finger lakes

5:01pm

Mon October 14, 2013
Agriculture

Three Finger Lakes wineries join forces to promote international sales

baristaj9 Flickr

Three upstate wineries have come together to create an import-export company designed to increase Finger Lakes wine sales in Europe. The new company, called New York Wines, will be registered in Belgium and the partners are hoping it will help to increase sales at home as well as abroad.

John Martini, president of one of the vineyards, the Anthony Road Wine Company, says the costs associated with overseas shipping can be prohibitive for a single winery. But shipping produce from several wineries in bulk makes it cheaper at both ends, he says.

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7:18am

Wed August 14, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo brings upstate wineries and downstate restaurants together

Governor Andrew Cuomo/flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Finger Lakes on Tuesday playing host to restaurant owners and chefs from New York City and around the state.

The latest in a string of initiatives aimed at promoting upstate produce, the event was designed to showcase the region’s wines and foster downstate partnerships.

Cuomo says increased emphasis on the region’s quality produce has been a long time coming. But it’s proving to be good for business.

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8:49am

Mon July 8, 2013
Energy

Debate over coal plant shows challenges of energy transition

Coal-fired turbines at Cayuga power plant in Lansing, N.Y.
WSKG

Once every week, a freight train loaded with coal makes its way through Ithaca to the coal-fired power plant north of town in Lansing, on the shore of Cayuga Lake. Those shipments may stop soon.

The state’s Public Service Commission is considering the future of the Lansing plant. The pending decision has sparked a local debate that says a lot about the challenges New York will face if it’s serious about switching to new sources of power.

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7:16am

Fri June 28, 2013
The Upstate Economy

A new age of cheese for upstate New York

Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

It’s soft, stinky and delicious, and it’s an opportunity for economic development.

Upstate New York looks ready to usher in a new era of cheese production. A partnership between supermarket chain Wegmans Food Markets and Cornell University hopes to make the region a leader in the artisanal cheese industry.

Dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kathy Boor, says growing demand for local quality cheese presents an opportunity to diversify the region’s dairy industry.

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9:13am

Sun May 19, 2013
Agriculture

A minimalist approach to winemaking proves successful for one vineyard

Bloomer Creek Winery on the east side of Seneca Lake.
Credit Jacob Davis / WRVO

As Finger Lakes wine grows in popularity around New York state and the country, one long-time vintner has separated himself from the pack by doing things the old fashioned way and keeping things simple.

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6:27am

Wed May 1, 2013
Environment

Pondering the value of landfills in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is hope to two of the biggest landfills in the state.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via Flickr

Hundreds of Finger Lakes residents gathered in Geneva recently for what’s expected to be the first of several conversations about the region’s landfills.

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9:22am

Mon April 15, 2013
Politics

Congressional race underway in one district

It may seem like the 2012 elections are barely behind us, but in New York’s 23rd congressional district the race for 2014 is on. 

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4:44pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Business

Finger Lakes tops the class for business friendliness in New York

Thumbtack.com

The grades are in and the Finger Lakes region is top-of-the-class for business friendliness in New York state. That’s the conclusion of a new small businesses survey conducted by Thumbtack.com. But the survey also shows that the state still lags in a national comparison.

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4:11am

Thu March 28, 2013
Agriculture

Area wines fare well at Finger Lakes Wine Competition

Dan Klimke Flickr

The results are in from this weekend’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester, and it’s good news for the region. A dozen wines from the Finger Lakes came away with coveted double-gold medals -- twice as many as last year. 

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4:13pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Energy

Protesters arrested at gas storage site in Finger Lakes

A number of protestors were arrested for blockading the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region early Monday.

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10:06am

Fri February 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Village of Dresden without a candidate for mayor for March election

Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

In March, many places in central and northern New York will hold local elections. Among them is the village of Dresden on Seneca Lake, where residents will vote in a new mayor.  But, there’s just one problem: no one’s running.

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9:16am

Thu February 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Finger Lakes wines faring well in competitions

Fred Chiang Flickr

It’s wine competition season, a time of year when judges offer their opinions at dozens of events around the world. New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Jim Trezise was at an event in Sonoma to see how Finger Lakes wines have been faring.

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8:58am

Thu January 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Penn Yan downtown sees resurgence

Boston Public Library Flickr

Despite the sluggish economy, at least one small town in the Finger Lakes has been seeing some promising signs of life in its downtown corridor.

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8:25am

Fri January 25, 2013
-Nature of Things

The Fruit of the Vine

John Weeks sits down for an interview with a grape grower to discuss the grape culture in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York.

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9:14am

Thu November 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

New Finger Lakes Museum trying to raise more private funds

Lt.Governor Bob Duffy and Finger Lakes Museum officials breaking ground on a new educational and cultural Discovery Campus.
Carlet Cleare WXXI

The new Finger Lakes Museum is kicking up its fundraising efforts to raise $1.3 million in private funds necessary to receive matching state funding for it's new facility.

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9:50am

Tue October 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Mercy flights grounded during Hurricane Sandy

Mercy Flight Central, an upstate medical air service, shut down operations while hurricane Sandy blew over. Due to high wind warnings, they were not able to fly patients.

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12:18pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo to hold wine and beer summit

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he’s holding a wine and beer summit at the Capitol in October to improve business opportunities for the state’s wineries and craft breweries.

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8:38am

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Agriculture still big business in New York state

Butter from Ronnybrook Farm in Ancramdale, New York.
Garrett Ziegler Flickr

Farms still drive New York state's economy, according to a report from the New York State Comptroller's office, which outlines just how important agriculture is to the state's economy.

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7:54am

Wed December 14, 2011
The Upstate Economy

Making the business case for "doing good"

Liz Brenna, founder of Socially Good Business. Brenna helps existing companies bolster their image by undertaking "corporate social responsibility" initiatives.
Zack Seward/WXXI

From toilet paper to soda pop, more and more companies are testing whether "doing good" can be good for the bottom line.

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