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

Currier Plastics in Auburn plans $9.9M expansion project

Currier Plastics wants to expand — again. The Auburn plastics manufacturer has applied for a $1.8 million grant and $180,000 in tax credits through the state’s regional economic development council initiative to support its proposed $9.9 million expansion. The project would require the purchase of a 165,000-square-foot building. John Currier, president of Currier Plastics, said the company is looking at... more

CEO: Waterloo Holiday Inn will become Quality Inn this winter

The hotel market is evolving. In 2018, the Holiday Inn located in Waterloo will transition into a Quality Inn, according to Charter One Hotels & Resorts, Inc. CEO John Balliett who spoke with FingerLakes1.com exclusively on Wednesday about the move. “We have decided to make a change from Holiday Inn to Choice Hotel’s Quality brand,” he explained. “But our decision... more

Nolan’s seeks federal aid, faces community skepticism

The owner of Nolan’s restaurant in Canandaigua, destroyed by fire in July, predicted growth, more jobs, and more tax revenue for the city if the restaurant receives community development aid to rebuild, as skeptics question such a use a public money. “From my perspective, the answer is ‘yes,’ it’s appropriate,’” Nick Violas, co-owner of Nolan’s told News 10 NBC. “I... more

New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon committed to Syracuse Chiefs, Central New York

The New York Mets and Syracuse Chiefs are now one. At least until 2026. The Mets made the move official on Tuesday, traveling up to Central New York to introduce themselves to city and state officials from NBT Bank Stadium. New York COO Jeff Wilpon was introduced by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, along with New York State Governor Andrew... more

Geneva man arrested after two month investigation into sale of cocaine, heroin

On Tuesday at approximately 4:46 pm members of the Geneva Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a Geneva man following a two-month investigation into the sale of controlled substances in- and around the city. Additional charges are pending, according to police, but Ryan J. Reeder, 35, of Geneva was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The investigation,... more

Geneva City Supervisor visits Boys and Girls Club

On Wednesday, Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard visited the 21st Century Learning Site at the Geneva Boys & Girls Club. Supervisor Guard spoke with students about his work on the County Board of Supervisors, his path from Geneva Schools, to his current career as an attorney and higher education leader. He also talked about the importance of being involved in... more

New Hope for Penn Yan with opening of Hope Center

In the three weeks the new Keuka Food Pantry has been open, nearly 300 families with 951 individuals have been served and 13,000 lbs. of food have left the shelves to help solve food insecurity in the community. Tuesday morning, leaders of Pro Action of Steuben and Yates were joined by major funders, elected officials, and Keuka Food Pantry volunteers... more

About 1,300 STAR checks unclaimed, possibly tossed out as junk mail, state says

New York tax department officials say about 1,300 STAR checks — or 1 percent of the total mailed out in 2016 — have not been cashed. Last year was the first year the state switched from up-front exemptions on tax bills to mailing out checks to more than 130,000 homeowners. The checks — which are for about $750 for most... 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

Cayuga County coroner warns drug overdose deaths on the rise

Something deadly is going around Cayuga County, causing more drug overdoses and deaths than the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and county coroner have seen in a while. Coroner Adam Duckett said he saw four overdose deaths in the past seven to 10 days, all unrelated and spread across the county from Aurora, to Cato, to Auburn. It concerned him so... more

Cato-Meridian school district hashes out budget, scope of potential capital project

The specifics of the Cato-Meridian School District’s possible capital project are becoming clearer. The larger details of the project were discussed at a school board meeting Sept. 26. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project is currently set for a $5,470,000 budget. The project was also discussed at a board meeting earlier that month. A board decision on whether to... more

Cayuga County off-hour arraignments could be held in Auburn

Responding to new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring defense attorneys at all arraignments no matter the time of day, Cayuga County could set up a central hub in Auburn. Lloyd Hoskins, executive director of the assigned council program, said off-hour arraignments could be held in the Cayuga County Mental Health Center on North Street in Auburn, with one... more

FLX WEEKLY: Your October weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi and Josh Durso for a look at your October weekend ahead here in the Finger Lakes. Find out if we’ll enjoy another unseasonable warm stretch of weather, the top events happening around the region and the complete local sports line-up. Also, discuss the top news of the week and check out our favorite local photos... more

Gov. Cuomo suggests special session for flood relief

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The Democrat wrote to lawmakers in the affected region on Tuesday. He noted that while officials approved $45 million for flood relief, more help will likely be needed. He... more

Geneva Foundry support efforts take root

For those living in the Geneva Foundry contamination zone, growing your own vegetables is not an advisable activity. However, thanks to a group of residents — with some help from the city — those living in the zone and beyond have a place to grow veggies come spring next year. On Sunday, Oct. 1, citizens, including those from the Geneva... more

State police: Port Byron man caught stealing over $1,000 worth of items

A Port Byron man was arrested for trying to take $1,000 worth of goods from a Wayne County Walmart Tuesday, state police said. Sullivan Greco, 36, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. Police said he stuffed a vacuum cleaner, Blu-ray player, a Hoverboard electric scooter, razors, toys and other items into a shopping cart. Greco manged to get past the... more

Auburn archery accessories company aims to bring jobs back from China

Copper John Corporation, an Auburn-based archery accessories manufacturer, wants to expand its production and bring jobs back from China with New York state’s help. The company’s plan is one of 38 priority projects endorsed by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. The regional council awards competition, which is in its seventh year, supports economic development projects across the... more
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