Deputies search for missing Canandaigua teen who never got on the bus Monday

Deputies in Ontario County are searching for a 16-year-old girl. Bailey Vanderwall was reported missing after she didn’t get on the school bus Monday morning. She’s a student at Canandaigua City School District. Vanderwall is approximately 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 130 lbs. She has brown eyes and long, red hair. She was last seen wearing a purple coat, according... more

‘A lot of change coming’: Cayuga County administrator, chairman look to redefine roles

The new year brought a pair of new leaders to Cayuga County government, and now both officials are looking to revolutionize how it operates. Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods and Legislative Chairman Patrick Mahunik discussed their operational vision for the county at the Wednesday Morning Roundtable progam in Auburn. Woods was sworn into office in December and Mahunik was... more

BOCES teacher charged with forcible touching in Ontario County

Deputies say on April 11th they were called to the BOCES Flint Campus after receiving a call from administration about inappropriate contact between a substitute teacher and student. An investigation was initiated, and it was revealed that a 17-year-old female student had reported that a substitute teacher inappropriately touched her while in a classroom. As result, the teacher — identified... more

‘I’m running’: Assemblyman Gary Finch to seek re-election, awaits Batman

Assemblyman Gary Finch has unfinished business in Albany. Finch, R-Springport, said in an interview with The Citizen that he is running for re-election to represent the 126th Assembly District. The district includes the city of Auburn and the southern half of Cayuga County. Portions of Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga counties are also in the district. There are several issues Finch... more

DEC cites Ontario County Landfill for permit violations

As reported first in the Finger Lakes Times last week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has cited Casella Waste Systems for two violations of its permit at the Ontario County Landfill. Casella has operated the landfill through a contract with Ontario County since 2003. In a March 26 letter to landfill General Manager Rob Fadden, DEC environmental engineer Gary... more

FLX WEEKLY: When will the never-ending winter finally end? (podcast)

As we move into the second half of April, we’re still waiting for winter to end here in the Finger Lakes. On this week’s edition of FLX Weekly we’ll tell you if the end is in sight, round up the week’s top local stories, check out some of our favorite local photos from the past several days, round-up your sports... more

Naloxone program gains approval in Tompkins County

Tompkins County officials authorized the Department of Emergency Response to partner with other organizations in creating a naloxone distribution and training program. A resolution to establish the program passed by a unanimous vote at a Tompkins County Legislature meeting Tuesday. According to the measure, the ready availability of naloxone “will improve safety of our workforce and help make naloxone a... more

Geneva City Manager Search Committee meets for first time at HWS

The City Manager Search Community Committee met for its first meeting at Demarest Hall at Hobart William Smith. The group met from 11:30am-1:00pm. Mayor Ron Alcock greeted the members and thanked them for volunteering for this very important task. After introductions, the members signed confidentiality agreements. This process being confidential is an industry practice that allows the privacy of the... more

Seneca Falls man killed in motorcycle accident

A Seneca Falls man was pronounced dead at the scene of a serious motorcycle-car accident in Seneca Falls after earlier being observed operating recklessly, at dangerously high speeds, according to police. On Tuesday at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Seneca Falls Police Department responded to a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident on Ovid St. at the intersection of Bridge St.... more

Yo’s slam caps Mets’ 9-run 8th, comeback win

Coming into this week’s series against the Nationals, the Mets held a distinct and relatively unfamiliar edge over their National League East rivals. Their six-game NL East lead spoke volumes about their hot start, giving them an opportunity to press their advantage against the two-time defending division champions. Climb that ladder, Yo!@ynscspds crushed a grand slam for the @Mets on... more

Newark receives $533K grant to continue water treatment project

Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor joined his fellow board members, State Senator Pam Helming, and Assemblyman Robert Oaks to announce that the Village has received significant funding for its water treatment plant project. The New York State Department of Health has awarded the Village a $553,000 grant for water fluoridation. In the fall of 2017, Mayor Taylor and Administrator Murawski submitted... more

Suspended Syracuse parks commissioner & former Orange point guard Lazarus Sims charged with grand larceny

Suspended Syracuse parks commissioner Lazarus Sims is accused of taking property valued over $3,000 from the city, according to court documents. Sims was arraigned Tuesday morning in Syracuse City Court. He was charged with third-degree grand larceny, according to court documents. The property was allegedly taken from the city of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation between Oct. 16, 2017... more

State Police: Supervisor charged with harassment after incident in Seneca Falls

State Police say Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro has been charged with a harassment violation following an incident last year. State Police filed the charge on March 29th in connection with the incident. The charge filed against Lazzaro was second-degree harassment, according to state police. The incident took place on December 7th, 2017. Lazzaro is accused of striking a... more

Auburn school district could possibly cut 28 staff positions in face of deficit

The Auburn Enlarged City School District could cut 28 proposed staff positions. The cuts were discussed during a board of education meeting Wednesday. The board also approved a 1.58-percent tax levy increase to present to taxpayers for the May 15 budget vote. That levy increase is equal to the district’s tax cap limit given by the state. The district’s total... more

Auburn police: Arrests and school, traffic incidents up as department faces vacancies

Auburn police officers reported an increase in arrests and activity last month, as they look to fill several vacancies in the department. According to the APD’s monthly activity report, in March, officers received 490 more calls for service (3,574) and made 17 more arrests (81). The department also investigated 26 more school-related incidents (147) and 12 more missing persons complaints... more

Attorneys bill Weedsport $25,572 so far for undisclosed employee issue

Weedsport has run up more than $25,000 in attorney fees in connection with an investigation of a complaint that a village employee filed in December, records obtained by The Citizen show. Invoices to the village from the Syracuse-based law firm of Bond, Schoeneck, & King were disclosed in response to a state Freedom of Information Law request made by the... more

Citizens Academy offers citizens to learn more about Ontario County

Ted Bateman was serving on the Hopewell Town Board and considering a run for supervisor when the opportunity to participate in the Ontario County Citizens Academy came along. Introduced a year ago, the program offered a full-house group of participants the opportunity to learn about the many different departments and services the county offers, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at... more
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