NOT SO FAST: Cuomo plan to ‘save’ FLGR would ’fall short’

It wouldn’t be enough. That was the message from the Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, who is tasked with protecting 1,200 people at the Farmington racetrack. “In its present form the proposal falls short of what we feel is fair,” David Brown, president of the group told the D&C in a recent interview. “They are requiring the most... more

Newark Village Board considering financing options for pump stations

The Newark Village Board has decided to explore their financing options for upgrades at two pump stations in the village that are in dire need of repair. The Maple Avenue and Marie Avenue pump stations are in need of an upgrade, but the village board is uncertain just how to pay for both of them. Pump stations sit at low... more

Seneca Falls man facing charges after vehicle pursuit in Lyons

Deputies in Wayne County say a 24-year-old Seneca Falls man is facing multiple charges after a brief pursuit last week. Tyler Lambert, 24, of Seneca Falls faces charges including reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing from police and third-degree assault. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says that on February 15th a deputy tried stopping a vehicle on Geneva Street in Lyons when... more

Renovations underway after Union Springs Academy fire in December

Students and staff are adjusting and renovations are taking place since a fire hit the Union Springs Academy’s administration building in December. Principal Jere Clayburn said he estimates $250,000 to $300,000 worth of cleanup work has taken place at the building on 40 Spring St., which school personnel and students are still not allowed to enter. The blaze, which took... more

DEC evaluating Cayuga Lake water quality plan

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, water quality in much of Cayuga Lake is good and meets standards for drinking and recreational uses. The exception, however, is the shallow south end of the lake. It has sediment and nutrient loads, including phosphorus, from various sources that result in weed and algae growth. The DEC said current water quality... more

Ontario County tourism leader focused on new ideas

Valerie Knoblauch admits that being the leader of a tourism agency promoting Ontario County is not a bad gig, given the multitude of attractions the county offers. On the west side, there’s shopping Mecca Victor. In the county’s midsection, Canandaigua and its historical downtown and multiethnic cuisine, as well as its lakefront, which is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift. To the... more

City, state officials mull design firms for regional welcoming center in downtown Auburn

City and state officials behind the development of a regional tourism center in downtown Auburn are still working to choose a firm to design the facility. Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert said Tuesday that the search has been narrowed from around seven firms to four to spearhead the design process behind the proposed Central New York Regional Welcoming Center. The... more

MAKING HISTORY: Sisters open neighboring businesses in Birthplace of Women’s Rights

It might be one of the most-unique situations to have developed in recent memory in downtown Seneca Falls. Siblings taking part in owning businesses that operate less than three doors apart in downtown Seneca Falls. Sisters in the Birthplace of Women’s Rights – operating separate bakery and home goods located at 12 and 14 State Street. Bee’s Cookies & Cakes... more

CCC works on contracts before issuing funds from state’s $600,000 Owasco Lake grant

Confusion has run rampant as to where the state’s promised $600,000 for Owasco Lake is, and how it’s being administered. The confusion resurfaced Tuesday at an Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council meeting when members couldn’t understand why John Halfman had not yet been paid. Halfman, a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, emailed the... more

Lodi woman faces felony charges after domestic incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on February 19th at at 3:30 pm deputies arrested 20-year-old Brelynn B. Vorrasi of Lodi following an investigation into a domestic incident that occurred in Lodi. It is alleged that Vorrasi engaged in a physical altercation with a male victim at his residence. During this dispute, Vorrasi brandished a knife and caused physical... more

Fire & Ice returns to downtown with hot, cold attractions

Canandaigua is known for its many attractions that bring locals and tourists out of their homes and into the city. From Canandaigua Lake to the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center to Sonnenberg Gardens, there are more than enough opportunities to have fun and explore in the summer, fall and spring time. It seems people are limited when it... more

Two women arrested with cocaine packaged for sale in Geneva

On Monday at approximately 5:02 pm, marked units of the Geneva Police Department conducted a traffic stop on East North Street, in the City of Geneva. Two women were arrested from that traffic stop and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Cocaine packaged for sale and US Currency both real and counterfeit was secured from the... more

REPORT: Officials may have known about contamination at Geneva Foundry

In the fall of 2016, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced a massive project to replace the soil on 220 properties in Geneva because of elevated lead and arsenic levels. The project, which is expected start this year, will cost close to $17 million. The DEC was able to link the contamination to the former scrap iron foundry located... more

Ontario Co. duo charged with causing damage at laundromat

On Tuesday, a pair of Ontario County residents were charged with third-degree burglary after an incident on County Road 10 in Hopewell. Myndi Nicole Contreras and Justine Lael Letzelter, 35- and 43-years-old respectively are accused of knowingly entering an area of the Lake Lady Laundromat that was prohibited to the public with the intent to commit a crime. Both are... more

Man charged with promoting prison contraband at Seneca Co. Correctional Facility

A Waterloo man was charged with promoting prison contraband at the Seneca County Jail after he was found to be in possession of dangerous contraband items at the facility. James R. Boorman, 28, formerly of Waterloo was charged with two counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband. It is alleged Boorman was in possession of dangerous contraband while incarcerated. He was... more

Seneca Falls woman faces felony welfare fraud charges

On February 16th at about 2:30 pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Jacqueline M. Pethybridge, 47, of Seneca Falls on charges related to a welfare fraud investigation. Pethybridge was charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing — both Class E felonies, and two counts of fifth-degree welfare fraud. It is alleged that Pethybridge received financial... more

Mayor Myrick: no ‘silver bullet’ to fix housing, more Cornell dorms could help

The City of Ithaca’s affordable housing crisis is a complicated, multi-faceted problem that Mayor Myrick said cannot be solved with a “silver bullet”—one single policy or a single housing project. To solve the crisis, Myrick said, “There’s got to be a many-part strategy that includes building subsidized housing, market-rate housing, student off-campus housing, and on-campus housing.” Read more from the... more
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