Galen, Clyde ready to draw people as del Lago Resort & Casino opens

Galen Town and Clyde Village officials have been busy since the announcement of a resort and casino in Tyre first hit the news more than two years ago. Galen Supervisor Steve Groat said when he learned about the project he approached Wayne County Economic Development, asking for help on how to approach Wilmorite regarding the project and the benefits Galen could... more

Progress 2017: Outpacing overall growth, Cayuga County tourism jobs up over past decade

Yearly estimates from the state Department of Labor show the number of workers in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cayuga County have gone up over the course of the last 10 years. The preliminary annual average number of leisure and hospitality industry jobs filled by local employers reached a record 2,600, a figure that was up 13 percent from... more

Solar housing project pitched for land near Geneva lakefront tunnel

A Geneva startup is seeking Downtown Revitalization Initiative money to help fund a solar-powered housing project near the lake tunnel downtown. SmallGrid, in tandem with a sister company called Qwiksolar, is proposing to build Solar Village, a project featuring 28 micro apartments and 24 vacation rentals that will be powered by a solar unit that will be manufactured at the... more

Thousands converge in Tyre as del Lago Resort & Casino opens for business (full coverage)

It’s time for the Town of Tyre, and Seneca County as a whole, to place it’s bet on del Lago Resort & Casino. The doors officially opened as thousands poured into the venue at 10:39 am. Massive lines were visible outside the venue, which were quickly worked through by the staff, who ensured guests were not waiting too long after... more

Dove Block, others in Geneva make list for possible DRI funding

The Dove Block restoration effort was among the big winners of funding in the city’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative effort, as was a mixed-use project that would fill a long-vacant spot on North Exchange Street. The 17 recipients — both public and private projects — were announced Tuesday evening at the Ramada Inn Lakefront. Thirty projects were under consideration... more

Federal freeze prompts cancellation of tours at Women’s Rights Park

All ranger-guided tours at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park have been canceled. The federal hiring freeze imposed by a Jan. 2 executive order signed by President Donald Trump is cited as the reason for the cancellation of the tours. In its latest newsletter, park officials said that “due to the recent federal hiring freeze, the Women’s Rights National Historical... more

Rich Funke: NY should give $3M to save Finger Lakes racetrack

Sen. Rich Funke wants the state to pay $3 million to ensure Thoroughbred racing continues at a track in Farmington as competition for gambling dollars grow. The Perinton Republican was set to introduce a bill Tuesday evening calling on the state to appropriate funds to protect purses at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, which employs roughly 1,200. The legislation also... more

Proposed remediation of weapons sites on former Seneca Army Depot land up for comment

Proposed remedies for four military weapon sites on the former Seneca Army Depot land will be the topic of a public information meeting this Thursday. Hosted by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the meeting will cover what has been done to clean up the areas already, and the agencies’ suggestions... more

SHOWDOWN: Motion to ax lease proposal goes before Seneca Co. BOS

It’s showdown time over the proposed lease-purchase of 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between Earl Martin and the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The Board of Supervisors’ Governmental Operations Committee voted 4-1 Jan. 24 on a non-binding resolution asking the IDA to “abandon both the lease and pursuit of a PILOT” for Martin... more

Group seeks tax breaks to redevelop Nolan block in Auburn

Owners of the Nolan block of properties in downtown Auburn are looking for tax relief to help with efforts to rehabilitate the buildings. Principals with KyleCroft Development LLC have applied for mortgage, sales and use tax exemptions through the Auburn Industrial Development Authority as the firm plans to redevelop the Nolan block — at 41, 43-51, and 53 Genesee St.... more

Inside the FLX: IDA Exec. Director Bob Aronson talks depot, development, and more

“It was a great opportunity to do something for the home team.” That’s how Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Bob Aronson views his role in driving economic development. The IDA serves as an arm of government, which organizes and establishes deals to foster economic development. His roots run deep in Seneca County, as his grandfather’s business in downtown... more

DEFEATED: Resolution calling for immediate sale of depot shot down by supervisors

Nearly an hour of debate and speakers. When all was said and done though, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors would defeat the resolution calling for the immediate sale of the former Seneca Army Depot. “It’s a complex deal,” Earl Martin explained to the board during his time addressing the collection of supervisors, county employees and members of the public.... more

del Lago will partially fund Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack under proposal

The deal comes down to preserving jobs and a facility, which has been hurting bad over the last several years. A new plan announced by the New York State Gaming Commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ensure that thoroughbred racing at the Farmington track continues. It’s a two-year plan, which will have the option for a third — should... more

Women’s Rights National Historical Park slashes hours again due to staffing woes

The Women’s Rights National Historical Park has cut its hours of operation again due to understaffing, according to a news release. The park will now be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ami Ghazala, the park’s superintendent, couldn’t be reached for comment. The park previously announced that all tours were cancelled until further notice due to understaffing... more

NOT SO FAST: Cuomo plan to ‘save’ FLGR would ’fall short’

It wouldn’t be enough. That was the message from the Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, who is tasked with protecting 1,200 people at the Farmington racetrack. “In its present form the proposal falls short of what we feel is fair,” David Brown, president of the group told the D&C in a recent interview. “They are requiring the most... more

City, state officials mull design firms for regional welcoming center in downtown Auburn

City and state officials behind the development of a regional tourism center in downtown Auburn are still working to choose a firm to design the facility. Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert said Tuesday that the search has been narrowed from around seven firms to four to spearhead the design process behind the proposed Central New York Regional Welcoming Center. The... more

Ontario County tourism leader focused on new ideas

Valerie Knoblauch admits that being the leader of a tourism agency promoting Ontario County is not a bad gig, given the multitude of attractions the county offers. On the west side, there’s shopping Mecca Victor. In the county’s midsection, Canandaigua and its historical downtown and multiethnic cuisine, as well as its lakefront, which is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift. To the... more
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