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Hayley Jones

Hayley leads our newsroom providing reporters with assignments and covering the intersection of economic development and local history in the Finger Lakes. Have a lead or question? Send it to hayley@fingerlakes1.com.

Canada lifts COVID border rules: What to expect when traveling

Canada lifts COVID border rules: What to expect when traveling
The Canadian government says its tossing COVID border restrictions on Saturday, October 1. Travelers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination to enter Canada, nor will they be required to wear masks on ... more
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Meet the young attorney rising through the ranks fast in Syracuse

Meet the young attorney rising through the ranks fast in Syracuse
One 28-year-old Syracuse attorney is rising through the ranks fast. Sabastian Piedmont is now a Managing Partner at Tully Rinckey’s Syracuse office, just five months after being named Office Leader. Provided “Being a managing partner ... more
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Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony highlights: Clinton, Hochul and the 2022 inductees (photos)

Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony highlights: Clinton, Hochul and the 2022 inductees (photos)
Crowds gathered at The Smith Opera House in Geneva on Saturday for the 30th National Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current New York Governor Kathy Hochul were ... more
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Is proof of vaccination still required to cross the U.S.-Canada border?

Is proof of vaccination still required to cross the U.S.-Canada border?
The Canadian government is expected to ease COVID-19 restrictions, including proof of vaccination, for Americans crossing the border. Canada extended COVID-19 restrictions to enter the country in June, but that extension expires on September 30 ... more
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Gas price update: How much are FLX residents paying at the pump?

Gas price update: How much are FLX residents paying at the pump?
Gas prices remain under the $4 mark in the Finger Lakes region, according to the latest AAA data. Statewide, the current average price per gallon for regular fuel is $3.73. Wayne County has the highest ... more
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Steuben County clerk warns of scam targeting military veterans

Steuben County clerk warns of scam targeting military veterans
There's a scam targeting military veterans, Steuben County Clerk Judy Hunter warned residents recently. Hunter says a DD214 DIRECT, a company out of Phoenix, Arizona, is contacting veterans offering copies of their discharge papers for ... more
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Parrott Hall: Bridging the gap between Geneva past and present

Parrott Hall: Bridging the gap between Geneva past and present
The first phase of construction on Parrott Hall in Geneva is nearing its completion. There’s still a long way to go until the historic structure is open for use, said Friends of Parrott Hall Chair ... more
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Troopers ask for public’s help ID’ing man accused of stealing from Lansing Best Buy

Troopers ask for public's help ID'ing man accused of stealing from Lansing Best Buy
New York State Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man implicated in a robbery at Best Buy in Lansing this past weekend. Troopers say that on Sunday, September 18 around 1:45 p.m., ... more
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York man arrested for making terroistic threat against Gov. Hochul

Varick woman charged with child endangerment after incident involving teens
A Livingston County man was arrested for threatening to blow up Governor Kathy Hochul's office, according to a statement from the Livingston County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. Lynn Cummings, 41, of York, was arrested for ... more
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Tornado touches down in Wayland, NWS confirms

Tornado touches down in Wayland, NWS confirms
A tornado touched down in Wayland, Steuben County on Monday night, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton has confirmed. The tornado was rated E-1 with peak winds estimated at 90 miles per hour, according ... more
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Missing Person: Police search for missing Newark man Kevin Heise

Missing Person: Police search for missing Newark man Kevin Heise
Police are asking for the public's help in their search for Kevin Heise of the Village of Newark. Family members say Heise was last seen on Friday, September 2 near East Union Street in Newark ... more
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Sheriff says Brady Checks will no longer be conducted in Wayne County

U.S. Supreme Court case puts spotlight on New York concealed carry case, could
Sheriff Rob Milby announced a change to Wayne County's pistol permit process. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the change is separate from the new state laws that took effect September 1. "Up until now, ... more
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Homeowner tax credit: New Yorkers ask, my neighbor received theirs already, so where’s mine?

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants families to sign up for the Child Tax Credit
The New York State Homeowner Tax Rebate Credit (HTRC) is a one-year program to provide tax relief to 2.5 million homeowners. Some New Yorkers are wondering: Where is my tax credit and when will it ... more
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Public hearings on proposed RG&E and NYSEG rate hikes underway

Five best smart home devices to save energy and money
Public hearings on proposed rate hikes for RG&E and NYSEG began on Thursday, September 16. Customers will have to pay significantly more on their monthly bills if the rate increase is approved by the New ... more
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NYS added 27,600 private sector jobs in August

NYS added 27,600 private sector jobs in August
In August of this year, the number of private sector jobs in New York grew by 27,600, or 0.3%. Nationwide, private sector jobs grew by 0.2% in the same timeframe, meaning New York outpaced the ... more
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Fall Foilage Report: See where leaves are beginning to change color in New York

Fall Foilage Report: See where leaves are beginning to change color in New York
New York's just released its first fall foliage report of the year. The first day of fall, September 22, is just a week away, and already the leaves are beginning to change color, according to ... more
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Village of Waterloo requesting public input on DRI application

Newark, Canandaigua named finalists for 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative
The Village of Waterloo will gather input on its application for up to $10 million in state funding at the Rotary Farmers Market on Saturday, September 17. The village will apply for funding through the ... more
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3rd annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend happening September 24-25

3rd annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend happening September 24-25
Nine Schuyler County farms are opening their doors to the public this month for tours, tastings, hayrides, demonstrations, apple picking and more. The 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend will occur on September 24 ... more
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Siena Poll: NY consumer sentiment up 9 points, price of food and gas remains a worry

Siena Poll: NY consumer sentiment up 9 points, price of food and gas remains a worry
New Yorkers' consumer confidence is high compared to Americans overall, found the latest Siena Poll. The Siena College Research Institute (SCRI) found the state's Index of Consumer Sentiment now stands at 70.8, up 9.1 points ... more
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