Auburn Community Hospital cited; witness says incident ‘mishandled’

Auburn Community Hospital is under scrutiny again for their handling of an incident that played out last month at the facility. According to officials Auburn Community Hospital called 911 and had an ambulance take an injured woman to a hospital that was 30 miles away. The woman had jumped two stories off its parking garage. A witness has added some... more

FLX WEEKLY: Feels like summer in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Summer-like weather has finally arrived in the Finger Lakes. How long will it last? Find out and gets some great ideas on how to spend your weekend out and about around the region with Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Jessamy Uticone and Josh Durso on this week’s edition of FLX Weekly on FingerLakes1.TV. Also, our favorite local photos of the week... more

Rep. Katko to federal agency: Steel rebar imports hurting Nucor in Auburn

U.S. Rep. John Katko testified at an International Trade Commission hearing Thursday in support of Nucor Steel in Auburn and warned of the impact steel rebar imports are having on the local mill. Katko’s remarks come as the commission is on the verge of determining whether rebar imports from Japan Taiwan and Turkey are having a negative impact on the... more

Auburn to reassess all 9,200 city properties this year

Assessor Mike Burns is gearing up for Auburn’s quadrennial citywide assessment reappraisal, a project that will review nearly 9,200 properties across the city between June and February. The effort helps to maintain the city’s 100 percent assessed value to market value and ensure a fair and equitable commercial tax role, Burns told the Auburn City Council at its meeting Thursday... more

Two breweries beat out Prison City Pub & Brewery to win Cuomo’s Craft Beer Challenge

Two upstate New York breweries tied for first place in the inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge. Cooperstown-based Brewery Ommegang and Roscoe NY Beer Co. of Sullivan County won the competition with 90 points at the final tasting event in New York City Wednesday. Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn was one of the five finalists in the contest... more

‘This is our home’: Auburn police chief discusses department’s new look

The Auburn Police Department is getting its first facelift in more than 20 years. Since its original construction in the 1930s, the historic building at the corner of North Street, Market Street and the Arterial has only had one major upgrade — when a three-bay garage was transformed into the police department’s command center in the early 1990s. Now that... more

FIRST LOOK: Auburn welcome center unveiled at event on Tuesday

The city of Auburn has taken the next step toward building its new welcome center downtown. On Tuesday evening, city officials and project architects gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn to unveil the welcome center’s preliminary design concepts and get feedback from the public. The design — which was primarily prepared by a team from nArchitects, a Brooklyn-based... more

Union Springs man who stole puppy from SPCA faces new charges

The Auburn Police Department previously reported a burglary that happened at the Finger Lakes SPCA located on York St. in Auburn on May 2nd. Now they say that in addition to burglary charges, a Union Springs man was arraigned on others, as well. In that incident a 10-month-old Pit Bull puppy named “Lil’ Jed” was stolen from within the SPCA.... more

Will Auburn win $10 million? Cuomo launches downtown revitalization contest

Another year, another chance for Auburn to win a $10 million state grant to improve its downtown corridor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Tuesday. The program provides $100 million to 10 municipalities for downtown projects. The state’s 10 regional economic development councils will each nominate a municipality to receive the grant. In last... more

Owasco Lake sluiceway could open up at Emerson Park

The town of Owasco is taking the reins on a pair of clogged culverts that run underneath Emerson Park’s access road that leads to the city of Auburn’s upper pumping station. Ed Wagner, town supervisor, said within the next two to three weeks, the town plans to drill a hole at a midpoint, and see if they can be cleaned... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to selling cocaine in Cayuga County

An Auburn man has admitted selling cocaine in Cayuga County. William Lichtblau, of Auburn pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. Lichtblau was arrested May 10 after a grand jury charged the 51-year-old with six felonies — three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three... more

Auburn man accused of stealing tools, trying to resell them

An Auburn man is facing charges after police say he tried to pawn stolen tools. Shawn B. Morrison, 39, of Auburn was arrested on Sunday after they received a complaint on Saturday that tools and equipment had been stolen from a business in Auburn. He allegedly stole the items from his employer and tried to sell them. Morrison was charged... more

Prison City Pub & Brewery among 5 finalists in Cuomo’s Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge

An Auburn brewery is among the five finalists in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge. Prison City Pub & Brewery was one of the top vote-getters in the online vote, which began in early May and ended Friday. More than 170 breweries from across the state participated in the contest and more than 42,000 votes were cast.... more

Auburn City Council hears public on Schine Theater, other Community Development Block Grant projects

About $2.6 million needs to be out the city of Auburn’s door by January 2018 due to new federal requirements around Community Development Block Grants. The Department of Housing and Urban Development introduced the changes in March, requiring those receiving CDBG funds to spend down those account balances. Utilizing the city’s five-year consolidated plan, Office of Planning and Economic Development... more

Sex offender pleads guilty to having sex with 13-year-old in Cayuga County

A local sex offender has admitted to having oral sex with a 13-year-old girl in Cayuga County. Keith A. Hilliard, 38, of Skaneateles, pleaded guilty Thursday to three felonies. According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Hilliard in November 2016 following an investigation into the sexual abuse of a child in the town of Summerhill. In addition, deputies... more

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES nursing program chosen by website as best in state

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program was selected by the website practicalnursing.org as the state’s top licensed practical nursing program. Andrea Ruff, coordinator of health care occupations for BOCES, believes the honor is a testament to the efforts of those involved, saying she’s glad the staff can receive some recognition for their hard work. The course is 11-months long, with... more

FLX WEEKLY: Mother’s Day Weekend preview, Lake Ontario shoreline erosion & top local photos from the new FingerLakes1.com Studio (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Josh Durso and Jessamy Uticone for the first episode of FLX Weekly from the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio in the North Park Building at Academy Square in Seneca Falls. Preview this weekend’s events, check out a ton of great local photos from across the region, a look at the upcoming weather forecast, and how we’ll be... more

Smithsonian reveals plans for Harriet Tubman photo it bought for $161K

About a month after it acquired a recently discovered photo of Harriet Tubman at a New York City auction, the Smithsonian has released a statement outlining its plans for the artifact. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture joined with the Library of Congress to pay a total of $161,000 for the album containing the photo, which... more
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