Skepticism of Gov. Cuomo’s plan to save FLGR running high

First, there was the announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that a plan to ‘save’ Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack would include a payment from del Lago Resort & Casino, which opened in Tyre this month. The exact amount of money is still being discussed and debated, but the proposal as Gov. Cuomo announced it would include a $440,000 payment... more

Brooklyn architects tapped to design central New York tourism center in downtown Auburn

A Brooklyn-based firm has been identified by city and state officials as the top choice to lead the design of a regional tourism center in downtown Auburn. The highest rated of seven applicants that submitted design proposals for the Central New York Regional Welcoming Center was nArchitects. The Auburn site is one of several announced as part of a statewide $55... more

OFF TO THE RACES: Helming, Funke land deal to keep FLGR racing in 2017

Negotiations are over. On Tuesday the Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack came to terms with an agreement, which ensures that the 2017 racing season will happen. “Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has been a tourist destination for our area for over 50 years, attracting people and families from all parts of New York... more

Design process for CNY tourism center in Auburn begins with city council approval

City and state officials are moving forward with a Brooklyn architectural firm as the lead designers of the Central New York Regional Welcoming Center. The Auburn City Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize a contract with nArchitects to design what has been proposed as an approximately 10,000-square-foot facility. The project will be sited in the South Street parking lot across... more

Finger Lakes Wines and Grapes: February weather helped water table

February wasn’t too bad. It was more of the same: cold and snow, then warm and rain. Actually, there was some record warmth for Presidents’ Day week! This cycle certainly helps raise our water table, which was badly depleted last summer. And the lack of subzero temperatures is a great thing. As long as we get some more typical colder... more

Local laws and litigation: Recent history of landfilling debate in Seneca Falls

Local laws and litigation: Recent history of landfilling debate in Seneca Falls
The polarizing nature of the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls has folks from every walk of life weighing in. While the community remains largely split on the issues at play — this year is shaping up to be as important — if not more important than 2016. On March 14th a Public Hearing is scheduled to take place at... more

Made in New York? Forget it, as state loses to others

In the middle of New York’s rich dairy farm country rises two mammoth white buildings where the nation’s Greek yogurt fad took hold. On little more than a whim and a Small Business Administration loan, Hamdi Ulukaya reshaped an industry, taking an abandoned Kraft plant located almost in the center of New York to hatch Chobani, the nation’s leading maker... more

Area flights already delayed, cancelled ahead of winter storm

If you’re trying to get out of the area ahead of Monday night’s major winter storm — the clock is ticking. As of noontime, thousands of flights had already been delayed or cancelled in Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca. With connecting flights to major hubs along the east coast — plenty are prepping for days of bogged down travel. New York... more

Finalized deal saves horse racing, 1,200 jobs at FLGR; del Lago will pony up to help

The deal is finalized. It means that horse racing is preserved for at least two more years in Farmington. While the long-term stability and health of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is anything but certain — the deal finalized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo puts the facility on slightly more solid footing moving forward. As predicted though, the deal will come... more

Seneca Chamber, IDA join forces to create ‘strategic plan’ for economic growth

There is going to be a significant, across the board effort made to empower and develop Seneca County. That was the clear message from three key agencies involved in bolstering economic development. On Monday, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce announced the start of a joint strategic planning process to grow the local... more

DISCUSSION: Supervisors address functionality, future of Seneca Co. IDA

We need more coordination between the various entities charged with promoting and driving business in Seneca County. It was a message shared by Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley at last month’s regular meeting. It’s something he’s made a priority in his first three months as chairman. On Monday, the Planning, Development, Agriculture and Tourism standing committee —... more

What you need to know about becoming a ‘rideshare’ driver

Uber is due to arrive in the Rochester area this summer. The ridesharing service is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area. If you are interested in becoming a driver for ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft, there are limitations and guidelines involved. “You want to make sure you have clean, reliable and safe transportation,” said Chad Snowden,... more

Debrief Podcast: Geneva Foundry, Lakefront development, and the NYS budget

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a variety of issues that have been making headlines over the last two weeks. Whether it was the ‘free tuition’ component of the New York State budget, passed last week or the continued fight around cleanup in Geneva for residents impacted by the Geneva Foundry contamination —... more

27 acres of hydrilla found in Cayuga Lake

Surveys from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management reveal 27 acres of Cayuga Lake are infested with an aquatic weed. The surveys, which were completed last fall, state there is a hydrilla infestation in 27 acres of the eastern portion of the lake by Aurora. Before last fall, hydrilla was found only... more

Exploratory drilling to begin for CNY welcome center in Auburn

Exploratory drilling may soon begin at the site of the Central New York Regional Welcoming Center on South Street in the city of Auburn. Drilling was supposed to begin Thursday and continue into Friday, said Jennifer Haines, director of planning and economic development for the city. It did not appear that drilling had begun on Thursday, she said, but she... more

DOT official touts Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva

The state’s director of transportation said the city is the perfect spot for a new state welcome center. Matt Driscoll, director of the Department of Transportation, was at the Finger Lakes Community College Geneva campus Thursday afternoon to tout highlights of the recently enacted 2017-18 state budget. A number of local officials were in attendance. Driscoll is one of several... more

Canandaigua lakefront projects on different paths

Friday’s nice weather brought a lot of people out to Canandaigua’s Kershaw Park, but the scenery wasn’t the only thing getting their attention. The multi-million dollar Pinnacle North project is coming to life on Lakeshore Drive. Tenants started moving in a few weeks ago, and businesses like Young Brewing Company will be opening their doors to customers soon. “It’s a... more
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