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New York must improve procedures for measuring, disclosing data on algal toxins

New York must improve procedures for measuring, disclosing data on algal toxins
The City of Auburn is asking the state Department of Health to address New York’s rapidly spreading toxic algae crisis by adopting stricter standards for sampling, measuring and publicly disclosing levels of toxins in public drinking water. “There are no comprehensive drinking water standards in the state of New York, and there needs to be,” said James Giannettino, an Auburn... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the role of political ads during election season

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the role of political ads during election season
What is the role of a modern election ad? It’s a tricky question to answer, especially since most are geared toward generating negative buzz about a particular candidate. Last week the Auburn Citizen reported on an ad, which hit airwaves earlier in the week – featuring John Walsh, creator of the hit TV series ‘America’s Most Wanted’. His ad supported... more

THE DEBRIEF: Election headlines, campaign ads, and victory odds ahead of Election Day (podcast)

WATCH LIVE AT 10 AM: Ted Baker in-studio to talk election news on Debrief Pod
What’s the latest on local, regional, and state elections? Voters are only a few weeks away from #Decision2018; and while a lot of focus has been on national issues – some seriously close races have been forming over the last several months. Some of those have even been local. This week on The Debrief Podcast FL1 News Director Josh Durso... more

Police: Drunk driver fatally struck fire chief in Steuben County

Alleged drunk driver fatally struck fire chief in Steuben County
Campbell native Robert Neally, 42, now faces DWI and traffic charges following a fatal crash in Campbell. Criminal charges are pending, after Neally fatally struck Fire Chief,Terry Hill of Lindley Presho Fire Department. Hill’s funeral is set to take place Sunday, October 21 at the Lindley Community Church. Calling hours will be from 2-5 p.m. with the funeral service will... more

LOCATE Finger Lakes announces summit, guest lineup for event

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An experienced, notable and diverse line up of presenters and panelists scheduled to speak at the LOCATE FINGER LAKES Summit later this month was announced today, highlighted by the event’s keynote address, that will be delivered by the Finger Lakes Times publisher, Paul M. Barrett. Panel discussions on economic development initiatives at the state and regional level, the newly created... more

First flakes of the season fall, but warm-up coming for Friday

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The first flakes have officially flown for some parts of the Finger Lakes. But don’t worry, it wasn’t enough to impact travel. The light dusting in some places – primarily on grassy surfaces – was just enough to remind local residents that the 80+ degree weather we experienced a week, or so, ago was an anomaly. Cooler, perhaps outright cold... more

WEEKEND EVENTS: Family Fun to Sheer Terror in the Finger Lakes October 19th – 21st

WEEKEND EVENTS: Family Fun to Sheer Terror in the Finger
Halloween is just around the corner and the Finger Lakes are in full swing with scary, fun and family friendly events scattered across the region! This weekend has a variety of events to enjoy beginning with  family fun all the way to sheer terror! October 19th – 21st: Terror Field Haunted Attraction Test your fear with a highly energetic, high... more

FREEZE WARNING: Temps drop, snow showers possible for some

FIRST FREEZE: Warnings issued at temps expected to dip below 32 tonight
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say multiple counties in the Finger Lakes are going to be faced with the first freeze of the season tonight. The weather service issued Freeze Warnings for most of the region, which means that temperatures below 32 degrees are highly-likely for the area. A Freeze Warning has been issued in our viewing area. Go... more

Get ready for winter? Farmer’s Almanac claims long, snowy season ahead

Get ready for winter? Farmer’s Almanac claims long, snowy season ahead
The first flakes of the season will likely fall this week, and if long-term forecasting from the Farmer’s Almanac is accurate, it will be the start to a cold and snowy winter. The Farmer’s Almanac has been published every year since 1818. Their forecasting methods are mostly kept secret — which make some skeptical. “Just hearing that, I’m depressed already. I’m not... more

Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads

Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads
The campaigns for the region’s two Republican incumbent state senators are well ahead of their Democratic challengers just weeks away from election day, according to state Board of Election filings. Republican State Sen. Pam Helming, who is seeking her second two-year term after succeeding longtime state Sen. Mike Nozzolio in the 54th District, had $146,515, according to filings due Oct.... more

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters

Large dairy farms herded through permitting loophole as toxic algae blooms threaten local waters
New court-ordered rules designed to control manure runoff from dairy farms into streams and lakes won’t apply to the vast majority of the state’s large industrial farms because roughly 230 of them recently began exploiting a permitting loophole, records show. The towns of Auburn and Owasco have been the first to spotlight the statewide rules-dodging tactic because farming waste has... more

Hundreds of thousands coming for emergency communications in the Finger Lakes

Hundreds of thousands coming to
Cayuga County’s public safety emergency communications system will be getting significant funding from New York State, according to announcements by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cayuga County Administrator Justin Woods. Gov. Cuomo announced $806,629 in funding to support Cayuga County’s public safety emergency communications system under the NYS 2018 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant. The grant program concentrates on enhancing critical public... more

Sheriff: Hornell woman stole upwards of $30K from another person over months

Hornell woman stole upwards of $30K
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that a Hornell woman is in custody on felony charges after stealing upwards of $30,000 from another person over a course of months. Allard says Carrieann M. Gilliam, 37, of Hornell is accused of stealing $30,523 from December 2017 until July 2018. The money was stolen from another person in the Village of Canisteo.... more

FLX FORECAST: Winds will gust today, rain/snow mix possible by mid-week

FLX FORECAST: Winds will gust today, rain/snow mix possible by mid-week
It’s going to be an active weather pattern this week – and after our first frost advisory of the season – there could be some flakes mixing in by weeks’ end. That won’t be a widespread occurrence though, and will likely be in the hills and Southern Tier – where temperatures will get cooler. As cooler air makes a return... more

FOLIAGE REPORT: Get out and experience fall in the Finger Lakes!

FOLIAGE REPORT: Get out and experience fall in the Finger Lakes!
This weekend it’s going to feel like fall; and as the foliage continues to turn – it will look like fall, too. In the Finger Lakes region, Steuben County foliage spotters in Corning expect 75 percent color change and bright red, gold, yellow and orange leaves heading toward near-peak. In Ithaca, in Tompkins County, foliage will be just at the end... more

Opening the Annex: Steuben County marks historic occasion, as project draws to close

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A plan stretching back at least 10 years will reach completion when the Steuben County Annex officially opens Thursday. Originally considered as a way to allow the public convenient access to related county services, over time the plan developed to respond to state mandates that have expanded court-related functions and federal requirements for elections. The plan also called for a... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

DEBRIEF LIVE AT 9 AM: Unpacking the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes
This week on the newly re-launched Debrief – hosts Josh Durso and Jackie Augustine talk about the changes coming to the now-weekly program exclusively on FingerLakes1.TV and FL1 Radio – as well as the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes. . This week’s show topics: What’s next in Seneca Falls? Cuts to services, a sharp increase in property taxes, or... more
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