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Police: Canandaigua man stole motorcycle while drunk, drove on city sidewalks before officers intervened

Police: Canandaigua man stole motorcycle while drunk, drove on city sidewalks before officers intervened
The Canandaigua Police Department reports the arrest of a 33-year-old motorcyclist after he was observed driving on city sidewalks. Anthony M. Tiberio, 33, of Canandaigua was arrested at about 1:20 a.m. on Friday and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd Degree, operating a motorcycle on a City sidewalk, Operating a motorcycle without... more

Study finds there are 3 billion fewer birds since 1970

Study finds there are 3 billion fewer birds since 1970
A new Cornell study is painting a startling picture of the wild bird population across North America. Researchers found there are nearly three billion fewer birds now than in 1970. Scientists projected population data using weather radar, 13 different bird surveys going back to 1970 and computer modeling. Researchers say the thinning of flocks is happening right before our eyes,... more

Driver says he didn’t see horse and buggy before Penn Yan crash

Police: Driver says he didn’t horse and buggy during crash, ticketed for leaving scene in Penn Yan
The Penn Yan Police Department says that a Penn Yan driver was ticketed for leaving the scene of a property damage accident after a crash involving a vehicle and buggy. The crash happened at the intersection of East Main Street and Old 14A. They say Francis Morris, of Penn Yan reported to police that he had been involved in an... more

Firefighters battle blaze in Williamson during early-morning hours

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First responders were called to the scene of a structure fire along Pebblebrooke Lane in Williamson. The call came in to first responders a little after 6 a.m. According to scanner traffic, the caller indicated that they could see flames coming from the structure. Firefighters confirmed heavy smoke when they arrived on-scene. While additional details were not available – first... more

O’Mara calls for significantly expanded rural broadband in Upstate New York

O’Mara calls for significantly expanded rural broadband in Upstate New York
State Senator Tom O’Mara, a Republican, who has long advocated state investment in rural broadband development, joined legislative colleagues this week in Albany for a public hearing on the development of broadband services in rural, upstate New York. Wednesday’s joint Senate-Assembly hearing, co-sponsored by the Legislature’s Commission on Rural Resources, drew legislators representing rural regions across upstate New York to... more

Lyons man accused of pushing child, threatening woman with knife

Lyons man accused of pushing child, threatening woman with knife
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Lyons man following an investigation into a disturbance. Deputies arrested David Merkley, 38, of Lyons on Wednesday around 9:42 p.m. He’s accused of pushing a juvenile against a wall; and when the child’s mother went to inquire about the situation – was greeted by Merkley with a knife. Deputies say... more

Senior housing units get ‘O-K’ from Penn Yan Planning Board despite concerns

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The Penn Yan Planning Board has approved the site plan for the senior housing units project on South Avenue in the village, according to The Chronicle-Express. The 8-unit project will likely begin ‘as soon as possible’, according to developers. The project is nearby the Keuka Shores project, which is under construction in the Town of Milo on Lake Street. While... more

Meeting coming up to discuss pedestrian, bike lanes on roads in Ontario County

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One Ontario County corridor could be significantly friendlier in the near-future to those on bicycles and walking. That work could be happening along the Route 364 and County Road 11 corridor after a grant was received from the Genesee Transportation Council to create a plan. The Messenger Post reports that the study is looking at ways to improve safe pedestrian... more

Tompkins County posts highest-ever total for new home construction

Tompkins County posts highest-ever total for new home construction
A lot has been said about the county’s affordable housing crisis. This is a step in the right direction. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, communities in Tompkins County granted construction permits for 805 units in 2018, a new record in both per capita production and overall total. The sum of 805 units surpasses the previous... more

Debt collection proposal could mean harassing calls/messages via email, social media

Debt collection proposal could mean harassing calls/messages via email, social media
State Attorney General Letitia James is calling on federal regulators to stop a proposal that would give debt collectors more ways to reach people. Under the proposed collection rule, debt collectors could contact consumers using social media and email instead of just phone calls and letters. James says that some consumers already suffer from abuse and harassment by debt collectors. Twenty-seven... more

New local technology promises longer lasting milk

New local technology promises longer lasting milk
New York state is home to a revolutionary new technique that could improve the lives of the dairy farmers. A new pasteurization technique for milk was presented during the Rochester dairy conference this week. It’s called millisecond technology or MST. Researchers say it will more than double the shelf life of milk while maintaining taste and nutrients. That means it’ll... more

Enhanced STAR changes causing confusion

Enhanced STAR changes causing confusion
Recent changes to the state’s STAR rebate program are causing headaches for the people it’s supposed to help. Enhanced STAR was implemented to cut the cost of living for those 65 and over, saving them money on school taxes. However, Wayne Pickering, the Perinton town assessor, says some are being dropped from the program with no notice. “In my opinion, the state... more

Assemblyman wants to give tax credits to home caretakers

Assemblyman wants to give tax credits to home caretakers
A mother caring for her drug addicted son. A husband, caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s. A daughter, caring for her elderly parents. Some four million New Yorkers spend billions of unpaid hours helping their family members. Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D-138 District) has introduced a bill that would authorize home caregivers to have an income tax credit on their state... more

25th NYS RV and Camping Show kicks off at NYS Fairgrounds

25th NYS RV and Camping Show kicks off at NYS Fairgrounds
The 25th NYS Annual RV and Camping shows starts as summer ends in Central New York. Located on the New York State Fairground’s Midway outside of the Exposition Center, the event features dozens of RV’s and campers for first time buyers and seasoned owners to inspect, test, and purchase. There will also be booths for campground information, parts, and camping... more

Auburn men charged in Finger Lakes Drug Task Force arrests

Auburn men charged in Finger Lakes Drug Task Force arrests
Three Auburn men are facing criminal charges following recent arrests handled by the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, the Auburn Police Department said. Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said Danieal J. Farrar, 25, of 103 Van Anden St. Apt. 1A, sold multiple doses of the opioid hydrocodone and suboxone, which is used in opioid addiction treatment, to an agent... more
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