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REPORT: Cayuga, Seneca counties lead the way in FLX sales tax revenue

Business is booming in the Finger Lakes. The New York State Association of Counties released an update to county officials on sales tax results in 2017. The numbers are impressive, and while Seneca County has benefited from having a $440 million gaming facility in Tyre, which houses restaurants, a 150-room hotel — the entire region has seen another year of... more

City of Geneva moving ahead with DRI-funded road projects

The city is wasting no time getting going on street projects that are receiving state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. The city has issued requests for proposals for engineering and planning services for a $4.4 million project that would modify Routes 5&20 between Lake and Elizabeth Blackwell streets to create more connectivity between downtown and Lakefront Park. The cost of the... more

Sen. Helming announces signing of agricultural tourism bill

Senator Pam Helming today announced that a bill that she co-sponsored to reduce the cost of insurance for agritourism businesses was signed into law. The cost of liability insurance is becoming increasingly costly particularly for small farms that host agritourism activities, such as U-Pick produce, U-Cut Christmas trees, farm and winery tours, snowmobiling, hunting, and other forms of outdoor recreation.... more

CEO: Waterloo Holiday Inn will become Quality Inn this winter

The hotel market is evolving. In 2018, the Holiday Inn located in Waterloo will transition into a Quality Inn, according to Charter One Hotels & Resorts, Inc. CEO John Balliett who spoke with FingerLakes1.com exclusively on Wednesday about the move. “We have decided to make a change from Holiday Inn to Choice Hotel’s Quality brand,” he explained. “But our decision... more

COMPTROLLER: Seneca, Cayuga have highest percentage of ‘structurally deficient’ bridges

Billions of dollars are needed to correct issues with locally owned bridges throughout New York. According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli more than $27.4 billion is needed to fix local bridges. Several counties in the Finger Lakes — ranked among the top in the state for featuring the most ‘structurally deficient’ bridges. Seneca County led the way in... more

Canal system closing early this year; locks close on Wednesday

The state’s canal system — including the Erie Canal in Wayne County and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca County — will be closing about six weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, the canals, now part of New York Power Authority operations, will be closed as of 5 p.m. today. There are some exceptions, noted Bob Stopper, a member... more

Gov. Cuomo says wine trails will receive $215M

The wine and craft beverage industry is a big deal in the Finger Lakes. There are currently 13 wine trails across the State that support New York’s vital agricultural, craft beverage and tourism industries. To enhance the current wine trail system, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in significant upgrades to the region’s roadways, bridges and culverts,... more

Inside the FLX: Talking rural development in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Monday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso was joined by Jillian Kasow, Director and Counsel to the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Christopher Stewart, Special Projects Coordinator with the USDA, and Jim Walfrand, Area Director for Rural Development with the USDA — who discussed shared efforts between regional, state, and federal officials to deliver valuable assets... more

20 years of apple touring in Wayne County

The annual Wayne County Apple Tour returns for the 20th year this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in New York State. The tour runs throughout the month of... more

New details about Auburn welcome center to be revealed Friday

Two top state officials will be in Auburn Friday for announcements regarding the new 7,000-square-foot welcome center across from Memorial City Hall. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will join Auburn Mayor Michael Quill and other local and state officials for an event at 1 p.m. Friday in... more

Inside the FLX: Chris Lejewski talks Montezuma, conservation efforts (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX Podcast, Josh Durso was joined by Chris Lajewski, Director of the Montezuma Audubon Center based in Savannah. The organization cares for more than 50,000 acres of wetlands, and during the discussion Lajewski talked about the importance of young people, volunteers, and employees tireless work to continue preserving the Finger Lakes. . more

Horn, Sheppard talk marina development in Geneva; boundary between Ontario, Seneca

Seneca County has questions, but Geneva doesn’t have all the answers just yet. A resolution was passed at last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, green-lighting a SEQRA response from Seneca County. The resolution authorizes County Manager John Sheppard to respond to a July 27 request for response to SEQRA efforts, as Geneva moves forward through the process of adding a... more

Sauerkraut Weekend continues with fireworks tonight in Phelps

Despite less than perfect weather, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend kicked off its 47th year August 4th with an afternoon of activities for the entire family. The cabbage head decorating contest brought in several creative entries with first place going to Lily Westcott in the 6 to 8 age range with her Minnie Mouse creation. The day also included food and... more

Sauerkraut Weekend continues with fireworks tonight in Phelps

Despite less than perfect weather, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend kicked off its 47th year August 4th with an afternoon of activities for the entire family. The cabbage head decorating contest brought in several creative entries with first place going to Lily Westcott in the 6 to 8 age range with her Minnie Mouse creation. The day also included food and... more
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