Multiple departments respond to Conquest fire (photos)

Firefighters brought a Conquest garage fire under control within 30 minutes, according to first responders on Monday night. Passerby reports indicated that smoke could be seen a significant distance from the source of the fire in Cayuga County. Crews responded to 2033 River Road around 7 p.m. Multiple departments responded to the scene. Conquest, Montezuma, Port Byron, Weedsport, Jordan, and... more

NEW DETAILS: Police search for driver after hit and run in Auburn

Police in Auburn have shed new light on the hit and run that took place over the weekend at the intersection of Barber and Spring streets. The victim of the hit and run was identified as 34-year-old John McCandrew, of Auburn. He suffered serious injuries to his arm and leg and was transported to Upstate University Hospital. The accident happened... more

PLANNING FORECAST: Springs stays away from FLX, but unsettled weather disappears

Don’t expect spring, but the region can celebrate the fact that snow is out of the forecast. While parts of the region might see some snow showers around mid-week – a vast majority of the region will be snow-free. Temperatures will hover in the 30s throughout the week, with low temperatures sinking into the low-20s. A system that has been... more

UPDATE: Sheriff Gould says investigation underway after pickup slams into buggy in Cato

Sheriff David Gould says his office is investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Jorolemon Road in the Town of Cato. At approximately 6:55 p.m. a 2012 Chevrolet pickup operated by Wayne W. Peters, 53, of Jordan struck a horse-drawn wagon at a hillcrest on Jorolemon Road. The operator of the wagon, Doren Martin, 35, of Cato and his... more

The first first responders: A look at the lives of Cayuga County 911 dispatchers

On Feb. 16, 1968, an Alabama state senator made the first 911 call in the United States. The call was placed at 2 o’clock on a Friday afternoon from the mayor’s office in Haleyville, Alabama, and others soon followed suit. By 1973, the White House acknowledged the benefits of 911 and encouraged the rest of the nation to adopt the... more

Inside West Middle School Apartments: Former Auburn campus opens to tenants

Jenica Lawton and Karen Brown are like students in a new school. Lawton is a risk manager and Brown is a regional manager for Two Plus Four Companies, which recently began renting housing units at its newest property: the former West Middle School. As they showed The Citizen around the remodeled three-story building Friday, Lawton and Brown couldn’t help getting... more

Harmful Algae Bloom Summit is streaming online

A recording of the live stream of the March 6 Central New York HABs Summit evening session is available for viewing online, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website, at https://livestream.com/hvccstreaming/HABsSummits/videos/171166280 This was the second of four summits being held to guide the state’s comprehensive effort to protect vulnerable lakes and water bodies in Upstate New York from HABs.... more

Cayuga County departments urge legislators to oppose Romulus waste incinerator

A proposed waste incinerator in the town of Romulus would have a negative environmental and economic impact on Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes region, a study by the county planning and health departments has found. Steve Lynch, director of the department, presented a resolution for county legislators to oppose the project and call on the town of Romulus and... more

FLX FORECAST: Cold but calm weather for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

The scenes that played out in parts of the Finger Lakes on Friday morning will be a thing of the past by the time we get to the afternoon hours. Peaks of sun can be expected on Friday, as temperatures push into the low-30s. The weekend will remain sunny and calm. For the first time in several days, there is... more

FLX WEEKLY: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Edition (podcast)

More winter weather is delaying the start of spring, which officially begins next week in the Finger Lakes, but spirits should still be high with St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Saturday. Join Sydney Rogers, Jim Sinicropi & Josh Durso to find out some local options for finding Irish cheer, get the details on our coverage of Midlakes girls basketball... more

Upstate NY reps want Lake Ontario shoreline damage report

A trio of upstate New York members of Congress is requesting a report examining the damage to Lake Ontario's shoreline last year. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, John Katko and Claudia Tenney have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to include language requiring the report in an upcoming omnibus spending bill. The language would authorize... more

Kolb, Palmesano & Helming draft letter calling on Gov. Cuomo to block Circular enerG incinerator

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-Corning) and Sen. Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials to block a prospective application from Circular EnerG, LLC to construct a waste-to-energy incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus. On Tuesday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a... more

FLX will remain cold, windy over next several days

There will be a chance for some minor, scattered snow showers, but a vast majority of the snowfall is over. At least for the time being. While some outlets are already gearing up for another winter storm that could run up along the coast early-next week – between now-and-then the weather will improve. Temperatures will feel cold on Thursday, especially... more

Cayuga Centers’ 120 laid-off workers getting help from local career center

A Cayuga County career organization is helping a mass of workers recently laid off from Cayuga Centers last month. Ann Kubarek, director of the Cayuga Works Career Center, said her Auburn office has been busy assisting nearly 120 people find jobs after the family services organization announced the closure of its residential program Feb. 22. The closure also affects some... more

First phase of Auburn’s Owasco River trail nearing completion

Construction of the downtown Auburn portion of the Owasco River Greenway Trail will finish up this summer. The project, which involves installing pedestrian and bicycle paths along city-owned land to create a 12-mile path along the Owasco River from Emerson Park to Wadsworth Park, has been in the works since 2012. The first phase, which is one of five, is... more

MetroPCS opens on Genesee Street in Auburn

A vacant downtown Auburn building is now home to a new cellphone provider — metroPCS. The store, located at 11 E. Genesee St., opened Monday, owner Mickey Khatib said. The retail space was previously occupied by a photography studio and a Christmas pop-up shop. MetroPCS was founded in 1994. In 2013, it merged with T-Mobile. The company offers nationwide talk,... more

’17 minutes for 17 victims’: Auburn High School students walk out for national protests

Tears overcame Ashley Reilly outside Auburn High School Wednesday morning. Reilly, 16, was one of hundreds who congregated at the back of the school as a part of the national walkouts planned to protest gun violence and to honor the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. Students, staff, administrators... more

Aurora’s three mayoral and three trustee candidates participate in forum

Candidates running for mayor and two trustee seats in Aurora came together Tuesday night at the Morgan Opera House to share their platforms with the community so residents can cast informed votes at the polls next Tuesday. Incumbent Bonnie Apgar Bennett is seeking re-election, and two newcomers, Barbara Blom and Marie Dentes, are challenging Bennett for mayor. Incumbent Trustees Grace... more
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