Category: Syracuse Area

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

#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 ... MORE

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 ... MORE
Ponder This: How should we handle addiction in the Finger Lakes?

Ponder This: How should we handle addiction in the Finger Lakes?

Dale Cook Driscoll Is New York State doing enough to address the heroin and opioid crisis? One of the biggest changes I see in new legislation passed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the limitations placed on prescriptions that treat ... MORE
Local farmer says food prices could see spike due to drought

Local farmer says food prices could see spike due to drought

This summer’s drought may soon lead to more problems than just browning grass. Jack Moore of Gro-Moore Farms has been in the farming business for decades. He says that if we do not start to see more rain it could start affecting ... MORE
New York regulators approve health insurance premium increases

New York regulators approve health insurance premium increases

New York regulators have approved health insurance rates for 2017, hiking premiums about 8 percent for small group plans and almost 17 percent for individual plans. The Department of Financial Services said rising health care costs and the federal reinsurance program's termination ... MORE
Cuomo: New Taste NY market at NYS Fair will feature vendors from throughout state

Cuomo: New Taste NY market at NYS Fair will feature vendors from throughout state

A new market that will highlight New York-made beverages and food products will debut at this year's Great New York State Fair. Read More ... MORE

Watchdog: Over 2,600 NY workers also got pension

Retire, collect a pension and then go back on the public payroll. About 2,600 state employees collected a salary and pension in 2015, state records show, about the same as in 2012. The double dipping has faced ongoing criticism, with some government ... MORE
Exelon acquires FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, facility will stay open

Exelon acquires FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, facility will stay open

A $110 million agreement has been reached between two energy companies that will keep the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County open for business. Under the deal announced Tuesday, Exelon will assume ownership of the plant previously operated by ... MORE
As I Was Saying: Deep cleaning today saves loved ones stress tomorrow

As I Was Saying: Deep cleaning today saves loved ones stress tomorrow

Have you ever walked into your home and realized the clutter that has accumulated throughout the years? “Where do I begin?” I had always thought to myself. The thought of starting this great big task becomes overwhelming so, you set it aside ... MORE
Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb joining ESPN Radio

Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb joining ESPN Radio

Donovan McNabb had a fantastic football career from his days as a Syracuse Orange to becoming an NFL legend. His post-football life, however, has not exactly been a smooth ride. After his retirement from the NFL, McNabb held broadcasting positions with FOX, ... MORE
Looking at the 'income gap' in the Finger Lakes

Looking at the ‘income gap’ in the Finger Lakes

[iframe src=”https://flxjosh.carto.com/viz/b7acfcd4-5abe-11e6-9dcb-0e98b61680bf/embed_map” width=”100%” height=”512″ frameborder=”1″ scrolling=”auto” ] If you take the income of the top-percentage of earners in any area — removing them from determining the average income of the other 99 percent — what would that do to the median income? ... MORE
Severe drought deepens: Wells dry up, corn shrivels, cities run low

Severe drought deepens: Wells dry up, corn shrivels, cities run low

Corn stalks are half as tall as they should be in Monroe County. Wells have dried up in Cortland County. Two Upstate New York cities have warned of critically low water supplies, and at least one village is tapping into emergency water ... MORE
Desperate to detox: Addiction services struggle to meet demand

Desperate to detox: Addiction services struggle to meet demand

Getting hit in the face was all part of Laurie Polatas’ plan. She was desperate to get her daughter Michelle out of a seemingly endless cycle of opioid drug addiction, sex trafficking and crime. Laurie's plan was to offer Michelle money and ... MORE
Schumer Calls For Federal Action On Drought Relief

Schumer Calls For Federal Action On Drought Relief

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of issuing a disaster declaration to help Upstate New York farmers who suffer major losses and crop damage from the severe drought. Schumer is calling ... MORE
What colleges have the best dorms? Survey identifies 32 best 'dorms' in New York

What colleges have the best dorms? Survey identifies 32 best ‘dorms’ in New York

Niche used student surveys, cost and crime stats to rank schools. The survey looks at a variety of factors and ranks the best schools — with regards to great student housing — among the top. Read More ... MORE
'Cuse football Is ready 'to go to work'

‘Cuse football Is ready ‘to go to work’

The Syracuse football team is more than ready to get started under first-year head coach Dino Babers. The Orange reported for preseason camp on Friday and hits the practice field tomorrow to start preparations for the season opener against Colgate on Sept ... MORE

Warm and dry fall forecast for Upstate NY: What does it mean for fall colors?

Dry weather can make leaves more vibrant — if they don't fall off early. While the region would welcome the bright, vibrant colors — especially in the Finger Lakes. The dry weather is causing some concern. Will the leaves make it to ... MORE
DEC issues Drought Warning as heat, dry conditions continue throughout FLX

DEC issues Drought Warning as heat, dry conditions continue throughout FLX

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Wednesday that much of central and western New York were being upgraded from a Drought Watch to a Drought Warning. The move was executed at direction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. A ... MORE