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Why the $90 million Lake Ontario flood relief bill may be about to sink

A $90 million flood relief bill for residents, businesses and municipalities along Lake Ontario has hit a big snag. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously, but don’t expect it to be signed into law – at least, not in its current form.   The governor’s office tells CNYCentral the bill, as it is now, is “unworkable.” The... more

Flooding possible as thunderstorms develop on Friday

Thunderstorms with heavy downpours, which could lead to some flash flooding is expected to develop this afternoon. Around 3 pm is when FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says the storms will begin to fire up, which could lead to some poor drainage flooding. He says the atmosphere is primed for these heavy, torrential downpours along with the storms firing ahead... more

SUNY trustees raise tuition on in-state students … again

State University of New York students are going to be paying more. At least those who don’t qualify for the Governor’s new Excelsior Scholarship. The SUNY board of trustees voted on Wednesday to raise tuition 3.1 percent. It brings tuition up to $6,670 for in-state students attending any four-year colleges. Opponents of the increase, which breaks down to $200 called... more

Featured couple talks Cayuga County episode of HGTV’s ‘Bargain Hunt’

In the past 25 years, Todd Post has sold over 3,000 homes throughout the Finger Lakes region. The president of Post Realty in Auburn, Post said he has helped hundreds of families find their dream homes along Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes. But there’s one family, he said, that stood out from the rest. When Rick and Christina Wilson first... more

Supervisor: Montezuma highway superintendent ‘double dipping’ in Brutus

The supervisor for the town of Montezuma has announced a public meeting to address the highway superintendent’s position. Dennis Lapp Jr., 25, was elected as the highway superintendent in Montezuma in 2015. A registered Republican, Lapp earned roughly $8,300 as superintendent in 2016. He also earned an additional $25,000 working for the town of Mentz. Now, Republican Supervisor John Malenick... more

Smoking materials cause large Cayuga County house fire

A fire that burned through the windows and walls in a back room of a Cayuga County home was ruled accidental, according to fire officials. Smoking materials had not been disposed of correctly and ended up sparking the blaze, said Kristin Devoe, a spokeswoman for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Several fire departments were called just before 5 p.m.... more

Cayuga County Legislature chooses not to support lawsuit against DEC

The Cayuga County Legislature chose not to file a friend-of-the-court brief for a lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its new permit for large animal farms. Cayuga County Farm Bureau President and chair of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Ray Lockwood had submitted a letter to the body on June 2, requesting they not... more

Batman seeks public’s help with riddle of shared services

He’s got initial input from town, village and city of Auburn officials, but now Keith Batman is looking for the public’s help on a shared services plan. The plans, which are a state mandate, are intended to spell out consolidation and shared service efforts that would save local taxpayers money, but the plans cannot include anything that towns and villages... more

Cayuga County farmers market coupons for seniors now available

Farmers market coupons for Cayuga County seniors are now available for pickup. Seniors must answer a few questions, be of low income and must not have received coupons from an additional location, and sign a certificate to that effect. Coupons are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in June and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in July... more

Police: Auburn man arrested for stealing more than $2,500 in merchandise from Walmart

An Auburn man has been charged with two felonies for stealing more than $2,500 in merchandise from Walmart, the Auburn Police Department said. Kristopher C. Tracy, 31, of 63 Van Anden St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. According to Auburn Captain James Moore, Tracy was involved in a minor motor vehicle accident May... more

Auburn City Council unanimously approves police, fire, assistant fire chief contracts

Auburn City Council unanimously approves police, fire, assistant fire chief contracts
The Auburn City Council voted unanimously to approve police, firefighter and assistant fire chief contracts before the previous contracts expired, a stark difference from previous rounds of contract negotiations in 2013, which dragged on into the next year. The council approved five-year contracts for all three parties during Thursday night’s city council meeting, which will go into effect July 1,... more

Skaneateles 9-year-old wins Food Network grilling show

Raegan Frash, a 9-year-old from Skaneateles, out-grilled her competitors on Monday night’s episode of the Food Network show Kids BBQ Championship and walked away with the $10,000 grand prize. Frash beat three other kid grill chefs with her Hawaiian-themed sausage dog sandwich topped with grilled peppers, onions and pineapple in the first round and her over-the-top clambake in the finale.... more

Unsettled weather returns for Finger Lakes

The next couple days are going to be wet in the Finger Lakes. Rain chances are going to gradually increase throughout the day on Thursday, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. He says that a slow-moving frontal boundary will be the blame, but that the whole region shouldn’t expect to see a washout at any point in the day.... more

Three hurt in Auburn car crash

Authorities are investigating a two-car accident that happened in Auburn on Tuesday night. Around 8:15 p.m., first-responders arrived at the scene at the intersection of East Genesee and Owasco streets, according to the Auburn Fire Department. The department said three adults were transported by ambulance to Auburn Community Hospital for minor injuries while a child involved in the accident was... more

Nozzolio tapped to lead economic development initiative for Finger Lakes

A private institution with deep business and family roots in the area announced a major new initiative that will promote the Finger Lakes region as a great place for business enterprise. Leading the effort will be former New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio. Citing the Finger Lakes region’s outstanding natural beauty and livability, record numbers of tourists and wine and... more

DEC expands water quality monitoring program to all 11 Finger Lakes

All 11 Finger Lakes will now have citizen scientists collecting water quality data that is state-certified, a new development spurred on by the Finger Lakes Water Hub. Scott Cook, supervisor for the hub, said the expansion of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program, often called CSLAP, was huge. Hub staff along with Chief of the... more

Multiple tractor-trailers involved in accident between Exits 41, 40 on Thruway

Emergency crews from northern Seneca County were called to mile marker 3157 on the New York State Thruway after a mid-morning accident involving at least two tractor-trailers slowed, and challenged traffic between Waterloo and Weedsport. Scanner traffic indicates that as many as three tractor-trailers were involved, but only one person was reported trapped. Junius and Magee Fire Departments, as well... more

Summer kicks off with sun, mid-70s for Finger Lakes

If mid-70s with plenty of sunshine is something you like — then summer is going to get off to the right start. Wednesday is going to see temperatures into the mid-70s, with low-humidity, and mostly sunny skies. While a brief rain shower cannot be ruled out completely, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil — a vast majority of the... more
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