Local officials consider upgrading Owasco Lake’s watershed rules and regulations

The last time Owasco Lake's watershed rules and regulations were updated was 1984. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is looking to change that. There were no blue-green algae blooms reported in the lake in the 1980s, and not only has that changed dramatically over the last few years, but toxins from the blooms made their way through the treatment... more

Cayuga County private sector jobs grow in November

Cayuga County's labor market continues to show signs of strength, with November job counts higher and the unemployment rate lower. New data from the state Department of Labor showed the Cayuga County November jobless rate was 4.5 percent, down from 4.9 percent in the same month of 2015. The county rate was just above the 4.4 percent national rate, but... more

MoveOn.org-sponsored health care ‘speak-out’ held outside Rep. John Katko’s Auburn office

Nearly 30 central New Yorkers rallied outside U.S. Rep. John Katko's Cayuga County district office Tuesday to urge Congress to preserve vital health care programs, most notably the Affordable Care Act. The "speak-out" was sponsored by MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group, and organized by Alan Johnson, an artist and chairman of the Skaneateles Democratic Committee. The Citizen: Read More more

State Sen.-elect Pam Helming prepping to represent the 54th in Albany

The next couple of weeks promise to be an emotional roller coaster for incoming state Sen. Pam Helming. Before she is sworn in to succeed retiring state Sen. Michael Nozzolio as the 54th Senate District’s representative in Albany, Helming is wrapping up the final days of her tenure as Canandaigua town supervisor. Helming said she has mixed emotions about the... more

Upstate New York’s best brewery: And the winners are…

From double-hopped IPAs to barrel-aged sours, we tasted lots of beers on our hunt for Upstate New York’s Best Brewery. Our contest featured two of the well-known “big boys” of American craft brewing — Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood (near Jamestown). Both have nationwide distribution, business partnerships with other major U.S. brewers, and fall easily... more

Deputies: Two more arrests made in Genoa armed robbery

The Latest Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould announced on Monday that two additional arrests had been made in connection with an armed robbery that took place in Genoa just after midnight on Saturday. Deputies arrested Christian Reynolds, 19, of Moravia and charged him with first-degree burglary. He was arraigned in Genoa Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail in... more

Court ruling marks setback for cell tower’s development near Auburn neighborhood

Plans to construct a 150-foot-tall telecommunications tower near an Auburn neighborhood have suffered a setback following a court decision rendered last week. Crown Castle Communications proposed to build the Verizon cell tower on Allen Street amid potential aesthetic and health concerns cited by neighbors residing along the nearby Case Avenue. The neighbors took the matter to court earlier this year,... more

Season’s tweetings: Birders flock to Montezuma Audubon’s Christmas bird count

Two great horned owls court by the light of the moon and the stars, hooting and wooing from dusk until dawn. A male and a female, they finish this lovers' talk between 6 and 7 a.m. Monday โ€” just in time for some volunteers to hear and identify them for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Five bundled birders... more

Quiet weather week in the FLX until Thursday, Friday

Since the week before Thanksgiving, the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions have been caught in a very active weather pattern. As we approach another major travel holiday, it looks like the weather will give us some quieter weather as a gift. Early travelers in the Finger Lakes will enjoy sunny skies for the first part of this week before some... more

Investigation continues into fire at Union Springs Academy as school adjusts

Investigators are still looking into what caused a fire in the administration building of a local boarding school two weeks ago, fire officials said Sunday. Union Springs Academy students and staff have adjusted after the Dec. 3 blaze made the structure uninhabitable without repairs. The administration building houses classrooms, offices and the gymnasium. The academy, at 40 Spring St., is... more

Several FLX favorites named in ‘best restaurants’ list along Rt. 20

Several local favorites – including Abigail’s in Seneca Falls, as well as Hunter Dinerant in Auburn and Doug’s Fish Fry appeared. The list highlighted some of the best restaurants in the Finger Lakes along Route 20, which is noted as a historic highway. Read the complete list here from NYUpstate.com more

Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail keeps chugging along with acceptance of $101,245 grant

A multi-county project to create a water trail on Cayuga Lake is one step closer to fruition. The Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail, first drafted in 2013, is a project to establish launch sites at a number of spots around Cayuga Lake through Tompkins, Seneca and Cayuga counties. IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

Whiskey Boots: Auburn couple buys bar where they met, gives it country western makeover

For Jeanie and Dan Coe, opening a country western bar in Auburn was a spur-of-the-moment decision. As of opening day Nov. 18, the husband and wife are the owners and operators of Whiskey Boots at 192 State St. With weekly line dancing lessons on its spacious floor, live music and country-themed cocktails, the new bar caters to an audience the... more

REPORT: Upstate New York sinks in flood of legal opioids

The flood of legal opioids washing over upstate New York deepened over the past decade, even as awareness grew that prescription drugs were helping fuel the nation's addiction crisis. In the Binghamton, Ithaca and Elmira areas, the amount of available drugs based on oxycodone โ€” the active ingredient in OxyContin and the nation's most-prescribed class of opioid โ€” more than... more

22-year-old Geneva man dies in Cayuga Co. accident with snowplow

Investigators say that a 22-year-old Geneva man was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident, which took place on Wednesday around 9:31 pm in the Town of Springport. The accident happened on State Route 326 when Alex J. Myers, 28, of Union Springs lost control of his 1999 Audi while traveling south on Route 326. He lost control on... more

Amid another hopping Mass Riot IPA release, Prison City named one of 2016’s best breweries

In snow flurries and 15-degree weather, craft beer fans still lined up outside Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn Thursday and Friday for a can of its coveted Mass Riot India pale ale. The downtown Auburn brewpub released 60 Crowlers (32-ounce cans) of the beer each day, and will release another 60 Saturday and Sunday. Both days so far,... more
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