Author: Josh Durso

Josh serves as news director of FingerLakes1.com. He hosts The Debrief available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Send tips to josh@fingerlakes1.com.
DEBRIEF: Tom O’Mara focuses on being voice for Southern Tier in Albany (podcast)
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Posted in Elections New York State News Politics Schuyler County Seneca County Steuben County Tompkins County Yates County

DEBRIEF: Tom O’Mara focuses on being voice for Southern Tier in Albany (podcast)

Senator Tom O’Mara has represented the 58th District of New York since 2010. A decade later he’s still energetic about the community he serves. Earlier this week we caught up with Democrat…

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DEBRIEF: https://www.rochesterregional.org/-/media/flu-cases-2020.pnghttps://www.rochesterregional.org/-/media/flu-cases-2020.pngc (podcast)
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Posted in Geneva Health News Ontario County Penn Yan Yates County

DEBRIEF: Why is it important to get flu shot during Coronavirus Pandemic? (podcast)

Dr. Steven Schulz says getting a flu shot is even more important this year, than it has been in the past. He’s the Pediatric Medical Director for Rochester Regional Health’s Monroe County…

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DEBRIEF: Leslie Danks Burke focuses campaign on rural schools & small biz support (podcast)
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Posted in Education New York State News Politics Schuyler County Steuben County Tompkins County

DEBRIEF: Leslie Danks Burke focuses campaign on rural schools & small biz support (podcast)

Leslie Danks Burke is running for New York State Senate in the 58th District again. It’s not the first time, but she says challenging incumbent Republican Tom O’Mara was necessary. “We need our elected leaders to lead, and they need to have an effective plan for making that happen,” Burke said in an election preview appearance on The Debrief Podcast. “This district has real needs, and the people who call the Southern Tier home need real leaders in Albany.” Funding schools, connecting families via broadband in underserved, rural communities, and delivering wins for the small business community are her priorities this time around. While they aren’t significantly different than the first time she ran for Senate – New York has gone through quite an evolution in the process.

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DEBRIEF: Montezuma Audubon Center continues to see 25% bump in visitors as fall migration unfolds (podcast)
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Posted in Boating & Lakes Cayuga County Environment Events Life Savannah Seneca County Seneca Falls Tyre Wayne County

DEBRIEF: Montezuma Audubon Center continues to see 25% bump in visitors as fall migration unfolds (podcast)

This month in our spotlight of the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, Wayne County, Chris Lajewski discusses the mid-to-late fall migration patterns, the water fowl species that can be found on the…

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Officials: Strict enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines will continue in Seneca County
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Posted in Health News Seneca County

Officials: Strict enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines will continue in Seneca County

Officials say they will continue strict enforcement of COVID-19 regulations in Seneca County, but hope to remain business friendly in the process. Following recent increases in coronavirus cases across the region and…

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DEBRIEF: Progress being made at Parrott Hall in Geneva (podcast)
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Posted in Geneva History Life Ontario County

DEBRIEF: Progress being made at Parrott Hall in Geneva (podcast)

In early-October The Parrott Hall Coalition announced that Crawford & Stearns, Architects and Preservation Planners LLC, working with engineering firm Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, are creating stabilization and roof replacement documents for…

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Tyre considers move away from Magee FD for fire service in rural
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Posted in Fire News Politics Seneca County Tyre

Tyre considers move away from Magee FD for fire service in rural town

There could be a change in fire service coming to the Town of Tyre, which would directly impact the future of a fire company that has served the northern part of Seneca…

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Matt Cook named next superintendent of OCM BOCES, will leave Neark
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Posted in Education Newark News Wayne County

Matt Cook named next superintendent of OCM BOCES, will leave Newark CSD at end of month

Superintendent Matt Cook is leaving the Newark Central School District. The district announced Friday that Cook accepted the position of District Superintendent for Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES. His duties will include administering, supervising and…

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DEBRIEF: East Hill Medical fills important void as rural communities struggle economically (podcast)
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DEBRIEF: East Hill Medical fills important void as communities struggle economically (podcast)

Keith Cuttler spends most of his days thinking about ways to get crucial medical services to the most-vulnerable parts of the Cayuga County. It’s been an evolving challenge, since coming into his…

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DEBRIEF: Young business in Seneca Falls learns how to thrive during pandemic (podcast)
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Posted in Food Life Seneca County Seneca Falls Wine & Spirits

DEBRIEF: Young business in Seneca Falls learns how to thrive during pandemic (podcast)

Brad and Anna Luisi-Ellis started the Fall Street Brewing journey during the summer of 2018. By October of 2019 they opened their Fall Street location, serving as the kind of anchor downtown…

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DEBRIEF: How landlords are dealing with unpaid rent
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Posted in Business Cayuga County New York State News Ontario County Politics Rochester Area Schuyler County Seneca County Steuben County Syracuse Area Tompkins County Wayne County Yates County

DEBRIEF: How are landlords dealing with unpaid rent during the pandemic? (podcast)

There has been a significant debate over the last several months about unpaid rent. Some have contended that it should be canceled – while others – often representing landlords’ perspective – say…

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DEBRIEF: The future of Dixon Schwabl as leadership changes amidst pandemic (podcast)
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Posted in Business News Ontario County Rochester Area

DEBRIEF: The future of Dixon Schwabl as leadership changes amidst pandemic (podcast)

The Coronavirus Pandemic is undoubtedly going to change the way people and companies do business. However, communication and culture are two important factors for one of the region’s most-identifiable brands and businesses….

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Empire Farm Days is leaving Seneca County after 30+ years
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Posted in Events Farm Fayette Festivals Life Seneca County Seneca Falls

Officials, Lott Farm stunned by Lee’s decision to move Empire Farm Days out of Seneca County

Hours after the announcement that Empire Farm Days would be leaving Seneca Falls — officials with the host site say they were taken by surprise at The announcement came suddenly in a…

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Posted in New York State News Politics

DEBRIEF: When will mobile betting be allowed in New York? (podcast)

Here’s a good question: Why hasn’t New York opted to legalize mobile sports betting? For the better part of three years — there have been calls to do so, and now more…

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DEBRIEF: Suicide rate was climbing, even before the Coronavirus Pandemic began (podcast)
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Posted in Health News Seneca County

DEBRIEF: Suicide rate was climbing, even before the Coronavirus Pandemic began (podcast)

Suicide among teens and young adults is rising. But a new report shows that it was happening even before the Coronavirus Pandemic arrived. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and…

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DEBRIEF: Making stronger c (podcast)
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Posted in Cayuga County Life Ontario County Rochester Area Schuyler County Seneca County Steuben County Syracuse Area Tompkins County Wayne County Yates County

DEBRIEF: Making stronger communities through parenting & communication (podcast)

The Fatherhood Connection is one of those programs operating in the community that a lot of people haven’t heard about. But the work being done by Reggie Cox and his team of…

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