REPORT: Contracts expose costs of FLX Welcome Center; $1,014 for a 10” frame

The new Finger Lakes Welcome Center opened in Geneva a few months ago.

New York State leaders promise it will help boost tourism but if you’re a taxpayer and not a tourist, you shelled out millions for what’s inside and outside that building.

There’s no doubt, the center is impressive.

“I think it’s great, it’s clean, it’s very bright and welcoming. Outside and all the way through to the water is fantastic,” says Dannylee Rosa who lives in Rochester and took a walk through on her day off.

George Farris, who grew up in New York but moved to Florida after retirement, was visiting the area for a week with his girlfriend when he stopped in to check it out.

“People are traveling, they see this, they gotta stop,” he says.

When the center opened in late May, Governor Andrew Cuomo joked that he was behind the entire design.

“The truth is, it was all me…upside down canoe light fixtures, when I first said it, they mocked me–look how well they worked out,” he laughed.

But how much did those fixtures and some of the other highlights of the center cost taxpayers?

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