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Sen. O’Mara weighs in on pay raises for legislators in NY

Sen. O’Mara weighs in on pay raises for legislators in NY
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today rejected the New York State Compensation Committee’s report calling for a three-year, phased-in pay increase of roughly 63% for state legislators while also making the state Legislature a full-time occupation by capping a legislator’s ability to earn an income outside of legislative work. The panel earlier this week recommended increasing the base pay... more

Watkins Glen’s Olivia Coffey voted US Rowing’s National Team Athlete of the Year

Watkins Glen’s Olivia Coffey voted US Rowing’s National Team Athlete of the Year
Watkins Glen’s Olivia Coffey capped worldwide rowing success this year by being voted National Team Athlete of the Year in the 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. Coffey, 29, was the top vote-getter among four finalists chosen by USRowing, the national governing body for rowing in the United States. A total of 42,153 votes were cast online in seven categories, with... more

New shopping habits challenge Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign

New shopping habits challenge Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign
The sound of ringing bells outside businesses means ’tis the season of giving and making memories. Steve Hausmann chairs this year’s Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. “I’ve always gone out and rung the kettle,” Hausmann said. “My family would do it once a year.” The nonprofit’s Red Kettle campaign is a way for the Rochester Fire Department to give back... more

Crestwood’s opportunity to appeal permit denial passes; marking end of long-term fight along Seneca Lake

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The time for Crestwood Midstream’s subsidiary Finger Lakes LPG to appeal the Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a permit for underground gas storage along the shores of Seneca Lake expired on December 14, 2018. “Now that we are sure Crestwood cannot challenge the Commissioner’s decision, we can mark our final victory in an 8-year epic David vs. Goliath battle... more

Officials warn of ‘deed scam’ in Schuyler County

Officials warn of ‘deed scam’ in Schuyler County
Schuyler County Clerk Theresa Philbin and County Attorney Steven Getman are warning homeowners to be aware of a property deed “scam” that may be taking place in Schuyler County. “Reports have surfaced recently of a company soliciting homeowners in the area who recently have completed real estate transactions, asking them to pay $89.00 for records which contain public information about... more

Holiday deadline dates for USPS shipping

Holiday deadline dates for USPS shipping
Lines stretched out the door are not uncommon this time of year for postal workers as increased gifts and packages are a familiar scene during the holiday rush. Billions of deliveries are expected to be made by mail carriers this holiday season. “People are doing more shopping online than ever before,” said USPS mail carrier David Boal. Beginning next Sunday,... more

O’Mara will move to reintroduce legislation targeting meth distribution

O’Mara will move to reintroduce legislation targeting meth distribution
Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today said that in addition to his ongoing work as a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, he will also reintroduce legislation targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and statewide for consideration during the 2019 legislative session, which begins in early January. O’Mara pointed to a string of meth... more

FLX WEEKLY: It should be another wonderful weekend in Seneca Falls (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: It should be another wonderful weekend in Seneca Falls (podcast)
The annual It’s A Wonderful Life weekend festival and 5k race return to Seneca Falls this weekend. Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi to talk all about it and give you some important details, take a look at the weather outlook, and share some other events going on in the region if you can’t make it... more

After defrauding 20 people out of $140K, Beaver Dams man will spend 3 years behind bars

After defrauding 20 people out of $140K, Beaver Dams man will spend 3 years behind bars
A Beaver Dams resident will spend three years in prison after being sentenced in a rental scam case. Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Henry Dean III, of Beaver Dams in Schuyler County, was sentenced Tuesday for his conviction on wire fraud charges. Prosecutors accused Dean of defrauding about 20 people out of nearly $140,000 between 2014 and 2016 by offering vacation... more

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019
Tuition to the state’s public colleges next year could increase once again next, driving up the cost of a four-year public college education in New York. “It’s going to be a tight fiscal year. The state is looking at a deficit. Will the state increase financial aid? It’s going to be a big issue,” said Blair Horner, NYPIRG legislative director.... more

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo’s op-ed, cashless tolling in NYS, and contamination at the Depot (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo’s op-ed, cashless tolling in NYS, and contamination at the Depot (podcast)
On Friday’s edition of The Debrief Josh Durso was joined by Ted Baker, host of Finger Lakes Morning News on WGVA and WAUB – where the duo discussed a number of recent headlines from around the Finger Lakes. The topics up for discussion included: – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiery op-ed aimed at critics of the Amazon deal in New York... more

FLX WEEKLY: Christmas trimming, decking the halls & the first weekend of December (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Christmas trimming, decking the halls & the first weekend of December (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi to talk about decorating for Christmas. From the outside lights, to trimming the tree and decking the halls, we talk about our own traditions and favorites as the 2018 holiday season is underway. Then, a look at the weekend ahead as the Finger Lakes ushers in the month of December.... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Peter Mantius, founder of The Water Front, whose reporting is featured on FingerLakes1.com, joins Josh Durso to discuss a number of important, pressing political and environmental issues that have been grabbing headlines in the last several weeks. Watch the entire program below, or listen to the audio only version in the media player at the bottom... more

How much snow fell? NWS reports more than a foot in some places (full coverage)

How much snow fell? NWS reports more than a foot in some places (full coverage)
The brunt of the accumulation is over after the first winter storm of the season dumped a significant amount of heavy, wet snow on the Finger Lakes. Skies will stay mostly cloudy throughout the day with the chance for breaks of sun during the afternoon. Crews are out getting roadways cleared; and as one would imagine – it’s a slow... more

THE DEBRIEF: Amazon HQ, Upstate NY, policy for local renters, and more (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Amazon HQ, Upstate NY, policy for local renters, and more (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest headlines from a busy week in local, regional, and state politics. Here’s a look at the stories up for discussion exclusively on FingerLakes1.TV and FL1 Radio: – Amazon receives $1.5B+ in incentives from NY for HQ #2; – New push to divide Upstate & Downstate NY;... more

Mitrano-Reed rematch could be brewing

Mitrano-Reed rematch could be brewing
It’s possible we could have a repeat matchup in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat in 2020. Less than two weeks removed from the election, Democrat Tracy Mitrano said she will seek the Democratic nomination again in 2020. “The results of Nov. 6 don’t change the facts,” said Mitrano in a press release. “The people of western New... more
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