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DEBRIEF SPECIAL: Looking back at Election Day 2020 & beyond 11/10/20

Election Day is a week behind us, but that doesn’t mean results are final. While we did get some updated information on a couple local races Monday, big questions remain – like will a smooth transition of power occur? On a special mid-week edition of The Weekend Debrief – Josh Durso and Ted Baker answer listener submitted questions from local elections, discuss the micro-cluster mitigation strategy announced for parts of the region, and look at the future of policing and PILOT programs.

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COVID fines on local biz, FLH/URMC partnership, and Auburn students dismissal .::. The Weekend Debrief 10/22/20

A closer look at upcoming elections with big time local implications, a discussion about the future of medicine after an announcement by Finger Lakes Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center that they would be working together, and the controversial story about an Auburn family that was told they would need to return to the school district if they wanted to continue learning (remotely or otherwise) in their hometown.

FingerLakes1.com News Director Josh Durso is joined in-studio by Finger Lakes Morning News Host Ted Baker (on Finger Lakes News Radio) inside the FL1 Studio.

The duo also discusses Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent flip-flopping on travel restrictions to neighboring states. He said this week that it’s possible the state scrap the 14-day quarantine mandate, and move toward something ‘testing-based’. A handful of local businesses were fined $50 in Cayuga County, too. What about the COVID cluster linked to block parties in Ontario County and the future of one local fire department in Seneca County? All of those topics, and more are up for discussion on The Weekend Debrief presented by FL1 News.

NY-131: Jeff Gallahan & Matt Miller debate ahead of Election Day

On Tuesday FingerLakes1.com hosted a live-streamed debate between two candidates for New York State Assembly District 131. The district, which includes Ontario and Seneca counties has had a single representative for two decades. At the conclusion of 2020, Assemblyman Brian Kolb will retire, and could be succeeded by Democrat Matt Miller or Republican Jeff Gallahan.

Miller and Gallahan will debated the issues inside the FingerLakes1.com Studio in Seneca Falls. It was moderated by FingerLakes1.com News Director Josh Durso.

The debate was sponsored by Midey Mirras & Ricci, the Finger Lakes Personal Injury Attorneys.

Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo on budget passage, 2020-21 school year .::. Inside the FLX #240

Today on the show we welcome Jeff Pirozzolo to the studio for a conversation about the direction schools are headed over the next two months. Jeff serves as superintendent of Auburn City Schools, a district where voters recently approved a new spending plan for the upcoming school year.

Steve Bulger from U.S. SBA on PPP, future of small businesses .::. Inside the FLX #237

The U.S. Small Business Administration has been working hard over the last two months with local, regional, and national lenders to get hundreds-of-billions of dollars out to small businesses that desperately need it. As part of the Paycheck Protection Program, Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees the Atlantic Region II, which includes New York, has been focused on getting feedback from small business owners, and working to ensure that those who need it – see the funds. He called the program – as a whole – an overwhelming success despite some early-challenges.

He joined Josh Durso to answer some questions about the program, how its helped business owners in the region, and the ways commerce could change in the coming months for good.

Another week of COVID headlines .::. The Weekend Debrief 5/9/19

On this edition of The Weekend Debrief – the panel discusses a series of interesting headlines, as the state and region navigates its way toward reopening. Ted Baker and Josh Durso break down the biggest headlines of the week.

Conversation with Steve Keeler from Cayuga Community College .::. Inside the FLX #234

Earlier this week we featured a ‘Daily Debrief’ taking on questions about the future sustainability of local journalism. It’s a topic we have broached numerous times, and one that’s become even more relevant during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Economic shutdown is crushing small businesses, which is the lifeblood of local advertising.

Steve Keeler leads the School of Media and Arts at Cayuga Community College, and we talked to him about advertising, subscribers, coverage of the pandemic, and much more.

Jobs, education, and local government .::. The Weekly Debrief 4/24/20

The Weekly Debrief is back with another edition, focusing on the potential outcomes of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Josh Durso and Ted Baker will break down some of the biggest stories of the week with long-term implications.

Discussing the future of work in the Finger Lakes .::. Inside the FLX #233

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, or Finger Lakes Works for short, is contending with some of the biggest questions the region faces moving forward. In particular, they are wrestling with questions about workforce makeup following the pandemic. As the economy reopens and people go back to work, Michael Woloson, who serves as Business Services Coordinator for the organization is working to help all parties involved. Today on the show, a conversation with Woloson, about FLW’s efforts, and what the regional economy might look like after the pandemic.

Discussing the future of rural schools in Upstate NY .::. Inside the FLX #232

South Seneca Superintendent Stephen Parker Zielinski is looking at ways to keep his district whole after this pandemic. It’s already become clear that a major funding loss is en route.

So, the district is working to understand what comes next. Here is our full-conversation with Zielinski as he outlines response to the pandemic, and what comes next.

Check out the full-conversation below:

Peter Mantius talks Environmental Headlines .::. Inside the FLX #231

Today on Inside the FLX a conversation with Peter Mantius. He founded The Water Front Online, which is dedicated to reporting on environmental issues in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York, and Upstate New York at-large. This week, Mantius gives an update on the four biggest environmental stories of 2020, with the context of a global pandemic, which paints a picture about how some of these issues could be handled – or shelved – in the coming months.