Two Cayuga County Democrats to run for Legislature chair

Two Democrats are running for the Cayuga County Legislature's chair position, with one reaching out to the Republican minority for support. Legislators Benjamin Vitale and Patrick Mahunik, who represent Districts 3 and 12 respectively, are seeking the chairman seat with current Chairman Keith Batman announcing that he will not consider a third year. Vitale has received the majority of Democrats'... more

Police: Auburn man accused of using stun gun on his dog

Police say a 20-year-old, with no permanent address was arrested on a warrant this week. According to police, Daquan S. Richardson, 20, was charged with third-degree possession of a weapon – a Class D felony and animal cruelty. Police Chief Shawn Butler told the Auburn Citizen that they received a complaint on October 9th from a neighbor who had video... more

Auburn woman arrested for dealing cocaine

An Auburn woman was arrested for dealing cocaine, after a search was executed at her residence, according to Auburn Police. The search was conducted Friday morning at 52 Osborne Street, by Auburn Police, the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, the Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the United States Drug Enforcement... more

Six years later, Cayuga County awards Owasco Flats project bid

After what has seemed like never-ending delays to a project that would help reduce sediment loading into Owasco Lake, Cayuga County has some good news. The Cayuga County Legislature awarded a bid Thursday night to begin work on part of the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration and Riparian Buffers Initiative. Divvied into two phases because there was not enough funding for... more

FLX FORECAST: Travel could be challenging Friday night, Saturday morning

The active weather pattern that the region has been locked into over the last week or two will continue into the weekend, with the threat of snow showers, squalls, up-and-down temperatures, and much more. According to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil the weather will get dicey again late-Friday into Saturday when winds will swing from the northwest around to the... more

Cayuga County legislators postpone move on pay raises

Cayuga County legislators tabled holding a public hearing on a draft local law raising their salaries Thursday night. Records show legislators haven't received a pay increase since 2005. They currently make a base salary of $10,100, and are slated to work 30 hours per week. After a Ways and Means Committee meeting Tuesday night, legislators suggested a local law that... more

UPDATED: Multiple crews respond to barn fire in Aurelius (photos)

Fire departments from Cayuga and Seneca counties were called to a reported ‘barn fire’ around 11:30 am, according to first responders. Aurelius, Cayuga, Fleming, Union Springs, Scipio, and Throop fire departments were called to the scene, as well as Owasco and Waterloo RIT were called to the scene.   The address of the barn fire was reported as 845 Chamberlain... more

Auburn City Council alters zoning code after hearing residents’ concerns

Auburn's South Street property owners filled Memorial City Hall's council chambers to express their opposition to a proposed change to the city's zoning code and how it would impact the historic district during Thursday night's Auburn City Council meeting. The proposed change would eliminate the current C-4 specialized commercial district and replace it with a new downtown district. The proposed... more

‘It was the ugliest house on South Street’: Inn to open at historic Auburn home

When Victoria VonRandall was a little girl, she made herself a promise. It was her grandparents' 50th anniversary, and Victoria and her family were visiting the Roberson Museum in Binghamton. The museum — a historic mansion built in the early 1900s — was filled with dozens of Christmas trees at the time, and it was there that Victoria had an... more

Tourism assets expand as Finger Lakes region grows with new businesses

The last 12 months have seen a significant amount of growth in the Finger Lakes Region, with new businesses opening and attractions, accommodations, culinary options, and more being added to the popular vacation region. According to the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC) – the official tourism promotion agency of the Finger Lakes Region as recognized by I Love NY... more

Skaneateles Furs to close after 34 years in business

Skaneateles Furs will be closing its doors as the shop’s owner plans to retire after more than three decades in business. The building, located at 36 E. Genesee St. in the village, is owned by The Village Teasel, Inc., based in Rochester. The building’s owner could not be reached for comment. The fur shop, owned by Eloise Luchsinger, has been... more

Cayuga County, CNY wins top honors again in Cuomo’s economic contest

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is a big winner yet again in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual competition for state funding. The council, which represents Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, received one of five top performer awards and $86.4 million to support 112 economic development projects. It is the highest total given to any of the... more

Volunteers needed to help build new Casey Park playground

Auburn residents had the opportunity to give their input on designs for the new school playground during a public meeting at Casey Park Elementary School on Wednesday night. City staff is working with Play by Design to construct an inclusive, community-built playground that can be used by all children, regardless of any disabilities or physical handicaps. The company has designed... more

Auburn Community Hospital partners with St. Joseph’s, UR Medical Center

Auburn Community Hospital is joining forces with larger hospitals in Syracuse and Rochester to offer a better product for its patients. According to a press release, a strategic change and partnership was approved by the board of trustees to improve the quality of care for those seeking treatment through ACH. It will mean that Auburn Community Hospital will begin sharing... more

Weedsport Fire Department rescues hawk

The Weedsport Fire Department rescued an injured Red-tailed hawk that was stuck in a trap, according to a release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. On Sunday, Dec. 3, the DEC responded to a report of a hawk stuck in a tree off of Route 34 in the town of Cato. Environmental Conservation Officer Scott Sincebaugh found the bird... more

Downtown Auburn restaurant closes for season

A downtown Auburn restaurant has abruptly closed until the spring, continuing a shaky record of food service businesses at its location. The owners of Patty Shack, which opened in April in Auburn's Plaza of the Arts, confirmed the closure Wednesday. They attributed the closure to the cold weather, which has slowed sales and made the restaurant's patio — half their... more
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