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Cornell student recounts Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Cornell student recounts Notre Dame Cathedral fire
The flames were so intense in Paris Monday that a Cornell student studying abroad said you could taste the smoke in the air. “I initially found out about the fire because I saw the smoke cloud from my apartment,” said Kiersten Rhodes. Rhodes says she and a friend took the metro closer to the historic Notre Dame cathedral to see... more

Gov. Cuomo made $211K in 2018; Kathy, William Hochul report $876K

Gov. Cuomo made $211K in 2018; Kathy, William Hochul report $876K
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s federal tax rate declined in 2018, a product of a tax law he’s railed against for its effect on high-tax states like New York. But the governor also was impacted by the state and local tax deduction cap of $10,000 — reporting $12,894 in state taxes. EJ McMahon of the Empire Center pointed out the federal tax... more

Sex offender living across from Wayne County school arrested again

Sex offender living across from Wayne County school arrested again
A level one sex offender who lives across from a Wayne County elementary school is back in federal custody for violating his probation. He was picked up for public lewdness, which is a violation. However, the fact that he lived just steps from Marion Elementary School was not. “I would say Renny Graham is dangerous,” said Wayne County Sheriff Barry... more

Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell files lawsuit over his firing from WHEC

Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell files lawsuit over his firing from WHEC
A former local TV meteorologist who was fired earlier this year after he appeared to have said a racial slur on the air has filed a lawsuit against the station. Jeremy Kappell filed the lawsuit Monday afternoon, seeking a jury trial regarding his termination. The lawsuit against WHEC-TV, Hubbard Broadcasting, and WHEC general manager Richard Reingold lists four causes of... more

DAILY FORECAST: Highs push into the low-50s, warming trend begins in FLX

DAILY FORECAST: Week starts cool, damp after overnight storms
Improving conditions. While there will be a chance for some showers late-today – an improving pattern will be evident, according to forecasters. Temperatures will rise through the remainder of the week. Today highs will push into the low-50s. On Wednesday, those temperatures will climb a little more – getting into the mid- to upper-50s. Then, warm air will build –... more

Deputies in Wayne County continue without a contract, will enter arbitration

Deputies in Wayne County continue without a contract, will enter arbitration
With Wayne County’s sheriff taking a more forceful public stance on contract negotiations between his deputies and county negotiators, the two sides are heading into a special arbitration proceeding that could open the path toward a settlement. The deputy sheriffs’ contract expired on Dec. 31, 2015. Wayne County’s chief negotiator, John Corcoran, of the Syracuse law firm Hancock Estabrook, and... more

Avery says planning will be a priority after SF audit draws up big concerns about planning, finances

Avery says planning will be a priority after SF audit draws up big criticism
Systemic change is needed. Following the release of a scathing report – condemning the accountability and oversight practices of the Town of Seneca Falls and Town Board – one of the candidates for Town Supervisor addressed the findings. Town Councilman Doug Avery has served on the board since winning election in 2017. The Democrat announced his bid for Town Supervisor... more

Changes could be coming to organ donation system in NYS

Changes could be coming to organ donation system in NYS
State officials are marking National Donate Life Month with a stark statistic: Nearly 9,500 New Yorkers are currently on waiting lists for donated organs that could save their lives. A lawmaker from Western New York wants to help make it easier for those in need of a life-saving organ. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is dedicated to signing more... more

Ontario County recognizes awardees in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Ontario County recognizes awardees in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
It’s not to often in which a courthouse is a place of recognition however; on Friday, five passionate individuals were recognized for their work in supporting crime victims. A National Crime Victims Right Week ceremony was held at the Ontario County courthouse as F.F. Thompson coordinator of sexual assault Cristine Crawford, Ontario County Sheriff Office Investigator John Falbo, Ontario County... more

Richmond creates parks district to preserve natural land

Richmond creates parks district to preserve natural land
The Richmond Town Board recently voted to create a new municipal parks and open space H district, a tool to help preserve the town’s recreational properties as spaces dedicated to public enjoyment and the conservation of natural resources. The district will become official once amended zoning regulations and maps are filed with the secretary of state and Ontario County Planning... more

Union members protest outside Jordan Health Care meeting

Union members protest outside Jordan Health Care meeting in Canandaigua
Members of the Service Employees International Union protested outside of the Jordan Health Care’s board meeting in Rochester on Saturday. The union and the Rochester-based company are at an impasse in contract talks after the union says Jordan’s proposed pay raise is not enough. Union members are also opposed to Jordan’s plan to outsource its billing and bookkeeping to another... more

Contractor charged with grand larceny in Yates County

Police: Contractor charged with felony grand larceny after failing to perform work
Police are warning about contractor scams in Yates County after felony charges were filed against a Penn Yan resident. The Penn Yan Police Department reports that Robert A. McFall, 49, of Penn Yan was arrested by officers last week following an investigation into construction work he performed under the name “Bob the Builder.” Police say McFall took down payment for... more

Groton man jailed on child porn charges

Groton man jailed on child porn charges
A Groton man is accused of uploading sexually explicit photos of children at his Tompkins County residence. New York State Police arrested Christopher A. Barrows, 61, after a joint probe by the Troop C Computer Crimes Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Barrows allegedly uploaded the inappropriate images in August 2018, and on April 2, a search warrant was executed... more

Leaders honored at Agriculture Appreciation Banquet in Ontario County

Leaders honored at Agriculture Appreciation Banquet in Ontario County
Outstanding agriculture leaders were honored at the recent Ontario County Agriculture Appreciation Banquet at Club 86 in Geneva. The banquet hosted 138 agriculture producers, educators, county officials, county supervisors, and state and legislative representatives as they celebrated agriculture in Ontario County during National Agriculture Week. The Rodney Lightfoote Agricultural Viability, Leadership and Innovation Award serves as a memorial to Rodney... more

Folk Art Guild to open studios for public viewing in Middlesex

Folk Art Guild to open studios for public viewing in Middlesex
Rochester Folk Art Guild artisans at East Hill Farm, 1445 Upper Hill Road, Middlesex, will welcome the public to their craft studios and the East Hill Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 and 1 to 5 p.m. May 12. Visitors will have the chance to see recent Guild creations in the workshops, visit with the artists and... more

Town Board to authorize audit of Casella 2018 landfill payments

Town Board to authorize audit of Casella 2018 landfill payments
The town receives $1.7 to $1.9 million a year for hosting the Ontario County Landfill. Tuesday, the Town Board will authorize an independent audit of the 2018 payments from Casella Waste Services, operator of the 389-acre landfill on Routes 5&20, to make sure they correspond with the amount of solid waste disposed of at the landfill last year. Typically, there... more

County manager says state of Seneca County is good

County manager says state of Seneca County is good
After a little over seven months on the job, Seneca County Manager Mitch Rowe said he can safely say that the state of the county is good. “Despite the critical 2017 audit, we are now in a strong position,’’ Rowe said. “All of the corrections and adjustments recommended for 2017 have been made. Halle Stevens, our finance director, is doing... more
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