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DEBRIEF: Tackling budgets, new hires, and disaster declaration along Lake Ontario (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso dive into election results, ballot measures, the budget process in Seneca Falls as the Town Board weighs usage of landfill revenue, a newly hired Director of Public Works in Seneca County, and disaster declaration along the shores of Lake Ontario. . more

Court: Ontario County DA-elect Ritts guilty of misconduct

A recent state Supreme Court Appellate decision says Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts is guilty of prosecutorial misconduct. The case involved Braolio J. Vargas, convicted of first-degree attempted assault. In the Nov. 9 decision by the 4th Department Appellate Division, the court agreed with the defendant that the prosecutor, Ritts, improperly used the defendant’s nickname, “Diablo.” The... more

Casella prevails over Gardner after absentee ballots are counted

Yates County Board of Elections officials have counted the absentee ballots from the Nov. 7 election and determined that Steuben County Assistant District Attorney Todd Casella has prevailed over incumbent District Attorney Valerie Gardner. After the election, Casella led the race by 296 votes, and although Gardner received more absentee votes than he, she didn’t collect enough to make up... more

Aaron Neville coming to del Lago’s Vine in January

R&B singer and member of Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville will perform at del Lago Resort & Casino’s entertainment venue, The Vine on January 19th. Tickets go on sale at noon, Frida and may be purchased in person at the del Lago Resort & Casino box office, by calling the box office at 315-946-1695 or online at dellagoresort.com/entertainment. In the late... more

FLX WEEKLY: Your November weekend ahead & NWS changes Winter Storm alerts (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi and Josh Durso to round-up your week and look ahead to the weekend here in the Finger Lakes. Get your weekend events, sports and weather outlook, take a look at the top local news stories of the week, and check out our favorite local photos from the past few days. Also, we let you know... more

Seneca Falls man accused of deserting U.S. Army

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says a Seneca Falls man was arrested as a fugitive from justice after it was determined he had deserted his post with the U.S. Army. Luce says Nicolas J. Blevins, 34, of Seneca Falls is accused by the U.S. Army of having deserted his assignment to the 497th Transportation Company in Fort Lewis, Washington. A... more

Sodus man accused of requesting nude photos of teen

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says a 28-year-old Sodus man is facing charges after an investigation was launched into interactions between him and a 16-year-old teen. John R. Fuller, 28, of Sodus was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly had conversations with a girl on Facebook Messenger during the month of September, in which he... more

Geneva City Supervisor race decided by one vote

The election to represent city Wards 5 and 6 on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors gives new meaning to the term “every vote counts.” After 11 absentee ballots were counted Tuesday at the Board of Elections, incumbent Republican Greg Bendzlowicz appears to have defeated Democrat Tamarie Cataldo by just one vote, 190-189. Republican Elections Commissioner Mike Northrup and Democratic... more

Sheriff: Galen teen struck ex-boyfriend with a broom handle during dispute

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts reports the arrest of a Galen teen following an incident where she allegedly struck her ex-boyfriend with a metal broom handle in the face. Deputies say Mariah A. Luyando, 18, of Galen had a verbal argument with her ex-boyfriend, and during the incident she became violent and struck him in the face with a broom... more

Maitre D’ at Trombino’s brings new age American bistro fare to Lyons

Lyons’ residents have a new fine dining establishment found in an old classic. Maitre D’ at Trombino’s opened its doors in September, bringing American bistro fare made from some of New York’s finest and freshest ingredients. Christopher VanEpps, General Manager, quickly fell in love with Lyons – the people, the community, the pride – and wanted to give the town... more

Sheriff: Lyons man had loaded handgun during Tyre incident

On November 14th at about 4:09 am deputies arrested Loirmus Desius, 27, of Lyons following a reported disturbance at a Town of Tyre business. Desius was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Desius is accused of physically obstructed Sheriff’s Deputies from... more

Locke mobile home park plagued by health violations sold, county fines paid

A Locke mobile home park cited for multiple public health violations over the last decade has been sold and county fines have been paid, the Cayuga County Health Department said. The new owners of the former Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park on Tucker Hill Road plan to keep the property a mobile home park and current tenants are expected to... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Seneca Falls Town Board creates network administrator position

The Town Board voted 3-2 Monday to create a full-time network administrator position. The motion was made by Supervisor Greg Lazzaro and seconded by board member Louis Ferrara. Voting in favor were Lazzaro, Ferrara and board member David DeLelys. Opposed were board members Thomas Ruzicka and Vic Porretta. The position will be a competitive Civil Service job. The person hired... more

Pal-Mac Superintendent Bob Ike earns state honor

Like many in the Palmyra-Macedon school community, state educators also appear to like Superintendent Bob Ike, especially his accomplishments. The New York State Council of School Superintendents on Wednesday announced that Ike was named the 2018 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. Ike is now New York’s candidate for national superintendent of the year. Ike said he holds... more

Hopewell gets $1.96 million loan for water district

Nearly 80 people in this Ontario County town will be getting public water with the help of a $1.96 million federal loan. The loan, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, was announced Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The funding will finance construction of water system upgrades in Hopewell and extend public... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Cayuga Community College creates new policies

Cayuga Community College is beefing up its policies. The college’s board of trustees approved new policies at a board meeting in Auburn on Wednesday night. The committee and policies will go into effect Dec. 1 One policy was related to the Campus Safety Advisory Committee, responsible for examining and recommending changes to safety policies, security initiatives and other relevant college... more
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