When Jim Meaney, founder of The Geneva Believer announced that he would be seeking the nomination to run for Geneva City Council’s Ward 6 seat – there was very little surprise. However, weeks later he ended that campaign, returning to the work that led him to the decision that would be to run for City Council.
Reporting on the City of Geneva.
This week on The Debrief Podcast we discuss that brief campaign with Meaney, and also address a number of important and timely headlines – like the recently confirmed slate of candidates for city council races this fall.
If you’re like a lot of people – particularly not in the VA community – the answer might be not much. That said, there’s a lot to know about the services provided at local VA clinics. Particularly, those in the Finger Lakes, which are providing unmatched services to those who have given a great deal to the United States. In this conversation, we explore the services being provided by the VA health system, how those services are evolving, and how they’re working to build community.
Brian Westlake and Sarah Levis join us from the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System for this week’s episode of Inside the FLX.
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed.
Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation – is proposed that way intentionally by the majority.
“This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a traditional, up-and-down vote,” explained New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). That said, it passed, and now taxpayers will have to live with the consequences.
While recreational marijuana was not legalized – several other key provisions were included.
Leader Kolb was in-studio this week discussing the budget outcome, and how it will impact residents of the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York as a whole.
Watch his conversation with FingerLakes1.com News Director Josh Durso, or listen to the podcast on your favorite app – like Spotify or Apple Podcasts – by visiting anchor.fm/sunday-conversation.
Rural communities are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to winning economic development contests, like those we frequently see in the news.
The Downtown Revitalization Initiative, while something that has proven to be positive for the Finger Lakes – leaves a lot of communities out. But, there’s plenty of funding available out there to help small, rural communities develop and grow projects.
It means helping these communities stay competitive against urban centers, which are growing by the day.
This week Richard Mayfield, New York State Director of Rural Development for the USDA; and Jim Walfrand, a Community Specialist for the agency discussed all the the challenges, successes, and opportunities present in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York.
The USDA helps communities find and source funding for expensive projects. Rural communities, who are frequently tasked with daunting processes – are given valuable assistance by the USDA to find funds at the state and federal level.
Whether it’s utility upgrades, broadband expansion for rural communities and farmers, or helping a local fire company build better facilities – the USDA is ready to answer the call.
Listen to the entire conversation in the video player below, or on your favorite podcast platform – like Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Tune-In, by visiting anchor.fm/inside-the-flx.