Schuyler County reports fifth COVID-19 death, one incorrectly reported test from Tuesday’s update

Schuyler County reports fifth COVID-19 death, one incorrectly reported test from Tuesday’s update

The Schuyler County Health Department says a fifth person has died from COVID-19 in the community. The report came on Wednesday, as 28 total active cases were reported, as well as three hospitalizations. The department also notified the community of one incorrectly ... MORE
COVID-19 hot spot zones map makes finding local restrictions easy

COVID-19 hot spot zones map makes finding local restrictions easy

Over the weekend the holiday shopping season kicked off. While pandemic rules were clear — as shoppers wore masks in still-busy stores — some things remained the same. Long lines, inside-and-outside stores, as well as a number of sales. However, different communities ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF: COVID fines, cluster zone effectiveness, local government struggles (podcast)

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: COVID fines, cluster zone effectiveness, and more (podcast)

It has only been a few days, but plenty has happened in the Finger Lakes. Josh Durso and Ted Baker discuss the biggest headlines of the last week in a special evening edition of The Weekend Debrief. Topics up for discussion include: ... MORE
COVID TRACKER: Cuomo urges caution in FLX, and a closer look at local numbers (full coverage)

TRACKER: See the latest COVID-19 numbers for each county in region (full coverage)

Local health officials around the Finger Lakes and Central New York are pleading with residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people over the next several weeks. Cases are on the rise in the Finger Lakes, and other parts of New ... MORE
Watkins Glen Central School District switches to remote learning until January

Watkins Glen Central School District switches to remote learning until January

The Watkins Glen Central School District is switching to exclusively remote learning after Thanksgiving break. It’s a change that will last until students return to school for the next semester in January. Watkins Glen Superintendent Gregory Kelahan announced the change on Monday, ... MORE

Finger Lakes Health Data Conference viewed as success for region

At a time when public health policy affects the daily lives of nearly all Americans, accurate, secure and insightful data are more important than ever. Experts who gathered online for the inaugural Finger Lakes Health Data Conference earlier this month say the ... MORE
Watkins Glen retailers ready for Small Business Saturday

Watkins Glen area retailers ready for Small Business Saturday

For the last decade, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally as Small Business Saturday — a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (WGACC) has embraced the effort and is partnering with more than ... MORE
Development initiative underway to address economic impacts of COVID-19 in Finger Lakes

Development initiative underway to address economic impacts of COVID-19 in Finger Lakes

The Greater Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council recently announced the launch of an economic development initiative to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow GFLRPC to enhance the economic resiliency of the region, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, ... MORE
Editor’s Note: Due for change in how COVID-19 data is released across New York

Editor’s Note: Coronavirus data should be better organized across New York

We have a COVID-19 reporting problem. In fact, there are a bunch of COVID-related reporting problems.  I am referring to the ways in which the state, counties, K-12 school districts, public colleges, and private universities report COVID-19 data. Our Coronavirus Pandemic coverage ... MORE
Watkins Glen man stole $50,000 from employer

Watkins Glen man stole $50,000 from employer

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 46-year-old Watkins Glen resident following an investigation into $50,000 that was stolen from a local business. Louis A. Latorre, 46, was charged with second-degree grand larceny, which is a Class C felony ... MORE
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Watkins Glen after 20 year absence

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Watkins Glen after 20 year absence

For the first time in more than 20 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Watkins Glen International. The sanctioning body announced the 2021 Truck Series schedule today, and it will include New York’s Home for NASCAR on Saturday, ... MORE
Employees at Kookalaroc's Bar and Grill test positive for COVID-19

Employees at Kookalaroc’s Bar and Grill test positive for COVID-19

Schuyler County Public Health received notification on Wednesday that two Kookalaroc’s Bar and Grill employees tested positive for COVID-19. During contact tracing, a public exposure risk was identified, and the business has been closed for disinfection per New York State Department of ... MORE
Leslie Danks Burke concedes race in 58th District

Leslie Danks Burke concedes NYS Senate race in 58th District

On Wednesday, Leslie Danks Burke, who was running for New York State Senate in the 58th District conceded. She challenged Republican Tom O’Mara. While the margin was narrowed during absentee ballot counting, not enough outstanding ballots remained to close the gap. Read ... MORE
Fish aren’t biting on Seneca Lake: Will Greenidge’s bitcoin mining expansion will make it worse?

Fish aren’t biting on Seneca Lake: Will Greenidge’s bitcoin mining expansion will make it worse?

Seneca Lake’s annual National Lake Trout Derby has shown a steady decline in fish caught and derby participation, according to this chart posted on the Derby’s Facebook site in 2018. A local fisherman is urging Torrey town officials to consider the declining ... MORE
Wind makes battling massive structure fire a challenge in Schuyler County

Wind makes battling massive structure fire a challenge in Schuyler County

A garage fire in the town of Cayuta left first responders battling massive flames, but it wasn’t enough to save the structure. Firefighters from Odessa, Montour Falls, Newfield, Mecklenburg, Watkins Glen, Beaver Dams, Burdett, Millport, Horseheads, and Town & Country were called ... MORE