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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Upstate New York Canals (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Upstate New York Canals (podcast)
While the Erie Canal was the most important canal in Upstate New York, the history behind other canals that ran through the Finger Lakes and their relationship to the Erie is fascinating. In this episode Seneca County Historian Walter Gable discusses the histories of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Chemung Canal, and the Crooked Lake Canal.  This... more

Sodus officials meet to plan for the rest of winter without highway building

Sodus officials meet to plan for the rest of winter without highway building
The Town of Sodus held a special meeting just two days before Christmas to discuss options moving forward, after a devastating fire at the Town’s highway barn. The fire destroyed the building, and several snow plows that were inside at the time. Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy, who also serves as chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors until the... more

Millions coming to Yates County to expand access to high speed internet

Millions coming to Yates County to expand access to high speed internet
Get ready for a bump in download speeds. Well, at least that’s the intent of the ReConnect grant program, which is administered through the United States Department of Agriculture. Yates County will receive $10.3 million as part of the grant to provide access directly to homes. That grant will be combined with a local share fronted by the County to... more

Airport runway closed for several hours after single-engine crash in Cortland County

Airport runway closed for several hours after single-engine crash in Cortland County
The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a plane crash alongside the FAA. Only the pilot was on-board when a single-engine aircraft crashed at the Cortland County Airport. Investigators say the pilot had been conducting some practice take off and landings for about an hour. The pilot said he had just completed a landing and was taking off again when... more

New push coming to regulate staffing at nursing homes, hospitals

New push coming to regulate staffing at nursing homes, hospitals
Lawmakers and regulators are making a new push to see that patients get high quality care at hospitals and nursing homes. Dozens of state lawmakers are calling on the New York State Health Department to establish minimum staffing regulations, according to News10NBC. Nurses say they’re being overworked. Health care companies argue that there are other ways to improve patient safety... more

Minimum wage increasing next week in NYS

Minimum wage increasing in New York state next week
Workers across the Finger Lakes and New York State may see their paychecks increase starting next week. Upstate New York will see minimum wage increase from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour on December 31. Minimum wage will next increase to $12.50 an hour on December 31, 2020. In New York City minimum wage will increase from $13.50 to $15 an... more

Naples woman sent to hospital after weekend crash in Yates County

Naples woman sent to hospital after weekend crash in Yates County
An 83-year-old woman was transported to an area hospital following a crash in Yates County over the weekend. On Saturday, Audrey Smith, 83, of Naples was transported to Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua following a one-car crash on Italy Turnpike Road. Deputies say Naples Ambulance transported Smith to the hospital. No additional details were released about the crash, but an investigation... more