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Lower petition signature requirement signed into action; set to impact all local elections

Bill signed reducing petition signature requirements for elections
Bills that would reduce the number the number of needed petition signatures for ballot access were approved on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure were passed by the Legislature after lawmakers this year previously approved a bill unifying the state and congressional primaries to a single date, the fourth Tuesday in June. But with the earlier primary comes the... more

FLX WEEKLY: Mardi Gras, Winterfest Weekend & plenty of hoops (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Mardi Gras, Winterfest Weekend & plenty of hoops (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Sydney Rogers and Josh Durso for a round-up of the week in the Finger Lakes and a look at the weekend ahead. Coming up for the final weekend of February is Winterfest in Penn Yan and Mardis Gras weekend on the Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail. Throw in a ton of postseason high school basketball and... more

National Heritage Area designation would benefit Finger Lakes Region

National Heritage Area designation would benefit Finger Lakes Region
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s legislation to take the first step towards designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area has passed the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. The Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act, authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study in 14 counties including Yates. Gillibrand has pushed... more

‘New vision’ could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes

‘New vision’ could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes
A growing number of people are fed up with the stench, traffic and health concerns posed by area landfills and will turn out at events next week in Corning and Rochester. These and meetings statewide hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will gather public input in forming a “new vision” for handling the state’s solid waste, DEC says.... more

WEEKLY DEALS: Beard Bros Giveaway, Ciccino’s 2 for 1 Happy Hour, Mardi Gras on Cayuga Lake & Coach’s Amazing Home Plate!

WEEKLY DEALS: Ciccino’s Sweetheart Special, CVDesigns Valentines Bundles, and MORE!
This week marks another week of deals here in the heart of the Finger Lakes. There’s plenty to see, do, and more-importantly SAVE by checking out this week’s biggest deals! Be sure to visit FingerLakes1.com’s brand new FLX Local Deals section for things to do, locally discounted experiences, goods, and so much more! FingerLakes Beard Bros Giveaway No purchase necessary! The... more

Local hospitals share millions through Excellus program

Millions shared around local hospitals through Excellus program
Millions was shared between several local hospitals and health centers in the Finger Lakes and Central New York, according to officials with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Thirty-six upstate New York hospitals and health centers, including eight in the Finger Lakes region, last year shared $25.7 million in quality improvement incentives from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The nonprofit health insurer’s performance incentive program... more

Odessa-Montour girls rally from 21 down to beat Greene

Odessa-Montour girls rally from 21 down to beat Greene
What better way to get the Section 4 girls basketball tournament started than with a big-time comeback. Ninth-seeded Odessa-Montour faced a 19-point deficit at halftime that was still 12 entering the final quarter before the Indians surged past No. 8 Greene, 52-44, in a Class C opening-round game Tuesday night on the road. The Indians (14-6) tied the game with... 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

FLX WEEKLY: Valentine’s Weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Valentine’s Weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi for a look at your week in the Finger Lakes and a look at the Valentine’s Day Weekend ahead including the weather outlook after Tuesday’s winter storm, some great local deals, and the sports line-up as we move past the mid-point of February and closer to spring. . more

Gillibrand announces study of Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area

Gillibrand announces study of Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that efforts to designate the Finger Lakes region as a National Heritage Area has cleared its first hurdle after it passed the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. “The Finger Lakes region is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in our state, and it is one of... more

Schuyler County appoints assistant attorney at February 11 meeting

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Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has announced his appointment of Vinton Bovier Stevens, an Elmira native, as an Assistant County Attorney. The appointment was unanimously approved by the Schuyler County Legislature at its February 11 meeting. As an Assistant County Attorney, Stevens will join Getman in representing Schuyler County in civil litigation, family court prosecutions and related matters. Stevens has... more

Are you receiving a smaller refund this tax season? Here’s why

Are you receiving a smaller refund this tax season? Here’s why
Tax season is in full swing but many aren’t happy with their returns as refunds shrink while others wind up owing the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS. They’re the effects of President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan taking full effect. According to the IRS, the average refund is dropping about eight percent with three million more Americans owing this year... more

THE DEBRIEF: Splitting NYS, upcoming elections, and increasing engagement (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Splitting NYS, upcoming elections, and increasing engagement (podcast)
Check out a special Wednesday Edition of The Debrief Podcast exclusively on FingerLakes1.com. Jackie Augustin joins Josh Durso to break down the latest headlines, which include local election changes – such as the start of petition passing in a couple weeks, and the legislature’s sexual harassment hearings. The duo also break down the ever-present discussion about splitting up New York... more

Rep. Reed lends support to bill funding more school resource officers

Rep. Reed lends support to bill funding more school resource officers
Rep. Tom Reed is among 11 members of Congress who are proposing a bill to fund hiring additional school resource officers. The School Resource Officer Act was introduced last year, but was not brought to the floor for debate or vote. If passed, law enforcement agencies would hire more school resource officers (SROs) through cost-share grants to pay for their... more

Genny at the Glen: Rochester brewery inks sponsorship with racetrack

Genny at the Glen: Rochester brewery inks sponsorship with racetrack
For the first time in 40 years, Upstate New York’s Genesee will be the official beer of auto racing at Watkins Glen International racetrack. The multi-year sponsorship announced today unites two of Upstate New York’s iconic names. It means Genesee will be a major sponsor for the upcoming racing season at Watkins Glen, which runs from April to September. It... more

Local officials testify to restore AIM funding after Cuomo’s proposed cut leaves many reeling

Local officials testify to restore AIM funding after Cuomo’s proposed cut leaves many reeling
Restore the funding. With local officials from across New York State at the Capitol today testifying before the state Legislature’s fiscal committees on the impact of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-2020 proposed state budget, Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) urged Cuomo and legislative leaders to restore a proposed cut to critical state funding for area municipalities. In his 2019-20 proposed Executive... more

Dix Town officials looking for details about Woodstock 50

Dix Town officials looking for details about Woodstock 50
The Dix Town Board called a Special Meeting Feb. 7 to discuss concerns — both their own and those expressed by various of their constituents — regarding the planned Woodstock 50 concert weekend planned in August at Watkins Glen International. The meeting, poorly promoted and attracting only a handful of people, was urged by board member Dominick Smith after concerns... more
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