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Water and sewer lines throughout Cayuga County are finally on their way to being mapped after more than four decades.
The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority received a $100,000 grant through the state Department of State's Local Government Efficiency Grant Program in December 2016. The Cayuga County Legislature agreed to match those funds so the authority could make a new map to replace the last one created in 1970, as well as explore alternative sources of drinking water.
Ilion library to seek study grant
According to library board Treasurer Frank Kucerak, the library hopes to obtain a $3,000 grant with the library or village to provide a $500 match, but the village, rather than the library, would have to file the application.
He said the restroom is not up to accessibility standards and if the library is awarded the grant, once the study is done, additional funding could be sought to move ahead with the project.
Mayor Terry Leonard expressed concern during the board’s Aug. 9 meeting that the funds the library has been using to provide a portion of the money needed to provide matching funds for various projects could eventually run out.
BUFFALO - The effort to build a new Seneca Babock Community Center at the site of former Buffalo Public School 26 received a major boost Thursday.
Businessman Roger Hungerford announced he would match the $1 million donation made in March 2016 by Dr. Daniel and Gail Alexander for a new community center at 82 Harrison St., off Seneca Street.
The City of Buffalo has allocated $600,000 for demolition and site preparation costs.
“Growing a city of opportunity for all people in Buffalo requires the public and private sectors to work together to ensure that prosperity reaches all of our residents in every single neighborhood citywide," Mayor Byron W. Brown said in a statement.
U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $82,200 for Griffiss International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.
The grant will be used to fund the removal of runway obstructions to improve safety.
Planners have renewed hope that developers can breathe new life into Broome County's largest white elephant.
County officials will solicit redevelopment proposals for Endicott Johnson's Victory plant, 59 Lester Ave., Johnson City, which has sat largely dormant for 40 years.
This is no pipe dream, county officials said, even though last year officials were certain the site must be razed. Serious inquiries have been fielded on this five-story, 250,000-square-foot building that once housed hundreds of employees manufacturing military boots.
Albany - A longtime eyesore on the Albany skyline is being seen as a kind of massive art project by its new owner, a New York City man who holds one of the nation's largest collections of recovered architectural treasures.
Evan Blum recently purchased the hulking, vacant Central Warehouse, off Montgomery Street, with plans for its revival as part of his growing eclectic business, which involves plucking pieces of history from buildings in New York City before demolition.
Jeannine Shao Collins took her 16-year-old daughter’s idea for a way to champion young women entrepreneurs and ran with it in 2014.
Girl Starter is a reality television show that centers on 18- to 24-year-old entrepreneurs who compete for $100,000 and guidance from a network of mentors. Fresh off its first season on Discovery TLC, the show toured several cities casting for its second season in May and June.
SPRINGVILLE — The $7 million Scoby Dam project is designed not only to improve the safety of the Cattaraugus Creek dam by lowering it 25 feet, but to restore a habitat severed nearly 100 years ago when it was built to generate electricity.
The dam has served as an effective barrier in the upper part of the 70-mile-long creek to the sea lamprey, an invasive species that comes up from Lake Erie to lay eggs.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has an annual program of applying a larvicide that targets sea lamprey larvae along the lower Cattaraugus Creek to help control them.
The 38-foot height of the spillway prevented sea lamprey from getting upstream to spawn further up the creek and its tributaries — some 572 miles.
The dam has also prevented steelhead trout from moving further up Cattaraugus Creek and its tributaries including McKinstry Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, Elton Creek and Clear Creek, all east of the dam.
BATH | “Last year’s drought put us behind the 8-ball,” Bath farmer Phil Weaver said.
He’d had plans, along with his brother, John, who operates Bluegill Farms with him, for a new grain transport and storage system. “We never had a way to store grain before it got to the dryer,” Phil Weaver said.
With a bad year behind them, “it could have been five years out” before the improvements were made, he said.
“They had encouraged us to submit an application,” Weaver said.
The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has worked in coordination with the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts to administer the grant program, which promised $25 million in farm funding across six counties: Broome, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.
AUBURN — Some extra construction work has put the Auburn Police Department's command center repair project over its original budget and drawn out its timeline.
During Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting, council members approved a change order for the project in the amount of $53,274. The extra money will go toward costs associated with additional tiling in the command center and new exterior doors, Police Chief Shawn Butler said.
MAYVILLE — Changes to the North Chautauqua County Water District, as proposed by engineers to bring more projects into phase one, will go to a public hearing next month.
County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee authorized a hearing at the County Legislature’s September meeting regarding plans to extend water transmission line to Silver Creek. A new water tank would also be installed in the town of Dunkirk in a move to decommission an old one that serves the North County Industrial Water District.
JAMESTOWN — In order to protect water quality, Chautauqua Lake watershed stakeholders are engaged in efforts on many fronts to minimize nutrient runoff from entering the lake.
Watershed farmers have been implementing nutrient and sediment control best management practices for several years in order to address agriculture’s potential contributions.
HUDSON — Columbia County is working to share certain services with most towns, a few villages and the city of Hudson to comply with a state requirement and save costs.
The Columbia County Board of Supervisors held three public hearings Wednesday to gather comment on its proposed plan to consolidate several county, town and village services.
“Three public hearings is the minimum number of public hearings the state requires us to hold,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell of Ghent. “We decided to have them in one day because our time is limited.”
The DeWitt House Project took another step forward on Wednesday night when the Tompkins County Legislature's Old Library Committee advanced consideration of disposition of the old library site to the full Legislature.
The site, which is located at Cayuga and Court streets in the city of Ithaca near DeWitt Park, has been eyed by Travis Hyde Properties. The Ithaca-based developer wants to break ground this fall on the 58-unit Dewitt House, which are designed for independent-living middle-income seniors.
The Tompkins County Legislature will discuss the matter on Sept. 5
A Niagara Falls hotel owner who has expressed interest in building a water park downtown has applied to the county's lead economic development agency for a tax break to move the project forward.
Michael DiCienzo, owner of the Sheraton at the Falls hotel on Third Street, submitted to the Niagara County Development Agency an application for a 12-year property tax and sales tax abatement for the so-called Niagara Daredevil Waterpark.
ALLEGANY — Reports on the capital project for campus upgrades as well as a current garden project were provided Tuesday during the Allegany-Limestone Central School District Board of Education meeting.
Dr. Karen Geelan, the district superintendent, said meetings have been ongoing this summer for staff input on the $16.1 million capital project that would bring improvements and upgrades at the district’s two campuses.
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OSWEGO — The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County Inc. earlier this summer awarded local training providers several contracts to provide employment, training and supportive services to local youths ages 16-24.
The board, located in SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center at 121 E. First St., Oswego, oversees the federal Workforce, Innovation and Opportunities Act funding that supports local employment and training.
The Oswego County Division of Employment and Training (DET) was awarded $126,300 as the designated agency to provide outreach, eligibility determination and case management services.
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SYRACUSE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for loans to provide and expand broadband service in rural areas, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced recently.
“Modernizing the nation’s infrastructure to deliver high-speed internet service is essential in today’s global marketplace,” Hazlett said. “Broadband helps create jobs. It also helps rural areas offer the programs and services that strengthen economies and encourage growth. These loans will help maintain America’s economic competitiveness and connect rural communities to more opportunities.”
USDA plans to make at least $60 million in loans available through today’s announcement. Loans can range from $100,000 to $20 million.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Peerless Pool Bathhouse complex will undergo a $2.9 million renovation project, state officials announced Tuesday morning.
The construction work is expected to be begin next week. The pool, located at Saratoga Spa State Park, will close early this season to accommodate the work schedule.
Southtowns residents are being asked to restrict their water use for another week, at least until next Thursday.
But this is short-term inconvenience is likely to be followed by more extended pain — in the pocketbook.
The water main break at the Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant is now pegged at over $1 million.
"This is, by far, the worst incident that's ever occurred with the Erie County Water Authority," said Earl Jann, the agency's executive director, Thursday.
HYDE PARK - The sound of hammering metal on concrete is often loud enough to make it into Linda Haag's art consignment shop along Route 9, Harvest Moon Gifts.
But, the 59-year-old said she welcomes the occasional rattles.
Each one signals progress on the Town of Hyde Park’s plans to renovate its downtown pedestrian foot paths, as crews excavate the area where new, wider sidewalks and a “buffer space” lined with trees are going. The alterations are part of the Hyde Park Downtown Initiative, a multi-million-dollar undertaking to transform a historic district on a busy roadway that has long struggled to attract businesses.
PRATTSVILLE — Several towns across the state, including Prattsville, will share $60.7 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to help support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
The loans were improved by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors.
Prattsville is receiving $1.45 million which includes a $872,672 Drinking Water Grant and a $581,782 zero-interest loan to develop a new groundwater well to provide required source redundancy for the water system, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills has received a state grant of $15,000 from State Sen. James Seward, according to a media release.
The grant will be directed toward the center's educational programming, Bright Hill Executive Director Beatrice Georgalidis said. She noted that the organization conducts at least seven workshops serving area youths each year.
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Construction is underway for the creation of a 87,000 square-foot, 50-unit senior apartment community in Lansing, providing more housing stock in a market where there is a great demand, especially for seniors.
Cayuga View Senior Living is on schedule to be completed in late May or early June, said contractor TAYLOR's President Karl Schuler. The apartments are being constructed at 16 Cinema Drive, which is near Triphammer Marketplace, several banks and credit unions, and Cayuga Mall.
OLEAN — City officials are re-warning motorists to watch for congestion as a result of several street projects underway near Wayne Street and Buffalo Street.
The contractor working on the portion of Wayne Street from North First to North Ninth streets will begin milling Thursday. This will cause very heavy congestion and while the street will remain open, public works officials urged motorists to take a different route.
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A document from the Niagara County Legislature dated Aug. 1 states that Apex Clean Energy’s plans to erect up to 70 new wind turbines, “could interfere with flight and radar operations and constitute an encroachment to base operations.”
The document expresses concern that the turbines — some that might reach 600 feet in height — would directly impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Keuka Lake became one of the latest Finger Lakes this summer to fall victim to harmful blue green algae. While some beaches on that lake were reopened within a few days, on Aug. 9, after health officials deemed them safe, the threat remains on Keuka and other waterways statewide.
So far this summer, Canandaigua hasn’t joined the list of now 60 waterways — including Honeoye Lake — affected statewide by blue green algae.
One of the projects is a $600,000 initiative to study algal blooms and do projects to reduce pollution in the Owasco Lake watershed. Late last year, harmful algal blooms infected Owasco Lake and infiltrated the water supply going to residents in Cayuga County, though the DEC ruled that the water was still safe to drink.
OSWEGO — Port City officials have identified specific damage areas impacted by high water levels in Lake Ontario and flooding along the shoreline, and announced Tuesday they will seek assistance to help fund repairs and prevent further damages.
City officials recently hired Vernon-based Delta Engineers under an emergency work order to conduct preliminary surveys of the damages caused by the high water levels. In late July, as part of an effort to determine if public infrastructure damage warrants federal assistance, federal and state representatives toured several Port City sites impacted by record-setting Lake Ontario water levels.
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ILION — Keeping and maintaining Ilion’s Reservoir 3 would be far less expensive than removing it, engineers from Barton & Loguidice told the Ilion village board during a meeting Wednesday.
The board had asked the firm to look into the matter after the state Department of Environmental Conservation advised the village to make the reservoir operational or shut it down.
Reservoir 3 is currently not in use.
Eric Schuler and Wendell R. Buckman, of Barton & Loguidice, said the engineers had reviewed an earlier report by McDonald Engineering but also did their own inspection and brought in one of the firm’s senior environmental scientists to take a look at the reservoir.
For the second year in a row, Jamestown storefronts along the Main Street corridor might see a disruption to summer business due to planned construction.
The City of Jamestown Department of Public Works issued a release regarding a scheduled cold milling and overlay of Main Street’s northbound lane between Second and Third streets from Friday through Wednesday. While understood to be a necessity for downtown motorists, the businesses occupying the stretch of road under repair are generally taking the biggest hit.
The Amherst town supervisor wants to jump-start its long-delayed review of the proposed redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club, a move that is raising the ire of the developer and the Planning Board chairman.
The developer's complicated plan to transform the 171-acre site into a $250 million mixed use development has stalled since the Planning Board last held a hearing on the controversial proposal in January.
But Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein and Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa now say the town is ready to restart its review, with a goal of concluding that process by the end of the year. Weinstein wants the Town Board to hold a public hearing as soon as next month on the project's impact on the environment.
A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Onondaga County who was still repairing watches part time to make ends meet came to Feed Our Vets for help.
The Utica-based, national nonprofit runs a food pantry in Utica. When volunteers heard the man’s story, they looked for more ways to help him. They discovered that 17 years ago he had qualified for a military pension, but never received a letter telling him, said Richard Synek, founder of Feed Our vets and a Navy veteran.
“This opened up a lot for him. We got him into senior housing now instead of paying rent in some apartment he was in. That’s just one World War II veteran,” he said.
His organization helps a lot of veterans, including many from World War II and the Korean War, struggling with food insecurity. And as the veterans confide in veteran volunteers, the organization helps them find services to help with other needs, too, Synek said.
BATAVIA — Two Batavia projects have received nearly $600,000 in Community Development Block Grants.
The grant funding will support the establishment of a truck service and education facility in the town, along with a downtown brewery in the city.
• Resurgence Brewing Company: which plans to develop the Resurgence Powerhouse and Beer Garden, is receiving a $225,000 grant in addition to $145,000 in Empire State Development funding. The company aims to open a brewery to produce sour ales alongside a biergarten in the Ellicott Station development
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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned hydrofracking in 2014, but that hasn’t brought an end to controversies over the natural-gas drilling technique.
GENEVA — State Sen. Pam Helming has provided additional details on local food and agricultural projects receiving funding through the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.
Funding was awarded to Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in Canandaigua, the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park Corporation in Geneva and the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.
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Agreement will require union contractors on expansion construction.
PLATTSBURGH — Before a packed house, Clinton County legislators approved a Project Labor Agreement for work on a $40 million project at Plattsburgh International Airport.
After an hour of testimony from people both for and against a PLA, legislators voted 7 to 3 to approve the deal, which calls for two union workers for every one non-union worker.
"I really do think this is the right thing to do and in the best interests of the entire county," Legislature Chairman Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain) said following the two-hour meeting.
SALAMANCA — The city’s on-going campaign to beautify Main Street continued last week with portions of sidewalk being repurposed as flowerbeds in the business district.
Salamanca Department of Public Works crews jackhammered and removed several sections of sidewalk along Main Street between River and Atlantic streets to be transformed into gardens for flowers and other plants.
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The Bethesda Foundation recently awarded Turning Point Hornell $3,835 to purchase a new large capacity, commercial freezer for its food pantry.
The freezer will increase available space from 21.95 cubic feet to an additional 49 cubic feet and will allow Turning Point Hornell to offer healthier food choices to more low-income families.
Studies show that low-income people lacking resources to access healthy food choices experience higher rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The Board of Education has approved selling the Kingston school district’s Cioni Building to a New York City-based developer who wants to create a hotel and spa there and also establish hotel amenities, including a pool, in a building across the street.
It would be the third hotel under development in a span of just a few blocks of Uptown Kingston.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday night to sell the building at 61 Crown St. for $4.25 million to a group called 61 Crown Street LLC, whose principal is Neil Bender of BRE Properties in Manhattan. Bender’s $4.25 million offer, submitted under the BRE name, was the highest of four bids opened by district officials last Friday.
"It was payback time," Richard Hastings explained Thursday afternoon.
The "payback" was the gift of a city building that will allow the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity to resume retail operations in the city of Niagara Falls.
Hastings, the Village of Youngstown real estate businessman said he has had a connection to the charity for nearly 70 years.
"They were good to me and a lot of the kids in the neighborhood," Hastings said about his childhood in the city of North Tonawanda.
ANGELICA – The county's wireless broadband project has four subscribers less than two months before work has to be done, but officials expect the situation to change shortly.
The Allegany County Board of Legislators voted 13-1 to enter into lease agreements with seven area fire departments: Andover, Rushford, Oramel, Short Tract, Wiscoy-Rossburg, Belfast and Cuba fire departments; AT&T, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services at Alfred State College and WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.
Those agreements would allow the county to install smaller “microcell” equipment on existing towers owned by the entities, allowing better service for areas not served directly by one of the county's 13 main towers.
HORNELL – St. James Mercy Hospital will receive $7.9 million in funding to support the development of its planned new facility on Seneca Road in Hornellsville.
The top hospital official called the award evidence that the state is committed to quality rural healthcare.
“Transforming health care in Hornell has been the focus of much time and effort for us and our colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center,” said Jennifer L. Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. “Today’s announcement further illustrates the state’s commitment to rural health care, and its support of our vision for a Medical Village that provides convenient, accessible care to the residents of the Hornell area.”
Bids have been awarded for the next phase of Greater Amsterdam School District’s capital improvements, but construction activities are kicking off later than initially planned.
Greater Amsterdam Board of Education members Wednesday evening approved seven construction bids totaling $11.05 million for the second phase of its capital plan improvements. This phase addresses improvements and repairs at William B. Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School, William H. Barkley MicroSociety Magnet School and the Lynch Literacy Academy Annex housing district buses.
Michael Greco, project manager for GASD, said the bids overall were around $3 million less than what the district had estimated for scope of work to be completed. Greco said the district could not seek additional work because the bids came under budget.
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LEWIS — A crowdfunding effort is now underway to fund improvements to the Lewis Wee Care Center.
WoodmenLife Chapter 1016 in Plattsburgh is asking for community support in helping Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) improve the Lewis facility. The organization has launched a campaign on redbasket.org, a crowdfunding website.
ACAP worked with the Town of Lewis and local foundations to open a child care center in the old school building in Lewis last September.
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Four partners of UR Medicine—including Strong Memorial Hospital—will receive a total of $21.8 million in state grants, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The grants are part of the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program that aims to create financially stable health care systems.
“Now, more than ever, we need to protect health care in New York and ensure the system in place is meeting the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “While others seek to decimate our hospitals and reduce access to quality health care, we are investing to help ensure a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Inc. will receive nearly $10 million to upgrade and enhance public transportation services in the Finger Lakes region.
RGRTA provides more than 16 million passenger trips annually. Public transportation systems statewide provide more than 292 million passenger trips annually.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The village infrastructure may not be able to support more high-density apartments and townhouses, officials said as they began to consider a moratorium on building this summer.
“We’ve got a new (water) filtration plant but we’re out trying to buy water,” said Mayor Harry Gutheil. “People are looking for land all the time, especially if there’s water and sewer. I think we need some breathing room.”
The Village Board will discuss — and possibly vote on — a village-wide moratorium on new buildings on Aug. 2. The moratorium appears to have majority support.
ILION — The village of Ilion is moving ahead with funding applications for a project at the Ilion Marina and for a study of its water infrastructure.
The village board decided last week to request an extension on an application for a grant to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the village municipal hall, however.
The capital improvement project at the Ilion Marina would include paving the driveway and parking area in a way that would prevent runoff from flowing into the canal and river, according to Mayor Terry Leonard.
Underground storage tanks at the site are also a concern.
GENEVA — A company with a lab and greenhouses in Geneva and led by a former Cornell scientist has received a National Science Foundation Grant.
Advanced Biological Marketing, or ABM, based in Van Wert, Ohio, said it has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to conduct research and development work aimed at developing new products that are expected to provide season-long improvements in plant productivity, including greater crop yields, enhanced root growth and resistance to a variety of stresses, including drought.
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WELLSVILLE – Jones Memorial Hospital has received a $5.7 million grant from the state Health Care Transformation Program.
One of three hospitals currently affiliated with UR Medicine to be included in the award, JMH will use the funds for a multi-year project to implement a new electronic medical record system (EMR) that will integrate Jones into the UR Medicine EMR system.
The EPIC System will allow patient information to flow seamlessly between Jones Memorial Hospital and its Rochester partners, including Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.
SANDUSKY — Developers of the proposed 107-turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm will seek a payment in lieu of taxes — or P.I.L.O.T. — agreement valued at $1.9 million a year.
That amount would be split between the towns of Freedom and Farmersville in Cattaraugus County; Centerville and Rushford in Allegany County; the town of Arcade in Wyoming County; school districts within the area and the three counties.
OSWEGO — Oswego Health will receive $13 million in state funds to help improve its behavioral health services in Oswego County.
Part of almost $74 million in grants awarded throughout central New York by the state Department of Health, Oswego Health officials said the funding would be used to restructure its inpatient and outpatient services to improve access to behavioral health services.
President and CEO of Oswego Health Michael Harlovic thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the awards this week, “for recognizing the importance of providing exceptional behavioral health services locally and (that this) health system is the health care leader to deliver these important needed services.”
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Five road paving and repair projects in the 54th Senate District, totaling $6.24 million and 30.3 miles, will be completed this summer and fall with support from capital construction funds in the state budget as well as new funding for infrastructure improvements.
These projects, meant to enhance safety and improve traffic flow, complement Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s comprehensive plan to drive economic growth and community development.
The following local paving and repair work project in the 54th District received approval and will take place this year:
• 6.9 miles on Route 14 from Route 104 to the village of Sodus Point in the town of Sodus in Wayne County in the amount of $600,000
• 3 miles on Route 370 between Route 104 and Westbury Road in the towns of Wolcott and Butler in Wayne County in the amount of $1 million
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KINGSTON, N.Y. - The first phase of the city’s “Safe Routes to School” project is largely done, capped off with the installation of three “speed feedback devices” that inform drivers how fast they’re going.
The completed work is in the areas of Harry L. Edson Elementary School, J. Watson Bailey Middle School and John F. Kennedy Elementary School. Still to be carried out is a separate phase of the project near George Washington Elementary School.
City Engineer Ralph Swenson said Thursday that the three electronic signs alerting drivers to their speeds are installed and operating on Hurley and Lucas avenues, near the Edson and Bailey schools, and Delaware Avenue, near Kennedy. The signs are permanent, unlike the portable ones that city police can set up at various locations.
Swenson said city lawmakers have authorized spending $26,000 to hire a firm to design the plans for the Henry Street work.
The federal government has approved a major disaster declaration for nearly 30 New York counties that were affected by Winter Storm Stella in March.
The blizzard slammed upstate New York and dumped more than three feet of snow in some areas. Broome County and the city of Binghamton, which were considered the epicenter of the storm, broke 24-hour snowfall records.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state and local governments calculated more than $31.4 million in costs and infrastructure damage from the winter storm. Based on the 28 counties impacted by the storm, the threshold for federal financial assistance was $27.7 million.
Motorists may not like the delays, but vehicles are likely in for a smoother ride as road construction season has kicked into high gear throughout the county and state.
In Fredonia, Main Street is getting a makeover of sorts as crews have been taking paint off the road since last week. Other projects are taking place on the state Thruway as well as Route 20 in Evans and Hamburg and Route 39 in the town of Collins.
A year ago, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. laid out its grand vision to transform the soon-to-be-vacant Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo campus in the Elmwood Village.
There would have been hundreds of apartments and condos, a charter school, a daycare, hotel, shops and a soccer club.
Much of that is still envisioned, although with significant changes. But it will no longer be Ciminelli and its team leading the way.
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it had replaced Ciminelli Real Estate as the project's lead developer and instead tapped Nick Sinatra's Sinatra & Co. Realty and Ellicott Development Co., owned by Carl and William Paladino.
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UTICA – More than $100,000 in state funding he has secured to help enhance the Utica Police Department’s ability to keep the public safe.
At a news conference in front of the State Office Building with Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and police Chief Mark Williams, Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, announced he has secured $105,000 in state funding to purchase the following:
* $55,000 to equip Mobile Command Center: It will be used to purchase several multiband radios and laptop computers. Utilizing the upcoming Oneida County Emergency Services radio network, the multiband radios will allow the center to communicate with multiple federal, state and local police agencies. The laptops also will be essential in allowing officers to access in the field all of the files and programs on their office computers.
Will and Allison Beyer looked for three years for a house to buy in the $150,000 to $200,000 range. The house they found wasn't everyone's idea of a dream home.
"When we walked in, we loved it even though it seemed like a disaster to everyone else," Allison Beyer said.
The house was a foreclosure, a bungalow built in 1938 on Watervliet-Shaker Road in Colonie. It had been vacant for six years and, lacking working plumbing and heating, it was unlivable. None of this scared away the Beyers from their first house, and a special mortgage allowed them to buy the house and pay for the work they couldn't do themselves.
HORNELL — Building community is a literal goal of Lowe’s Heroes program.
The organization has undertaken several projects that have sought to unite communities around a central meeting place.
They recently completed a pavilion dedicated to the Memory of Sgt. Joseph Barillo in North Hornell, they’ve also been responsible for building the fishing deck at Hornell’s Shawmut Park, as well as several other projects over the years.
On Monday, nearly 20 volunteers helped raise another community meeting place in the City of Hornell. Partnering with the Hornell YMCA and several area churches, the new pavilion located at the YMCA will supplement efforts in the new community garden.
SALAMANCA — Repair work to the Main Street Bridge could begin later this summer, according to Salamanca Mayor Michael Smith.
The $620,000 repairs to the bridge would be the first major work done in about 25 years, Mayor Smith said.
“You’ve seen the bridge, it’s deteriorating,” he said. “The granite rails are falling apart, and that’s just cosmetics.”
Years of road salt has gone through the cracks has worn out the structure and joints underneath the bridge, Mayor Smith said, which is where the repairs are primarily needed.
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Launch New York has been awarded $100,000 from the M&T Charitable Foundation.
Launch NY aids entrepreneurs through one-on-one pro bono support before, during and after they receive investment capital. The grant promotes potential high-growth entrepreneurs in Upstate New York through seed funding and pro bono business mentoring programs.
“M&T’s $100,000 grant will help Launch NY provide equal access to best practices in business mentoring and seed capital for all high-growth entrepreneurs, and will build and expand on its successful track record of helping innovative startups grow into economically viable businesses that create jobs and economic vitality,” said Shelley Drake, president of the M&T Charitable Foundation, in a statement.
Visitors to the Rochester Public Market on Saturday will find a welcoming site with vendors returning to the new and improved winter shed.
The "B" Shed — as it is known — returns with an all-glass front and about 35 percent more vendor space than the old one, translating to larger and more spots (there were 56 spots, now there are 64). There also are large, new restrooms.
Mayor Lovely Warren and other officials marked the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday. The $8.5 million state and locally funded improvement project kicked off in spring 2016.
LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Gateway project is complete, but Supervisor Dennis Dickinson is expressing concern about the durability of a fence.
The roughly $7 million state Department of Transportation project reconstructed a nearly mile-long section of road east of Route 9, from the intersection of Route 9L off the Northway to the intersection with Westbrook Road. The work includes new drainage systems, paving, crosswalks, landscaping and lighting.
Construction on the project began in April 2016. Town officials recently completed a walk-through of the project with Transportation Department staff as part of the close-out process.
Dickinson said he wants a couple of issues resolved before the state turns that section of road over to the town. He said the first fence that was put up near the Route 9L intersection did not hold.
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Jamestown city officials are working to save the building that was engulfed in flames less than a month ago.
On June 22, a towering blaze lit up 24 Main St., which is located south of the Arcade Building and next to the railroad viaduct. Thanks to the quick work of the Jamestown Fire Department and neighboring departments who provided assistance, city officials and the building’s owner — Prideful Property Group LLC — are still trying to save the building from being completely demolished.
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The state Department of Transportation will launch a major rehabilitation of Interstate 86 in the Corning area starting Monday.
Eastbound I-86 traffic between Exit 46 and Exit 47 will be detoured onto state Route 352 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for work involved with the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project.
Detour routes will only be implemented when work requires and will not be every night. Occasional nighttime detours are expected to continue through late October.
ATTICA — Terry Myers and his neighbors watched helplessly Thursday as torrents of water roared by.
Myers and his neighbors are blaming two deteriorated pipes from the nearby Attica Correctional Facility for the raw sewage they said was washing over their properties.
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GENEVA — Cory Barrett left Wednesday afternoon’s meeting with state officials at The Salvation Army citadel with a better idea of how his contaminated soil at 38 State St. will be remediated.
But that doesn’t mean he’s happy.
Barrett was one of about a dozen property owners to sit at a table with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health to get information and get his questions answered.
Finger Lakes Times
Mayor Paul Dyster said a Niagara Street redevelopment project announced Thursday is what he envisions as the step toward making the city of Niagara Falls the "tourism-tech capital of the world."
The phrase was locally coined by Patrick Whelan, the director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute, Dyster said.
Whelan's organization, a part of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is currently housed on Old Falls Street, but is slated to relocate to the Montante Group's project at 624 Niagara St., a multi-parcel acquisition that includes properties on 7th Street, according to Chris Campos, the president of company's development arm, TM Montante.
A facility constructed more than a century ago to power Amsterdam’s booming manufacturing industry is slated to fuel tourism as a centerpiece of a recreational trail in the city.
The Preservation League of New York State formally awarded Amsterdam officials Thursday with a $8,900 grant to complete a building condition study of the former Mohasco Powerhouse located on the North Chuctanunda Creek. The historic structure, also known as the McCleary, Wallin and Crouse Powerhouse, is planned to serve as the northern endpoint of the formalized Chuctanunda Creek Trail. A small portion of the structure is eyed to be publicly accessible as part of the trail.
Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of NYS, handed a ceremonial check Thursday morning to Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa on a bridge spanning the creek to the former power plant.
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ILION — The Ilion Municipal Building could get a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system if the village puts together a successful grant proposal.
The village completed four “high impact actions” to be designated as a Clean Energy Community under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority program and village officials are now working on a proposal for a $100,000 grant for additional energy saving projects.
Amanda Kaier, of Patrick Heating in Rome, was on hand at last week’s village board meeting to discuss upgrades the company could make. The municipal building currently has a steam distribution system.
Two new trails and two pedestrian bridges will be be added this year to the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk.
Work will continue this summer on Phase V of the Riverwalk, which is the Chadakoin Park trail and bike path between McCrea Point Park and Clifton Avenue. When completed, this section of the Riverwalk project will be a blacktop bike and pedestrian path over the former J&W railroad bed that runs along the Chadakoin River from West Eight Street to Clifton Avenue. The cost of Phase V is $525,162.
A state Environmental Protection Fund grant of $262,581 has been matched by the city with labor, materials and equipment.
Administrators with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority say they support ride-hailing services and scrambled on a short timetable to make sure Uber and Lyft could offer rides to and from the Buffalo and Niagara Falls airports.
But the services could drain more than $2 million in revenue from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport each year.
Lost taxicab, car rental and parking fees, as well the potential for increased staffing costs to oversee ride-hailing operations and increased curbside congestion, mean less money for the airport and other public transportation services that airport revenue subsidizes, said NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel.
UTICA — A project to upgrade Oneida County’s Water Pollution Control Plant on Leland Avenue has three goals:
* Eliminate sanitary sewer overflows into the Mohawk River.
One of the biggest changes is that instead of incinerating the sludge from the facility, the plant will produce methane gas and make electricity for the facility, said Steven Devan, commissioner of the Oneida County Department of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control.
HERKIMER — With just three weeks before mayors, supervisors and other officials in the state have to finish conceptualizing plans that show shared governmental services within their counties, Herkimer County leaders have decided to punt for this year.
Herkimer County municipalities will focus on creating a plan for next year to participate in the state’s County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. The program, newly launched with the approval of this year’s state budget, requires municipalities to develop a plan that demonstrates property tax savings through shared costs.
By Tuesday, Aug. 1, municipal leaders in Herkimer County would have had to generate a shared-services plan to submit to the Herkimer County Legislature for review. Had they chosen to create a plan this year, participating municipalities could have been eligible sooner for a one-time match of funds equal to the net savings from the shared services.
HOLLEY — A public information session about the clean-up of the Diaz Chemical spill site will be conducted July 11.
“It’s an opportunity for neighbors who live near the former site to come out, so we can explain to them with our contractors how we’re going to remediate the soil and groundwater at the site.”
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A public informational meeting about the ongoing process of relocating the Delaware County Department of Public Works headquarters will be held 7 p.m on Wednesday at Delaware Academy in Delhi, an official said Thursday.
A new site would replace the facility on Page and Gallant avenues, which is in a floodplain and has one building with a failing roof.
The meeting is intended to present information on the ongoing process, Department of Public Works Commissioner Wayne Reynolds said. The county is currently working to determine the best location from four sites selected, working with engineering consultants Wendel Companies of Williamsville, he said.
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LYONS — Wayne County supervisors on Wednesday got a peak at numbers from a still-active survey of Lake Ontario shoreline owners on the impact of high lake levels.
And the news wasn’t good for homeowners or businesses.
Scott Steinschneider, a professor of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University, which is conducting the survey, addressed members of the Economic Development and Planning Committee. He provided data that — assuming there is funding — could result in a more detailed study to identify areas most vulnerable to high water levels in the future and could also assist in flood-risk planning and flood-resiliency efforts for the county and shoreline communities.
Finger Lakes Times
A bid was awarded to Master’s Edge Inc. of Cheektowaga for the repair and replacement of sidewalks in the northeast zone of West Seneca. The section included in this zone of the project will encompass the sidewalks north of Seneca Creek Road, from Union Road to Transit Road. The work is expected to be completed by the end of August.
Four bids were received and reviewed before Master’s Edge, with a bid of $29,128, was chosen as the lowest responsible bidder.
John Gullo, senior code enforcement officer for the Town of West Seneca, said approximately 110 slabs of sidewalk will be replaced in this zone. He added that roughly 55 residents responded to the replacement offer put out by the town.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. - New York City developer Charles Blaichman, who already is turning two Uptown Kingston buildings into boutique hotels, is part of an investment group that has bought three more buildings in the area.
The group has purchased 273 Wall St., a 12,000-square-foot building where a Citizens Bank branch is located; 275 Fair St., known as the Kingston Opera House; and 10 Crown St., formerly home to a restaurant called The Tappen, according to Nan Potter, of Potter Realty Properties, the investors’ real estate representative.
Potter, who will manage all three properties, said that the Citizens Bank building and the 10 Crown St. property, directly behind the bank, sold for a total of $1.4 million at a bankruptcy sale.
AUBURN — During a walking tour Thursday morning, the city of Auburn highlighted some of the 12 proposed projects and the 528 jobs that would be created if the city wins Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.
The tour started at Memorial City Hall, where representatives from Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine Theater, KyleCroft Development, R & M Associates and Cayuga Community College all spoke about their proposed DRI plans.
"This DRI would affect everyone locally," Mayor Michael Quill said.
CELORON — Construction of a $30.8 million hotel is progressing on the southwestern edge of Chautauqua Lake.
Trees were cleared from the site, located on Dunham Avenue in Celoron, at the beginning of the year to make way for the 135-room Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. Since then, work began to lay the foundation.
The project is led by developers Peter Krog, CEO of Krog Corp, and Dave Hart, CEO and president of Hart Hotels. The idea to bring a hotel to the Celoron waterfront formulated in 2014 when Krog and Hart purchased 9 acres of land.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two major projects inched closer to the finish line during Wednesday’s city council meeting.
Lawmakers unanimously accepted SEQRA determination for the Geyser Road Trail.
“The SEQRA review is really an important step in the completion of the process that the city must undergo in order to put this out for bid and start construction, so we’re getting really close to the finish line now,” said Mayor Joanne Yepsen. “This is a trail has been designed so carefully to make it so safe and to been completed approved with a negative declaration from SEQRA and completed improved by State and Federal agencies has been massive undertaking.”
New and renovated buildings, refreshed public spaces, and boosts to existing downtown assets are among the priorities to be boosted with $10 million in state revitalization money earmarked for Elmira.
Nearly a year after announcing the city as the Southern Tier’s $10 million winner in New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul returned to the Clemens Center on Wednesday to unveil the nine projects that will receive funding.
GHENT — The Columbia County Board of Supervisors finalized a plan the build a new sewer line connecting Ghent to the Town of Greenport’s expanded waste processing facility.
The $8.5 million plan — one of two that were considered — is a response to a Department of Environmental Conservation consent order issued in March 2016 requiring the county to find a permanent solution to the sewage problem at the Gerald R. Simons Commerce Park on Route 66 in Ghent.
Two county facilities for the sewer district serve the commerce park — a larger one that serves the commerce park and a smaller sand filter that serves the Columbia County Airport, which will be decommissioned, connecting the airport to the pipeline.
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More than $13 million in state paving projects covering more than 130 miles of roads in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will be completed by the end of the year, according to a series of media releases from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
The funds are part of a total $403.3 million for pavement improvements on nearly 1,700 miles of roadway across state, including budgeted capital construction funds and $100 million in new funding.
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GENEVA — State environmental officials next week will detail cleanup plans starting this month for selected contaminated neighborhoods near the former Geneva Foundry at 23 Jackson St.
The cleanup will include removal of contaminated soil from residential and commercial parcels near the former foundry. “Public availability sessions,” as the state Department of Environmental Conservation is calling them, will be held July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army of Geneva, 41 North St.
Much of the cleanup information announced by the DEC Wednesday has been previously touched on by City Manager Matt Horn, but this is the first DEC public session in quite some time focusing on the cleanup.
Finger Lakes Times
ALBANY — New York state says it will spend more than $400 million this year to repave nearly 1,700 miles of roadway.
The projects are scattered around the state. More than a quarter of the total funds will go toward paving nearly 200 miles in the mid-Hudson Valley. Other projects are in the Albany area, central New York and the North Country.
SALAMANCA — The ongoing renovation project at Hillview Manor begun earlier this spring is “on target,” according to Salamanca Public Housing Director Rich Zurat.
Many of the smaller replacement projects, which took place in individual apartments, are now complete.
Recently, John E. Newhall of Inscale Architects inspected this work, namely the replacement of shut-off valves in kitchens and bathrooms. Upgraded electrical outlets were also added to these areas, as well as brighter bathroom lighting.
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Olean — Congressman Tom Reed announced the approval for a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Development Commission to the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism. The funding will help the Community Development Initiative project to train participants across Cattaraugus County to revitalize their community centers and bring business back to the area.
“This grant is a great outcome for the CCEDPT and Cattaraugus County. It will empower individuals and communities and as a result help the local economy,” Reed said.
The CDI project will offer a two-day intensive training workshop and follow-up activities for stakeholders. It will also provide community assessments, review of local marketing efforts and assist in development and implementation of a strong vision for community centers. In total, 80 participants are expected to be trained and 25 communities will be improved.
I was curious to see how construction is coming along on the Niagara Street Gateway project – a $20 million multiphase enhancement plan.
Staffers from Niagara District Councilman David A. Rivera's office tell me the project includes a complete street overhaul that will reduce the number of lanes to two from four with a center turn lane. Plans also call for adding bicycle lanes where possible, milling and asphalt overlay, street lighting and traffic signal replacements at a few intersections.
What’s more, sidewalks will be redone to provide better parking, and in some cases more sidewalk space will be added.
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A new buyer has been found for the Kraft-Heinz food plant in Campbell, but the deal isn't finalized and the buyer has not been named.
The plant was slated to close in late May but got a reprieve until August.
State, local and federal officials have worked with Kraft-Heinz in an attempt to find a new buyer and preserve the hundreds of jobs that are in jeopardy.
BATAVIA — Sampling and excavation of contaminated soils at the former Batavia Iron and Metal site and adjoining city-owned land on Bank Street will start next month.
Both the Department of Environmental Conservation and City of Batavia confirmed the work is nearing, following the city’s competition of an Environmental Restoration Program investigation at the site.
“Recently, the DEC has contacted the City and advised that further sampling suggests that a portion of the on-site impacts extend onto the City parcel to the west,” City Manager Jason Molino said, “as a consequence, DEC intends to conduct a limited remedial excavation on the property.”
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Local and state officials have scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon where they are planning to discuss the details of a new effort aimed at using $1.6 million in state funding to spur economic growth in downtown Niagara Falls.
State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, announced plans for the press conference on Thursday, saying the money has been allocated to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to establish what he described as the "Downtown Niagara Falls Tourism Target Zone Program."
TOWN OF FLORIDA — Dollar General has officially broken ground at the Florida Business Park Extension on Route 5S for its new northeastern distribution center.
“To see the work starting and the dirt moving is certainly really exciting,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said. “It took a lot to get to this point and I’m proud of the effort that was put forth by the county economic development office. Everybody worked together to get what is a very, very, big project done. It is certainly good to be at the final stage and look forward to the opening and the employment of hundreds of people.”
The facility, which makes for the 16th distribution center, is expected to create 430 new jobs, as well as approximately 200 temporary construction positions.
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COOPERS PLAINS - The Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department expansion project is set to go out to bid Wednesday.
Department secretary Byron Paris said the fire district board of commissioners is scheduled to meet with HUNT Engineers that afternoon.
The project will add a 2,300-square-foot expansion to the current fire hall to house two additional truck bays. “We will be meeting to open bids for our revised building project,” Paris said.
The project has gone out to bid before but came in too high by the end of the bidding period. Paris said the lowest bid then was around $600,000.
The department hopes to stay within the project’s expected price tag of $475,000, partially funded through bonds.
“Hopefully we’re back down to our projected cost,” Paris said.
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SALAMANCA — With safety and efficiency paramount in the Salamanca Fire Department, the Common Council Wednesday approved the submission of two grants by the department for about $45,000 for new gear and fire access key boxes.
The council approved the submission of a Federal Emergency Assistance Grant for the purchase of fire access key boxes in the amount of $40,088 with the city matching $2,004 for a total purchase of $42,092.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. >> Village and town officials on Thursday marked the completion of more than $300,000 worth of improvements at the local beach.
An afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony included representatives from the state, which funded the work through its New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The program aids communities that were hard hit by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011.
The Saugerties project included the installation of two new docks on the Esopus Creek and new sand on a section of the beach that was washed out by the storms.
ALBANY — State lawmakers ended an impasse over more than $1.8 billion in local tax revenue, approving a three-year extension of various tax rates Thursday as part of a larger deal to end a special session.
The wide-ranging bill passed Thursday by the legislature gave various counties and municipal governments the ability to continue charging certain tax rates at their current levels through 2020, including county sales taxes.
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ALBANY — A reworked deal at the state Capitol on Thursday will mean $55 million in aid to help victims of Lake Ontario flooding, instead of $90 million approved by the legislature earlier this month.
Lawmakers reached an agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week to allocate the $55 million for homeowners, businesses and municipalities who have dealt with extraordinary lake flooding in Monroe County and neighboring counties.
The final package, which was approved Thursday, is a compromise with Cuomo, who balked at the $90 million and questioned whether the state had the money to fund the original bill.
SARANAC LAKE — The Lower Locks on the Saranac River will reopen Saturday, July 1.
They had been closed for repairs and rehabilitation work.
The Lower Locks provide passage for boaters to access the waters between Lake Flower and Lower Saranac Lake.
(DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.
• Rehabilitating the fill and release doors and the wicket (main) doors, including replacing all seals and bearings.
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Grabbing an Uber or a Lyft to or from Buffalo Niagara International Airport will cost riders a little more than just the regular cost of the trip. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will charge $3.50 for each pickup or drop-off, a cost that will be passed on to riders.
The fees, which go into effect when ride-hailing becomes legal in upstate New York on June 29, were approved Thursday by the authority's Board of Commissioners. The fees apply to ride-hailing services when the trip starts or ends at the Buffalo airport or Niagara Falls International Airport.
A number of high school students will be crossing the stage starting this evening through Sunday.
One question facing every graduating student is what’s next.
Some students will choose college, others will choose the military. Most of those remaining will go straight to the workforce.
The New York State Department of Labor notes there is an emerging consensus about the need for more skilled tradesmen to replace aging workers. Essentially, skilled tradesmen are retiring faster than they can be replaced. This has created career opportunities for machinists, welders, tool and die makers, and other skilled tradesmen.
To help address this shortage, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council is establishing a training institute to increase the talent pipeline for this critical area.
HERKIMER — Members of the Herkimer County Legislature’s Ways and Means and Public Safety committees met Thursday to review a newly released cost estimate for building a new county jail. A representative from the project’s architecture firm, Labella Associates, presented a new cost breakdown. The total project cost — $40,584,514 — was described as a conservative estimate with several placeholder values in place representing costs that could vary based on how legislators proceed with the project.
Immediate progress, however, could be delayed. Legislators considered the estimates during a 2 1/2 hour meeting that included a 30-minute executive session. Following the executive session, several legislators asked Labella’s representative to come back with a considerably lower project cost.
Legislator Raymond Johnson, District 5, called for Labella to remove the project’s administrative component that would create new space for the county Sheriff’s Office. Overall, he said he wanted to see the project scaled back by about $10 million. “Take the administration off. That’s $4.6 million. And then stick everything into 72,000 square feet. You’re the architect — make it work,” Johnson said to Mark Kukuvka, who was representing Labella. He added, “We just want something that works.”
BERGEN — As a Think and Drink tour moved through Bergen’s Main Street, Batavia Business Improvement District Director Beth Kemp and Batavia Development Corporation Director Julie Pacatte seemed relieved to have faded into the background. After two weeks of obsessing over details, the fate of the City of Batavia’s bid for a $10 million state award for downtown redevelopment is out of their hands.
Kemp, Pacatte, City Manager Jason Molino, City Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr., and Batavia City School Board President Pat Burk finished the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative appeal Thursday with a presentation in Rochester.
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County government officials discussed revisions to a potential county housing strategy and approved the Tompkins Cortland Community College budget. The Planning, Development and Environmental Quality Committee is pushing for the county legislature to approve the new housing strategy in July.
The plan features the creation of 100 to 200 senior apartments each year, at least one Medicaid Assisted Living Program facility, 200 new rental units per year affordable for individuals earning up to 100 percent of the area’s median income and 380 new owned homes per year. Three hundred of the new owned homes would be single-family homes. Eighty would be condos.
Ninety of the 300 single-family homes would be in the $150,000-to-$199,999 range and 210 would be cost at least $200,000. Thirty-five of the condos would be in the $150,000-to-$199,000 range and 45 units would cost at least $200,000.
GENEVA — When discussing alterations to the city’s waste hauler code, some City Council members predicted additional costs associated with the changes would be passed on to consumers.
A little over a month after those changes were approved by a 5-4 Council vote, one hauler has done just that — and has taken aim at Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera, the man who has led the charge for hauler code changes.
Feher Rubbish Removal, which is based in Syracuse and has operations throughout central New York and the Finger Lakes, told customers in a recent letter that it is raising rates — and it blames the changes on new costs associated with updated city regulations.
Most customers are seeing a $5 monthly increase in their fees, said Kris Wasney, director of human resources for Feher, which has approximately 1,000 to 1,500 customers in the city. Most will now pay $75 to $80 for a three-month period, he said.
HINSDALE — After passing its 2017-18 budget on the second try, Hinsdale Central School District officials can once again focus on their capital project plan.
The district’s Board of Education worked on revising the failed $6.8 million project proposal after residents voted it down in April, but were derailed after residents quashed the district’s $9.75 million budget proposal in May. With residents passing a revised, $9.71 million budget Tuesday, Superintendent Larry Ljungberg said the district will now try to revise and pass the capital project as well.
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CORNING - Work is continuing on a major renovation at Hugh Gregg Elementary School. “It’s so exciting to see the renderings of what it will be like,” said Principal Ann Collins.
The completed project will add six new classrooms to the school, including dedicated space for art and music. Collins said out of her 13 years at the school, there was only one year when there was dedicated space available for art and music.
“Those are really exciting gains,” she said.
Collins said the project will also replace temporary dividers between some classrooms, in place since the time of the the 1972 flood, with permanent walls.
Other improvements will include a new alarm system and cameras for increased security; a new space for parent conferences; a renovated main office and health area; and technology infrastructure updates.
GLENS FALLS — The first deadline is only a week away. But The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition is in a good place to purchase the Adirondack Thunder.
The Keep Hockey Here campaign is approaching 60 percent of its $1 million goal, which is enough to close on the purchase on June 30, as planned. Closing on the sale is only the first, although biggest, bill to pay. The campaign will continue, to cover league fees and get team operations going.
ALBANY - The state Legislature left the Capitol early Thursday without an agreement to extend county sales-tax rates, leaving local governments with uncertainty over their top revenue source.
The sales-tax rates for counties, which is typically 4 percent, got caught up in a fight over extending mayoral control of New York City schools.
And the Democratic-led Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate failed to reach a deal on mayoral control, making the sales-tax extenders a casualty.
The state Association of Counties said the inaction would leave a $1.8 billion collective hole in the 53 counties that are awaiting state lawmakers to extend their current sales-tax rates.
The vast former Niagara Machine & Tool Works factory casts a huge shadow on Northland Avenue.
Inside its hulking interior, black oil-soaked wood blocks, some buckled into mounds, cover most of the dirt subfloor. Puddles of rainwater collect below gaps in the roof, while broken glass litters the ground. Rusty yellow cranes sit overhead on tracks, their unused hooks dangling free. Silver control boxes hang in the damp air. And aging equipment lingers in place – including an old grinding wheel with its cover peeling.
Built a century ago for a company that no longer exists, it’s a structure whose time came and went. Now, though, it’s about to gain new life. A $60 million effort to turn the Northland Avenue Belt Line Corridor into a new light industrial and manufacturing hub is underway after more than two years of preparation.
A couple of local projects to create healthier communities “one street at a time” are underway thanks to an initiative through the State University of New York at Cobleskill, an official said.
Maureen Blanchard is project director with the Creating Health Schools and Communities program, which receives state Department of Health funding through the Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Cobleskill, she said. It is one of 25 similar initiatives around the state. Her agency is working with other groups in the area to bring health, safety and economic benefits, she said.
The agency's strategies include adopting and implementing “complete streets” policies, plans and practices to increase opportunities to walk, bike and roll, according to a state website.
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GENEVA — The former home of Seneca Lake Country Club could be transformed into a winery/ tasting room, nine-hole golf course and clubhouse by next year.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the town of Geneva Planning Board, Matt Newcomb — from Rochester-based engineering firm Passero Associates — went over some changes to the project. It is being called Seneca Turk Resort Winery.
Passero is working with Snell Road resident Greg Missick, who bought the property off Route 14 last year from the Iannopollo family, which owned the golf course for many years. The course has been dormant since the fall of 2015.
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Things are going better than expected following Ivy Lea Construction's $1 million move to North Tonawanda.
Just over a year ago, when the company broke ground on its new headquarters on Walck Road, officials said they were growing quickly and needed to expand to accommodate that growth.
In addition to bringing 50 employees to the Lumber City from their old Town of Tonawanda location, Ivy Lea had expected to hire 15 to 20 more people withing 12 to 18 months.
ARKPORT — Prospects are looking good for restoring the Meadowbrook Road bridge in Arkport before the weather turns cold again, village trustees were told Tuesday night. Mayor Charles Flanders said the long awaited bridge project, which will be done by Steuben County crews, won’t get started in July as was previously planned, but should begin during the first part of August.
The county had a problem on another job, necessitating the month delay, Flanders said at a board meeting Tuesday night.
The project is on track for August first,” Flanders said. “They will put the temporary bypass up, and then tear (the bridge) out, then put it in and cover it up. So that’s working along pretty good. The project originally had a price tag of about $260,000. Arkport tried for a $200,000 grant through the Bridge NY program, but that did not come through.
SALAMANCA — The rapidly deteriorating condition of the Torge Building at the corner of Main and River streets is expected to be the subject of conversation Friday amongst city officials and representatives of the building’s property owner.
The 117-year-old building, perhaps best identified by its faded pharmacy awning, could be the subject of an emergency demolition after bricks from the structure fell last week and damaged a parked car.
“It’s coming down one way or the other,” said Mayor Michael Smith on Tuesday. “It appears an emergency demolition will be ordered. We are just going through the procedures with the building owner. “We are going as fast as humanly possible,” he added. “Right now it’s an eyesore on Main Street.”
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Harris Corp., which makes military and aerospace communications systems, has been awarded a $255 million contract to build radios for U.S. special operations forces.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that Harris was awarded the contract by the Pentagon to produce two-channel tactical radios that will enable special ops units to communicate better in the field.
Known as man packs, the radios are designed to fit in a soldier's backpack.
HERKIMER — Guests had an opportunity to support the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA on Thursday evening at the annual Cruise-In Bike Night & Chicken BBQ at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for students who are enrolled in technical or trade programs. It aims to help students develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, occupational, civic, recreational and social activities.
The event featured a chicken barbecue, a car and motorcycle show, a Chinese auction, a bake sale and music.
“We are trying to put together an activity that has something for everybody while supporting a good organization,” said Holly Fischer, a cosmetology teacher at the Herkimer BOCES and adviser for SkillsUSA.
The Manhattan attorney hired by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to review state procedures in the aftermath of subpoenas related to the Buffalo Billion project has identified “systemic problems” in the state’s handling of $49 million in bills.
Bart M. Schwartz, chairman of Guidepost Solutions LLC, also refers to the state’s “sloppy process” while recommending that $49 million of the $417 million analyzed in money owed to vendors be withheld. The conclusions are included in a report obtained by The Buffalo News under a Freedom of Information request filed with the state comptroller.
The Arc of Chemung has received $30,500 in grants from NYSARC Trust Services for the chapter's recreation and guardianship programs.
The Arc of Chemung's Recreation Program received $15,000. The program creates recreation, socialization and leisure opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Guardianship Program received $15,500 and administers guardianship services through the NYSARC Inc. Corporate Guardianship Program. The program provides guardianship supports to individuals who don't have family others to serve as a guardian.
BATAVIA — A historic designation crucial to the $2.67 million redevelopment of the J.J. Newberry Building was awarded Thursday.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The New York State Senate passed S5242A on Wednesday, a bill designed to remove barriers to the deployment of in-state and out-of-state utility workers in response to a disaster. The Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disasters Act of 2017 would waive or delay certain licenses, registrations, taxes, and fees for utility companies and crews, while exempting state income tax on overtime hours accrued by in-state workers.
The bill would codify in part a policy used by the Department of Taxation & Finance in response to Hurricane Sandy. The bill passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.
WELLSVILLE — Another $1.5 million has been added to get the boilers lit on Alfred State College’s biorefinery project. Announced Wednesday that the Appalacian Regional Commission has granted $1.5 million to the project.
“This is great news for Alfred State and the entire Southern Tier. This federal investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying jobs to the Southern Tier and push this region’s econ- omy into the future,” Schumer said. “The work done at BDCC will help create a ‘New Forest Economy’ by working with local partners and using the region’s abundant natural resources to spur long term economic devel- opment. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Alfred State College continues to have the resources
The latest grant brings the total for outside funding to $4.5 million of the $10.6 million esti- mated cost.
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Owners of the Knights Inn on Amsterdam’s South Side are proposing to construct a new hotel on vacant land not far from the existing motel, formerly known as the Valley View Motor Inn.
J. Paul Kolodziej, an attorney representing property owners Kuldip and Sunita Singh, presented the Amsterdam Planning Commission with a concept proposal to construct three-story hotel with 66 to 82 rooms along Route 5S. The proposed hotel would be built on an about 2.5-acre parcel the Singhs own between the Stewart’s Shop and Mobil gas station.
OSWEGO — The Oswego County Legislature unanimously backed a resolution calling on state leaders to establish the Great Lakes Flood Recovery Grant Program in response to the destructive flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline this spring.
Supported by State Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, the grant would give a boost to small businesses, farms, homeowners, nonprofits and municipalities dealing with record-high water levels near Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River.
The $55 million recovery grant program is one of several state and federal legislative efforts to provide damage and tax relief, prevent fraud and protect infrastructure in areas hit hard by unprecedented flooding.
The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. has awarded a grant totaling $11,500 to the Town of Webb Community Health and Wellness Fund. The grant was submitted with the assistance of CAP-21’s community grant writing program. This grant will accomplish two objectives: conduct a comprehensive analysis of the region’s social, recreational and wellness needs, particularly among our senior residents; and will do a feasibility study of local site options to establish a community/senior center within the Town of Webb.
Within the next several weeks, The Health and Wellness Fund and CAP-21 will announce the web link for a community-wide, on-line survey that all permanent and seasonal residents are encouraged to participate in. The survey will be administered by Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS). RMS, a full-service market research firm located in Baldwinsville has considerable experience in hosting online surveys.
The much-reviled occupancy (bed) tax adopted in Delaware County last year became a cash cow this month with the announcement of 19 grants to communities throughout the county to fund advertising and promotion initiatives designed to bring additional tourists to the region.
Big winners in the grant sweepstakes included Fleischmanns which will get $4,000 to promote its spring time Trout Tales event and another $4,000 to promote the Great Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest that kicked off last year to rave reviews. The community of Andes was awarded $2,296 for a new website and the Stamford Golf Club will promote play and stay packages to the Hudson Valley and down state regions with its $2,175 award.
Catskill Mountain News
BURDETT--A long-vacant pair of buildings that long ago served as Burdett's post office, a furniture store and casket warehouse, later an office building and apartments, came down the first Monday of June. Abandoned for decades and dilapidated--"eyesores" is one word the owner used to describe them --they came down without much fanfare or trouble. Improvements to the now-bare ground are slated to begin immediately.
Jan Arcangeli and Ray Neira, owners of "Smok'n Bones BBQ and Brews" restaurant on Burdett's Main Street, the adjacent property, were approached by county and village officials who asked whether they wanted to buy the buildings. The buildings had been previously sold about five times, Neira says. "And people walked away from them," he adds. With their 60-seat facility often filled on weekends, and parking only available on the street, the Neira family saw a way to make their place more pleasant for customers.
Hoping to become the next Oneonta or Plattsburgh, or Elmira, both the Village of Cobleskill and the Village of Sharon Springs are racing to fill out their applications for a $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.
One winner in each of the state’s 10 Economic Development regions will take home $10 million to develop and then begin implementing a plan for its downtown; both Cobleskill and Sharon think it would be them.
Wednesday, the Town of Sharon agreed to write a letter of support for the village’s application; Thursday, Cobleskill Mayor Linda Holmes—who’d already begun seeking her letters—explained the process to about a dozen people at Teen Town.
Rome-based Birnie Bus Service has announced that they have become part of the Krapf Bus Companies in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and will be Krapf’s largest division, according to a Thursday night news release.
Birnie Bus operates 1,000 vehicles including school buses, transit and para-transit vehicles, and commercial motor coaches. Combined, the Krapf enterprise will operate 2,500 school buses across four states – Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Virginia. Birnie brings more than 70 school districts and pre-schools, as well as transit, para-transit and motor coach operations to Krapf.
“The Birnie name and brand will continue unchanged, and no jobs will be affected,” said Tim Birnie, President and CEO of Birnie Bus. “We are both lean organizations and we need and want everyone to stay. While I will be joining the Krapf Board of Directors in a more strategic role, I am delighted that the Krapfs will not only be taking charge, but will be taking Birnie Bus to whole new levels in the years ahead.”
GENEVA — A city councilor likes the idea of a new skatepark, but does not like its proposed location, Bicentennial Park on Exchange Street.
“That’s not the place to do it,” said Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera, who said he presented his concerns to skatepark boosters Joe Marone and Gabriella D’Angelo, as well as City Manager Matt Horn, by email.
The FLX Skateboard Club is hosting a forum on Monday night in the second floor conference room at City Hall, 47 Castle St., to outline its skatepark plans, and Marone encouraged input, pro and con.
Finger Lakes Times
FREMONT — The winds of change blew in Fremont on Tuesday, as the town board voted on five proposals regarding wind generation within their jurisdiction.
The five proposals included: Raising the maximum height of turbines to 500 feet, removing decibel requirement from properties that signed leases with the wind company; expanding work hours on the project to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; changing setbacks from property lines from 1.5 times the height of a turbine to 1.1 times the height; and subtracting salvage value from decommissioning costs.
ELIZABETHTOWN — A longtime wrangle over construction costs for Essex County's Public Safety Building has ended with Board of Supervisors' OK to cut a check.
The $179,192 will settle a lawsuit brought by the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland.
Initially, the firm sought $1.45 million.
The case stemmed from the 2006 bankruptcy of Tougher Industries, the firm that had, a year earlier, won the contract to supply the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work for the new County Jail site in the Town of Lewis.
SALAMANCA — More than a decade after the city purchased 202 acres of land on State Park Avenue, a new approach to accessing the property via Interstate 86 has been the subject of conversation at both the city and state levels.
Following the halt of a $4.49 million project two years ago to rehabilitate State Park Avenue to the city’s land — and after talks with the Seneca Nation of Indians to extend the casino’s access road have stalled, according to city officials — a new approach seeks to build new exit ramps off Interstate 86.
Local municipalities have received significant increases in funding for paving and other road repairs.
According to state Sen. Chris Jacobs, $29 billion in total infrastructure spending was secured in the 2017-18 state budget. This is a $1.7 billion increase from the last fiscal year.
The towns and villages in Jacobs’ 60th Senate District, which includes Kenmore-Tonawanda and Orchard Park, will receive nearly $1 million more from the new budget.
“Our investment in our state highways and our local roads and bridges is one of the most important things that we do in the budget each year,” Jacobs said. “Committing these dollars to the maintenance and improvement of our infrastructure is a matter of public safety and an investment in our economy and the quality of life in our communities.”
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Town of Clayton Fire District: Authorizing the issuance of $1,000,000 in Serial Bonds to purchase of an Aerial Truck
Town of Macedon: Highway Superintendent has recommended that the Town purchase a 2018 Volvo dump truck authorizes
the purchase for a total purchase price of $217,577.04
Town of Geneseo: Approve the purchase of the excavator at a cost of $207,263
New York taxpayers have to make up for nearly $700 million in tax breaks given to private companies, part of an economic machine that promises to create thousands of new jobs in return.
It’s a system that revolves around more than 100 local, quasi-public entities known as industrial development agencies, or IDAs, that are peppered throughout the Empire State – and are at the heart of a debate over taxpayer-funded private development.
In 2015 there were more than 4,400 active IDA projects in the state valued at $88.7 billion, which is the cost of the projects. They include construction, leases, loans and other IDA transactions with private companies that received state, county, local and school tax exemptions totaling $695 million.
KINGSTON, N.Y. - The Board of Education will open bids July 14 for the purchase the Kingston school district’s Cioni administration building on Crown Street.
The board voted 8-0 at a meeting Wednesday to open the bids at 1 p.m. that day. Trustee James Shaughnessy abstained over his concern that the bid documents did not specify the district does not want to lease the building after it changes hands.
“I don’t see any conditions in there on not leasing ... or anything like that in the [real estate listing] agreement,” Shaughnessy said.
HERKIMER — The North Washington Street sidewalk and paving project that started last fall has resumed.
Anthony Carlisto, of John McDonald Engineering, told the Herkimer village board Monday the work could be finished in a little more than a month, but progress would depend on the weather.
The contractor, Central Paving is currently working to replace curbs along the east side of the street. Sidewalks will then be replaced, according to Village Superintendent James Franco. Milling and paving of the street will follow.
Curb and sidewalk work on the west side of North Washington Street was completed last fall, but the remainder of the project had to wait until spring. The village plans to use $250,000 in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funds to cover its share of the project.
The North Washington Street project, which includes new sidewalks and paving along North Washington Street, from State to West German streets, is being funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program of the state Department of Transportation. Recipients are reimbursed for 80 percent of the eligible project costs.
Central Paving submitted a bid of $846,170 and was awarded the contract for the work.
UTICA — Efforts to transform the former M&T Bank office building in downtown Utica are almost complete.
For the last couple of years, Cooperstown-based Bassett Health Network has been renovating the building at 231 Genesee St., next to the historic Gold Dome, in order to locate an operational support center at the site.
Karen Huxtable-Hooker, a spokeswoman for the health system, said that construction at the Utica Operations Center is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
“The interior HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning system), electrical and office modifications are complete,” Huxtable-Hooker said in an email. “There is still some exterior work that should wrap up soon. Outside of the building are new generators, which can be seen from the sidewalk, and we installed new equipment on the roof.”
With sunshine and summer days comes the construction season.
On Thursday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Director of Highways Sue Brown announced the roads scheduled to receive repairs this season.
Work this summer is expected to cover over 60 miles of road in the county, Garnar said.
"There are a lot of roads in Broome County that are in desperate need of repair, especially when you have harsh
BATAVIA — The idled Muller Quaker Dairy processing plant will receive significant upgrades as part of a plan to re-
The $205 million project, identified only as “Project Dairy,” will purchase milk supply through regional networks and is pledged to employ 230 full-time workers. It would begin construction this summer and be in operation by the first quarter of 2019, according to a tax exemption
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ELLICOTTVILLE — By the end of 2020, much of Cattaraugus County currently without a broadband Internet connection should be connected under New York’s broadband plan.
In an update to members of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency Tuesday, Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board Director Richard Zink estimated 85 percent of county residents have broadband access. The remaining 15 percent are in rural areas beyond the reach of fiber optic cable.
Some homes and businesses in the northern part of the county are using new Wi-MAX microwave Internet equipment, while others use a satellite Internet service.
LAKE GEORGE — Some of the most powerful vehicles cruising on the nation’s highways pulled into Lake George this weekend, and both their beauty and brawn wowed a crowd of tourists and residents.
The Empire State Towing & Recovery Association’s 34th annual “Tow Show” was held June 3-4 in Lake George’s Festival Commons, and the show hosted a half-dozen massive heavy-duty recovery tow trucks as well as conventional versions.
Equipped with booms 35 feet in length or higher and up to 22 wheels, these sow trucks have 65- to 75-ton capacities and can pick up an overturned 18-wheeler and put it back upright.
Such metallic muscle wasn’t all that impressed the gathered tow truck drivers and the public this weekend. It was also the chrome, custom paint jobs and decorative lighting as well as the impressive hulk and hydraulics.
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ALBANY COUNTY — As the two landfills in the county begin to fill up, municipalities are starting to think — fast — about the future. One resolution passed unanimously in the legislature suggests that the issue should be handled on a regional, or at least county-wide, level.
It’s time, says first-term Legislator Frank Mauriello (R-Colonie), to update Albany County’s 2011 feasibility study on recycling and solid-waste management. The study was conducted six years ago for the county by Barton and Loguidice, but its final recommendation — that a regional solid-waste authority be created — was never adopted.
A Rochester-based contractor has been effectively banned from conducting business in New York state, state Attorney
George Frisch, president of Dynabuild Construction Group, was ordered Friday by the state Supreme Court to pay
According to Schneiderman's office, Frisch is barred from operating a home improvement business again unless he posts
JOHNSBURG — If you have always dreamed of owning a fire station, you may have the opportunity later this year.
The former Wevertown Fire Department station on Route 8 is on the list of properties headed for auction for unpaid
Fire stations generally are not subject to property taxes, but the fiery dissolution of the Wevertown Fire Department
MAYVILLE — Municipalities throughout Chautauqua County are taking steps toward implementing clean energy solutions.
The idea to take part in the state’s Clean Energy Communities Program was recently brought forward by county legislator Mark Odell, R-Brocton. Under the program by NYSERDA, local governments designated as a clean energy community can obtain grant money to implement projects and save on energy costs.
The program provides the opportunity for counties with over 40,000 residents to apply and potentially receive up to $250,000 in grant money.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A new state initiative is designed to help local dairy farms by putting a visible stamp of approval on the milk they produce.
The New York State Grown & Certified program kicked off last August with fruit and vegetable producers, and now encompasses dairy, which comprises more than half the state’s $5.4 billion agriculture industry.
Standard & Poor’s Rating Service cited steady finances in reaffirming its bond rating of AA- for the New York State Bridge Authority.
The rating is one of the highest in the nation for a self-supporting bridge/transportation entity, according to a bridge authority press release. It indicates a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.”
Charlie Griffiths, the fourth-generation owner of BSR Roofing in Binghamton, has seen a lot of promises about improving the business environment in New York.
What he hasn't seen since taking over the family firm in 1976 is results.
"We have seen no positive impact from those incentives the governor and New York state claim to be making to help the business climate," he said. "All the incentives I have seen have been like prescribing an aspirin to a cancer patient. My impression is a lot of this has been for show."
Amsterdam officials heard another company’s pitch to improve energy efficiency within the city, but its plan was more limited than prior proposals.
Albany-based Abbott Energy, Inc. is the fourth company vying to secure a contract with Amsterdam to assist the city with purchasing streets lights from National Grid and upgrade them to LEDs. However, unlike prior proposals it’s not a more encompassing energy performance contract.
Amsterdam Common Councils members listened Tuesday to Abbott Energy representatives propose a project holding an overall cost of about $4.4 million to purchase and upgrade street lights throughout the city. The estimated savings over 25 years for the city would total $9 million under the proposal.
FULTON — The city of Fulton is seeking proposals for a feasibility study for the creation of eight multi-use trail segments that officials say will make the city more pedestrian friendly and increase recreational opportunities in the area.
Fulton was awarded $61,500 from the state in December through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process to fund a feasibility study for Fulton Footpaths, a project that seeks to create eight interconnected walking trails throughout the city.
“We are very excited. It’s definitely becoming a reality,” Footpaths committee member Marie Mankiewicz said of the proposed project.
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BAY SHORE—At the Islip Town change of zone meeting Thursday night, the board approved an application by Gregory Collins to allow for a change of zone from Business District to Downtown Development District in order to construct a five-story mixed-use building with 122 apartments on the southeast corner of Oak Street and Fifth Avenue (91 Fifth Avenue and 22 Oak Street).
A gravel pit that covered acres of land at 6909 Milestrip Road has transformed since 2003 to become the Orchard Park Compost Facility, a site focused on taking Orchard Park’s brush and leaves and turning them into a useable product.
The town purchased the total 19 acres of land and created the Orchard Park Soccer Complex on the front nine acres and the compost site on the back 10 acres in 2003.
Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki, who is the facility manager from the department, said former town officials John Mills and Nan Ackerman were instrumental in making the facility become a reality, and that former Town Engineer Michael Merritt handled the layout of the site at its inception.
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