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WEBER THIS WEEK: Melissa Taylor, Seneca Co. Emergency Management Director (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: Melissa Taylor, Seneca Co. Emergency Management Director (podcast)
Melissa Taylor resumed her position as Seneca County Director of Emergency Management in November after the Seneca County Board of Supervisors voted 13-0 to honor her request to withdraw her resignation letter from early in the year. On Monday, she is in-studio with Harold “Web Dog” Weber as a guest on Weber This Week to talk about her department, what... more

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the “expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to ‘centralize’ the two County Sewer Districts in Southern Seneca County.” It’s a project that would cost at least $24 million. That doesn’t mean the direction the County is mandated to go... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing mental health, substance use disorders, and progress (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing mental health, substance use disorders, and progress (podcast)
In 2018, the CDC produced new, shocking data that showed a 30 percent increase in suicide rates over the last two decades. That increase prompted a lot of discussion, dialogue, and ideas about what could be done differently to improve mental health treatment, services available, and remove stigma. Those efforts are now being realized in a number of unique, exciting... more

Interlaken man accepts deal, pleads guilty to unlawfully dealing with a child

Interlaken man accepts deal, pleads guilty to unlawfully dealing with a child
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 27-year-old Interlaken resident following an investigation into an incident at a Covert home. Philip Campbell, 27, of Interlaken was arrested on a warrant for unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. He was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. The arrest stems from an incident in... more

THE LOVING CUP: Mackenzie Green & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)

THE LOVING CUP: Jeff Shipley & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)
On this edition of the Loving Cup Podcast Seneca County Chamber of Commerce membership development director Mackenzie Green and destination marketing manager Rick Newman are in-studio with Katie MacIntyre to talk about their organization, the Finger Lakes region and gratitude. . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)
How well do you know your community? Each day the United Way of Seneca County has to fight to better understand the community they serve. It’s difficult work – determining where the greatest need is – and attempting to focus some energy and resources to help correct it. Thankfully, there are community partners, and the United Way has the opportunity... more

Deadline approaching for flood relief dollars in South Seneca

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Senator Pam Helming is reminding local homeowners that they have until Monday, February 4th to apply for grant funding through New York State’s residential assistance program for damage related to the flooding disaster that struck southern Seneca County in August 2018. The program includes $13 million to support primary homeowners whose damages exceed insurance claims and other available aid. With... more

The long road to economic development in Seneca County

The long road to economic development in Seneca County
When it comes to economic development in Seneca County – there are several entities working toward a common vision. At least on paper. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors, Industrial Development Agency, and Chamber of Commerce were tasked – approximately two years ago – with working together to generate leads and ‘wins’ for the whole county. It started quickly with... more

‘ONE SENECA’: Initiative to drive economic development, tourism looks for revival in 2019

‘ONE SENECA’: In
On Thursday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors renewed one of their longest standing debates. It centrally revolved around ‘how’ funding used for the County’s Tourism Promotion Agency should be handed out. Occupancy Tax, or ‘Bed Tax’ as it’s called in other municipalities – takes monies that would otherwise go to the County for general use; and allocates them to... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: How do libraries shape communities in rural settings?

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the role of libraries in rural settings
Tens of thousands visit libraries each year in the Finger Lakes region. Local libraries host community events – both educational and recreational – frequently serving under-served populations. In rural settings these facilities are even more important. Entering the home-stretch of a busy holiday season – we caught up with two individuals tasked with leading the daily operations of two local... more

Supervisors ponder ‘Water & Sewer Authority’ while looking for consensus in 2019 (video)

Board of Supervisors hold December meeting in Waterloo (video)
It was the last regular session of the calendar year; and it’s been an active one for the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. While the supervisors will have a couple special sessions before the end of the year to take care of some clerical items – the lion share of legislating has concluded. Board Chairman Bob Shipley (R-Waterloo) said it... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing how tourism and economic development are linked (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing tourism in the Finger Lakes w/ local chamber reps (podcast)
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently launched a new community guide aimed at connecting those staying and living in the Finger Lakes — with valuable local services. In this case, the most-recent publication – known as the “Finger Lakes Gateway Connections Community Guide” is aimed at decision makers who might be considering doing business or living in Seneca County.... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mitch Rowe discusses the current, future state of Seneca County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Mitch Rowe discusses the current, future state of Seneca County (podcast)
There aren’t any hardline philosophies, and there has been a noticeable reduction in contention between the County Manager’s Office, and the Board of Supervisors since Acting County Manager Mitch Rowe took the helm in September. After the unexpected resignation of former County Manager John Sheppard — Rowe was tapped as an interim solution to the board’s short-term problem: Finding someone... more

Helming, Palmesano asked to set up south Seneca County sewer meeting

Helming, Palmesano asked to set up south Seneca County sewer meeting
The former administrator of Seneca County’s water and sewer districts is asking two state lawmakers to set up a public meeting in the south end of the county discuss a proposal to centralize the county’s two sewer districts. Mary Anne Kowalski, a Romulus resident, sewer district customer and administrator of the districts in 2014 and 2015, made the appeal to... more

$13M secured for flood relief in Finger Lakes, Southern Tier

$13M secured for flood relief in Finger Lakes, Southern Tier
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $13 million program, which is available for restoration and recovery efforts following the severe flash flooding in August that severely impacted communities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. “Extreme weather is the new normal in New York and it’s critical that we build more resilient communities to withstand this reality,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will... more

Low interest loans available through U.S. Small Business Administration for flood ravaged Seneca Co.

Low interest loans available through U.S. Small Business Administration for flood ravaged Seneca Co.
New York businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on Aug. 13-14, 2018, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. Administrator McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Oct. 2, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Food scarcity, community unity focus of effort from GRHF & STEPS (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Food scarcity, community unity focus of effort from GRHF & STEPS (podcast)
A coalition of organizations are coming together to generate positive change in some of the most-challenged communities in the Finger Lakes. The Greater Rochester Health Foundation, along with Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions – also known as ‘STEPS’, as well as the Lodi ‘Food for All’ Food Pantry are helping educate and build community in communities hit hardest by... more

Supervisors ask NYS to revoke pensions of retired police working for CIN

Supervisors ask NYS to revoke pensions of retired police working for CIN
After the Cayuga Indian Nation introduced a police force, and hired several former New York State Police – the Seneca County Board of Supervisors took notice. Due to the fact that the land claimed by the Cayuga Indian Nation has not been placed into trust – the supervisors believe this new police force has no authority. This despite having federally... more
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