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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

Worries mount as Lake Ontario levels climb ever higher

Worries mount as Lake Ontario levels climb ever higher
Two years after historic flooding devastated the Lake Ontario shoreline, the lake level is unusually high and property owners are just now starting to fret about a repeat this spring. The water level in the huge lake is nearly 14 inches higher than it usually is at this point of the winter. Over the 60 years, the lake has been... 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

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

Shoppers disappointed as Payless liquidates, shuts down all stores

Shoppers disappointed as Payless liquidates, shuts down all stores
Last week, Payless ShoeSource announced all of its stores in the United States and Puerto Rico will be closing – the latest retail chain falling victim to online shopping. The company plans to file for bankruptcy for the second time in two years. “To hear they’re actually closing is bittersweet,” said Ana Lebron, a former employee. “It was like home... 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

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

Bad Company will open the 2019 New York State Fair

Bad Company will open the 2019 New York State Fair
It is still be six months away but the first big act of the 2019 New York State Fair is being announced. Bad Company will perform at Chevy Court on the Fair’s opening day. The band is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 21st. The band is known for hits like “Bad Company,” “Feel Like Making... 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

Why Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh believes I-81 community grid is best for Auburn, CNY

Why Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh believes I-81 community grid is best for Auburn, CNY
There is universal agreement that the Interstate 81 project in Syracuse is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But there isn’t consensus on whether the existing viaduct should be rebuilt, replaced with a street-level community grid or a tunnel. While some elected officials opt to not endorse any of the alternatives, at least publicly, one leader has thrown his support behind the community... more

Local political calendar gets cramped with new rules

Local political calendar gets cramped with new rules
While national political attention may be on the 2020 election cycle, local elections will be in the news in 2019, with all 14 Yates County Legislature seats on the Nov. 5 ballot, along with Yates County Sheriff, County Clerk, and Coroner, and 44 town offices (see list on page 11). But the new twist in the 2019 local election year... more

CNY residents discuss I-81 at Katko’s town hall in Auburn

CNY residents discuss I-81 at Katko’s town hall in Auburn
U.S. Rep. John Katko on Monday launched a series of town hall meetings to collect feedback from residents and stakeholders on the Interstate 81 project in Syracuse. The crowd of more than 100 people at Cayuga Community College included Auburn Mayor Michael Quill, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, trucking company operators and residents from across the region. Katko, R-Camillus, opted to... more

Police: Syracuse man gets nabbed for DWI, DWAI at checkpoint in Cayuga County

Police: Syracuse man gets nabbed for DWI, DWAI at checkpoint in Cayuga County
Troopers report that a Syracuse man was arrested on DWI and DWAI charges following a stop at a checkpoint in Cayuga County. Darryl A. Esce, 56, of Syracuse was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by drugs. While conducting a DWI road check on State Route 5 in Sennett, Troopers stopped Esce. He was subsequently... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Finger Lakes reaching an environmental fork in the road

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Finger Lakes reaching an environmental fork in the road
When it comes to the region’s natural resources – they may feel endless to those who call it home. The Finger Lakes region is a destination that folks can identify. As Yvonne Taylor, Vice President of Seneca Lake Guardian explained, “It’s a regional brand that people and businesses – generations of them – have worked to create.” Both Taylor and... more
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