Tag: Josh Durso

Organizers say Empire Farm Days will happen; Seneca County officials push back

UPDATE: Supervisors double-down on Empire Farm Days cancellation, says decision was overwhelmingly supported among board

By Josh Durso In a second update on Thursday, officials in Seneca County responded to the ongoing debate in Seneca over the future of the Empire Farm Days expo. “We are not happy that circumstances force the Board to take this action ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: What’s next for schools? Is 12-15 students per classroom realistic? (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: What’s next for schools? Is 12-15 students per classroom realistic? (podcast)

By Josh Durso What’s next for school districts across the region and Upstate New York? A lot of questions. Today on The Daily Debrief – we get an update from Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo, and get his take on several of the ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: How does being a mentor shape everyone involved? (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: How does being a mentor shape everyone involved? (podcast)

By Josh Durso Lisa Mattoon is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester. Earlier this week she was a guest on Inside the FLX. From that conversation came some interesting points: Like mentors expectations versus the reality of being ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo talks budget, plans for 2020-21 school year (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo talks budget, plans for 2020-21 school year (podcast)

What’s next for school districts across New York State? That’s the question administrators like Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo are considering as they stare down uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. He leads the Auburn City School District and was in-studio talking ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Can farms survive in New York? Will environmenta (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Can farms survive in New York? Will environmental progress be put on hold? (podcast)

By Josh Durso What’s happening at farms across New York State? Early in the pandemic shutdown we saw a variety of headlines connected to the idea that farms were already struggling — and that new realities made doing business nearly impossible. As ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Conversation with Lisa Mattoon, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Conversation with Lisa Mattoon, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester (podcast)

As the Coronavirus Pandemic impacts more-and-more events, one organization that covers Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Yates counties has kept going. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester serves a large part of the Finger Lakes, and CEO Lisa Mattoon joins us for ... MORE
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WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Economic reopening, enforcement of NYS policies, and BLM movement locally (podcast)

We are living through a moment in history. It’s a phrase we’ve heard plenty of over the last few months. The Weekend Debrief tackles the headlines of the week, and does a little looking forward – as the region prepares to move ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Ann Marie Heizmann talks campaign for New York State Assembly (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Ann Marie Heizmann talks campaign for New York State Assembly (podcast)

On Friday, Ann Marie Heizmann was in-studio discussing her bid for New York State Assembly. On Tuesday, a primary will take place (early voting is underway now), where voters will choose the Republican to run in the fall. The district, which includes ... MORE
Cayuga Nation sues federal government over land-into-trust application

Cayuga Nation sues federal government over land-into-trust application

By Josh Durso The Cayuga Nation is suing the federal government for failure to act on a land-into-trust application, which has been pending since 2005. The lawsuit, filed on June 16, 2020 in the United States District Court for the District of ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: INHS goes in-depth on rental assistance program for local residents (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: INHS goes in-depth on rental assistance program for local residents (podcast)

Johanna Anderson and Delia Yarrow work on the frontlines of providing safe, affordable housing for those in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. They’re part of INHS, or the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing System, which serves a number of counties beyond Ithaca and ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Gambling addiction proves to be ‘hidden’ challenge (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Gambling addiction proves to be ‘hidden’ challenge (podcast)

By Josh Durso Earlier this month Jenna Hotaling wrote a piece highlighting the outreach efforts of the Finger Lakes Problem Gambling Resource Center. May was Mental Health Awareness Month and March was Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Since March much of the world ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing protests, school budget votes, and upcoming primaries (podcast)

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing protests, school budget votes, and upcoming primaries (podcast)

As anti-racism protests grip communities around the region, state, and country people are wrestling with systemic injustices, and the best ways to address them. There are also school board and budget elections coming up, as well as primary contests that will take ... MORE
Audit shows local fire district treasurer made over $15K in ‘questionable payments’ to himself, his business without sufficient documentation

Audit shows local fire district treasurer made over $15K in ‘questionable payments’ to himself, his business without sufficient documentation

– By Josh Durso The Sodus Center Fire District has come under scrutiny from state auditors following an investigation into the oversight of financial operations between January 1st, 2015 and March 13th, 2017. The audit findings were released on May 22nd as ... MORE
LIVE ON WEDNESDAY AT 5 PM: Republican Primary Debate for 131st Assembly District (watch)

WEBCAST REPLAY: Republican Primary Debate for 131st Assembly District on FingerLakes1.com (video)

On Wednesday evening, FingerLakes1.com live-streamed a debate between the four candidates involved in June’s Republican Primary in the 131st District. That seat, which has been held by Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) will be vacated at the end of the year. The primary ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: U.S. Census Bureau’s Northeast Director Jeff Behler on 2020 (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: U.S. Census Bureau’s Northeast Director Jeff Behler on 2020 (podcast)

– By Josh Durso & Gabriel Pietrorazio Today on The Daily Debrief, part of our conversation with Jeff Behler, of the U.S. Census Bureau. He oversees operations in several states – including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode ... MORE