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What’s next for Port 100 after funding cut from Geneva’s 2020 budget?

Port 100 funding cut from 2020 budget in Geneva
A number of people were surprised when Port 100 lost it’s funding through the city of Geneva, as Council adopted the 2020 budget. Maureen Ballatori manages the Port 100 space, and presented to City Council during the budget process – making the case for continued financial support. “We were seeking $17,000 for 2020 to keep Port 100 open and vastly... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Democrats Sauvageau, Weil discuss campaign for at-large supervisor in SF (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Democrats Sauvageau, Weil discuss campaign for at-large supervisor in SF (podcast)
This week, another two-part episode of Inside the FLX. As Election Day draws closer, we’re going to feature more-and-more of these episodes. The goal: To let voters see where candidates stand on issues – against each other. Part I Susan Sauvageau talks about her campaign, how she views the current Board of Supervisors in Seneca County as being “asleep at... more

Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mayor Kyle Barnhart discusses campaign for Lodi Town Supervisor (podcast)

NEW EPISODE: Kyle Barnhart discusses race for Lodi Town Supervisor (podcast)
Kyle Barnhart, while not a Democrat in affiliation, will be running on the top line of this November’s election in Lodi, Seneca County. Barnhart currently serves as mayor in the Village of Lodi; and wants to bring renewed focus to village, town, and county representation by serving as Town Supervisor. This week he sat down inside the FingerLakes1.com Studio to... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Valentino, Mark Pitifer discuss mayoral race in Geneva (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Valentino, Mark Pitifer discuss mayoral race in Geneva
On Episode #190 of Inside the FLX – a two part feature, going one-on-one with the two candidates vying to succeed Geneva Mayor Ron Alcock. This fall Geneva residents have a choice between a political newcomer and an established public servant. Current City Councilor Steve Valentino will lead the ticket for Democrats this fall in an important election cycle for... more

Auditors: Waterloo CSD ‘did not adopt realistic budgets’, leaving millions in reserve funds unnecessarily

State Auditors: Waterloo CSD holding millions unnecessarily in reserves as annual budgets miss mark
The Waterloo Central School District has some work to do. A report released by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office outlined upwards of six reserve funds, which had as much as $20.4 million in them. The reserves represent more than 50 percent of the district’s 2018-19 general fund appropriations, according to auditors. DiNapoli’s office audited a period ranging from... more

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County
Seneca County might finally be getting somewhere with one of its most-complex issues. The Board of Supervisors met in a special committee session Monday night to discuss the future of a sewer use law, which will be introduced to the full-board after successful passage through committee. “This has been one of the biggest issues in Seneca County for the last... more

Survey aims to identify where candidates stand on environment in Seneca County

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The Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee is sending out a survey to those running for office in Seneca County. The survey consists of eight questions; and aims to see where each stands on important environmental questions related to policy in Seneca County. For those on the SFEAC – it’s a way to create accountability moving forward. Candidates are asked to... more

Auburn schools seek ‘equal treatment’ as state funding continues to come up short

PURSUIT OF EQUITY: 841 petitions delivered to Sen. H
On Monday students and stakeholders from the Auburn Enlarged City School District turned over 841 signed petitions to New York State Senator Pam Helming, a Republican, with the goal to see critical fixes made to K-12 funding methods. Ian Phillips, a school board member and NYSUT’s Regional Political Organizer joined students and parents to call for increased funding in the... more

EPISODE #189: Answering common questions about historic preservation on Inside the FLX (podcast)

EPISODE #189: Answering common questions about historic preservation on Inside the FLX (podcast)
What is historic preservation? The Town of Seneca Falls has a commission dedicated to it, but it’s not an isolated practice. Stakeholders say that the phrasing – ‘historic preservation’ – is far from ideal. The goal of historic preservation is to find ways to preserve and bolster local history; and utilize it as an economic driver. It could mean saving... more

EPISODE #28: Sunday Conversation with Casey McDonald on Congressional Campaign

EPISODE #28: Sunday Conversation with Casey McDonald on Congressional Campaign
W. Casey McDonald is running for Congress. The Republican says his challenge to incumbent Rep. Tom Reed is based on the things he’s observed over the last several years. While challenging an incumbent comes with difficulties, he’s optimistic that with the support of the 23rd Congressional District – he will be able to mount a winning primary; and general election... more

EPISODE #188: Previewing ‘Women Rising’ leadership conference on Inside the FLX

EPISODE #188: Previewing ‘Women Rising’ conference on Inside the FLX
For Kristen Fragnoli it comes down to starting a conversation. This week on Inside the FLX, she joins Josh Durso – highlighting the opportunities, and previewing a daylong conference – set to be held on Friday, November 1st in Fairport, New York. The goal is simple: Start a dialogue, energize women and leaders alike in the Finger Lakes, and spark... more

EPISODE #187: Mark Benjamin discusses campaign on Inside the FLX

EPISODE #187: Mark Benjamin discusses campaign on Inside the FLX
Mark Benjamin is running for Town Supervisor. This week on Inside the FLX, Benjamin was in-studio discussing the issues and opportunities the Town of Lodi has to grow and become more sustainable for taxpayers in 2020. If elected in November, he will succeed longtime Supervisor Lee Davidson. Check out Episode #187 of Inside the FLX below on YouTube, or listen... more

New concerns arise as flood recovery stalls, frustrating South Seneca residents

New concerns arise as flood recovery stalls, frustrating South Seneca residents
It has been more than a year since devastating, historic flooding leveled Lodi Point and severely damaged other parts of South Seneca. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Point the day of the historic rains, which totaled more than 9-inches, according to the National Weather Service. State lawmakers, locally elected officials, and stakeholders alike worked together to bring resources into Lodi,... more

Tests show concerning levels of contamination in drinking water sources in Seneca, Schuyler

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Seneca Lake Guardian says residents in the Finger Lakes are being stonewalled on something important to their safety and health. They made multiple attempts to learn whether PFAS’ were detected in drinking water sources surrounding the Seneca Army Depot, located in Romulus. “After being stonewalled by the Department of Health on whether PFAS were detected in drinking water sources near... more

Episode #186: Discussing the GateHouse-Gannett merger on Inside the FLX (podcast)

Episode #186: Discussing the GateHouse-Gannett merger on Inside the FLX (podcast)
Earlier this month the news and newspaper industry was rocked by the headlines that Gannett and GateHouse would be joining forces in a merger of epic proportions. The $1.4 billion deal clears way for what New Media CEO Mike Reed says will be better, stronger journalism. That said, not everyone takes the merger as a sign of ‘good times’. Rather,... more
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