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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].

Hundreds of people hope to make an impression at a cannabis job fair (video)

Hundreds of people hope to make an impression at a cannabis job fair (video)
Job seekers from Rochester and the Finger Lakes area are here up to make a good impression at a New York State cannabis job fair. They’re looking for jobs in the adult-use, medical cannabis, and ... more
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Community meeting in Seneca County brings out housing concerns: “The living infrastructure is very scattered” (video)

Community meeting in Seneca County brings out housing concerns: “The living infrastructure is very scattered” (video)
There’s a special meeting happening under the gazebo at the Ovid Farmer’s Market. "We thought partnering with the farmer’s market might be a good idea to get kind of a group that might not normally ... more
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Healthcare workers hanging on during staffing shortage: “Look for other opportunities within the healthcare system” (video)

Healthcare workers hanging on during staffing shortage: “Look for other opportunities within the healthcare system” (video)
A local organization is working to address the healthcare worker shortage throughout the Finger Lakes. "We know we have 1,200 beds that could be filled, that can’t be accommodated because we don’t have the healthcare ... more
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Sports-betting experts weigh in on mobile activity this NFL season: “It’s huge in New York” (video)

Sports-betting experts weigh in on mobile activity this NFL season: “It’s huge in New York” (video)
John Sullivan is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic. "Both my sister and my father went to Notre Dame," Sullivan said. "That was like a religious experience in my house watching a Notre Dame football game. It’s ... more
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Organization that helps people with disabilities discusses challenges: “We are most definitely under staffed” (video)

Organization that helps people with disabilities discusses challenges: “We are most definitely under staffed” (video)
John Astles is the CFO of The Arc Ontario, which operates 16 group homes across the county. The non-profit organization provides supports and services to people with development disabilities and other challenges. Astles says its ... more
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Gun store owner reacts to state’s new concealed carry laws: “They’re making it as hard as possible for us to do business” (video)

Gun store owner reacts to state’s new concealed carry laws: “They’re making it as hard as possible for us to do business” (video)
The list of places New Yorkers can’t carry a concealed handgun has grown, explains firearms expert Mike Centola. "Any public transportation facilities, any establishment for on-premise consumption of alcohol or cannabis," Centola said. "Any performance art ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: SRO talks about student safety, keeping mental health in the conversation at school (video)

EXCLUSIVE: SRO talks about student safety, keeping mental health in the conversation at school (video)
School Resource Officer, Ontario County Sheriff's Deputy Zdenek Chumacero is getting ready for the first day of school at Victor High. He says being an SRO focused on keeping students safe is a challenging, but ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Gas prices are lower for now, but some Finger Lakes travelers are not optimistic (video)

EXCLUSIVE: Gas prices are lower for now, but some Finger Lakes travelers are not optimistic (video)
Kim Smith is pumping gas in Victor. She, like many others, is not happy about prices. "Getting bitter about it," Smith said Wednesday. "There doesn’t seem to be anything that we’re doing that’s going to affect ... more
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Newark business owner with marijuana conviction among the first to qualify for marijuana retail license (video)

Newark business owner with marijuana conviction among the first to qualify for marijuana retail license (video)
Newark business owner Lucas Dobbins wears many hats "I have a construction company and several rental properties," Dobbins said. But it wasn’t easy getting to where he is today. Dobbins says when he young, he ... more
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Macedon booming with growth: Several developments planned along busy stretch of Rt. 31 (video)

Macedon booming with growth: Several developments planned along busy stretch of Rt. 31 (video)
Empty plots of land surrounding Lowe's in the town of Macedon will soon be bustling, according to Building and Zoning Department head Scott Allen. "This parcel here, which has been here since the original Lowe’s ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Bulldozers get to work after groundbreaking for Lake’s Edge development in Geneva (video)

EXCLUSIVE: Bulldozers get to work after groundbreaking for Lake's Edge development in Geneva (video)
Bulldozer operators got right to work Thursday, leveling land next to Seneca Lake. "It’s going to be one of the first developments in a long time on the Lake," said Marc Demshock with Rivers Edge ... more
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As Ontario County’s population grows, officials explore housing options: “We’re going to need more of everything” (video)

As Ontario County’s population grows, officials explore housing options: “We’re going to need more of everything” (video)
There aren’t enough options for people to rent apartments or buy houses in Ontario County, according to lifelong resident and County Administrator Chris DeBolt. "We’re trying to identify that this is a problem," DeBolt said ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Red Jacket High School student pleads guilty to charges after bringing gun to school (video)

EXCLUSIVE: Red Jacket High School student pleads guilty to charges after bringing gun to school (video)
15-year old Nick Norris was escorted out of the Ontario County Courthouse Friday after pleading guilty to charges related to bringing a gun to Red Jacket High School in April. Ontario County District Attorney Jim ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Retreat house in Canandaigua was set to close due to priest shortage, but now it may stay open (video)

EXCLUSIVE: Retreat house in Canandaigua was set to close due to priest shortage, but now it may stay open (video)
Father Frank Jones is a rector for the Redemptorists, a Catholic religious order. He is the director of the Notre Dame Retreat House, a 100-acre 120-bed facility on Canandaigua Lake. It’s meant to host religious retreats ... more
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Red Jacket HS principal honored for disarming student who brought gun to school (video)

Red Jacket HS principal honored for disarming student who brought gun to school  (video)
Red Jacket High School students and parents waited in line yesterday to hug and thank former Principal Mark Bracy. "I'm completely overwhelmed and thankful," Bracy said at an event to honor him in Shortsville. "I’d ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Glamping’ trend explained and tour of new Watkins Glen site (video)

EXCLUSIVE: 'Glamping' trend explained and tour of new Watkins Glen site (video)
Real-estate developer Dawn Aprile came up with the name for her new venture, Naturluxe & Stars, blending luxury with an outdoor experience. "This is just such a great spot for star gazing," Aprile said. Beds, ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Clint Halftown joins supporters for walk of solidarity in Seneca Falls (video)

EXCLUSIVE: Clint Halftown joins supporters for walk of solidarity in Seneca Falls (video)
Tamey Tallchief proudly displayed her sign, which read, "My Nation my business," as she walked along East Bayard Street in Seneca Falls. "We have different factions here and we are the real Cayugas," Tallchief said ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Gorham’s marijuana law overturned in special election (video)

EXCLUSIVE: Gorham's marijuana law overturned in special election (video)
Tuesday was an exciting day for Town of Gorham residents like Annmarie St. George, who participated in a special election. Those who live within town limits cast their votes on whether they wanted to keep ... more
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Cayuga Nation member reacts to property demolition: “This was a place where our community came together” (video)

Cayuga Nation member reacts to property demolition: “This was a place where our community came together” (video)
The Cayuga Nation under federal representative Clint Halftown demolished three structures in Seneca County on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s just heartbreaking to see it happen," Nation member Leanna Young said Friday. "And it’s really discouraging to ... more
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Quality from the soil up: New Geneva creamery owned by farmers (video)

Quality from the soil up: New Geneva creamery owned by farmers (video)
Sweet Acres Creamery opened its new flagship store about three weeks ago, but co-owner Jerry Stewart says he and his partners have been working toward this for five years. "We started out in home delivery ... more
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Wayne County Fire Coordinator and neighbors weigh in on Macedon apartment complex fire (video)

Wayne County Fire Coordinator and neighbors weigh in on Macedon apartment complex fire (video)
Piles of rubble surround a scorched skeleton of an apartment complex across the street from Ken’s house in Macedon. "I was in bed," Ken said. "Laying in bed trying to get to sleep and, all ... more
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