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Parents, school ask for renewal of Port Byron school resource officer contract

Parents, school ask for renewal of Port Byron school resource officer contract
Parents and representatives from the Port Byron Central School District asked the village board to renew the school resource officer’s contract during a regular meeting Monday. Port Byron’s meeting room was filled with people who wanted to speak during the public-to-be-heard portion. The support for the SRO comes after the district announced that its attempts to engage the village to... more

DEALS OF THE WEEK: Prime Rib Special at Woody’s, lineup of specials at Dewey’s, and spring merchandise specials

DEALS OF THE WEEK: Prime Rib Special at Woody’s, lineup of specials at Dewey’s, and spring merchandise specials
There’s plenty to be excited about for this week’s deals! Check out the FingerLakes1.com Local Deals site to take advantage of some amazing offers around the region! Woody’s Bar & Grille Prime Rib Special Woody’s Bar & Grille located in Waterloo at the Quality Inn has a prime rib special that can’t be beat! Enjoy a $15 prime rib dinner... more

Rep. John Katko after Mueller investigation ends: ‘It’s time to move on’

Rep. John Katko after Mueller investigation ends: ‘It’s time to move on’
With the completion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Rep. John Katko believes the results should be respected and House Democrats should focus on other matters. Katko, R-Camillus, commented on Mueller’s investigation one day after Attorney General Bill Barr sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate judiciary... more

Study: Visitors generated $2.4 billion in FLX

Study: Visitors generated $2.4 billion in FLX
A new study said 5.56 million people visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018, with 4.9 million here for leisure, generating $2.4 billion in business. Those numbers come from a “comprehensive” consumer behavior study Travel Marketing Insights on behalf of Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. The alliance covers 14 counties between Rochester and Syracuse designated as the Finger Lakes tourism region.... more

SEE THE LIST: NYS Senate Women of Distinction nominees unveiled

SEE THE LIST: NYS Senate Women of Distinction nominees unveiled
Senator Pam Helming announced the 25 nominees for the New York State Senate Women of Distinction recognition from our region. This award recognizes the outstanding work of extraordinary women from our area and throughout New York State, with one honoree selected from each State Senate District. “Our region has long been a beacon for outstanding women in a variety of... more

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

Auburn native, longtime Biden aide, committed to public service

Auburn native, longtime Biden aide, committed to public service
Growing up in Auburn, Brian McKeon was exposed to government and politics at a young age. McKeon’s father, William, chaired the New York State Democratic Party. The elder McKeon served as counsel to state legislative committees and was a state Board of Elections commissioner. “Given my father’s career in politics and law, it was probably a little bit in my... more

Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects: Details on the plan being sent to Albany

Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects: Details on the plan being sent to Albany
By the end of the month, details on 18 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects selected as finalists by the Auburn Local Planning Committee will be handed over to the state. State officials will then review each project's plan before the list is trimmed one last time. Over the course of months, a preliminary list of 29 projects that requested a collective... more

Experts in Aurora discuss Cayuga Lake harmful algae

Experts in Aurora discuss Cayuga Lake harmful algae
Dozens gathered at the Aurora Inn Saturday for a wide-ranging discussion on the interaction between harmful algal blooms, climate change, nutrients and more in the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Presented by the Community Science Institute, which partners with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network to monitor HABs on the lake, the discussion featured experts in biochemistry, climatology, meteorology and agriculture. Much of... more

Three overdoses, one fatal in a matter of days in Auburn

Three overdoses, one fatal in a matter of days in Auburn
The concern in Auburn is growing as three people overdose in three days, according to police. Chief Shawn Butler says a 24-year-old woman was found dead after overdosing at the Days Inn Hotel on Williams St. Another person there was revived with suboxone. Chief Butler says a third person overdosed and was saved by suboxone at a home on the... more

Erie Canal grant may be ‘dead in the water’ due to Mentz, Port Byron pullouts

Erie Canal grant may be ‘dead in the water’ due to Mentz, Port Byron pullouts
The town of Brutus is close to losing a $418,000 state grant after another project partner, the town of Mentz, completely withdrew from an intermunicipal effort to rewater the Erie Canal. The planning grant for a Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project was originally awarded to the village of Port Byron by the state Regional Economic Development Council. The... more

Auburn City Council extends ambulance company’s contract for the third time

Auburn City Council extends ambulance company’s contract for the third time
For the third time, the Auburn City Council has voted to extend the terms of agreement with a medical transportation company to keep its services afloat. Thursday, the council voted to extend a contract between the city and TLC Medical Transportation Services Inc., the company responsible for the city's ambulance services. In June 2013, TLC entered a five-year agreement with... more

Owasco Lake groups ready to take algal bloom project requests to Albany

Owasco Lake groups ready to take algal bloom project requests to Albany
The array of agencies and groups that work to protect Owasco Lake's water quality have narrowed down five projects to lobby for funding from Albany out of a $65 million pot unveiled last summer dedicated for projects mitigating harmful algal blooms. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council Tuesday unveiled the five priority projects they and other lake advocacy groups have... more

Diamondbacks option Auburn native Tim Locastro to Triple-A Reno

Diamondbacks option Auburn native Tim Locastro to Triple-A Reno
Auburn native Tim Locastro will begin the 2019 baseball season in the minor leagues. The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Locastro to Triple-A Reno Tuesday. The Reno Aces play in the Pacific Coast League. Locastro hit .222 in 18 spring training games with the Diamondbacks. He scored four runs, stole two bases and added an RBI. On defense, he primarily played in... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing village election results, Ontario County Landfill, and Mentz Lagoon (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Shortage of volunteer firefighters, single-use plastic, and communities struggling to find candidates (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discuss the future of communities that struggle to find or identify candidates willing to run for, and hold local office. They also discuss the expansion of a single-use plastic bag ban, and what the future of college admissions could look like after a scandal was uncovered. They... more

Study: 5.56 million visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018

Study: 5.56 million visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018
How many people are visiting the Finger Lakes? A lot. The results of a comprehensive consumer behavior study were unveiled this week. The study was conducted by Travel Marketing Insights, on behalf of Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (FLTA). The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance commissioned the study to collect more information about the 14 county, 9,000 square mile state designated Finger Lakes... more
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