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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

Two men jailed after Penn Yan pursuit reaches speeds over 100 mph

A high-speed chase Friday night, which started in Penn Yan has landed two men in county jail. Penn Yan Police say speeds reached more than 100 mph, and began when a vehicle operated by Daniel Romer, 30, of Prattsburgh, was observed traveling almost three-times the legal speed limit. Officers attempted to stop the car — but Romer fled — reaching... more

“Keuka Holidays” wine trail gets residents into the holiday spirit

Local residents were able to get a jump start at ringing in the holiday season with the annual “Keuka Holidays” wine trail. The tour was hosted at Heron Hill Winery and sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Ticket holders were able to travel to seven different wineries, collecting ornaments and trying out different wines. When visitors started the trail,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

Barrington voters say ‘yes’ to alcohol; but there are other ‘dry’ FLX communities

For a region that prides itself on being a wine and brew destination in the U.S., some communities in the Finger Lakes still have regulations around alcohol sales that leave residents — and prospective business owners — scratching their heads. Barrington removed itself from the list of communities that were either ‘dry’ or ‘partially dry’, after Prohibition era regulations were... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Yates County

In Yates County, a hotly-contested race for District Attorney has made headlines for the last several months. However, two other legislative races, as well as a Town Supervisor race in Barrington will also be having voters thinking long-and-hard this November. Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella will battle in an election, which has been marred by residency questions, petition issues, and... more
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