When Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson succeeded longtime Sheriff Philip Povero, the focus was on transitioning smoothly.
Now, more than 50 days after taking office – Sheriff Henderson is establishing himself as a leader, not only locally, but in the region. This week he joined FL1 News Intern Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to get an update, and to discuss some proposed measures at the state-level that could have an impact on policing locally.
In 2018, the CDC produced new, shocking data that showed a 30 percent increase in suicide rates over the last two decades. That increase prompted a lot of discussion, dialogue, and ideas about what could be done differently to improve mental health treatment, services available, and remove stigma. Those efforts are now being realized in a number of unique, exciting ways in Seneca County.
Director of Community Services Margaret Morse joins Josh Durso on Inside the FLX to discuss the world of mental health, substance abuse, and much more.
Joseph Campbell and Yvonne Taylor join Josh Durso for a discussion about environmental issues past-and-present. Last year the activists celebrated a big win when Crestwood Midstream, LLC. gave up their multi-year bid to store LPG beneath Seneca Lake. Now, the group the duo leads, known as Seneca Lake Guardian, are working to prevent a $365 million incinerator from being opened in Romulus, New York.
Each day the United Way of Seneca County has to fight to better understand the community they serve. It’s difficult work – determining where the greatest need is – and attempting to focus some energy and resources to help correct it. Thankfully, there are community partners, and the United Way has the opportunity to facilitate.
“There are so many amazing service providers in Seneca County,” explained Executive Director Rhonda Jasper. “It’s incredible to see, but also a reminder that we have a lot more work to do.” Seneca County is expansive and rural. It’s a one-two punch that can make providing services to those who live here a challenge. It also makes data acquisition difficult. “We have residents going a number of different places for various services, and sometimes that means outside the County,” Jasper explained.
Jasper appeared on Inside the FLX to discuss all of those topics. Watch the conversation in the video player below, or listen to the podcast in the player above. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes, or listen on the TuneIn app if you’re on the go.