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Rebecca Swift

Rebecca is a veteran multimedia journalist serving as one of our core reporters in the Finger Lakes region. She is responsible for telling stories that matter to every day Upstate New Yorkers. Have a question or lead? Send it to [email protected].

EXCLUSIVE: Egg prices aren’t going over easy at local bakeries and restaurants (video)

Researchers say eggs don’t increase risk of heart disease
Cafe 19 is a small bakery and cafe in the heart of Seneca Falls, with a women’s rights theme. The owner says she works with local vendors whenever possible. “It’s nice to build those relationships ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Rochester Regional Health hospitals recognized for approach to caring for those who are elderly

Rochester Regional Health suspending elective surgeries at most hospitals
Two Rochester Regional Health hospitals, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, are being recognized for how they approach geriatric surgery. They have achieved Level 1 Comprehensive Excellence status from the Geriatric Surgery ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: What’s happening at Muller Field Station?

EXCLUSIVE: What's happening at Muller Field Station?
Located at the South end of Honeyoye Lake is a 48-acre land that is home to black bears and bobcats. Finger Lakes community College owns Muller Field Station, a place where staff work a lot ... more
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What can be done to entice more people to become volunteer firefighters?

Auburn awarded federal grant for new portable radios for fire department
Volunteer firefighters are speaking out about the issues they face, and what they want to see change. They gathered Saturday in Canandaigua to discuss the fire service’s 2023 legislative priorities. Currently, volunteer firefighters who are ... more
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Do Upstate communities have a homeless housing crisis? Emergency housing providers say solutions are needed

Do Upstate communities have a homeless housing crisis? Emergency housing providers say solutions are needed
The number of people who are homeless has dramatically increased over the past 14 years. In Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties, it’s gone up 215%, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ... more
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Should existing New York power plants be retro-fitted to produce clean energy?

21 large-scale renewable energy projects will deliver clean, affordable energy to New Yorkers
Right now, the plan through the Climate Action Council is to start closing down power-generating facilities. That’s according to John Murphy. He leads the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition of New York. He’s also an international ... more
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Geneva-based community theater gearing up for performance of, “Tick, Tick, Boom!”

Geneva-based community theater gearing up for performance of, “Tick, Tick, Boom!”
Actors are preparing for a challenging production happening at Theatre 444 in Geneva at the end of this month. They did rent last summer, which was sold out for the entire performance before opening night ... more
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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra getting ready to unveil centennial season (video)

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra getting ready to unveil centennial season (video)
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is getting ready to unveil its centennial season. And one of the youngest members, 21-year-old Sean Marron, is excited to be a part of it. “It was a very fortunate time ... more
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How much does a gambling addiction cost? Close to $4 million lost by New Yorkers every day, organization says

Optimism on the rise at Upstate NY casinos
More than $13 billion is wagered throughout the year, since mobile sports betting became legal. That’s according to the Western and Finger Lakes Problem Gambling Resource Center. It’s a private, non-profit organization through the New ... more
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Should schools offer free meals to all children?

Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD provided 281,000 meals during pandemic
Child advocacy groups are working to implement a statewide policy that would establish free school meals for every student in New York State. “We’re working to get this done in the upcoming budget session,” said ... more
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What does human trafficking look like in Seneca County? Child advocate explains

Taking a closer look at human trafficking in the Finger Lakes
Human trafficking in Seneca County doesn’t look like the movie, “Taken.” It can look like a child alone, in their room, stuck in a bad situation because of their phones or laptops. “We’re seeing youth ... more
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Hotel Canandaigua: Inside the brand new property aiming to hire 100+ people (video)

Hotel Canandaigua: Inside the brand new property aiming to hire 100+ people
Though it is still under construction, the speakeasy feel of Hotel Canandaigua is there. Eight years in the making, FingerLakes1.com got a look at the lakeside venue, set to open in May. “I know there were ... more
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Billing issues persist for NSYEG, RG&E customers: Local rep says company doing everything it can to improve

Utilities: What are the cheapest electricity rates for Texas?
Representatives from RG&E and NYSEG say they’re working hard to make sure customer bills are accurate from here on out. FingerLakes1.com reached out to parent company, Avangrid, and received a response from a Rochester-based media ... more
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Are changes coming to the Town of Gorham’s leadership? Councilor chimes in

Are changes coming to the Town of Gorham's leadership? Councilor chimes in
Three positions are up for grabs this fall on the Town Board, which has been a hotspot for controversy over the last several months. Those three positions on the Town board up for grabs include ... more
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Hotel Canandaigua closing in on completion after 8 year journey

Hotel Canandaigua closing in on completion after 8 year journey
For many years 'Hotel Canandaigua' was infamously known as 'The Bird Cage'. Local residents were frustrated about the lack of development at the lakefront property. Now, the five-story structure, which features two floors of condos ... more
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What can be done to make Upstate New York more affordable? Advocates say it starts with taxes

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New Yorkers are voting with their feet, and they’re leaving to go to other states. That’s according to Justin Wilcox, Executive Director of Upstate United. “It’s alarming,” Wilcox said. “And I think it necessitates immediate ... more
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What’s next for the Camp Babcock Hovey land?

Campers react to impending sale of Babcock-Hovey BSA property
Since Camp Babcock-Hovey has been on the market, interested buyers have been looking. The official cost/value of the nearly 300-acre in Ovid land hasn’t been released yet, though. “What’s a half-mile lake-frontage worth?” said Stephen ... more
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What is Endometriosis? A new film documents the politics behind the under-diagnosed disease

What is Endometriosis? A new film documents the politics behind the under-diagnosed disease
Endometriosis is a systemic inflammatory disease that is characterized by the presence of endometrial-like lesions that are found outside of the uterus. “That may be reproductive organs, that may be your bladder, that may be ... more
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School staffing shortage: What are local districts doing to work through hiring woes?

School staffing shortage: What are local districts doing to work through hiring woes?
As districts throughout New York struggle with a lack of staff, local educators are working to hire. “Since COVID, with all the changes since the pandemic, that exacerbated staff shortages especially in certain areas like ... more
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