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FOIL requests tell unique story in Geneva as controversy over Welcome Center grows

FOIL requests tell unique story Geneva as controversy over FLX Welcome Center grows
Over the weekend, the Geneva Believer posted a lengthy investigative piece on a series of FOIL requests to the City of Geneva regarding the true cost of the FLX Welcome Center located along Seneca Lake. It started when NBC affliate WHEC-TV aired a segment featuring the results of an investigation into the cost of the new facility. In the segment,... more

Indicted GOP lawmaker Collins will stay on ballot

Indicted GOP lawmaker Collins will stay on ballot
Indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R) will stay on the ballot in his New York congressional district this fall, the Buffalo News reported Monday. Collins, who was arrested on insider trading charges this summer, is following the advice of his criminal attorneys who worry that Democrats would mount protracted legal battles if he removed his name, according to four unidentified sources... more

$500k in grants for New York state parks

$500k in grants for New York state parks
Organizations that support New York state parks have another chance to apply for grants to help improve them. The advocacy group Parks & Trails New York says $500,000 in state grants is available to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. It is the fourth round of $500,000 in competitive grants funded through the state's Environmental Protection... more

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms
Joseph Morelle, Majority Leader of the State Assembly and a candidate for Congress in November, wrote key state officials this week to urge them to deny a permit for a proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus, but project opponents say he could — and should — do far more to kill the project. Morelle made his case in a Sept. 10 letter to... more

PRIMARY RESULTS: Palermo will advance to face Henderson, all Seneca judge candidates to remain on ballot

PRIMARY RESULTS: Cuomo survives Nixon challenge, judge candidates advance in Seneca
We still don’t have all of the answers. While 100 percent of districts are reporting, some absentee ballots will have to be counted. However, a number of races played out in such a way that the drama of a general election – will be just as interesting as that of the primary session. – Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Lieutenant... more

$190M approved to complete Canandaigua VA upgrade

$190M approved to complete Canandaigua VA upgrade
The end is now sight for a $351 million overhaul of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Congress approved $190 million for the second and final phase of the project now underway on the campus on Fort Hill Avenue, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday. The final leg of the project will bring a new community living center... more

PRIMARY DAY 2018: Voters take to polls to set November elections

PRIMARY RESULTS: Voters take to polls on Thursday to set November elections
Thursday will be a hectic day for candidates vying for spots in November’s general election. Throughout the Finger Lakes – important primary races have been shaping up, with contestants making their final pleas to voters – before heading out to polling places on an odd day. For the first time in recent memory, voters are casting ballots on a Thursday,... more

Commission gives Spectrum breathing room to remain in NY

PSC gives Spectrum more breathing room to remain in NY
The Public Service Commission agreed to give Charter Communications more time to continue negotiations that could keep the embattled cable TV giant in the state. The PSC voted at the end of July to revoke Charter's 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable after a long-running dispute over the company's compliance with a requirement to expand its network to areas of... more

Another day, another lawsuit: Circular enerG pushes forward new legal action in bid to build incinerator

Another day, another lawsuit: Circular enerG pushes forward new legal action in bid to build incinerator
Circular enerG, a Rochester-based firm that is attempting to construct one of the largest trash burning facilities in the state, filed the second Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Romulus, submitting a Memorandum of Law outlining its objections to the Town’s revised zoning laws that were drafted to further clarify the Town’s original zoning laws this Spring. The first... more

Will the Hurricane Florence reach upstate New York? (video)

Hurricane Florence: Will the fierce storm hit upstate New York?
Powerful Hurricane Florence, which is prompting dire warnings and mass evacuations as it churns toward the Carolinas, could make itself felt in upstate New York in the middle of next week. But how much rain and wind Florence might bring — and whether it reaches us at all — are still unclear. The uncertainty arises from a divergence in the... more

Free tampons available in schools; districts spend thousands on dispensers

Free tampons available in schools; districts spend thousands on dispensers
Free feminine hygiene items are being put in school bathrooms for girls across the state after New York mandated it. Bathrooms will be stocked with tampons and a student won’t need to obtain permission to grab one. The feminine hygiene products will be available in all bathrooms that serve sixth- to 12th-graders. “All products shall be provided at no charge... more

Rep. John Katko leads GOP call to renew Violence Against Women Act

Rep. John Katko leads GOP call to renew Violence Against Women Act
U.S. Rep. John Katko is the lead author of a letter to House Republican leaders urging them to pass a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Katko, R-Camillus, released the letter Monday that was signed by 45 of his House GOP colleagues, including U.S. Reps. Dan Donovan, John Faso, Peter King, Tom Reed and Elise Stefanik of... more

Remembering 9/11 around the region

Remembering 9/11 around the region
It was 17 years ago this Tuesday –September 11, 2001–that the twin towers of the World Trade Center fell, the Pentagon was attacked, and a jet, also hijacked by terrorists, crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania as passengers aboard took action. This year, again, many Central NY communities hold remembrances and memorial services. Here is a partial listing (all welcome your participation):... more

Nixon responds after Cuomo camp sees boost in Siena Poll

Siena Poll: Cuomo Extends Lead, AG’s Race A Tossup
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Siena College poll released Monday holds a 41 percentage point lead over his rival for the Democratic nomination, Cynthia Nixon, while the four-way race for the attorney general nod remains an apparent tossup. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, meanwhile, has also extended her lead over New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, but 35 percent of voters... more

REPORT: Contracts expose costs of FLX Welcome Center; $1,014 for a 10” frame

REPORT: Contracts expose costs of FLX Welcome Center; $1,014 for a 10” frame
The new Finger Lakes Welcome Center opened in Geneva a few months ago. New York State leaders promise it will help boost tourism but if you’re a taxpayer and not a tourist, you shelled out millions for what’s inside and outside that building. There’s no doubt, the center is impressive. “I think it’s great, it’s clean, it’s very bright and... more

The 33 best colleges in Upstate New York, ranked for 2019

The 33 best colleges in Upstate New York, ranked for 2019
A new ranking of the best colleges in America by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education is one of many college search and ranking tools available to parents and prospective students, but a noteworthy one for its focus. Unlike the Princeton Review, the WSJ/THE ranking doesn’t shy away from giving an overall numeric rank to every college on... more

New York’s attorney general starts hotline, issues subpoenas on sexual abuse in Catholic Church

New York’s attorney general starts hotline, issues subpoenas on sexual abuse in Catholic Church
New York's Attorney General's Office issued subpoenas Thursday to all the Catholic dioceses in the state over how they have handled sexual abuses cases, and the office started a hotline to get tips from the public. The subpoenas went to the seven dioceses and one archdiocese in New York as Attorney General Barbara Underwood has ordered a civil investigation into... more
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