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Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?
A pair of court rulings expected by yearend are likely to determine whether the Cuomo Administration broke the law when it fast-tracked permits to restart the Greenidge Generation power station. The decades-old plant began producing electricity again in March 2017 after a six-year pause and a conversion that allows it to burn natural gas rather than coal. Two years earlier,... more

Kocher rules that Greenidge permits were issued properly by DEC

Kocher rules that Greenidge permits were issued properly by DEC
Permits granted to Greenidge Generation LLC for the withdrawal and discharge of water by its power plant in Dresden were properly issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a Yates County Supreme Court judge has concluded. In a ruling issued Nov. 8, Judge William Kocher dismissed in its entirety a civil suit filed by the Sierra Club and others that challenged... more

Anthony Road to host 17th annual Federweisser Festival

Anthony Road to host 17th annual Federweisser Festival
Anthony Road Wine Company is hosting their 17th annual Federweisser Festival on Saturday, September 22 from noon to five. The festival is a celebration to kickoff the 2018 harvest season. Federweisser- a partially fermented, frothy, young, wine made from the first fruits of the harvest- will be flowing all afternoon. The celebration will feature traditional German fare including bratwurst, sauerkraut,... more

AROUND THE LAKES: Exploring the Keuka Outlet Trail with Friends of the Trail, Inc.

AROUND THE LAKES: Exploring the Keuka Outlet Trail with Friends of the Trail, Inc.
Getting engaged in the Finger Lakes has never been easier. The Keuka Outlet Trail is one of the region’s most-celebrated historical attractions, and the organization behind it is asking that the public continue getting involved.  . “We’ve seen great progress over the last several years,” explained Phillip Rahr, who serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for... more

MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae

MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae
Along the waterfront near Dresden, residents don’t dare drink their tap water, which is drawn directly from one of the most polluted sections of Seneca Lake. Their water is being fouled by the Keuka Outlet, an eight-mile watercourse that flows east from Keuka Lake past Penn Yan to Dresden, where it empties into Seneca. The outlet carries tainted runoff from... more

Restart of Greenidge Power Plant hinged on DEC downplaying toxic landfill

Restart of Greenidge Power Plant hinged on DEC downplaying toxic landfill
A coal ash landfill next to the Greenidge Generation power plant continues to discharge heavy metals into the Keuka Outlet and local groundwater more than three years after it formally committed to a complete cleanup by Oct. 1, 2016, documents show.  The landfill, known as Lockwood Hills, holds toxic leachate in an unlined pond that it had agreed to remove... more

Seneca7 relay around Seneca Lake set for Sunday (media guide)

Seneca7 relay around Seneca Lake set for Sunday (media guide)
On this coming Sunday, April 29th, the Finger Lakes will see 348 teams of seven runners each converge on Geneva, NY for a 77.7-mile relay. The Seneca7, now in its eighth year, will pass through Ontario, Yates, Schuyler, and Seneca Counties before finishing with a celebration on the banks of Seneca Lake on Sunday night. This year’s race filled to... more

SENECA7: 2,400+ athletes set to run around Seneca Lake in a 77.7-mile relay race Sunday

The eighth-annual Seneca7, a 77.7-mile relay race, consisting of 348 seven-member teams running the circumference of Seneca Lake, will be held this Sunday, April 29. The event begins in downtown Geneva, with runners heading south along the west side of Seneca Lake, through Yates County, Schuyler County including Watkins Glen, and Seneca County, before returning to Geneva for a finish... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more

“Keuka Holidays” wine trail gets residents into the holiday spirit

Local residents were able to get a jump start at ringing in the holiday season with the annual “Keuka Holidays” wine trail. The tour was hosted at Heron Hill Winery and sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Ticket holders were able to travel to seven different wineries, collecting ornaments and trying out different wines. When visitors started the trail,... more

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

OUT & ABOUT: Early November Saturday on the Seneca Lake Wine & Finger Lakes Beer Trail

It has become an annual tradition for a group of our friends to spend the first Saturday of November on one of the area’s wine trails. Early November is a great time to tour wineries and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes as the foliage is usually near peak and the weather is still generally comfortable. Last year, we enjoyed... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Yates County

In Yates County, a hotly-contested race for District Attorney has made headlines for the last several months. However, two other legislative races, as well as a Town Supervisor race in Barrington will also be having voters thinking long-and-hard this November. Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella will battle in an election, which has been marred by residency questions, petition issues, and... more
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