As I Was Saying: Making the right choice to restore the U.S. in November

Every day there is a conversation going on somewhere about how people are fed up with how our government is run. You will hear it is time for a change, we need term limits, that Congress and the President should be on the same health insurance as the rest of American people, that pay for public servants needs to be... more

Officer hospitalized while processing heroin; NYSP issues warning to public, members of law enforcement

New York State Police are warning officers, as well as members of the public about recently received information from the field, which involved a member of law enforcement having an adverse reaction while handling suspected heroin. The release, which went out to State Police on Tuesday, was publicized on Thursday. The New York State Intelligence Center says that a member... more

High heat, humidity lead to thunderstorms Thursday

Thursday will be an excessively hot and humid day across the Finger Lakes, especially considering it is September. While record highs are generally unlikely to fall today, it will be hot enough that some caution should be used if engaging in strenuous activities outdoors this afternoon. The temperature will rise into the upper 80s and low 90s this afternoon. Extreme... more

Hot with scattered storms Wednesday, Thursday in FLX

Hot with scattered storms Wednesday, Thursday in FLX
The kids are back to school, but the weather is still on summer vacation. Above normal temperatures and a few thunderstorms will make it seem like July across the Finger Lakes on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday will see temperatures push into the upper 80s for much of the Finger Lakes region. A few areas near Rochester could sneak into the... more

Gov. Cuomo announces new attendance record at New York State Fair

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the 2016 Great New York State Fair has generated the highest level of attendance in its 175-year history, shattering numerous records over the course of its twelve day run. As of 4 p.m. today, a record 1,096,524 visitors passed through the Fair’s redesigned main gate, beating the previous record of 1,011,248 set in... more

Seneca County food truck big winner at New York State Fair

Silo Food Truck of Ovid was the big winner in the New York State Fair’s second annual Taste NY Food Truck Competition Sunday. The food truck, which operates in Ithaca, won over judges with its Telekinetic Chicken. The dish featured a fried chicken drumstick served on coconut sticky rice and topped with house-made Asian quick pickles. Read more from the... more

Senators write FERC to ‘restate the concerns’ on gas storage

For the second time this year, U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to express concerns about expansion of natural gas storage in old salt caverns on the southwest… Read more from the Finger Lakes Times more

State police: Jordan man charged with felony DWI after chase in Elbridge

A Jordan man with three prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was arrested Friday after leading state police on a brief chase in the town of Elbridge. William D. Smith, of 215 Chamberlain Road, was charged with felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer. Read more from the... more

Drought situation remains ‘extreme’ in the FLX heading into Labor Day Weekend

While portions of the Finger Lakes region has seen improvements in the overall drought situation, with some beneficial rainfall in the last two weeks – the overall drought concern hasn’t subsided. According to the Drought Monitor, the region remains in ‘Extreme Drought’ and earlier this week – the U.S. Department of Agriculture even classified the drought as a natural disaster,... more

Heavy traffic expected for holiday weekend, Finger Lakes region is top destination

Many western and central New York families will travel this holiday weekend, increasing traffic across the state, AAA said Wednesday. According to AAA analysis, compared to an average Monday, there will be a 10-percent increase in New York Thruway traffic on Labor Day. Heavy traffic is expected due to low gas prices — the lowest since 2004 — and record-breaking... more

Feds call summer drought a ‘natural disaster’ for farmers in FLX

Record-breaking drought has prompted the United States Department of Agriculture to designate 15 counties in New York ‘natural disaster areas’. The department says that the natural disaster classification was prompted due to ‘losses caused by a recent drought’. The 15 counties included in the classification include, Cayuga, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wyoming... more

More comfortable weather in the FLX this week

More comfortable weather in the FLX this week
The weather this week can easily be divided into two distinct periods: Monday through Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday. Ironically, the division coincides with the changing of the month from August to September. In the meteorological world, this is also the changing of the seasons, with meteorological autumn beginning on September 1. The first half of the week will have... more

FLX Politics: Why are so few staying in New York?

This week the New York State Comptroller’s Office announced that growth is slow in upstate. Upstate is too often an afterthought. Something those downstate, including elected officials, cannot be bothered to think about – as economics continue to stall out across the state. Life is good for some in upstate – as those in the Finger Lakes carry the undue... more

Schumer backs firefighter cancer database

Firefighters are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer, including testicular, stomach, multiple myeloma, and brain cancer. Research suggests that the increased risk can be attributed to exposure to harmful substances in the course of their work. Read more from the D&C more

#ICYMI in the Finger Lakes: Top stories from Aug. 21-28

It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com newsroom, as quickly developing news stories turned tragic – highlighting a number of concerns those living in the Finger Lakes have expressed. Whether it involved swimmer safety, concerns around heroin, or a recent uptick in car accidents – there was plenty going on. Here are the top stories from August 21-28, according... more

Syracuse announces ‘discounted’ basketball season tickets for 2016-17

The tickets are located in specific sections of the Carrier Dome; young SU grads, too, can get a pricing break. The sections to which the discounts apply are specific: A third-level season ticket between sections 318 and 319 can be purchased for $250, a figure the university said was a "significant discount from the previous starting point of $500." Recent... more

Drought in the Finger Lakes continues; rain does little to ease deficit

Drought in the Finger Lakes continues; rain does little to ease deficit
The drought status map for the Finger Lakes remains unchanged this week. Drought Status The drought in the Finger Lakes persists, with no changes made by the US Drought Monitor in their weekly update. Level 3 (Extreme) Drought continues across most of the Finger Lakes. For the latest local forecast and live radar images visit the FingerLakes1.com FingerLakes1.com Local Weather... more
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