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Rising costs of services, decreasing resources create shortage of affordable childcare in Finger Lakes

Tompkins grapples with lack of affordable childcare
When Heather Dries was first looking for childcare, she experienced much anxiety over where to take her kids, Macie-Sue and Marshall. Finding a spot in a safe, affordable center in the county proved difficult. “When I had , I was completely stressed about getting daycare for my son,” she said. “I didn’t know who I could trust.” Dries, a... more

Facing elimination, Auburn Doubledays praise effort to save minor league ball

Facing elimination, Auburn Doubledays praise effort to save minor league ball
Auburn Doubledays General Manager Bob Scarbrough is praising Congressional efforts to save 42 minor league franchises from potential elimination. The bipartisan Congressional effort called the “Save Minor League Baseball Task Force” is being led by Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA) and David McKinley (R-WV). 104 other Representatives including Anthony Brindisi, Elise Stefanik, John Katko, and Tom Reed have also signed on.... more

Heastie says pending legal reforms in NYS will mean cost savings for local governments

Heastie says pending legal reforms in NYS will mean cost savings for local governments
The coming implementation of criminal justice law changes will lead to a savings for local governments, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday said. “I think that over time if there’s less people who are actually in jail then there’s less cost of supervising people in jail, so I think it will eventually lead to a cost savings,” Heastie said. His... more

Webster man charged with felony contempt in Wayne County

Webster man charged with felony contempt in Wayne County
Deputies report the arrest of a Webster man following an investigation into a domestic incident. Robert Sawyer, 60 of Webster was charged with first-degree criminal contempt following the investigation, which unfolded in Wayne County. Deputies say Sawyer contacted a protected party, identified as a Wayne County woman, multiple times over the course of two months. They say he contacted her... more

Andy Pettitte helping Yankees recruit free agents Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

Andy Pettitte helping Yankees recruit free agents Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg
Former Yankees All-Star pitcher Andy Pettitte was part of the team’s contigent that sat down to meet with free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. Using Pettitte to help recruit Cole to the Yankees makes plenty of sense, as Pettitte played three seasons for the Astros, where Cole pitched the last two years. Pettitte and... more

Nurses at Finger Lakes Health win DAISY Award for outstanding performance

Nurses at Finger Lakes Health win Daisey Award
Nurses at Finger Lakes Health will be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. “Everyone whose apart of the Finger Lakes Health family, and the shared governance recognition council is very excited to kickoff The... more

Mets trade for CF help, get Marisnick from Astros

Mets trade for CF help, get Marisnick from Astros
Seeking a right-handed defensive complement to Brandon Nimmo in center field, the Mets struck Thursday with a trade for Astros veteran Jake Marisnick. The deal sends prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona to the Astros. “Jake is an elite defender who is an incredibly smart baserunner,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Among our offseason plans... more

Yankees remain optimistic about reunion with free agent Brett Gardner

Yankees remain optimistic about reunion with free agent Brett Gardner
As the Yankees focus their efforts on landing free agents Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg, they remain optimistic about a reunion with outfielder Brett Gardner, reports SNY’s Andy Martino. Martino notes that the Gardner situation could potentially resolve when the Yankees’ payroll situation is clearer. In November, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was open about the team’s desire to have Gardner back, and wouldn’t say whether he felt... more

Arc of Seneca Cayuga will merge with Yates organization

Arc of Seneca Cayuga to merge with Arc of Yates as new organization
The Arc of Seneca Cayuga and the Arc of Yates will merge into one organization known as Mozaic, the groups announced in a press release Wednesday. The merger, which will take effect Jan. 1, will allow the groups to expand the services they provide to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Cayuga, Seneca and Yates counties. The new organization... more

Himrod man pleads guilty to child molestation, sentenced to 12 years

Himrod man pleads guilty to child molestation, sentenced to 12 years
In Yates County Criminal Court on November 26th Robert Christensen Jr., 57, of Himrod, was sentenced to a maximum security prison for 12 years combined, on his convictions for child molestation. For 1st degree criminal sex act (class B felony), Judge Jason L. Cook sentenced Christensen to 7 years in prison and 20 years of parole supervision as a registered... more

Bill would allow New York movie theaters to serve alcohol

Bill would allow New York movie theaters to serve alcohol
Could you soon be able to drink booze while at the movies? Legislation to allow movie theaters to sell alcohol is gaining some new steam. As previously reported, the bill had failed to pass through the state’s Assembly Committee. Technically, there are some theaters who do sell alcohol in the state, but there’s a catch, they have to be categorized as... more

StarShine in Penn Yan is Saturday

StarShine in Penn Yan is Saturday
The Village of Penn Yan will bustle with activity on Saturday, Dec. 7 as the community gathers to celebrate “StarShine, Christmas in the Village.” This popular event, started over 30 years ago, has grown to become a favorite community Christmas celebration in the Finger Lakes. This year the event will occur on the first Saturday in December rather than the... more

Bob Aronson retires as Seneca County IDA executive director

Bob Aronson retires as Seneca County IDA executive director
Bob Aronson has retired as executive director of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The Seneca Falls native has headed the IDA since July 2008. His last day was Nov. 30. During his tenure, the IDA has provided financial assistance to existing companies to help them remain in the county, and to new businesses. “I put my house in Fayette... more

W-FL Wednesday: Waterloo girls improve to 3-0 with win over Avon; Dundee boys blow lead late and fall to Hammondsport

W-FL Wednesday: Waterloo girls improve to 3-0 with win over Avon; Dundee boys blow lead late and fall to Hammondsport
There were just two Wayne-Finger Lakes boys basketball games on Wednesday. One of the games featured the Dundee Scotsman and the Hammondsport Lakers. The Scotsman led the entire game until the Lakers took a one-point lead with just two seconds remaining in the game. That ended up being the difference. Dundee suffered their third consecutive loss. Tyler Reynolds and Mason... more

Onondaga legislator’s appearance in Skaneateles Court divides family garage

Onondaga legislator’s appearance in Skaneateles Court divides family garage
A Skaneateles town justice on Wednesday ordered Julie Abbott-Kenan to stay away from an apartment attached to the garage of the Skaneateles residence she owns with her husband. But Abbott-Kenan, 46, an Onondaga County legislator and former broadcaster, can still park her vehicle in the garage at the couple’s 7 Tallcot Lane residence, under an order of protection issued by... more
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