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Wayne County may snuff pharmacy tobacco sales

In the windows of some Rite Aid Pharmacy outlets, you’ll see “wellness images,” such as a woman eating an apple and another in meditation. But as you walk into the store, you’ll see a wall of cigarettes behind the checkout counter, notes Ryan Mulhern, public health educator for Wayne County. That, said Mulhern, conflicts with the image Rite Aid and... more

Greece man charged with raping 14-year-old Sodus girl

A 35-year-old Greece man is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl, according to State Police investigators in Wolcott. They charged Joseph R. Prisk, of Greece, after he allegedly met a 14-year-old Sodus girl on Facebook in 2016. He allegedly would pick up the minor, bring her to his residence, and have sexual relations with the girl before... more

Bokelman pulls out of Wayne County district attorney race

Acting Wayne County District Attorney Chris Bokelman has pulled out of a special election to decide the county’s top prosecutor. In an email to the Times Tuesday, Bokelman said he sent the following announcement last Friday to his supporters. “I am writing to let you know that I am ending my campaign for the position of Wayne County District Attorney... more

Five of the BEST events happening in the FLX this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend with family or friends? The Finger Lakes is loaded with events on Saturday and Sunday, which will give everyone an opportunity to get out and enjoy the springtime festivities that come with living in the region. Whether you’re interested in wine, crafts, arts – or are looking for a parade – the Finger... more

Cuomo demands more water be released from Lake Ontario, but regulators decline

At the same time Gov. Andrew Cuomo was demanding Monday that more water be released from Lake Ontario, regulators were deciding that it could not be done. It was like ships passing in the night. He also was critical of the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canada treaty organization that oversees lake-level regulation, and an IJC board that implements those regulations.... more

Collins calls for dismantling Plan 2014 to bring relief for homeowners, businesses

U.S. Republican Congressman Chris Collins is now calling for the plan some are blaming for a rising Lake Ontario to be dismantled. Collins visited homeowners, businesses and Hamlin leaders on Sandy Harbor Drive on Tuesday, discussing Plan 2014, a plan that regulates how much water is released from the lake. “The disaster is upon us,” he said. “There’s no easy... more

Sodus father let 3-year-old wander on public streets

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a Sodus man following an investigation into the care of a 3-year-old child. Derek G. Cobin, 27, of Sodus was arrested after deputies say they observed his child walking alone in a public roadway in Sodus. Cobin was found to be the father of that 3-year-old and was subsequently charged with endangering the welfare of... more

RELIEF IS COMING: Cuomo promises $7M in funds for homeowners along Lake Ontario

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $7 million in state funding to assist homeowners that have been impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The new investment program will provide up to $40,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.... more

Deputy pleads guilty in sex case while transporting woman in Wayne Co.

A former deputy in Wayne County pleaded guilty to official misconduct, which is a Class A misdemeanor — carrying a one-year conditional discharge. Devin Hall pleaded guilty to the charge after transporting an intoxicated Sodus woman back to her residence after processing her for a DWI charge. The incident allegedly took place on January 1st, and according to reports —... more

More legislation proposed to relieve those along Lake Ontario

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref–Pulaski) and Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C–Macedon) announced today that they have introduced legislation that if enacted, would provide tax relief for property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries who are dealing with record-high flooding. The Lake Ontario and Connected Waterways Assessment Relief Act would enable municipalities to reduce assessments for property and business owners who... more

It’ll take months for Lake Ontario to reach ‘normal’ levels

In an attempt to reduce flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline, authorities have ramped up the outflow of water from the lake to the greatest sustained rate ever employed. So far it’s barely making a dent. The outlook now is for exceptionally high water through the summer. For the week ending Wednesday, the volume of water flowing out of the... more

Executive Director of FLX Red Cross talks Lake Ontario flooding, disaster response (podcast)

When it comes to disaster response, the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross handles hundreds of events and disasters throughout the calendar year. They also spend a significant amount of time working to prevent disasters. Even training and developing core volunteer staff to respond to various disasters throughout the Finger Lakes Chapter’s six county district takes up a... more

State offering help for small businesses affected by Lake Ontario flooding

New York State is offering up to $5 million in grants for small businesses that were impacted by flooding from Lake Ontario, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Gov. Cuomo said the program will provide up to $20,000 to small businesses to support the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed property. This includes damage to equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies... more

Boating safety crucial over holiday weekend, as lake levels remain concern

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer. For many, it means getting boats out onto the water. Here in the Finger Lakes — we have plenty of water to boat on. A wet spring, combined with new rules from the International Joint Commission have resulted in increased risk for those taking to the waters of Lake Ontario... more

Cuomo announces $10M for locations impacted by Lake Ontario flooding

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure.   The... more

DEC officials tour Sodus Point as residents grow frustrated with flooding

On Sunday, DEC officials took a tour of Sodus Point Beach Park. It’s a mess. The official visit was part of a larger flood response effort, which includes touring the communities hardest hit by the rising waters of Lake Ontario. Homeowners are playing defense, as they work to keep water out of their properties. “We can’t stop it,” said one... more
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