For NY winemakers, tariffs mean trouble

The New York wine industry is going strong. With jobs, sales and tax revenue the industry now generates more than $13.8 billion, not to mention what wine and grapes do for upstate tourism and agriculture. In Albany, lawmakers recently stamped their approval with the 2019 budget backing programs and research for wine and grapes that includes $1.023 million for the... more

Cuomo favorability drops again, but still holds commanding advantage over Nixon, others

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating fell to 49-44 percent this month, matching his lowest favorability rating as governor, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters. Among Democrats, Cuomo has 62-32 percent favorability rating, compared to 33-23 percent for Cynthia Nixon. Head to head, Cuomo leads Nixon among registered Democrats 58-27 percent, down from 66-19... more

Supporters of Vincent ask HWS trustees to not accept resignation amid plagiarism investigation

Many supporters of former Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Greg Vincent are defending the man, who are calling into question — the allegations against him. He cited an interest to ‘avoid any further stress to the compass community’ when submitting a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees on Friday. However, supporters of the embattled former president —... more

Two charged, third sought by police after armed robbery in Geneva

On Monday at approximately 4:42 p.m. police responded to the area of Castle and Pulteney streets for a reported robbery. The Geneva Police Department reports that a handgun was displayed during the robbery. It was determined upon investigation that the suspects and victim knew each other. Following a brief foot chase, Julius Ware, 21, of Geneva was taken into custody... more

Repeat offender faces more drug charges in Cayuga County

Richard Bizardi had been out of prison barely a year when he was rearrested in Cayuga County last fall, and now a grand jury has charged him with possessing drugs once again. On Tuesday, Bizardi was arraigned on an indictment charging him with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession... more

Victor driver ticketed after Rt. 96 crash near Eastview Mall

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports a personal injury motor vehicle accident that happened on Monday around 3:46 p.m. at a busy portion of State Route 96 in Victor. A vehicle operated by Ana Nunez, 63, of Penfield was traveling north on State Route 96 and was stopped in traffic at an intersection of High Street Extension, when another vehicle... more

Sloppy defense, missed chances cost Yanks

Masahiro Tanaka received little support from his defense while enduring a sloppy all-around performance for the Yankees, who absorbed a 9-1 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium. While Jarlin Garcia showcased his arsenal by holding New York hitless into the fifth inning, Tanaka was peppered for seven runs (six earned) and eight hits over five innings,... more

Mets can’t break through to back solid Wheeler

The situation was precisely what the Mets desired: hitter’s count, runners at the corners, one out in a one-run game. This was their chance to break through against the Nationals, to wash away the residue of a particularly stinging loss on Monday, to prevent one defeat from becoming something more. Sammy Solis delivered the two-ball, one-strike pitch, and Jose Reyes,... more

More details revealed in Nature Conservancy’s $1.5 million Owasco Lake project

The Nature Conservancy plans to acquire or restore over $1.2 million worth of land in the Owasco Lake watershed to protect water quality, part of an approximately $1.5 million project that relies heavily on state funding. The conservancy was awarded over $1.1 million in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council announcement in December, one of the largest grants in... more

Venice road closed until further notice

The Cayuga County Highway Department closed a portion of Stewarts Corners Road Tuesday in the town of Venice. The closure is between Myers and Shingle Valley roads, according to a press release from Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods. It is not clear when the road will be back open, and motorists are advised to use alternate routes or follow... more

Auburn’s State Street lot receives clean bill of health from environmental consultants

The former site of the Kalet’s department store in Auburn is slated to be redeveloped as a public park, but the plan could face a legal challenge from an Auburn attorney who filed multiple lawsuits against a prior project planned for the site. The property, located at 1-7 State St., was previously the proposed site for the Schwartz Family Performing... 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

Ontario Republicans endorse candidates for November elections

The Ontario County Republican Committee recently endorsed candidates for Ontario County Judge, Sheriff, Treasurer and Coroner and Governor, State Senate and State Assembly. Trisha Turner, chair of the county committee, praised the committee members for meeting with and questioning candidates for several months. “These committee members are volunteers who care deeply about their communities and take the endorsement process seriously,”... more

City of Auburn will not lose federal block grant funds

The city of Auburn will not see any change in its 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funding from the federal government, despite struggling to comply with recently revised regulations attached to the grant money. Mayor Michael Quill announced Monday that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has decided not to reduce the city's grant due to "circumstances beyond... more

Brown tells Fayette board he’s not leaving highway chief job

Highway Superintendent Andrew Brown told the Town Board Thursday he will continue as full-time highway superintendent and does not want his old job back. Brown worked as water and sewer maintainer for the town of Waterloo prior to being elected highway superintendent in neighboring Fayette, where he lives, last November. Brown filed a notice of claim March 13 against the... more
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