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Supervisor Venuti to lead Seneca Lake group

Of the 40 municipalities in the Seneca Lake watershed, slightly more than half are part of a group working to protect the lake and improve water quality. The new chairman of that group, officially called the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, wants that number to go up. “In 2018, we will be working to have more of the municipalities in the... more

Cuomo announces $1.3M for waterfront upgrades for greater connectivity

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  announced that Watkins Glen would be part of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to develop projects that will spur economic development in the community. The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program serves as a management program for the Village’s treasured waterfront resources along the Seneca Canal system outlined in the Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan.... more

Extreme cold continues in the FLX; New Years Eve looks frigid, too

Those who can tolerate Thursday’s frigid temperatures have truly acclimated to winter in New York. Forecasters say this is some of the coldest weather the region has experienced in a couple winters, and the pro-longed nature of the event, spanning several days – makes it one of the longest stretches of Arctic weather we’ve seen in about as long. FLX... more

Snow coming, bitter cold will return for New Years Eve

The National Weather Service has upgraded expectations of forecasts for parts of the Finger Lakes this weekend. While much of the region will only see a period of light snow, lake effect snow warnings have now been issued for Wayne and Monroe counties. The National Weather Service said on Friday that a clipper system would bring a quick, burst of... more

DEBRIEF: Breaking down the biggest political news in 2017 (podcast)

Episode #15 of the Debrief Podcast marked the final show of 2017 from Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso, who has discussed a variety of political, social, and economic issues in the FingerLakes1.com Studio. On the special, ‘year-end’ edition of the pod, the duo discussed Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s viability in 2018, a number of state proposals that will be... more

Brutal wind chills, lake effect snow persist throughout the Finger Lakes tonight

Walking outside this morning might have felt like a shock for some, as the Finger Lakes experienced temperatures that haven’t been seen in recent memory. Forecasters say the temperatures will continue falling through Thursday, which will mean that staying warm, bundled up, and keeping children and pets safe is a priority. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories... more

Exodus from New York continues as state loses thousands

New York gained population in 2017 — but it wasn’t reason to celebrate for officials, who lived through another Census review, which highlighted significant losses to other states. In fact, even as the state’s population grew to 19,849,399 — up some 13,000 over the previous one — the state ranked 41st in overall growth. More troubling was the migration of... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Reporter Peter Mantius talks local headlines, changes in the news business (podcast)

How does a newspaper veteran with history and experience in Atlanta and the New York City-area get involved with covering some of the most-controversial topics in the Finger Lakes? For Peter Mantius, it started with a move to Watkins Glen. He moved to Watkins Glen from Long Island, where he ran a couple business publications. Most of his career was... more

Sheriff: Tyrone man jumped from moving vehicle, died on Rt. 14A in Reading

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 47-year-old Tyrone resident died after allegedly jumping from a moving vehicle. Deputies say that they received a call stating that a male subject had jumped from a vehicle on State Route 14A in the Town of Reading. The entire incident unfolded on Tuesday around 2:46 pm. A preliminary investigation revealed that Erik... more

WHITE SATURDAY: Heavy, wet snow blankets the Finger Lakes

Heavy wet snow began falling across most of the central and northern Finger Lakes region mid-afternoon on Saturday making travel conditions treacherous on the day before Christmas Eve. Get the latest on Saturday’s weather event below or at the FingerLakes1.com Local Weather Center. Be safe out there and enjoy your holiday weekend that is, more and more, starting to look... more

FERC officially vacates natural gas storage OK in Reading

Now that it has a quorum of members, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission formally has vacated its 2014 order allowing Arlington Storage to store natural gas in abandoned underground salt caverns on the southwest side of Seneca Lake. The Dec. 21 action was expected once FERC had a sufficient number of members to act. Arlington Storage had asked FERC to... more

Beaver Dams man charged with burglary at Walmart

Jake L. Mattison, 20, of Beaver Dams was arrested on December 18th and charged with Petit Larceny and Burglary in the third degree, according to the Watkins Glen Police Department. Mattison is alleged to have stolen property from Walmart after being previously advised to not be on Walmart property. He was arraigned in Village of Watkins Glen Court and committed... more

FLX WEEKLY: The year in the Finger Lakes in review (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi and Josh Durso for our final episode of 2017 where we take a look back at the past year. We discuss the top stories that shaped our news and relive the year in local photos. . more

Tompkins deputy accused of rape appeared ‘visibly nervous,’ denied claims

A Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy being charged with rape and sex assault gave investigators a statement denying the claims against him, but also appeared “visibly nervous” at times and changed or added details upon retelling his version of events, according to court records. Matthew Pinney and Deputy Scott Walters are both charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault after... more

Reed, Collins, Katko defend tax overhaul

Five members of New York’s Republican delegation in the House voted Tuesday against a controversial $1.5 trillion package that Democrats are calling a giveaway to the nation’s rich at the expense of middle and lower income Americans. However, those five don’t include area representatives Tom Reed, John Katko or Chris Collins. As expected, all three voted in favor of what... more

Mega Millions numbers: Did you win Tuesday’s $223 million lottery jackpot?

Just in time for the holidays, Tuesday evening's Mega Millions drawing could help someone start the new year off on the right foot. Here are the winning numbers in the drawing: 28-37-39-42-58; Mega Ball: 2; Megaplier: 3x The estimated jackpot for the drawing is $223 million. The cash option is estimated at $141 million. If no one wins, the Mega... more
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