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Cayuga Nation donates excavator to Seneca Falls

No viable town manager candidate yet: Seneca Falls launches second search
The Town Board accepted a $75,000 donation from the Cayuga Nation to purchase a used 2013 Hyundai excavator at an auction. The decision passed with a 3-2 vote. Supervisor Frank Schmitter and board members Frank ... more
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How do parents feel about new bills aimed at restricting social media in New York?

Study: Social media use may be harmful for teens’ mental health, especially girls
In a move to protect young people’s mental health, state lawmakers have passed two bills restricting social media use, which now await Governor Kathy Hochul's signature. The SAFE for Kids Act targets "addictive" algorithms on ... more
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NY Legislature passes climate, energy bills before session ends

NY Legislature passes climate, energy bills before session ends
New York State's legislative session has ended with climate bills a top priority. Legislation such as the Climate Change Superfund Act awaits Gov. Kathy Hochul's signature. Other bills such as the Renewable Action Through Project Interconnection and Deployment ... more
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Local lawmakers criticize Albany’s legislative session

FBI: Heightened security around Albany expected over next week
State representatives voiced their disappointment following the end of the 2024 legislative session in Albany. Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano expressed concerns over the state's direction under Democratic leadership. O'Mara criticized the session, ... more
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Petition urges return of Wells College land to Cayuga Nation

Wells College announces Covid-19 vaccine requirements
As the New York State Attorney General's Office decides the future of Wells College's properties, an online petition is calling for the land to be returned to the Cayuga Nation. The petition, titled "Revitalize Wells ... more
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Public hearings coming to Canandaigua Town Hall on June 24

Public hearings coming to Canandaigua Town Hall on June 24
Canandaigua town residents are invited to share their views at two upcoming public hearings on June 24. One hearing will focus on a proposed local law to amend the budget and increase the highway superintendent’s ... more
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Gillibrand pushes for funding to keep PFAS out of drinking water supplies

Gillibrand announces study of Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Shoremont Water Treatment Plant on Friday to push for $20 million in federal funding to regulate PFAS chemical discharges. PFAS are found in many consumer products, industrial applications, and firefighting ... more
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Sen. Helming to hold press conference Tuesday over state refrigerant standards that will challenge grocers

Sen. Helming to hold press conference Tuesday over state refrigerant standards that will challenge grocers
Senator Pam Helming and Deric West, owner of Honeoye Falls Marketplace and Mendon Meadows Marketplace, will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Honeoye Falls Marketplace. They will urge the state to ... more
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Excellus wants to increase premiums by 20+ percent this year: Will state allow it?

See how much Excellus paid more than 200 execs, managers
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has announced a proposed 19.5% increase in premium rates for certain health plans in 2025. Letters are being sent to affected customers explaining the changes. The rate adjustment request, filed with the ... more
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Supervisors to address cyber security, IT budget, and mental health at June meeting

Supervisors to address cyber security, IT budget, and mental health at June meeting
The Seneca County Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday, June 11, to consider several key resolutions aimed at enhancing county operations and services. The agenda includes measures to boost cyber security, amend the IT ... more
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Advocates criticize legislature’s failure to pass Medical Aid in Dying Act

Advocates criticize legislature's failure to pass Medical Aid in Dying Act
For the 10th consecutive year, New York's Legislature has failed to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act, leaving advocates and terminally ill New Yorkers frustrated and disappointed. Corinne Carey, senior campaign director for Compassion ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Canandaigua approves strategic plan, housing projects get update, and fireworks return! (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Canandaigua approves strategic plan, housing projects get update, and fireworks return! (podcast)
Today on episode #499 of Inside the FLX we're joined by Canandaigua Mayor Bob Palumbo to discuss Thursday's meeting for the month of June. It was a busy session, running longer than the average, but ... more
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EXPLAINED: What’s inside the proposal to transform former Chemung Trust building in downtown Auburn?

EXPLAINED: What's inside the proposal to transform former Chemung Trust building in downtown Auburn?
As Auburn seeks $2 million in grant funding to rehabilitate and develop the former Chemung Trust Building into a mixed use space with housing, the city's mayor Jimmy Giannettino says it's a great opportunity to ... more
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Hochul joins Biden announcing new asylum restrictions

Hochul joins Biden announcing new asylum restrictions
Standing with President Joe Biden at the White House, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul supported the announcement of new restrictions on asylum claims at the southern border. Biden's executive order, issued after congressional inaction, aims ... more
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Auburn City Council goes back to the drawing board after hotel tax denied: How will the shortfall be covered?

Auburn City Council goes back to the drawing board after hotel tax denied: How will the shortfall be covered?
Auburn Mayor Jimmy Giannettino said he was disappointed when the city was ultimately denied its opportunity to move forward with a hotel tax. Now, City Council will be tasked with amending its budget after Assemblyman ... more
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Canandaigua considers zoning rule for cannabis shops

In a $2 billion cannabis market in New York lies unexploited, renewed push for legalization
City officials are reviewing a request from the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) to change the zoning code to require a 2,000-foot separation between licensed cannabis retail dispensaries. The BID's request was discussed at a ... more
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Seneca County to get new visitors center in Tyre

Seneca County to get new visitors center in Tyre
Seneca County will soon have a new tourism-focused Visitors Center near Thruway Exit 41 in Tyre. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce have agreed to build the center ... more
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Hochul pushes for age restrictions on social media for New York users

5 differences between personal and business Facebook page
With the legislative session ending June 6, Gov. Kathy Hochul is urging lawmakers to pass bills to limit teen social media use. Hochul emphasizes the impact of social media on teen mental health, citing depression ... more
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Seneca Falls begins waterfront revitalization effort

New York State Canal System will not open in May as planned
The Town of Seneca Falls has started developing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) to enhance recreational, social, and economic opportunities along the Seneca-Cayuga Canal and Cayuga Lakefront. Funded by the New York Department of ... more
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