War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

Organization works to combat substance abuse in FLX (podcast)

It’s a growing issues that will require attention from all stakeholders and community members. On Tuesday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, as well as Tanya Lombardo, an intern for the organization from Keuka College joined Josh Durso to talk about their efforts combating substance abuse... more

Supervisors appoint finance director, hears update on new system

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors received an update on the status of the Finance Department and voted on the future of the finance department. During that meeting, Brandi Deeds, who has been acting as Director of Finance was up for board consideration to have the interim tag removed. Deeds was hired last year to work under County Manager John... more

Pal-Mac brings on local police, deputies as limited school resource officers

Thanks to a grant secured by former Senator Michael Nozzolio, students and families at Palmyra-Macedon Central School District have the unique experience to interact with local law enforcement. Schools Superintendent Bob Ike said they first received funding for a school resource officer last year. Before that, the district had never had an officer in any of the school buildings. This... more

Steuben County man arraigned on 28 child sex abuse charges

State Police arrested a Canisteo man Saturday on more than a dozen child sex abuse charges. According to troopers, 26-year-old Patrick Runyan was arrested after allegations of child sex abuse came to light. From January through March, Runyan intentionally touched a 15-year-old child in a sexual way at least 14 times while at a home in the village of Canisteo.... more

Winter returns for Wednesday as cold, lake effect impact FLX

As temperatures moved through the 40s on Tuesday, those in the Finger Lakes were reminded that the cold weather would be making a return — at least once more — on Wednesday. Lake effect snow will develop overnight behind an arctic cold front, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. That front won’t move through the area until after 9... more

Katko: Lake Ontario closer to national marine sanctuary status

Lake Ontario is a step closer to being officially designated as a national marine sanctuary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reviewed the nomination of southeastern Lake Ontario and will include it in a collection of areas under consideration for national marine sanctuary status. Four counties — Cayuga, Jefferson, Oswego and Wayne — partnered to work on the proposal for... more

NR-W school board updated on strategic action plan

North Rose-Wolcott Central School District officials said the district is taking “major steps” to improve student academic performance. A key part of that effort is the Strategic Action Plan. A mid-year PowerPoint update on the plan, which the district said shows the many ways it is transforming instruction, was given to the school board by the Leadership Council in February.... more

Ontario County Safety Council awards honor those who saved lives in 2016

Police, firefighters and area residents who took action that saved lives during 2016 will be honored at the Ontario County Safety Council’s awards banquet. The 54th annual awards will be given out March 28 at Canandaigua Inn on the Lake. There will be a social hour starting at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The Life Saving Award will... more

EQ Committee to discuss future of Ontario County Landfill

At current disposal rates, the Ontario County Landfill has 11 more years of capacity. What to do with the 379-acre landfill on Routes 5&20 in the town of Seneca after 2028 will be the subject of a landfill master plan now underway. One idea is to convert it to a green energy park, with an effort to locate new industries... more

Will Tompkins Deputy Jeremy Vann lose his job, regardless of the outcome of the trial?

The trial of Tompkins County Deputy Jeremy Vann continued this week, mostly with testimony from officers who responded to the scene in Enfield where Vann is accused of attacking a woman. Vann is facing 14 charges — including three felonies — for a series of incidents that happened over a five-month period, coming to a head on March 29 –... more

Ontario County conducting recycling survey

Ontario County wants to know if you recycle, and why (or why not) you do. As part of its solid waste management plan, the county is looking to partner with the community on its efforts to expand services, and increase recycling and waste diversion across municipalities. Developed in collaboration with Causewave Community Partners, Ontario County will be conducting an anonymous,... more

Cayuga County teacher defeated in race for NYS Board of Regents seat

A longtime teacher and Cayuga County resident wasn't successful in her bid for a seat on the New York State Board of Regents. Ellen Prusinowski, of Locke, challenged incumbent T. Andrew Brown to serve as the Regent representing the 7th Judicial District, which includes Cayuga County. Brown, vice chancellor of the Regents, won re-election with 117 votes. He will serve... more

Will taxpayers foot bill for damaged “I Love NY” signs?

Go ahead and blink. Chances are you won't miss the "I Love NY" signs when you are driving down the thruway. However, an ongoing dispute between the feds and the state about those iconic signs is heating up again. This comes after eight of them were knocked down and damaged in the windstorm. Assemblyman, Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is now calling... more

Fleming woman sentenced for multiple DWIs, drunk driving with child passenger

A Fleming woman has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk on three separate occasions last year. Misty Ellis, of Scipio Townline Road, was arrested for driving while intoxicated twice in August and once in November 2016, Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit said Tuesday in court. As a result, the 30-year-old was charged with seven felonies, including four... more

Manchester water tower may come down sooner, rather than later

The Merrick Avenue water tower is coming down. When it happens may be determined Friday. Manchester village officials and the demolition crew are scheduled to meet Friday morning for a pre-demolition meeting and determine the next steps. The tower is drained, empty and ready to go, said Village Trustee William Henry. "It will come down," Henry said. The 110-foot-high steel... more

Senior research scientist joins Finger Lakes Watershed Hub

The Finger Lakes Water Hub has expanded from one staff member to two. Lewis McCaffrey is the latest addition to the state Department of Environmental Conservation's new water quality task force, taking on the role of senior research scientist. He joins Watershed Coordinator Aimee Clinkhammer, who began work at the beginning of the year. McCaffrey introduced himself to members of... more

Auburn man sent to prison for passing counterfeit cash, harassing woman in Cayuga County

An Auburn man who was scheduled to be sentenced last month for passing counterfeit money in Cayuga County pleaded guilty to another felony Tuesday and was then sentenced to state prison. Matthew L. Danforth, formerly of 131 E. Genesee St., was arrested last summer for conducting a counterfeit currency scheme with 39-year-old transient Nathan Nolan and using fake cash on... more
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