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Another fire reported in Wayne County diverting some crews from Williamson blaze

While battling a fire at a three-family home in Williamson, first responders were called to a structure fire in Marion hours later. The structure was fully-involved and multiple crews responded to the scene. Webster, Marion, and Walworth fire departments all responded to the scene. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. As crews work to put out... more

Crews battle blaze at three-story home in Williamson (photos)

Structure fire reported on Ridge Rd. in Wayne County
Multiple departments were called to a structure fire at a three-family home on Ridge Road in Wayne County on Monday. The call came in around 9:30 a.m., and witnesses said the flames and smoke could be seen coming from the rear of the home. First responders said the fire reportedly started on a bed, but that information was unconfirmed. One... more

O’Mara joins NYCOM rep calling for better solution to AIM funding cut

O’Mara joins NYCOM rep calling for better solution to AIM funding cut
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) was critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s move to restore AIM funding, at the expense of local counties. O’Mara called the Cuomo cost shift the latest example of a state government that’s “out of touch and out of control.” He denounced the move, pointing out that it will cause even more challenge for these rural... more

Deputies: Manchester woman failed to feed dogs

Deputies: Manchester woman failed to feed dogs
The Ontario County Humane Society reports that a 48-year-old Manchester woman was ticketed after two dogs were found inside a residence on State Street not being properly cared for. The Humane Society reports that Amy Tunison, 48, of Manchester was charged with failure to provide food and water to an impounded animal. Deputies say the two dogs were impounded at... more

Cornell gets $1.4M for transportation research

Cornell gets $1.4M for transportation research
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand on Thursday announced $1.4 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for Cornell University to continue leading the Transportation, Environment, and Community Health Center. “This grant will enable Cornell University and its new transportation center to continue producing game-changing research on the technology that could preserve our environment and protect our communities from... more

Bill would ban gun raffles in New York

NY bill would ban gun raffles
Gun raffles are major revenue sources for some nonprofit organizations and volunteer fire departments, but a bill introduced in the state Legislature could prohibit the events. Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, a Brooklyn Democrat, introduced the measure that would ban gun raffles. Twenty-nine of Simon’s Assembly colleagues, all Democrats and nearly all of whom represent downstate districts, cosponsored the legislation. Under... more

Schumer to visit Seneca Falls to push Land and Water Conservation Fund

Schumer to visit Seneca Falls on Monday to push Land and Water Conservation Fund
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer will visit Seneca Falls this afternoon calling for the passage of the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Schumer says the Land And Water Conservation Fund has provided $336 Million to preserve & protect public lands like Montezuma Refuge, water resources, and historic sites across New York. The Senate had previously reauthorized the... more

DAILY FORECAST: Looking ahead to active weather week after early Monday’s snow

DAILY FORECAST: Gusty winds, snow showers likely in the FLX
It’s a cold, snowy start to this holiday work week – but positive change is in the long-range forecast. By the weekend, we even have a shot at 50 degrees, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service. Another inch or two of accumulation will be possible through the morning hours before things taper off by mid-day. That means the... more

Foodlink aims to close ‘snap gap’

Foodlink aims to close ‘snap gap’
Organizations that help supply food to area families in need are expecting a windfall of households needing groceries next week. Last month, families received their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for February early. Tom Silva with Foodlink says this caused a lot of confusion. “Because of the uncertainty of what was going to happen with the government shutdown a... more

Williamson man charged with rape, forcible touching after investigation

Williamson man charged with rape, forcible touching after investigation
A Wayne County man is being held on $10,000 bail after multiple charges were filed against him – including rape, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child. Michael Yonker, 37, of Williamson was arrested after it was reported to deputies that he was having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. It is alleged that Yonker started an... more

Wegmans temporarily lowering prices in shutdown aftermath

Wegmans temporarily lowering prices in shutdown aftermath
To help those still working to make ends meet after the extended government shutdown, Wegmans announced it is lowering prices temporarily for certain foods. Among other products, Wegman’s pasta sauce will drop to 79 cents per jar, a dozen large eggs will be reduced to 99 cents and blended yogurt will run three for 99 cents. The lower prices will... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the latest in Geneva with Jim Meaney

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the latest in Geneva with Jim Meaney
When Jim Meaney founded the Geneva Believer – his goal was to inform city residents of the inner-workings of government. Over the years he has covered a string of important, relevant issues; and most-recently his coverage of the city manager search process, policing and intended reforms in Geneva, and Finger Lakes Health have really spotlighted the importance of this work.... more

Multiple DWI arrests over the weekend in Steuben County

Multiple DWI arrests over the weekend in Steuben County
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reported a trio of arrests related to impaired or intoxicated driving over the weekend. – Alicia Fay Young, 39, of Beaver Dams was stopped on Reynolds Avenue, in Corning by patrols. She is accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. As result she was charged with driving while ability... more

Shoppers disappointed as Payless liquidates, shuts down all stores

Shoppers disappointed as Payless liquidates, shuts down all stores
Last week, Payless ShoeSource announced all of its stores in the United States and Puerto Rico will be closing – the latest retail chain falling victim to online shopping. The company plans to file for bankruptcy for the second time in two years. “To hear they’re actually closing is bittersweet,” said Ana Lebron, a former employee. “It was like home... more

More info coming on Wayne school board members facing removal

More info coming on Wayne school board members facing removal
The Wayne Central School District has offered signs it would give the public more information about two members of the school system’s board in danger of removal from the board over misconduct accusations. On Wednesday, February 20, school officials planned to hold a special meeting to consider revealing information previously discussed behind closed doors about the charges against board members... more

No funds for early voting in Cuomo’s NY budget amendments

No funds for early voting in Cuomo’s NY budget amendments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments released Friday don’t include funding for the implementation of early voting in New York. Advocates and county officials hoped Cuomo would add funding to his 2019-20 budget proposal. The state Legislature passed a bill in January to allow nine days of early voting before Election Day. Cuomo signed it into law. When Cuomo released... more

NY closer to lowering petition signature requirement for local candidates

NY closer to lowering petition signature requirement for local candidates
The sponsors of legislation to temporarily ease the signature requirement for candidates in local elections this year hope Gov. Andrew Cuomo will take quick action when the measure is sent to his office in the coming days. State Sen. Rachel May and Assemblyman Billy Jones authored the bill that would lower the number of signatures needed by 25 percent to... more
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