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del Lago will partially fund Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack under proposal

The deal comes down to preserving jobs and a facility, which has been hurting bad over the last several years. A new plan announced by the New York State Gaming Commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ensure that thoroughbred racing at the Farmington track continues. It’s a two-year plan, which will have the option for a third — should... more

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Marentette answers city’s charges

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette on Friday testified on a number of issues brought up against him by the city, including timekeeping, purchase orders and his actions at a 2015 rescue operation. Testimony during his civil service hearing wrapped up Friday afternoon, but a resolution may be weeks away. Marentette, who has been fire chief since 2011, was suspended... more

Auburn nanny charged after assaulting child

Members of the Auburn Police Department say that a 27-year-old Auburn woman, who worked as a nanny in Cayuga County has been charged with allegedly assaulting a child. Kimberly L. Hyde, an Auburn resident, was charged with second-degree assault on Thursday. The victim was allegedly a relative of Hyde. However, the complain was filed with Child Protective Services. The child... more

Geneva Foundry claims moving forward

A recent conference with the state Court of Claims judge assigned to the case has resulted in a schedule of events to deal with the notices of claims filed Jan. 3 by 136 city property owners against the state, city and county over soil contamination by the former Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street. The judge has told attorney Steve Williams... more

Ithaca Walmart shooter has complicated history

The Ithaca man accused of fatally shooting a UPS driver at a Walmart parking lot had a lengthy history with law enforcement, despite the fact that he worked as a master social worker from September 2008 until May 2016 at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Massena. According to reporting by the Ithaca Voice, “he attacked a man in Lansing, had... more

Lyons man arraigned on murder charge

The Wayne County man arrested after being accused of fatally stabbing another man at a Lyons rooming house last September has been charged with murder. Pedro Colon, 62, of Lyons, is accused of killing 41-year-old Hector Marquez on Sept. 2, following an argument at the Iroquois Hotel, where the two men resided. Colon was shackled and in a black-and-white striped... more

State plow truck overturns in Wayne County

Crews are on scene of a crash involving a state plow truck in Ontario. The truck overturned on Route 350 in Wayne County. There are no reported injuries. Route 350 North at Hennessy Road is currently closed while crews clean up the scene. The roadway has since been re-opened. Officials say an investigation into the matter is underway. Read more... more

Bloomfield woman hospitalized after making U-turn, causing crash in Hopewell

On Thursday at approximately 5:17 pm deputies in Ontario County — along with Hopewell Fire Department and Canandaigua Ambulance were dispatched to the intersection of County Road 46 and Freshour Road for the report of a crash with injuries. The accident involved a pickup truck and Jeep. It happened in the Town of Hopewell. Deputies say Sheryl H. Berger, 72,... more

FLX will see February thaw over next week

It might feel more like mid-spring in the Finger Lakes this weekend, as temperatures rise into the 50s on Saturday before cooling down slightly on Sunday. The cool down will still leave temperatures about 10 degrees above normal for most of the region. However, a more pro-longed warmup is expected next week. Here is FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil’s forecast... more

Cuomo consolidation plans stir talks between Union Springs and Springport

Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for counties to create consolidation plans for residents to vote up or down on the November ballot, Union Springs Mayor Bud Shattuck had an idea. The state Division of Local Government Services is encouraging counties to apply for $50,000 grants for “assistance for the consolidation or dissolution of a local government.” With the village and... more

State senators oppose Cuomo’s free tuition plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to offer free tuition at state colleges and universities for students whose families earn no more than $125,000 annually is opposed by Cayuga County’s state Senate delegation. State Sens. John DeFrancisco, Pam Helming and Jim Seward said in separate interviews that they have concerns about Cuomo’s plan, which is included in his 2017-18 state budget proposal.... more

New York lawmakers propose program for crumbling water pipes

Small upstate New York communities faced with dilapidated wooden pipes rumored to be more than 100 years old need state money to repair water system infrastructure on the verge of collapse, a group of lawmakers said Thursday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined officials in proposing a program that would provide annual repair and maintenance funds to villages, towns and... more

Police: Student raped on-campus at Ithaca College

A student was raped on-campus at Ithaca College and police are still looking for the suspect, an official confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The crime happened between 1:15 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Jan. 22 in the wooded area near the Recreation Trails south of Boothroyd Hall. A news release about the incident states, “The victim reported sexual intercourse without consent.” Read... more

Thomas Rouland burglary case heads to trial later this month

The Wayne County man previously named as a person of interest in the case involving the homicide of his estranged wife is set to go to trial on March 20 for a burglary charge. Thomas Rouland, 40, of Newark, was offered a plea deal by the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office that would have included a recommended prison sentence of... more

Seneca County sewer/water district duties stay with Gates

Seneca County Manager John Sheppard will not administer the county’s water and sewer districts — at least not now. The Public Works Committee of the Board of Supervisors took no action Tuesday on a proposed motion relieving Highway Superintendent Roy Gates from administration of the single water district and two sewer districts and giving those duties to Sheppard. The committee... more

Beds abound: Mattress dealer springs into business at Fingerlakes Mall

For the most part, the operators of Mattress by Appointment at Fingerlakes Mall are just about done breaking in their newest location ahead of its grand opening. They know a mall is not a normal place for a mattress store. Typical mattress showrooms are set up in locations with regular hours and on-site salespeople, said Nick Difasi, a partner at... more

W-FL Thursday: Whitman’s 16-game win streak snapped on regular season’s final night

Non-league contests dotted the schedule on Thursday night, the final night of the regular season for Section V boys basketball teams. Some interesting, pre-Sectional match-ups that included Newark with a big comeback win at Batavia and Geneva picking up a win against School of the Arts. Marcus Whitman, who had won 16 straight games, hosted Class B Livonia and dropped... more

Auburn woman in deadly four-car Sennett accident still in critical condition

An Auburn woman was in critical condition Thursday with head and chest injuries after a deadly four-car accident on Route 20 in the town of Sennett Wednesday. New York State Police Investigator Anthony Gower said 29-year-old Ashley M. Hester was transported to Upstate University Hospital Wednesday following the accident that killed 30-year-old Joseph S. Raymond. Hester had been traveling with... more
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