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State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas
New York state is seeking bids for redeveloping the more than two dozen service areas along the 570-mile Thruway system. The Thruway Authority on Tuesday announced that has issued a request for proposals to make improvements at 27 travel plazas through public-private partnerships. The agency says the plan calls for offering a more diverse selection of food and beverage options,... more

How you can vote to help the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls secure a $150,000 grant

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is a finalist in the “Vote Your Main Street” initiative sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. The NWHOF is in the process of rehabilitating the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill as the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s new (old) home—a place rooted by its early trustees Jacob Chamberlain and Charles... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Flagging concerns with FLX Welcome Center, City of Geneva

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Understanding the
Concern about cost and process. In Geneva, residents and taxpayers alike have been asking questions about the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, since a pair of investigative reports were published by WHEC-Rochester, and the Geneva Believer. Both highlighted exorbitant costs in some aspects of the buildout, which was executed through a joint-effort between the state and city of Geneva. “It started... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Local officials say Yates doesn’t compare to other counties

The recently released county-specific report from ACT Rochester indicates that Yates is the only county in a nine-county region in which the median household income kept up with inflation since 2000. But there are other indicators of the report card that require some response from local officials. In fact, Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates... more

National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off May 6-12, 2018 celebrating the value of travel and its impact on the economy, local businesses, and personal well-being. This year’s theme, “Travel Then and Now,” focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. Travel Community – a $2.4 trillion-dollar industry in the United States. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC),... more

Public to weigh rules for short-term rentals in Canandaigua

Short-term rentals like Airbnbs would have to follow the same local laws as established bed and breakfasts under proposed changes to city code. On Thursday evening, residents will be able to weigh in on the list of changes at a City Council public hearing. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Jill Myers. Jill and her husband Rob... more

del Lago vs. Albany: Competitors will have billion dollar advantage if state fails to act

The two biggest competitors of del Lago Resort & Casino have a billion dollar ‘Ace’ up their sleeve. Historic filings and reports from the last 20 years showcase a problem not dealt with by New York State officials. While much of the ‘heat’ has been on del Lago for their underperformance — officials in Seneca County are joining the casino’s... more

Cuomo urges commission to maintain Lake Ontario outflows to avoid flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes the International Joint Commission reconsiders its plan to decrease Lake Ontario outflows beginning Friday. At 1 a.m., outflows will decrease from 8,950 to 8,550 cubic meters per second. Frank Bevacqua, a spokesperson for the International Joint Commission, said the reduced outflows coincide with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season. But Cuomo is concerned... more

“I Love NY” signs may be here to stay

New York State’s illegal tourism signs might not be coming down yet after all. Despite a Newsday report claiming the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will take down the “I Love New York” signs in April, a DOT spokesperson told the Albany Times Union they have no immediate plans to take down signs. The state agency is awaiting... more

FLEDC reports spotless audit, positive future

At the annual meeting of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC), hosted by Veraisions Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars, Steve Griffin, CEO of FLEDC (Yates County’s sole industrial and economic development agency), played his primary role as head cheerleader for Yates County business. Speaking to the largest number of local business and political figures ever to attend the annual... more

Officials respond in Seneca County to del Lago’s financial concerns

Officials in Seneca County are responding to the headlines about del Lago, the 13-month-old casino and resort located in Tyre – after its future viability was called into question with the request of a state bailout. Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley echoed requests from del Lago ownership to ‘level’ the playing field by creating parity with Indian-owned... more

‘THEIR FAULT, NOT OURS’: Seneca Nation responds as del Lago blames them for ‘unfair’ advantage

del Lago Resort & Casino is facing a ‘blatantly unfair competitive disadvantage’. That’s the word from Steven Greenberg, acting as spokesperson for del Lago Resort & Casino as they move toward ‘leveling’ the playing field. “When del Lago sought and won its casino license, it was done based on circumstances that have now significantly changed,” Greenberg explained. “The Seneca Nation... more

Gillibrand: National Heritage designation for Finger Lakes passes hurdle

It’s been almost three years since U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stood in Red Jacket Park and announced an effort to have the Finger Lakes Region designated as a National Heritage Area (NHA) Monday, her office announced that the legislation has passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “This will be a big deal for the area,” says... more

Tompkins County experiences best sales tax month, quarter and year

Tompkins County Finance Director Rick Snyder presented the county sales tax report Tuesday, showing favorable results for 2017. The county’s share of receipts for 2017 totaled $35,262,872 — 6 percent above receipts for 2016 and more than $1.8 million dollars above budget, said Marcia Lynch, Tompkins County spokeswoman. Reconciled fourth-quarter receipts were up by 9 percent compared to the fourth... more

Study reveals visitor info along Erie Canal corridor

Results from an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor study are out, and they show a picture of what kinds of visitors pass through, strengths of the corridor and areas for improvement. The approximately 500-mile corridor spans the state canal system including the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca and Oswego canals. It provides biking, boating and hiking opportunities, in addition to showcasing many... more

Concerns around del Lago’s performance not worrying local officials

When Moody’s Investors Services downgraded del Lago Resort & Casino’s ‘financial outlook’ — those in the region took notice. While it didn’t dampen the mood of last week’s one year anniversary at the $440 million facility, which employs more than 1,200 people — concerns over financial stability were raised. del Lago was expected to ramp up to about $250 million... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: del Lago Resort & Casino General Manager Jeff Babinski in-studio (podcast)

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of the grand opening of del Lago Casino and Resort in the northern Seneca County Town of Tyre. del Lago General Manager Jeff Babinski is in-studio to talk about the past year and the future at the casino, hotel and entertainment venues. . more
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