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INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)

INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)
Moral injury is defined as damage done to a person’s conscience or moral compass when that individual perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. It’s complicated. Dr. Marek Kopacz, of the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention is one of the researchers working to understand moral injury... more

Parking structure suffers damage, temporarily closed after downtown Auburn fire

Parking structure suffers damage, temporarily closed after downtown Auburn fire
The Auburn Fire Department responded to the parking structure in downtown Auburn on Saturday after a fire was reported during the early-afternoon hours. Around 2:30 p.m. a report came in for a utility vehicle on fire at the garage, according to first responders. The garage suffered enough damage that it was temporarily closed. The Citizen reports that officials said after... more

THE DEBRIEF: Affordable Housing, Resisting Vaccines, Incinerator Bill, and MORE! (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Rent control measures, resistance to vaccines, and low speed access (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines from around the region. The two discuss rent control advocacy across the state, a vacant Geneva City Council seat, access to high speed broadband (and the implications), as well as a veto power proposal that would give new power to voters. Watch below... more

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues
A Mentz resident was arrested on felony charges following an investigation involving deputies and CPS investigators. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Timothy K. Hoisington, 27, of Mentz when he was found to be operating a marijuana growth operation. Members of the Sheriff’s Office – who were working with Cayuga County Child Protective Services responded to the... more

Kolb says costs to farms in labor bill ‘staggering’

KOLB: Costs to farms in Farmworkers Labor bill ‘staggering’
Republicans in New York are pushing back against a bill, which they say would have a huge impact on local farms. Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River), the Conference’s ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, were among a number of signatories who penned a letter to the Assembly Majority leadership calling for... more

FLX WEEKLY: Clearing skies for a great spring weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY LIVE AT 12:30 PM: Clearing skies for a great spring weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
We’ve certainly had our fill of wet, cold weather this spring but the end may finally be in sight. Find out what the forecast looks like for this weekend along with a great line-up of events happening across the region. Also, our top local photos of the week, the weekend sports outlook and more on FLX Weekly… . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Stakeholders wrestle with reaching rural vets for services as transportation, housing lag (Part 1)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing ways that the VA is reaching rural communities (podcast)
At this very moment there are more than 18 million veterans living in the United States. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for their well-being. At least in terms of provided care. However, vets aren’t automatically enrolled at their local VA hospital or clinic; and enrolling them is consistently the biggest challenge faced by professionals within the VA... more

Auburn council wants more help with repairing local roads

Auburn council slams state (again) on lack of road repair assistance
The Auburn City Council is continuing to request more funding from the state to repair Auburn roads. In a letter to state Assemblyman Gary Finch, Auburn Mayor Michael Quill said that a supplemental capital budget — that could have included additional funding for road repair — was expected to be approved by the end of April. There has been no... more

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario
Sandbags palletized and ready to go, and docks disappearing. We are reaching a breaking point along Lake Ontario, with water level just inches away from the 2017 peak that led to widespread flooding. So far, homes along the shoreline have been spared, but some docks have not. And that means decision time for boaters. Boaters in Charlotte near Lake Ontario... more

Federal grant to help Auburn providers treat opioid use disorder

Federal grant to help Auburn providers treat opioid use disorder
Two Auburn-based service providers have been jointly awarded a $350,000 grant to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced Thursday. East Hill Family Medical and Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs, both in Auburn, were awarded the grant as part of a $5.25 million funding initiative to expand access to medication-assisted treatment,... more

Cayuga County man faces multiple felony weapons charges

Cayuga County man faces multiple felony weapons charges
Sheriff Brian Schenck reports the arrest of a 32-year-old Owasco Road resident on several felony charges following an investigation that involved Office of Immigration, Customers Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and State Police. Anthony Ranauro, 32, was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a... more

Cayuga County-area wineries, distillery take medals at competition

Cayuga County-area wineries, distillery take medals at competition
Several Cayuga County-area wineries and one distillery took medals at the 19th annual Finger Lakes Wine International Wine Competition held in April in Rochester. More than 2,800 wines from more than 450 wineries in 42 states and 16 countries were entered into the competition. They were evaluated by a panel of 54 judges (27 men and 27 women) representing distributors,... more

Waterfront restaurant thriving in Fair Haven despite flood concerns

Waterfront restaurant thriving in Fair Haven despite flood concerns
Now entering its sixth year of operations, a once-decaying commercial property on the shore of Little Sodus Bay continues to grow as Turtle Cove Resort & Marina. A little over five years ago, the waterfront property was littered with abandoned trailers, debris and trash, said Brian DiBernardo, Turtle Cove’s owner. The property’s ownership had jumped from management to management over... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires shoreline along Skaneateles Lake

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires shoreline along Skaneateles Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust has announced the acquisition of 900 feet of Skaneateles Lake shoreline along with 90 acres of hillside forest in the town of Spafford, Onondaga County. The property is contiguous to the organization’s Cora Kampfe Dickinson Preserve, bringing the total amount of protected Skaneateles shoreline owned by the Land Trust in this area to 2,200 feet.... more

Auburn woman charged with felony driving while intoxicated

Auburn woman charged with felony driving while intoxicated
An Auburn woman with a past drunk driving conviction was arrested this week on charges that she drove while intoxicated again, New York State Police said Wednesday in a press release. Melissa A. Dugan, 28, had been operating a motor vehicle on Hamilton Road in Brutus with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and while in possession of an... more

Prison City envisions growth, but will seek PILOT

Prison City envisions growth, but will seek PILOT
Prison City Pub & Brewery has moved the site of its new facility a little ways up North Street. In an application for financial assistance submitted to the Auburn Industrial Development Authority May 3, Prison City co-owner Dawn Schulz identified the facility's new site as 251 North St. Located less than half a mile from the facility's original site, 197-199... more

Buoys to be deployed on Owasco, Skaneateles, Seneca lakes

Buoys to be deployed on Owasco, Skaneateles, Seneca lakes
The U.S. Geological Survey and the state Department of Environmental Conservation this week will deploy advanced new monitoring buoys on several Finger Lakes that officials say will allow of near instantaneous detection of harmful algal bloom warning signs. Scientists from the USGS and DEC are set to deploy the new buoys on Seneca and Owasco lakes on May 15, with... more

Legislature moves toward temporary term limit change in Cayuga

Legislature moves toward temporary term limit change in Cayuga
The Cayuga County Legislature took another step toward possible redistricting Tuesday, with a committee approving a local law to align legislators' terms in advance of the 2020 U.S. Census. Based on population changes, the upcoming census will likely require a reapportioning of the Legislature's weighted vote system, in which a legislator's vote is assigned a point value based on their... more
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