Former Verizon employee accused of ‘tampering’ with customers device, information

Auburn Police are investigating allegations that an employee at the Verizon Store in Auburn allegedly improperly accessed materials on a customer’s phone, according to reports. Auburn Police Chief Sean Butler confirmed that an investigation was underway. “We did have a complaint back from the first of the year from a customer that felt some of her information from her phone... more

FLX WEEKLY: Talking black bears, fashion shows & the first weekend of April (podcast)

Black bear sightings are becoming more common throughout the Finger Lakes region. What is the protocol if you encounter one in your own backyard? We also hear from Travelling Little Black Dress Spring Fashion Show creator Sharon Hoatland and we’ll tell you what the weather will look like for the first weekend of April. Join Jessica Lahr, Josh Durso, Jim... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to raping Cayuga County teen

An Auburn man has admitted having sex with an underage girl in Cayuga County. Charles Williams, of Auburn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of third-degree rape, a class E felony. The 23-year-old was originally charged with three counts of third-degree rape and one count of third-degree criminal sex act, both felonies, as well as one count of endangering the... more

Sex offender arrested in Seneca Falls for attempting to lure teen into sex act

A 52-year-old Level 3 sex offender from Auburn was arrested on Monday after he attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into sexual contact. State Police say Jack Douglas, 52, of Auburn was arrested in Seneca Falls before he could have any contact with the female victim. At the time, police say Douglas was being supervised as a Level 3 sex... more

Taxpayers sound off on possible staff cuts, tax levy at Auburn school district forum

The Auburn Enlarged City School District’s public forum on the proposed 2017-2018 budget on Tuesday night was intended to be about the district’s finances, but to others, it was about much more. “One thing that I have a huge issue with tonight is that all I’m hearing talked about is numbers,” said taxpayer Kara Georgi. “And we’re forgetting that these... more

Cayuga County takes first negotiation steps on former nursing home site in Sennett

The Cayuga County Legislature agreed to move forward on negotiations with Auburn Community Hospital around the former county nursing home building in Sennett. The body voted 14-0 Tuesday night requesting state representatives to pass legislation approving the county’s negotiation of a sale or lease of the building with ACH, “upon such terms as they may find to be reasonable and... more

Fundraiser to support Tubman memorial

On Friday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee will host a dessert reception in the Havana Room of the Phoenix Building, 2 South St., to kick off its fundraising campaign. The committee seeks to commission an artist to create a memorial sculpture in honor of Harriet Tubman to publicly proclaim Auburn’s pride in... more

Auburn Community Hospital may buy former Cayuga County Nursing Home site

The Finger Lakes Center for Living, a nursing home owned and operated by Auburn Community Hospital, could be relocated to the former Cayuga County Nursing Home in Sennett. Jason Lesch, chief financial officer of ACH, said the potential move is part of the hospital’s larger plan to restructure its main campus on Lansing Street in Auburn. Goals include creating a... more

Rehab facility opens new location for drug and alcohol treatment in Auburn

There is now a new option for substance abuse treatment in Cayuga County. After receiving final approval from New York State’s Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Syracuse Recovery Services has opened a new outpatient rehab facility in Auburn. Located at 2 Easterly Ave., the Auburn facility is the agency’s third Central New York location, as the Syracuse-based... more

Concrete bank in downtown Auburn adds two business tenants

The concrete building at 63 Genesee St. in downtown Auburn will remain, at least in part, a bank. Lyons National Bank is one of two new tenants announced for the building by owner KyleCroft Development. The other is Joseph Calarco, an agent for supplemental insurer Aflac. Grant Kyle, of KyleCroft, said the second-floor Aflac office will receive its certificate of... more

Auburn woman charged with identity theft in Onondaga County

An Auburn woman was arrested and charged with second-degree identity theft for illegally withdrawing funds from another person's bank account, New York State police said. Patricia A. Bort, of 40 Center St., was charged March 17 with the class E felony. According to a press release, on Nov. 3, 2016, the 33-year-old used a KeyBank ATM in Fulton to withdraw... more

Moravia woman pleads guilty to $12,000 welfare fraud

A Moravia woman has admitted to receiving more than $12,000 in benefits that she wasn't entitled to. Cindy Chavez, 60, of 6379 Crofoot Road, was one of 32 people arrested in 2015 after a welfare fraud investigation in Cayuga County. At the time, Chavez was charged with nine felonies — third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and seven counts of... more

Auburn City Council opposes Trump’s proposed cuts to community development block grants

They came in a drove — leaders from the Calvary Food Pantry, the Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, Freedom Recreational Services, the Boyle Senior Center, the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Cayuga Counseling Services, the Rescue Mission of Central New York and many others. Their message to Auburn city councilors Thursday night was clear — oppose President Donald Trump's proposal... more

FLX Weekly: State titles for Watkins Glen & Moravia; Village elections held (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Jessamy Uticone and Josh Durso for Wednesday’s edition of FLX Weekly to recap the top stories of the week in the Finger Lakes. Find out why FingerLakes1.com is not happy with ESPN and take a look at the weekend weather and event slate ahead. more

Committee launching campaign for Tubman sculpture in Auburn

A memorial sculpture in honor of Harriet Tubman in Auburn is the goal of a campaign that kicks-off on Friday, March 31, from 7 – 9 pm, the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee (HTDMC) will host a dessert reception in the Havana Room of the Phoenix Building, located at 2 South Street. The mission of HTDMC is to commission an... more

Cuomo: Auburn, CNY hospitals will lose $57M if GOP health care bill passes

If the Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is successful, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals in central New York would lose millions in funding. An analysis conducted by the state Department of Health found the six hospitals in U.S. Rep. John Katko's district, which covers Cayuga, Onondaga, Wayne and a portion of Oswego County, would lose... more

Parks commission recommends rental fee and parking fee for Auburn graduation

The Cayuga County Parks Commission is recommending that the Auburn Enlarged City School District pay a rental fee to hold high school commencement ceremonies on Deauville Island at Emerson Park and for graduates and their attendees to pay a parking fee. Jeff Pirozzolo, superintendent of the school district, has booked the island for the June 23 graduation while renovations are... more
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