Gov. Cuomo signs $45M relief legislation for residents along Lake Ontario

Financial relief is finally on the way for residents along Lake Ontario. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to provide a total of $45 million in relief to communities impacted by the historic Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding. The legislation expands eligibility and funding for programs previously announced by Governor Cuomo and will provide vital assistance to homeowners, small... more

Businesses continue to suffer from high water levels on Lake Ontario

As many of you already know, small businesses along Lake Ontario have taken a big hit. Flooding has really hurt their bottom line. In Sodus Point, a hot spot is seeing fewer faces this year even with the decent stretch of weather. Kelly Grey, owner of Hots Point in Sodus Bay, says the Fourth of July weekend is usually one... more

Dock debate: Canandaigua residents push back on resort dock proposal

The City of Canandaigua is considering a new dock proposal from developers of a lakefront resort, to the chagrin of some residents who say the dock will be an unnecessary blight on the waterfront. The development of the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort on the lake’s north shore has gone at a glacial pace in recent years as developers struggled to... more

Nozzolio tapped to lead economic development initiative for Finger Lakes

A private institution with deep business and family roots in the area announced a major new initiative that will promote the Finger Lakes region as a great place for business enterprise. Leading the effort will be former New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio. Citing the Finger Lakes region’s outstanding natural beauty and livability, record numbers of tourists and wine and... more

Cuomo unveils plans for Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva (full-coverage)

The Events Center in Geneva along Seneca Lake is set to become one of the Finger Lakes Welcome Center’s being planned. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Geneva to unveil plans for the Welcome Center. Last year, the Governor was in Geneva announcing the City’s win in the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The unveiling of this plan was part... more

Auburn to compete against four CNY municipalities for $10M state grant

The city of Auburn will have stiff competition for a $10 million grant to improve its downtown corridor. The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council received applications from five municipalities — Auburn, Cazenovia, Cortland, Fulton and Syracuse — that will be considered in the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The council will review the submissions and select... more

Senate approves bill allowing toll-free commuting on Thruway in Syracuse area

The push to get rid of some Thruway tolls in Onondaga County has taken another step forward. Senator John DeFrancisco, a Republican, says the State Senate passed a bill that would allow drivers to obtain a permit to commute between Thruway exits 34A, which is the Interstate 481 interchange, and exit 39, at the 690 interchange, at no cost. The... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Previewing del Lago’s new hotel (podcast)

A look at the new del Lago Resort & Casino’s hotel opening up on July 1, 2017. Also, discussing the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the NBA Finals, the AL East leading New York Yankees, and South Seneca’s state pentathlon champion Emily Lavarnway. Watch the full episode in the player below, on our YouTube Channel, or on the FingerLakes1.com App.... more

DEC’s Finger Lakes Water Hub talks Owasco Lake’s pollution diet

Save Owasco Now, an Owasco Lake advocacy group started late last year, has spent months calling on the state to implement pollution regulations on nutrient sources in the watershed. Specifically, the group sent in petitions and letters calling for a Total Maximum Daily Load — or TMDL — which includes a map of all the sources of pollution in a... more

Portable ‘sea walls’ being deployed along Lake Ontario in Sodus Point (video)

Governor Andrew Cuomo was critical of the IJC board, who has ‘allowed’ Lake Ontario to reach levels of emergency flooding. While speaking in Greece on Tuesday, he announced a series of ‘assists’ that the state will getting to those living along Lake Ontario, who have been adversely impacted by Lake Ontario flooding. It’ll start with up to $40,000 for homeowners... more

NY TIMES: 36 Hours in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

The roughly 9,000 square miles that surround the 11 sinuous Finger Lakes in west-central New York State are filled with blue hills, rolling farmland and vineyards that produce some of the world’s greatest rieslings. It is an area of charming villages and towns, with historic treasures, including the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, in Seneca Falls. Ithaca, the site of... more

State tourism campaign promotes Seneca Falls & Waterloo

Seneca Falls, the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement, will be prominently featured in a new state campaign promoting tourism at historic equal rights attractions in the state. Two sites in Waterloo also will be highlighted. The campaign is being introduced in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state, three years before the 19th Amendment... more

Public comment for $10 million downtown Auburn grant open until June 7th

The public comment period for Auburn community members to give their input for a $10 million state grant competition to revitalize downtown is open until June 7. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill encouraged those who attended the meeting Tuesday evening at the Auburn Public Theater to “tell your neighbors, tell your friends” to submit opinions and ideas through the city’s website... more

Boating safety crucial over holiday weekend, as lake levels remain concern

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer. For many, it means getting boats out onto the water. Here in the Finger Lakes — we have plenty of water to boat on. A wet spring, combined with new rules from the International Joint Commission have resulted in increased risk for those taking to the waters of Lake Ontario... more

Cuomo announces $10M for locations impacted by Lake Ontario flooding

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure.   The... more

Airbnb has $68M impact on Finger Lakes, says report

Airbnb unveiled a new economic impact report by HR&A Advisors showing that the home-sharing platform generated $68 million in economic activity for the Finger Lakes, with Airbnb guests spending $16 million at local food and beverage establishments. The findings indicate that Airbnb has become an important economic driver in the Finger Lakes, with many guests supporting key industries, including local... more
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