary wildly even within the Finger Lakes. For example, on Friday temperatures along the Rochester and Syracuse line could struggle to break 50 degrees. Meanwhile, parts of the Central Finger... more

Stephanie Miner: ‘I’m seriously considering running for governor’

Don’t tell Stephanie Miner the race for the Democratic nomination for governor is already too crowded. The former Syracuse mayor on Monday modified her campaign account to allow her to raise money for a potential run for governor and said she is still actively considering entering the race. Miner, the Syracuse mayor from 2010 through 2017, would enter a formidable... more

After most recent stabbing at Destiny, police and mall officials maintain mall is safe

It’s a place thousands of people go to every day to eat, shop and be entertained. It’s not exactly the place one would think much crime happens. But this past weekend’s stabbing at Destiny USA — the third stabbing in a month — is leaving some concerned about safety in a place that is designed for leisure. “You don’t know... more
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