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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

FLX WEEKLY: Mardi Gras, Winterfest Weekend & plenty of hoops (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Mardi Gras, Winterfest Weekend & plenty of hoops (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Sydney Rogers and Josh Durso for a round-up of the week in the Finger Lakes and a look at the weekend ahead. Coming up for the final weekend of February is Winterfest in Penn Yan and Mardis Gras weekend on the Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail. Throw in a ton of postseason high school basketball and... more

Lansing man arrested for robbing Tompkins Trust Company branch

Lansing man arrested for robbing Tompkins Trust Company branch
Deputies said they arrested a 48-year-old Lansing man who robbed the Tompkins Trust Company branch in Lansing Wednesday morning. Tompkins County sheriff's deputies said they responded to the report of the bank robbery at the branch located at 2251 North Triphammer Road around 11:10 a.m. The suspect, Maurice Marshall, did not display a weapon during the robbery, authorities said. He... more

National Heritage Area designation would benefit Finger Lakes Region

National Heritage Area designation would benefit Finger Lakes Region
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s legislation to take the first step towards designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area has passed the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. The Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act, authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study in 14 counties including Yates. Gillibrand has pushed... more

Cornell debuts updated rental property database

Cornell debuts updated rental property database
Accountability measures are crucial for a rental market as large and robust as Ithaca’s, fueled by out-of-area students who come to the area for an education at Cornell University or Ithaca College. One of the easiest methods to hopefully help students make good rental decisions is to equip them with as much information as possible. This is the mantra of... more

‘New vision’ could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes

‘New vision’ could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes
A growing number of people are fed up with the stench, traffic and health concerns posed by area landfills and will turn out at events next week in Corning and Rochester. These and meetings statewide hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will gather public input in forming a “new vision” for handling the state’s solid waste, DEC says.... 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

Former Cornell student sentenced to 2 years in prison

Former Cornell student sentenced to 2 years in prison
A former Cornell University student learns his fate in Court on Tuesday. Investigators in Ithaca were stunned by the stash of weapons and other supplies they found in his home. 21-year-old Maximilien Reynolds, of Rumson, New Jersey, will spend 2 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of making false statements when buying several firearms. Police first got... 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

Tompkins Co. man accused of harassing motel staff, exposing himself in public

Tompkins Co. man accused of harassing motel staff, exposing himself in public
The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man accused of harassing staff at an Ithaca Econolodge and exposing himself in public areas inside the motel. Deputies responded to the Econolodge on N. Triphammer Road on Feb. 17 for reports of a disorderly individual. When deputies attempted to speak to the man, identified as 50-year-old Scott Linderberry, he allegedly barricaded... more

Police investigating robbery of Tops gas station in Lansing

Police investigating robbery of Tops gas station in Lansing
Law enforcement officers say they are searching for two males who robbed Tops gas station at 2300 North Triphammer Road in Lansing Saturday night. Tompkins County sheriff’s deputies, Cayuga Heights Police Department, Ithaca Police Department, and the New York State Police responded to a robbery complaint around 9:50 p.m. Saturday, deputies said. Deputies said they were told two black males... more

Cornell gets $1.4M for transportation research

Cornell gets $1.4M for transportation research
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand on Thursday announced $1.4 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for Cornell University to continue leading the Transportation, Environment, and Community Health Center. “This grant will enable Cornell University and its new transportation center to continue producing game-changing research on the technology that could preserve our environment and protect our communities from... 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

FLX WEEKLY: Valentine’s Weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Valentine’s Weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi for a look at your week in the Finger Lakes and a look at the Valentine’s Day Weekend ahead including the weather outlook after Tuesday’s winter storm, some great local deals, and the sports line-up as we move past the mid-point of February and closer to spring. . 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
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