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After buyer pledged to preserve jobs at Auburn Armature, 8 employees let go

A Cayuga County employer has slashed eight positions despite repeated public commitments to retain jobs at the company. Auburn Armature, which was acquired by New Hyde Park-based Power-Flo Technologies in June, terminated eight employees — seven at its Auburn facility and one in Syracuse — on July 21. The Citizen learned of the firings from five of the employees who... more

Police: Auburn attorney arrested on DWI charge

An Auburn lawyer who works part-time for Cayuga County government was arrested Friday evening for driving while intoxicated, city police said. Samuel P. Giacona, of 383 Waters Edge, Auburn, was charged Aug. 18 with misdemeanor DWI. Auburn Police Department Chief Shawn Butler said officers were dispatched to Logan Street at around 5:45 p.m. Friday after a caller complained of a... more

Auburn police report increase in arrests, larceny and domestic violence

The Auburn Police Department made more arrests and investigated more larcenies and domestic violence cases in July, according to its monthly activity report. Last month, officers made 133 arrests — that compares to 116 arrests in June. In addition, the department received roughly 200 more calls for service (3,362 total) and investigated 19 more cases of domestic violence (136 total),... more

Police: Auburn man threatened woman with butcher knife

An Auburn man was arrested Friday night for threatening a woman with a butcher knife in a domestic incident, the Auburn Police Department said. James Brown, 55, of Grover Street, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor. The Citizen: Read More more

Police: Auburn man arrested for robbery at gas station

An Auburn man was arrested Friday for stealing from a man at a city convenience store/gas station, according to a press release from the Auburn Police Department. Zackeriah L. Thurston, 29, 7 John St. Apt. 1, was charged with third-degree robbery, a class D felony. Dispatchers received calls about a fight between two men at the Speedway, 70 North St.,... more

Auburn Police Department renovation project running over cost, behind schedule

Some extra construction work has put the Auburn Police Department’s command center repair project over its original budget and drawn out its timeline. During Thursday’s Auburn City Council meeting, council members approved a change order for the project in the amount of $53,274. The extra money will go toward costs associated with additional tiling in the command center and new... more

Police: Auburn man threatened victim with knife

An Auburn man was arrested early Thursday for threatening a person with a knife, Auburn Police Department Deputy Chief Roger Anthony said. Robert W. Danboise Sr., 45, 101 Quill Ave., Apt. N-10, was charged with first-degree menacing and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. Anthony said Danboise is accused of pulling out a stainless steel folding knife and... more

Auburn man admits stealing $83K in workers’ comp benefits

An Auburn man admitted Wednesday to stealing more than $83,000 in workers' compensation benefits and not providing employees at his logging company with workers' compensation insurance coverage. David Sigl, 54, pleaded guilty to three felony charges — second-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree insurance fraud. He also pleaded guilty to the workers' compensation crime... more

FLX WEEKLY: Your August weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, JIm Sinicropi and Josh Durso for a look at your weekend ahead. With just two more weekends left in August, find out how the weather is shaping up and what events are happening around the region. Also, we discuss the top local stories of the week on FingerLakes1.com and show you our favorite local photos from the... more

Auburn school board discusses how to advocate for foundation aid formula change

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education discussed how to advocate for fixing the foundation aid formula for schools. At a workshop Tuesday night at the Harriet Tubman Administration Building, the board discussed different ideas to communicate with lawmakers about ideas to improve and fully fund the formula or to either lower or eliminate the Income Wealth Index... more

School supply drive being held at Auburn Walgreens

A school supply drive is being held through Friday, Aug. 18, at Walgreens, 150 Grant Ave., Auburn. Donations can be brought to the store or purchased there, and left in a designated box. All donations will be distributed locally. The drive is being held by the Friend Helping Friends of Cayuga County group. Read more from the Auburn Citizen more

Auburn community group holds Charlottesville solidarity vigil

Celebrate! Diverse Auburn is holding a vigil Monday night in solidarity with the weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The vigil, which will feature signs and songs, will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday in front of the Harriet Tubman Memorial Mosaic, on the corner of Lincoln and South streets in Auburn. The Citizen: Read More more

Founders Day spotlights Auburn Correctional Facility’s officers

It may have been a presentation for the Auburn Correctional Facility at the Founders Day celebration in Auburn, but a good chunk of the focus was on corrections officers. Officers were hailed for their efforts at a presentation Saturday recognizing the institution, which will be 200 years old this year. The events, in which various corrections officials and government officials... more

Cayuga County Legislature committee changes up venue

The Cayuga County Legislature Ways and Means Committee will hold its meeting at the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District building next week instead of the county office building. In addition to the scheduled agenda items, Committee Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman said she expects some presentations and information to be shared from the district, the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program, the... more

Auburn police union speaks out about safety concerns at Cayuga Centers

Roughly one week after a police officer was hurt by a resident of Cayuga Centers, the agency’s board of trustees received a letter from Auburn Police Local 195: “We can no longer accept that a good faith effort is being made to fix what we feel is broken.” The Aug. 9 letter from the city police officers union went on... more

Six-year-old reaches goal of working at Mesa Grande Taqueria in Auburn

When graduating kindergartners at Casey Park Elementary School ceremony held up signs saying what they want to do when they grow up, Kaiden Zmarthie’s sign said he wanted to work at Mesa Grande Taqueria. Fast forward a couple months and Kaiden, 6, worked for a short time Friday afternoon at the restaurant’s Auburn location with his big brother, Tyler Wilkinson,... more

‘Don’t go in it’: Harmful algal bloom testing for Owasco Lake limited

Local and state partners are working together to monitor harmful algal blooms on Owasco Lake, but testing of potential toxins in those blooms is limited. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Owasco Lake, along with Honeyoe, Seneca and Otisco lakes, have shoreline surveillance programs of blooms, studying where they're happening and why. Owasco Lake's is a research effort funded... more
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