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INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more

Yates County targets big pharma

Yates County has joined other New York State municipalities in engaging a legal firm for representation for a potential lawsuit against big pharmaceutical companies for aggressive marketing of opioids. The firm, Napoli Shkolnik is in the process of filing lawsuits on behalf of cities and counties against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medications. Those lawsuits allege that the... more

“Keuka Holidays” wine trail gets residents into the holiday spirit

Local residents were able to get a jump start at ringing in the holiday season with the annual “Keuka Holidays” wine trail. The tour was hosted at Heron Hill Winery and sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Ticket holders were able to travel to seven different wineries, collecting ornaments and trying out different wines. When visitors started the trail,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more

OUT & ABOUT: Early November Saturday on the Seneca Lake Wine & Finger Lakes Beer Trail

It has become an annual tradition for a group of our friends to spend the first Saturday of November on one of the area’s wine trails. Early November is a great time to tour wineries and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes as the foliage is usually near peak and the weather is still generally comfortable. Last year, we enjoyed... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Yates County

In Yates County, a hotly-contested race for District Attorney has made headlines for the last several months. However, two other legislative races, as well as a Town Supervisor race in Barrington will also be having voters thinking long-and-hard this November. Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella will battle in an election, which has been marred by residency questions, petition issues, and... more

State Police: Dresden man threw kitten out pickup truck window

A 21-year-old Dresden man has been charged in Washington County, New York, after allegedly throwing a kitten out of a window of his pickup truck. The incident happened on Rt. 22, when Christopher Normile, threw a four-week old kitten out the window of his pickup truck. State Police were given a description, and he was picked up in Yates County... more

Suicide Prevention Coalition organizes in Yates County

The Yates Suicide Prevention Coalition has continued to develop over the last year and would like the community know what that involved and current and future directions. A steering committee meets regularly in the Yates County Office Building. There are two Project Teams, one for Community Education and Awareness, a second for the development of a Suicide Postvention capacity and... more

Greenidge Power plant to install screens

The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes (CPFL) accuses the Greenidge Generating Station of destroying the local fish population and violating the federal Clean Water Act. According to a press release from CPFL, “Greenidge Generating Station is currently operating without any screens or other protections against fish mortality.” The group further accuses Greenidge of “operating without a water withdrawal permit.... more

DEC says Greenidge must install screening to protect fish

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that the Greenidge Generating Station will be required to install screening equipment on its water intake pipe to reduce fish mortality. The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes had raised concerns about the plant being allowed to resume electrical generation without having the screening. The plant operated from 1937 to 2005 as... more

Dan Murn wins Paddle Keuka 5K for second straight year

Despite a stiff wind and choppy waters, paddlers took part in the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium’s second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race on Saturday, August 5th. Fairport’s Dan Murn was the overall first place winner for the second year in a row, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 30:30 minutes. The first place winner in the male... more

Perry Point residents seek Dresden water

Residents of Perry Point on Seneca Lake who have been waiting for a solution to their water supply woes are becoming more frustrated by the day. Torrey officials have decided to approach the Village of Dresden to establish a contract to sell water to the Perry Point residents, despite objections from the Penn Yan Municipal Utilities Board, the source of... more

Identifying what economic development looks like in Yates County

How far has Yates County come over the past 10 to 15 years, and what actions should be taken to enhance the community? Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, points to some favorable trends in the county’s overall picture, but he also acknowledges some areas that don’t look quite so favorable are detailed in the recent... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Spike talks career, heroin epidemic (podcast)

Sheriff Ron Spike has been working in law enforcement his entire career. Ever since he graduated from Monroe Community College immediately following high school. Even then, Sheriff Spike – then a deputy with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office – knew his career and life would be spent in law enforcement. “I grew up in the jail,” he joked before cameras... more
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