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WEEKEND DEBRIEF:

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing FLH/URMC partnership, NY’s evolving quarantine guidelines, COVID fines on local biz, and block party clusters (podcast)

A closer look at upcoming elections with big time local implications, a discussion about the future of medicine after an announcement by Finger Lakes Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center that they would be working together, and the controversial story ... MORE
Cuomo will withhold funding to local governments, schools who don’t enforce COVID guidelines

Cuomo says he’ll strip funding to local goverments, schools if they don’t enforce COVID-19 guidelines

Local government beware: Governor Andrew Cuomo warned on Wednesday that state funding could be withheld if it’s deemed that local entities fail to enforce social distancing, or crowd control limits. Last week he said it would be possible to see fines on ... MORE
DEBRIEF: Advocates say there’s no eviction moratorium” in New York (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Advocates say there’s “no eviction moratorium” in New York, despite what Cuomo claims (podcast)

Cea Weaver says the stakes are very real for people who have been unable to pay their rent through the Coronavirus Pandemic. And one of the biggest protections that Governor Andrew Cuomo has touted throughout it — might not have the teeth ... MORE
WATCH: Seneca County Board of Supervisors October Meeting (video)

WATCH: Seneca County Board of Supervisors October Meeting in Ovid (video)

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors regular October meeting will be held at the Three Bears Courthouse in Ovid, NY on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be streamed live in the video player below or on our ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF: NY’s new rules for governing shut downs, theaters still shut down, and future of Farm Days (podcast)

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: NY’s new rules for governing shut downs, theaters still shut down, and future of Farm Days (podcast)

This week it’s all about the changes that are happening at the state and local level as fallout from the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to be evident. The state has new plans for how businesses will be shut down when cases rise, one ... MORE
Geneva City Council Approves Bodycam Taskforce and  Police Department Budget Review Board Bylaws

Geneva City Council approves bodycam taskforce, holds hearings, and hears public comment at lengthy October meeting

The Geneva City Council held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday with seven-of-the-nine council members attending in person. Mayor Steve Valentino, who continues to quarantine following out of state travel, and Laura Salamendra (Ward 5) attended the meeting via Zoom Conference Call. The ... MORE
Here’s how Governor Cuomo’s new COVID cluster rules work in hotspots

Here’s how Governor Cuomo’s new COVID cluster rules work in hotspots

Governor Andrew Cuomo has initiated new rules for cluster zones or ‘hot spots’ for COVID-19 infection. So far the rules will only apply to downstate zip codes that are seeing higher-than-Upstate increases in cases. Cuomo says the plan was developed in consultation ... MORE
Divided Council Clueless About Cost of Police Accountability Board

Geneva City Council struggles to understand what police accountability board will cost

The Geneva City Council met for nearly 3 hours Tuesday for a work session regarding the proposed public law to establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB) in Geneva. Despite Mayor Steve Valentino’s assertions when the work sessions were established in January 2020 ... MORE
Seneca Falls attempts navigate budget questions as state, federal uncertainties loom

Seneca Falls attempts to navigate budget questions as state, federal uncertainties loom

The preliminary budget in Seneca Falls is out. A series of workshops will be held in the coming weeks, as the Town Board explores ways to save money, and get the most out of what funds they do have available in 2021 ... MORE
Cuomo threatens $10K fines for local governments that fail to enforce his executive orders

Cuomo threatens $10K fines for local governments that fail to enforce his executive orders

Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo said that local municipalities could face fines of up to $10,000 per day if they don’t crack down on COVID-19 rule violators. He also threatened to shut down those communities where the virus is not kept under ... MORE
Problem Solvers Caucus continues push toward

Could Congress be getting closer to a deal for state, local pandemic relief?

Lawmakers are growing hopeful that there’s a chance a deal could be reached in the coming weeks on a new relief package. While Democrats in the House say they will vote on a $2.2 trillion package, which includes $500 billion for local ... MORE
Geneva City Council Calls For Balancing Budget On Backs Of City Employees

Property tax increase of 13% possible in Geneva as City looks for ways to balance budget during workshop

Geneva City Council held a budget work session on Wednesday as it considered the financial future of the municipality in Ontario County. The Council met in person at a location that was not disclosed on the meeting notice or agenda. However, the ... MORE
Governors renew call for federal bailout as budget deficits climb, stimulus needs grow in US

Governors renew call for federal bailout as budget deficits climb, stimulus needs grow in US

While there has been some discussion about a possible stimulus package and broader rescue bill for specific industries – states like New York are struggling. The deficit has grown to more than $14 billion in recent projections, with multi-year deficits of $60 ... MORE
Residents told to boil water in parts of Seneca County after water main break

Residents told to boil water in parts of Seneca County after water main break

A boil water advisory is active in Seneca County, according to health officials. An alert went out late-Monday that indicated local municipal workers were attempting to mend a water main break in the town of Waterloo. While the water main break was ... MORE
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Cuomo says it would be ‘reckless’ if local government borrowed in short-term to make-up budget shortfalls

Local governments are facing an unprecedented financial crisis, and so is New York State. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo said local governments would be ‘reckless’ to borrow in the long-term without a financial control board in place. Municipalities big and small are considering ... MORE