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Looking at the Green Light Law and what’s next as political battle plays out

Looking at the Green Light Law and what’s next as political battle plays out
This last Sunday, the ceiling of the Lirtugia Rural Worker Education Center in Lyons was decorated in multicolor festive fiesta garland that greeted guests for what seemed to be the setting of a joyous celebration, which in a way it was for New York state immigrant rights advocates at the Rural & Migrant Ministry. more

Bishops oppose ‘Medical Aid in Dying Act’ in New York

Bishops oppose ‘Medical Aid in Dying Act’ in New York
This weekend marks the 2020 New York State Bishops’ Conference Public Policy Weekend, which seeks to show their strong opposition against the Medical Aid in Dying Act , two pieces of legislation that are set to come before the New York state Assembly and Senate during this upcoming spring session. more

Mitrano speaks out as race against Reed moves forward

Mitrano responds to Trump’s State of the Union as race against Reed moves forward
Clearly, it’s an election year in the aftermath of President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address as Democrat challenger Tracy Mitrano rematches Rep. Tom Reed in 2020 for the 23rd Congressional District seat. In the fallout of the State of the Union speech after President Trump’s acquittal regarding two articles of impeachment in the Senate, ripples from the... more

Local jails wrestle with bail reform, declining populations over last decade

Taking a closer look at how bail reform impacts the way local jails operate
Bail reform outcomes unclear, but trend of shrinking jail populations is nothing new in the Finger Lakes – By Gabriel Pietrorazio More than a month removed from implementing the statewide bail reform measures, local corrections officials suggest that releasing arrestees reduces their chances in accessing a host of rehabilitation and re-entry services while being held. The Ontario County Sheriff Department... more

Food access is a major, growing issue in Geneva

Food insecurity a major issue in Geneva; Walmart closure highlights fragility of access
Five days after a devastating fire burned the interior loft-area of Walmart on 5&20 in Geneva, the vital grocery store remains closed. White Springs Fire Chief Tim Higgins estimated that 10 percent of the store suffered heavy smoke and fire damage, which was contained in the west side of the store. Fortunately, no one was hurt or injured during the... more

‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’: Protesters call for policy change at Geneva rally (full-coverage)

‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’: Protesters call for policy change at Geneva rally (full-coverage)
The Geneva Women’s Assembly hosted a rally out in front of the Geneva Armory amid the ever-changing weather of rain and snowfall on Saturday. The rally was organized by the GWA and sponsored in tandem with the New York State Poor People’s Campaign and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  more

Mitrano says major shift necessary in healthcare as listening tour stops in Geneva

Mitrano tackles
During the final leg of her five-city healthcare crisis listening tour Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano issued a campaign promise and publicly commented on Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-23) contemplation of a run for governor. Vying once again to represent the 23rd District, Mitrano challenged Reed in a rematch from 2018 for the coveted seat in Congress ahead of 2020. more

Speakers, marchers call for change as Women March rally draws crowd (full coverage)

Activists send strong message in Seneca Falls during
Despite constant snow and bitter cold, women and men ventured out for the fourth annual Women March in Seneca Falls on Saturday. Feminists of all affiliations rallied and marched along the closed-off streets of downtown Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the national women’s suffrage movement that started more than a century ago. more

GALLERY: Snow doesn’t stop Women March in Seneca Falls

GALLERY: Snow doesn’t stop Women March in Seneca Falls
The snow didn't stop approximately 2,000 from turning out to Seneca Falls for the 4h Annual Women March, held in the birthplace of Women's Rights. A number of high-profile elected officials and activists were in town. Check out the gallery from the day, and stay tuned for full-coverage from the march later on exclusively on FingerLakes1.com. more

Food Justice of Geneva gets big win as organization enters 2020

Food Justice of Geneva gets big win as organization gains 501(c)3 status
Food Justice of Geneva has officially announced that the organization has acquired its 501(c)3 non-profit status after five-years of food stewardship in fields of upstate New York. “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to end our 2019 season,” Food Justice co-chair Teresa Schmidtka-Shaffer told FingerLakes1.com. more

IT’S A WONDERFUL WEEKEND: Despite wild weather, a successful day in Bedford Falls

IT’S A WONDERFUL WEEKEND: Despite wild weather, a successful day in Bedford Falls
Bedford Falls, the fictional setting of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” resembles the small town of Seneca Falls; and the cheerful Christmas spirit shown from visitors traveling both near and far jumped-off the silver screen once more during this whimsical holiday weekend. more

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls (photo gallery)

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls (photos)
Gallery from a rainy, snowy day in Seneca Falls Despite the rain turnout was strong for the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls. As the rain fell, festival goers of all ages crowded the streets, and provided bustling traffic for local shops and vendors.  To have the latest delivered to your smartphone or tablet – download the... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating criminal justice reform, land sale in Geneva, and tax breaks for schools (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Debating the biggest storylines of 2019 (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast it was a packed studio. Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine, Ted Baker, and Gabriel Pietrorazio debate the latest headlines and stories impacting the Finger Lakes as 2019 draws to a close. Topics discussed include criminal justice reforms that take hold in a couple weeks, the land sale along Seneca Lake in Geneva, and the future... more

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announces new lakeshore property owner program

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announces new lakeshore property owner program
Ahead of the start of the new year, the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association has announced the unveiling of the Seneca Lake-Friendly Living program, the non-profit’s newest program that is tailored toward lakeshore property owners. This week Waste Not was full with a cram-packed engaged citizenry at its storefront on Exchange Street in Geneva. more
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