Author: Gabriel Pietrorazio

Gabe is a staff reporter covering politics, education, and social issues. He hosts The Daily Debrief available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Have a tip? Send it to gabe@fingerlakes1.com.
Federal government rules against Cayuga Nation’s land-into-trust application in Cayuga, Seneca counties
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Posted in Cayuga County News Seneca County

Federal government rules against Cayuga Nation’s land-into-trust application in Cayuga, Seneca counties

In 1613, the Dutch encountered the Haudenosaunee and later forged the Two Wampum Row Treaty together. Also known as Gusweñta, an agreement had been reached between two sovereign peoples and predicated on…

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DAILY DEBRIEF: Rallying for Black Lives in the Birthplace of Women’s Rights this weekend (podcast)
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Posted in Events Life Seneca County Seneca Falls

DAILY DEBRIEF: Rallying for Black Lives in the Birthplace of Women’s Rights this weekend (podcast)

Two current Wells College students and close friends helped coordinate the Rally for Black Lives, Seneca Falls’ first public demonstration since the death of George Floyd while being held in police custody…

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Lawmakers voice concerns at hearing on nursing home policy amid COVID-19 pandemic
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Posted in Health New York State News Politics

Lawmakers voice concerns at hearing on nursing home policy amid COVID-19 pandemic

This first part of the joint Senate-Assembly public hearings on the state’s COVID-19 response inside nursing homes concluded on Monday, revealing lessons for upstate New York representatives ahead of the next hearing…

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Mayor Valentino calls for Councilor Gaglianese to resign as community reacts to his comments, apology
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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Mayor Valentino calls for Councilor Gaglianese to resign as community reacts to his comments, apology

On Monday, Geneva Mayor Steve Valentino released a statement, as the fallout of comments made by an at-large city councilor at a ‘Back the Blue’ rally. Now, the community is reflecting on…

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Family in search of answers, as life comes to an end at Elm Manor
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Posted in Canandaigua News Ontario County

Family in search of answers, as life comes to an end at Elm Manor

William “Bill” Vishneski Sr. had always been a comedian, bringing laughter and smiles to the faces of almost anyone he encountered. Serving as a paratrooper during the Korea War, he had always…

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Councilor apologizes after comments about Geneva residents caught on camera
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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Councilor apologizes after comments about Geneva residents caught on camera

In just a matter of days, a Geneva city councilor has come under scrutiny for airing some eye-raising comments at a “Back the Blue” rally in mid-July that had recently resurfaced –…

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Geneva’s Regan will hold town hall event for Ward 3 on police accountability board
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Posted in Events Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Geneva’s Regan will hold town hall event for Ward 3 on police accountability board

Although the public hearing set for Wednesday, August 5th has been effectively cancelled, Third Ward Councilor Jan Regan announced that she will host a “town-hall” style meeting exclusively for her ward residents…

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Mayor Valentino says public hearing on police accountability board cannot proceed
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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Mayor Valentino says public hearing on police accountability board cannot proceed

A day removed from an attorney-client session, which occurred in-person among members from Geneva City Council and Emil Bove Jr., Esq., the city’s attorney, Mayor Steve Valentino spoke to clear the air…

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Posted in Health New York State News Politics

Previewing major public hearings in Albany over COVID-19 response in nursing homes

A few days from now the highly-anticipated two-part public hearing on the response of nursing homes amid the Coronavirus Pandemic will take place. Ahead of that, which kicks off on Monday, New…

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DAILY DEBRIEF: How falconry has taken flight in New York State (podcast
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Posted in Environment New York State News

DAILY DEBRIEF: How falconry has taken flight in New York State (podcast)

Have you ever dreamt of becoming a falconry master? Today on the Daily Debrief, Joseph Therrein, the head of the Special Licenses Unit for the Division Fish & Wildlife at the Department…

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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Geneva City Council will hold first in-person meeting tonight since COVID-19 pandemic began

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began in New York government meetings have been held virtually. The first in-person session among Geneva’s elected officials will happen tonight without notice to the public. Lori…

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Future of Geneva’s police accountability board up in the air, even after historic vote by city council
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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Future of Geneva’s police accountability board up in the air, even after historic vote by city council

A Public Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th appears to be in jeopardy. When the Geneva City Council passed a resolution, calling for a public hearing to begin the creation of a…

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Posted in Canandaigua Health New York State News Ontario County Politics

DAILY DEBRIEF: Sen. Ortt talks nursing homes, impact executive orders had on health and safety of residents (podcast)

While Gov. Andrew Coumo is content with his track record and efforts to contain the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 in nursing homes across New York State, lawmakers are not sold on those…

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HWS communications site switches student of color’s profile
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Posted in Education Geneva News Ontario County

HWS comes under fire after using incorrect student photo for scholarship announcement

Waking up last Sunday to a Snapchat from a friend at the Colleges, Brandon  Harding saw his name appear in font in a newly published student profile on the school’s website. But…

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Weekend meetings focus on PAB, diversity
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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Police Beat Politics

Weekend meetings focus on PAB, diversity, and equity in Geneva

It was a weekend of two meetings, one held in public and another in private – each ending with two different outcomes as Geneva preps to fully consider the possibility of a…

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Posted in Education Geneva News Ontario County

Following criticism HWS says campus safety will change uniforms

Changes are coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, coming off the heels of a critical race controversy caused by some recent comments from President Joyce P. Jacobsen. Marty Corbett, the associate…

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