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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Peter Mantius discusses groundwater testing, Hakes Landfill, Greenidge, and Cayuga Regional Digester

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Peter Mantius discusses groundwater testing, Hakes Landfill, Greenidge, and Cayuga Regional Digester
Throughout the winter, Peter Mantius spent his days reporting on some of the most-important environmental issues facing the Finger Lakes region. Doing so with more than 20 years of experience – Mantius broke the story about the DEC’s investigation into the Cayuga Regional Digester, and had an exclusive with the former facility manager who quit in January after he says... more

THE DEBRIEF: Jim Meaney of The Geneva Believer discusses future of City Council, and more (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Jim Meaney of The Geneva Believer discusses future of City Council, and more (podcast)
When Jim Meaney, founder of The Geneva Believer announced that he would be seeking the nomination to run for Geneva City Council’s Ward 6 seat – there was very little surprise. However, weeks later he ended that campaign, returning to the work that led him to the decision that would be to run for City Council. Reporting on the City... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget
New York State has adopted a $175.5 billion budget. What does that mean for Upstate New York? Well, it has serious implications – as noted by Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate advocates on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in Upstate New York who are working to create a better, more-favorable environment for development. Michael Kracker, Director of Unshackle Upstate was... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce on progress, campaign, and future

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce on progress, campaign, and future
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce is seeking re-election. Four years into his first term as Sheriff – things have moved quickly. In this week’s Sunday Conversation – Sheriff Luce talks about his efforts to maintain and bolster accreditation, work toward a safer community, while balancing the needs of his office and its residents. He discusses the things he’d like to... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing access to medical and mental health care for vets in the Finger Lakes

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing access to medical and mental health care for vets in the Finger Lakes
What do you know about the VA Health System? If you’re like a lot of people – particularly not in the VA community – the answer might be not much. That said, there’s a lot to know about the services provided at local VA clinics. Particularly, those in the Finger Lakes, which are providing unmatched services to those who have... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation – is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. “This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a traditional, up-and-down vote,” explained New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). That said, it passed, and now... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural development efforts locally with USDA (podcast)

Rural communities are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to winning economic development contests, like those we frequently see in the news. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative, while something that has proven to be positive for the Finger Lakes – leaves a lot of communities out. But, there’s plenty of funding available out there to help small, rural communities develop... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing Upstate New York with Chris Clemens (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing Upstate New York with Chris Clemens
Exploring is one of the most-essential functions of human existence. Our curiosity is often sparked by the thing that’s unknown, or the things we know less about. It’s the pursuit of knowledge, information, and other people. It’s been more than a half-dozen years since Chris Clemens founded Exploring Upstate. It’s a blog, dedicated to exploring the ‘best’ the many region’s... more

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing village election results, Ontario County Landfill, and Mentz Lagoon (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Shortage of volunteer firefighters, single-use plastic, and communities struggling to find candidates (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discuss the future of communities that struggle to find or identify candidates willing to run for, and hold local office. They also discuss the expansion of a single-use plastic bag ban, and what the future of college admissions could look like after a scandal was uncovered. They... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Tackling politics through committee action in the Finger Lakes

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Tackling politics through committee action in the Finger Lakes
An increasingly small number of people are ‘satisfied’ with the way government works. That’s never been more true at the local level, where voters feel misled and misrepresented by the folks who have been chosen to serve. This week, W. Casey McDonald was in-studio talking about a new initiative he recently launched to re-engage, and re-energize those who feel frustrated.... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Christopher Folk talks platform as he runs for Seneca County District Attorney (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Christopher Folk previews his race for Seneca County District Attorney (podcast)
Christopher Folk says his unique experiences make him the ideal candidate for Seneca County District Attorney. With background in the tech space, plenty of management experience, and time spent in local courts as Waterloo Town Judge – Folk believes one of the keys to being a strong District Attorney is understanding how to grow and become better in the position.... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the future of education with South Seneca Superintendent Stephen Zielinski

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the future of education with South Seneca Superintendent Stephen Zielinski
Stephen Parker Zielinski has served as Superintendent of South Seneca Central School District for enough years to learn a lot about students, education, and the growth that is undertaken as student, faculty, and administrators evolve. He sat down with Josh Durso, FingerLakes1.com News Director to discuss the future of his district, and some of the larger trends in education. “One... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the latest in Geneva with Jim Meaney

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the latest in Geneva with Jim Meaney
When Jim Meaney founded the Geneva Believer – his goal was to inform city residents of the inner-workings of government. Over the years he has covered a string of important, relevant issues; and most-recently his coverage of the city manager search process, policing and intended reforms in Geneva, and Finger Lakes Health have really spotlighted the importance of this work.... 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

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Victor Supervisor Jack Marren discusses landfill, pressure from Albany, and more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Victor Supervisor Jack Marren discusses landfill, pressure from Albany, and more
Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, who will seek another term in this year’s election, and serves as the Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has become a regional leader for the Finger Lakes. Ontario County is unique for Upstate New York. That’s largely due to the population increase that its seen in the last 7-8 years – while... more

THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and a lack of affordable housing (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and lack of affordable housing (podcast)
It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com Newsroom this week, as the polar vortex provided more issues than simple ‘chill’. On the Friday, February 1st edition of The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso is joined by Ted Baker, host of Finger Lakes Morning News on WGVA, and WAUB to discuss all of the headlines that made their way through... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)
How well do you know your community? Each day the United Way of Seneca County has to fight to better understand the community they serve. It’s difficult work – determining where the greatest need is – and attempting to focus some energy and resources to help correct it. Thankfully, there are community partners, and the United Way has the opportunity... more
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