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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County
Scream louder than the pessimists. That’s how Steve Griffin has approached his role as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center. But, now that he’s been in the position for more than a decade – and closing in on his 12th year of service for the FLDC – the hard work is paying off. While Yates is a rural... more

Following arrest of Elizabeth Catlin midwives plan services in Yates County

Midwives plan services in Yates after controversial arrests in 2018
Elizabeth Catlin and her attorney David Morabito continue her defense against felony charges levied last fall in connection to assisting area women in childbirth. While Catlin’s story continues to resonate in national media, women in the local Mennonite community have been working with Yates County Public Health officials and four licensed midwives who have begun providing care to women and... more

Hear about mills and life along the Keuka Outlet

Hear about mills and life along the Keuka Outlet
Yates County’s post-revolutionary history is rooted in the area we now know as a beautiful natural area in a ravine that connects Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The mills that were powered by the flowing water of the Keuka Outlet became the basis of industry here. As the mills prospered, other businesses and services were needed. Soon there were homes, inns,... more

Jerusalem’s new code for non-conforming houses approved

Jerusalem’s new code for non-conforming houses approved
The Town of Jerusalem’s amendments to their local zoning law was approved unanimously, with one abstention, by the Yates County Planning Board at their Jan. 24 meeting, declaring it as having a positive county-wide impact. In the past, older non-conforming homes, especially those with lakefront, could not be expanded with any square footage. Under the new code, these homes may... more

Jerusalem’s new code for non-conforming houses approved

Jerusalem’s new code for non-conforming houses approved
The Town of Jerusalem’s amendments to their local zoning law was approved unanimously, with one abstention, by the Yates County Planning Board at their Jan. 24 meeting, declaring it as having a positive county-wide impact. In the past, older non-conforming homes, especially those with lakefront, could not be expanded with any square footage. Under the new code, these homes may... more

Jerusalem Town Board calls out Supervisor Killen’s ‘sneaky’ tactics

Jerusalem Town Board calls out Supervisor Killen’s ‘sneaky’ tactics
In response to what they describe as “sneaky” and “strong-arm” tactics by Supervisor Patrick Killen, the members of the Jerusalem Town Board let their anger with him be known Dec. 19. Killen penned a letter to the editor which appeared in a November edition of The Chronicle-Express critical of Town Clerk Sheila McMichael, with whom he has had a contentious... more

Yates legislators adopt $44.3M budget for 2019

Yates legislators adopt $44.3M budget
Yates County Legislators adopted the $44.3 million 2019 county budget Nov. 15 following a public hearing when they heard bi-partisan support for increasing wages for the Yates County Board of Elections Comissioners. The only change they made to the budget before adopting it was an adjustment to a Court Security line in the plan. Treasurer Winona Flynn said increases in... more

Jerusalem summer recreation program a great success

The featured speakers at the Aug. 15 Jerusalem Town Board meeting brought some welcome good news. Bev Eggleston, Summer Recreation Program Director for Jerusalem for over 20 years, and three of her day campers, Wyatt Walters and Grace & Blake Roberts, reported on the great success of this year’s summer recreation program at Keuka Lake State Park. Approximately 75 children... more

Jerusalem dog kennel gets nod

The Jerusalem Zoning Board of Appeals has accepted an application for a special use permit for the construction of a 16 ft. by 24 ft. structure to house up to eight breeding female dogs and three adult male dogs, despite some concerns raised by neighbors and animal advocates. After hearing comments from seven of the 18 people who attended the... more

Board argues via ‘text message’ during official meeting in Jerusalem

The last Jerusalem Town Board Meeting was unusual, even for Jerusalem. Supervisor Patrick Killen was away on vacation, so the meeting was chaired by Councilman Paul Anderson. Several minutes into the meeting, this reporter received a text message on his cell phone from Killen: “If at TOJ meeting, please ask Paul to check his phone.” Doing as asked, Anderson said... more

Jerusalem asks New York to add Keuka to studies

The Town of Jerusalem is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly to expand the list of priority lakes in their proposal entitled, “Protecting New York’s Lakes from Harmful Algae Blooms” to include Keuka Lake. This proposal identified 12 priority lakes that are vulnerable to harmful algae blooms (HABs) and are critical sources of... more

Bank looking to sell Esperanza in Yates

A Rochester-based bank is working with possible buyers to acquire one of Yates County’s most historic and scenic sites. Genesee Regional Bank bought Esperanza Mansion for $100 at a public auction earlier this month at the county courthouse. It was most recently owned by Dave Wegman, but the bank foreclosed on the property in 2016. Esperanza was built in 1838... more

Jerusalem plans water, sewer improvements

Jerusalem’s Town Engineer, Wayne Ackart, reported at the town board meeting Feb. 21 on the progress of the Keuka Park water district capital improvement project to replace over 3,215 feet of water mains on Central and North Avenues; Cedar and Cypress Streets, estimated at a cost of $782,000. Ackart says the project will include 1,245 feet of 6-inch mains, 1,970... more

Jerusalem appoints Todd Whitford to justice post

At a special meeting of the Jerusalem Town Board Monday, Jan. 29, the board accepted the resignation of retiring Town Justice Matthew Davison, effective Jan. 31, and appointed Todd Whitford as the permanent replacement, upon his completion of judicial education courses and certification. In the meantime, the board appointed Penn Yan Village Justice Matthew Conlon to serve as interim justice... more

Justice Davison to retire; voters voice support for Pinckney

At the Jan. 17 meeting of the Jerusalem Town Board, the members were to meet in executive session to discuss appointing a replacement for Town Justice Matthew Davison, who is retiring for reasons of health. As the Republican incumbent, Davison was re-elected to the post last November, defeating Democratic challenger Sharon Pinckney 650 to 502. According to Town Supervisor Patrick... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Jemima Wilkinson, early founder of Penn Yan & Jerusalem (podcast)

Jemima Wilkinson was a charismatic American Quaker and evangelist. Wilkinson and her followers founded Jerusalem, New York, which also includes present day Penn Yan. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the second in his series of famous historic people with Finger Lakes roots. . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more
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