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Enhanced STAR: Deadline looms for seniors to get tax break

Enhanced STAR: Deadline looms for seniors to get tax break
Seniors who want to keep their Enhanced STAR property-tax rebates have until March 1 in most communities to make sure they are registered in the state’s new income-verification program. A new law in New York requires all property owners age 65 and over who are eligible for Enhanced STAR to complete a form with their local tax assessor to verify... more

Want to be a village or town judge? There’s no experience needed

Want to be a village or town judge? There’s no experience needed
If you find yourself in a local courtroom, you might be surprised to learn the judge deciding your fate likely only had one week of legal training before taking the bench. If you want to be a massage therapist here in New York, you need 1,000 hours of training before you can become licensed. Cosmetologists need 300 hours of training... more

LISTEN LIVE FRIDAY NIGHT: Waterloo clashes with Mynderse in Class B2 girls quarterfinal showdown (FL1 Radio)

LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT: Waterloo clashes with Mynderse in Class B2 girls quarterfinal showdown (FL1 Radio)
A pair of Finger Lakes East rivals square off in the quarterfinals of the Section V Girls Class B2 Basketball Tournament in Seneca Falls on Friday night. One team will advance to the semifinals while the other’s season will end. Join Dave Barnick and Zac Young live on FL1 Radio from inside Arthur L. Baker Gymnasium shortly before 7:00 pm.... 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

Local officials say closing any state prison in Finger Lakes would be economically devastating

It would be devastating. That’s the message from elected officials in Seneca and Cayuga counties, who note that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to close three state facilities – would hurt the Finger Lakes – if any of those three were local. Five Points Correctional Facility, Auburn Correctional Facility, and Willard Drug Treatment Campus are three of the largest employers in... more

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

TWO YEARS OF PROGRESS: A closer look at efforts to combat substance use disorders & mental health awareness (series)

TWO YEARS OF PROGRESS: Seneca continues addiction, mental health efforts
Part I: Identifying the problem, weighing current challenges When it comes to creating awareness around mental health issues and substance use disorders – officials believe positive ground has been made up in the last few years. Margaret Morse, Director of Community Services for Seneca County agrees. Morse celebrated her two-year anniversary leading community service efforts in Seneca on Jan. 31,... more

Finger Lakes Land Bank to accept $650,000 grant Tuesday

Finger Lakes Land Bank to accept $650,000 grant Tuesday
The Finger Lakes Regional Land Bank Board of Directors will likely have $650,000 in operating funds for 2019 and ‘20 after Tuesday’s board meeting. The board will vote on a motion to accept a $650,000 grant from the Enterprise Community Partners to acquire tax-delinquent properties for rehabilitation and resale. The grant will come from the State Attorney General’s Office. Land... 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

Seneca Meadows, Ontario landfills to be approached by Auburn in two years

Seneca Meadows, Ontario landfills to be approached by Auburn in two years
The city of Auburn landfill will be at capacity in about two years. When that time comes, the city plans to close and cap the 20-acre landfill and convert the site to a transfer station. City officials will then be looking to take the trash brought to the transfer station to another area landfill. Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls and... more

Deputies: Geneva man crashes car after domestic incident in Waterloo

Deputies: Geneva man crashes car after domestic incident in Waterloo
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 22-year-old Geneva man after a reported domestic incident, and subsequent vehicle crash. On Tuesday around 10:08 p.m. deputies responded to a reported domestic incident in progress in the Town of Waterloo. While deputies were on their way – they were advised that the alleged aggressor fled the scene in a... more

Clinton St. shut down near Fall St. due to falling bricks from Women’s Interfaith Institute

Clinton Street closed near Fall Street in Seneca Falls due to falling bricks
Portions of the brick structure that houses the Women’s Interfaith Institute at the corner of Clinton Street and Fall Street in Seneca Falls fell into the road on Clinton Street resulting in its closure. Seneca Falls Police have shut down Clinton Street between the Fall and Miller streets, which includes the sidewalks at that intersection until engineers can confirm that... more

FRESH TAKES: Dook in the Dome, Machado to Padres, Oscar Preview & Daytona Recap (podcast)

FRESH TAKES: Dook in the Dome, Machado to Padres, Oscar Preview & Daytona Recap (podcast)
On this week’s edition of the Fresh Takes Podcast, Paul Russo and Nick Felice preview the Oscars and give their picks for favorite movies of the year. Also, a preview of the big Duke-Syracuse match-up in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night and a recap of Sunday’s Daytona 500. . more

Crash on Rt. 96A leads to DWI charge for Romulus man

Crash on Rt. 96A leads to DWI charge for Romulus man
Police say a Romulus man was charged with driving while intoxicated following a crash along State Route 96A in Fayette. According to State Police, Eric S. Ransear, 35, of Romulus was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC over 0.08 percent, and following too closely after the incident. Troopers responded to a crash on State... more

Seneca Falls man charged with DWI in Auburn

Seneca Falls man charged with DWI in Auburn
A Seneca Falls man was charged with DWI over the weekend following a traffic stop in Auburn. Troopers arrested Kirk W. Anderson, 44, of Seneca Falls for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than 0.08% and speeding. Anderson was stopped on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in the City of Auburn for speeding. He was placed under... more

Police: Seneca Falls man choked sibling during domestic incident

Police: Seneca Falls man choked sibling during domestic incident
Police arrested a 33-year-old Seneca Falls man following a domestic incident with his sibling. The Seneca Falls Police Department reports the arrest of Michael G. Ellersick, 33, following an incident involving his sister. He’s accused of wrapping his hands around her neck, making it difficult for her to breathe. He was subsequently charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment, and... 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
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