Author: Josh Durso

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Posted in News Ontario County

Sheriff Kevin Henderson will resign, attorneys for Ontario County say

Sheriff Kevin Henderson will resign. That was the takeaway from a meeting held by the special committee continuing an investigation into issues at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office during his tenure. The…

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Posted in News Ontario County Politics

Sheriff Henderson says he will not resign after threats of retaliation from elected officials; Undersheriff resigns after probe

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson says he’s not going anywhere, despite reports circulating over the holiday weekend that his job was under threat. The elected sheriff released a statement on Tuesday, telling…

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Posted in Geneva Municipal News Ontario County Politics

Pruett’s resignation letter obtained days before leaving Geneva City Council

“I am hereby issuing my resignation from Geneva City Council, Ward 6, becoming effective August 31, 2021.” That’s how the letter authored by Geneva City Councilor John Pruett, which was submitted to…

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DEC investigating after massive manure spill at Genoa dairy farm
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Posted in Cayuga County Environment Genoa News

DEC investigating after massive manure spill at Genoa dairy farm

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating a large manure line leak in Cayuga County. It happened in the town of Genoa, according to the Cayuga County Health Department,…

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Geneva City Councilor announces resignation, cites health and unproductive governing body
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Posted in Geneva News Ontario County Politics

Geneva City Councilor announces resignation, cites health and unproductive governing body

Geneva City Councilor John Pruett is stepping down. He serves as Sixth Ward city councilor and in a letter to Mayor Steve Valentino, he cited an array of issues and concerns that…

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Police working with state, federal partners after prank bomb threat called in to Penn Yan school
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Posted in News Penn Yan Police Beat Yates County

Police working with state, federal partners after prank bomb threat called in to Penn Yan school

First responders have provided new information on the bomb threat that was sent to school officials in Penn Yan earlier this week. On Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. Penn Yan Central School District…

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Hochul makes pledge to New Yorkers in first address since Cuomo resignation
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Posted in New York State News Politics

Hochul makes pledge to New Yorkers in first address since Cuomo resignation

Get ready for change. That was the clear message from Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday as she addressed New Yorkers for the first time since Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he…

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Local officials stress importance of vaccination as COVID numbers rise
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Posted in Education Health News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Local officials stress importance of vaccination as COVID numbers rise

Elected leaders and public health officials in Seneca County are sounding the alarm- calling it a ‘critical time’ for the region in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Vickie Swinehart, who serves…

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Cayuga, Ontario, and Wayne join Seneca and Tompkins with ‘substantial’ transmission of COVID, per CDC
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Posted in Cayuga County Health News Ontario County Seneca County Tompkins County Wayne County Yates County

Cayuga, Ontario, and Wayne join Seneca and Tompkins with ‘substantial’ transmission of COVID, per CDC

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that cases are on the rise across the Finger Lakes. On Monday, just two counties in the rural Finger Lakes…

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Seneca County leaders encourage masking indoors as COVID cases rise again
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Posted in Health News Seneca County

Seneca County leaders encourage masking indoors as COVID cases rise again

Officials in Seneca County are urging residents to mask-up as the number of COVID-19 cases rises. Seneca County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Robert Hayssen issued a statement on Monday, after the county…

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Posted in News Politics Seneca County

Seneca County Health Director Vickie Swinehart leaving post in October

Public health workers throughout the U.S. have been tested over the last 17 months. As the nation’s healthcare system was pushed to its limits during the peak of the COVID-19 public health…

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Mama Bear serves as historic landmark, tour guide for Seneca County’s histo
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Posted in History Life Ovid Seneca County

Mama Bear serves as historic landmark, tour guide for Seneca County’s history

Driving by The Three Bears Complex in Ovid it’s clear things have changed. Over the last two decades The Friends of the Three Bears, now led by Phyllis Motil, change has been…

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WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Ted Baker & Josh Durso discuss the week’s biggest headlines (podcast)
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Posted in News

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Workers leaving jobs, SLPWA criticized, and COVID’s status (podcast)

While primary contests were among the biggest news story of the week in the Finger Lakes- there were plenty of others that made a big splash.  On this edition of The Weekend…

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LIVE TODAY: Steve MacNeal talks campaign for Wayne County Sheriff (podcast)
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Posted in Elections News Politics Wayne County

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve MacNeal talks campaign for Wayne County Sheriff (podcast)

Today on Inside the FLX another candidate for Wayne County Sheriff is in-studio. Steve MacNeal is running against Rob Milby, who was in-studio on Monday discussing his campaign, and now will do…

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Superintendent says despite sharp language in letter to parents, Sodus students will have opportunities to close academic gap
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Posted in News Sodus Wayne County

Sodus superintendent says holding students back not a viable option after warning letters to 42 parents stirs controversy

Earlier this week community members sounded off about ‘mandated’ summer school for middle school students in the Sodus Central School District. A letter to parents explained that the district would host a…

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FL1 DAILY: Annual benefit, species spotlight, and late-spring opportunities at Montezuma Audubon Center (podcast)
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Posted in Environment News Savannah Wayne County

FL1 DAILY: Annual benefit, species spotlight, and late-spring opportunities at Montezuma Audubon Center (podcast)

Late spring is some of the most-exciting time to get over to the Montezuma Wetlands Complex or Montezuma Audubon Center all year long. As the weather warms up, foliage increases, and bird…

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