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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].

First ever female Cayuga County District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci talks making history, goals for future (video)

First ever female Cayuga County District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci talks making history, goals for future (video)
Brittany Grome Antonacci is making history as Cayuga County's first-ever female District Attorney. Antonacci joined us on Finger Lakes Today Tuesday, and talked about running unopposed on the ballot. "At the end of today, I ... more
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Gorham residents let board know how they feel about 2023 town budget: “I can’t figure out what’s going on”

Gorham 2023 Town Budget Meeting
After the Gorham Town Board unveiled the 2023 budget at a meeting Wednesday, they were met with confusion and criticism. “I’m a retired electrical engineer,” resident Bob Gusciora said during the meeting. “I have done ... more
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Fingerlakes Mall finds new kind of success: How did they bounce back after the pandemic?

Fingerlakes Mall
Business is good at the Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius, located on the edge of Auburn, according to Marketing Director Elizabeth Hebbard. She has been with the mall for ten months, and does small-tenant leasing, social ... more
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New, expanding businesses on horizon in Lyons: What is spurring the growth?

New Business construction along Rt. 31 in Lyons
Construction is underway for a new Dunkin’ Donuts on a vacant lot next to Kwik Fill on Route 31 in Lyons. Cranes were out preparing the land Monday. Town Supervisor Jim Brady took a drive ... more
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Hotel Canandaigua: Should venue get access, ability to shut down public park for private events?

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The answer is a hard no for Canandaigua City Councilor Renee Sutton. Sutton sat down with FingerLakes1.com after employees of the new Hotel Canandaigua proposed the concept to City Council last Tuesday. “For Hotel Canandaigua ... more
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Traffic congestion in the Village of Victor: What’s the plan? What happens next?

Traffic congestion in the Village of Victor: What's the plan? What happens next?
Traffic congestion on Route 96 in the village of Victor has been an issue Mayor Gary Hadden says he’s been hearing about since he moved there at six years old. “Growing up and becoming a ... more
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Clyde woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in the 2020 death of husband

linda martinez guilty of manslaughter
A Clyde woman charged with killing her husband has accepted a plea deal. Two years after 53-year old Linda Martinez was arrested, she pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter.   “The agreed upon sentence is ... more
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Should there be a cap on how many days a school year students can be suspended?

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A local organization conducted a study surrounding school suspensions, taking a look at whether or not they’re an effective disciplinary action. The study is called, “Solutions Not Suspensions,” and was conducted by Children’s Agenda, based ... more
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Part III: Should short-term rentals be regulated in the Town of Gorham? A proposed law sparks debate

Part III: Should short-term rentals be regulated in the Town of Gorham? A proposed law sparks debate
Why are residents in Gorham frustrated about a proposed local law on short-term rentals? While some believe its an unnecessary form of government regulation, others say it won't have a negative impact on operators of ... more
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Bath police chief furious over surprise release of convicted sex offender with pending kidnapping charges

Bath police chief furious over surprise release of convicted sex offender with pending kidnapping charges
Why was a sex offender, who had previously been convicted five times, released in Washington, D.C. despite facing felony kidnapping charges in Bath, Steuben County? Bath Police Chief Colin Taft is calling it a miscarriage ... more
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Part II: $5.5M Gorham Highway building will mean larger facility and higher taxes, but should it go forward anyway?

Part II: $5.5M Gorham Highway building will mean larger facility and higher taxes, but should it go forward anyway?
Why are residents in the town of Gorham so frustrated with the town board as it attempts to move forward with a new highway building? Because it will raise taxes significantly on those who call ... more
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Four-day school week discussion: How would it impact students?

Four-day school week discussion: How would it impact students?
Marcus Whitman Central School District Superintendent Dr. Christopher Brown has been in education for more than 20 years. Dr. Brown says he doesn’t see much positive coming from switching schools to four days a week ... more
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Update: Phelps man indicted on murder charge, 37-year-old accused of pulling the trigger still in Florida

Update: Phelps man indicted on murder charge, 37-year-old accused of pulling the trigger still in Florida
On Tuesday, Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz provided an update on the Waterloo homicide investigation that has now resulted in a grand jury indictment. “The Grand Jury returned an indictment which was filed today ... more
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Geneva’s fall festival a hit for kids and community

Geneva's fall festival a hit for kids and community
Kids and adults got the chance to make their own caramel apples and decorate pumpkins at Geneva’s fall festival. A mechanical bull and bounce house were all part of the allure, as organizations like Geneva ... more
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Domestic violence awareness month: What do local organizations need?

Domestic violence awareness month: What do local organizations need?
Domestic violence is something Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes Case Management Coordinator Tiffany Worboys faces every day through helping victims. She says awareness is key in order to continue to serve people who need ... more
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Waterloo student left on bus after falling asleep: District says its investigating an incident, but doesn’t cite specifics

Waterloo student left on bus after falling asleep: District says its investigating an incident, but doesn't cite specifics
A mother whose child attends Skoi Yase Primary School says her son fell asleep on the bus on the way to school and was left there. “My child sometimes takes little cat naps,” Kaela Orego ... more
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Minimum wage: Should it be $14.20 in Upstate New York?

Inflation: Minimum wage in New York State amid inflation
New York State Department of Labor officials are taking steps to raise the minimum wage in our area. Commissioner Roberta Reardon issued an order to raise it by one dollar, from $13.20 to $14.20 in ... more
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Lt. Colton on Geneva shootings: “I’m tired of a small portion of our community that have no regard for human life”

Lt. Colton on Geneva shootings: "I’m tired of a small portion of our community that have no regard for human life"
The Geneva Police Department is speaking out on a pair of shootings that happened this past weekend at the Courtyard Apartments. Investigators tell us they have responded to four shootings in about two months. "It’s ... more
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Tropical Storm Fred: Why do homeowners and businesses feel forgotten in Steuben County?

Jasper-Troupsburg HS gets $5.6M from FEMA for rebuild after flood
Rick Andrews, co-owner of H.P. Smith & Son Funeral Home in Woodhull, is one of the Steuben County residents who felt the wrath of Tropical Storm Fred last August. “We incurred a lot of expense ... more
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